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EU's Juncker says hopes Cyprus reunification talks will succeed VALLETTA: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday that talks between the two sides of the ethnically divided Cyprus represented the "very last chance" to reunite the island, and hoped they would succeed. The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders sit down to reunification talks in Geneva this week, although both have sought to temper hopes of a swift breakthrough.Juncker said the current talks were the "very last chance" to reunite the island. "It's risky, but when it's about peace you have to take risks. When it's about peace, those that take no risks are taking the greater risk," he told a news conference in the Maltese capital. "I think the time has come to reunite the island. The leaders of the two communities were doing an excellent job and I hope that we will be able to conclude in a positive way the Geneva talks tomorrow," Juncker said. Copyright ...

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EU approves Maltese support for Delimara gas and power energy project BRUSSELS: The European Commission said on Wednesday it had approved Maltese plans to pay Electrogas Malta, operator of the Delimara plant, for providing energy to the electricity company Enemalta. The Commission said it had concluded that Electrogas Malta will not be overcompensated for the services it will provide. The Delimara gas and power energy project comprises the development of a floating liquid natural gas storage unit and a new combined cycle gas fired power plant. ...

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Italian PM undergoes surgery on blood vessel ROME: Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has undergone emergency surgery on a blocked blood vessel after feeling unwell on his return from a visit to Paris, aides said Wednesday.The surgery was successful and Gentiloni, 62, is well and awake, the officials said, adding that he was likely to remain in hospital for a few days."We exchanged messages this morning and I am sure that he will be back at work very soon," junior minister Benedetto ...

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UK asks regulators to assess Chinese nuclear reactor LONDON: Britain on Tuesday asked regulators to begin an assessment of a Chinese-designed nuclear reactor for a proposed plant in Bradwell, southeastern England.Jesse Norman, the government's minister for energy and industry, said in a statement to parliament that he had requested the independent assessment, which is expected to last a number of years.General Nuclear Services (GNS), a partnership between French state-owned power giant EDF and Beijing's state-run China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), plans to ...

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Eight dead as subzero cold, heavy snow grip Balkans region BELGRADE/SARAJEVO: At least eight people have died as subzero cold and heavy snow enveloped the Balkans, with tens of thousands stranded in remote regions or left without heating in temperatures that dipped as low as -20 degrees Celsius. Central and east-southeastern Europe have been gripped by a mid-winter deep freeze and snowstorms for days. With temperatures dropping below -30 Celsius, at least 25 people died over the weekend, mainly in Poland. In the Balkans, a ...

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EU aims for data transfer deal with Japan, South Korea BRUSSELS: The European Union hopes to seal commercial data transfer deals with Japan and South Korea to boost business ties, and plans to tackle barriers to the free flow of data within the bloc. Cross-border data flows are key to most businesses. These can include moving employee information around, credit card details to complete online transactions, and people's browsing habits to serve them targeted ads. However, strict EU data protection rules forbid companies from storing ...

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US ready for a trade deal under new administration LONDON: British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday the incoming administration in the United States was keen to do a free trade deal with Britain. Johnson, who travelled to the United States earlier this week to meet senior advisers to US President-elect Donald Trump, told parliament he had found a "huge fund of goodwill" for Britain. "There was a huge fund of goodwill for the United Kingdom on Capitol Hill and a very large ...