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NATO finalises military build-up to counter Russia BRUSSELS: NATO foreign ministers on Thursday were finalising the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia.NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the two-day meeting would address "all the important issues" to prepare for a "landmark" summit in Poland in July.There, NATO leaders will formally endorse the revamp which puts more troops into eastern European member states as part of a "deter and dialogue" strategy, meant to reassure allies they will not be left in the lurch in any repeat of the Ukraine crisis."We will discuss how NATO can do more to project stability... and at the same time address how NATO can continue to adapt to a more assertive Russia to find the right balance between defence and dialogue," Stoltenberg told reporters.While the focus has been on the eastern flank, there are also growing challenges ...

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There won't be another Greek crisis, says German Fin Min SENDAI: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Thursday he was confident there would not be another crisis over Greece, which is seeking to unlock aid from international lenders.A bailout review has dragged on for months because of a rift between the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over Greece's fiscal progress.But Schaeuble, speaking in Sendai, northern Japan, said he expected the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers to come to an agreement ...

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French PM calls for end to labour protests marred by violence PARIS: France's prime minister urged union leaders on Thursday to call off protests against reforms to labour laws, saying turnout was waning but violence mounting as "people who want to kill a cop" were hijacking legitimate protests to attack police."Union leaders need to live up to their responsibilities," Manuel Valls said. "If rioters turn up at each and every protest it's time to ask whether some of these protests are worth it," he said in ...

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NATO finalises build-up details to counter Russia BRUSSELS: NATO foreign ministers meet Thursday to finalise the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia.At a Warsaw summit in July, NATO leaders will sign-off on the revamp which puts more troops into east European member states as part of a "deter and dialogue" strategy, meant to reassure allies they will not be left in the lurch in any ...

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Egypt says exchanged 'condolences' with France over EgyptAir flight CAIRO: The French and Egyptian foreign ministers exchanged "condolences" over an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo that is feared to have gone down in the Mediterranean on Thursday, Egypt said.French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault "expressed condolences over the plane incident involving the EgyptAir airplane that went down, and (Egyptian counterpart Sameh) Shoukry in turn expressed condolences for the French casualties who were on board the plane," the Egyptian foreign ministry said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...

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French PM says 'no theory can be ruled out' on missing EgyptAir flight PARIS: France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday "no theory can be ruled out" in the missing EgyptAir flight which disappeared en route to Cairo from Paris.President Francois Hollande called his Egyptian counterpart and the leaders agreed to "cooperate closely" to establish what happened to the plane, which vanished from radar over the Mediterranean with 66 people on board.Hollande also set up a crisis meeting of top ministers, including Valls, the foreign, defence and interior ...

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EU envoy to Turkey summoned over comments on EU migrant deal ANKARA: Turkey summoned the head of the European Union delegation to Turkey on Tuesday over critical comments he made last week on the migration deal between Ankara and the EU, Turkish foreign ministry sources said on Wednesday. "We have conveyed the anger felt over the ambassador's comments to him, and that we condemn the expressions he used," one foreign ministry source said. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...