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Austrian vote result ATHENS: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday said that the far-right defeat in Austria's presidential election was "a good omen" for Europe."If the first results are confirmed this will be a good omen against populism in Europe," Steinmeier who is to become Germany's next president, at a news conference with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias, in Athens. Austria's Norbert Hofer conceded defeat Sunday in his bid to become Europe's first far-right president, as projections showed he was lagging behind in a bitterly fought election re-run.Greens-backed independent Alexander Van der Bellen swept 53.3 percent of the votes against 46.7 percent for his rival from the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPOe), according to public television projections.     Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Russian security service says killed North Caucasus Islamic State MOSCOW: Russia's FSB security service said Sunday it had killed an "emir" of the Islamic State group in the North Caucasus along with four other militants in a raid in the Dagestan region.The FSB said in a statement that "among the neutralised bandits was the head of the Caucasus region's branch of the Islamic State Rustam Aselderov, and four of his close associates."     Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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France upholds 25-year jail term for Rwanda genocide convict      BOBIGNY: A French court on Saturday upheld a 25 year prison sentence handed to a former Rwandan intelligence agent jailed in France's first trial over the African country's 1994 genocide.Pascal Simbikangwa was found guilty of genocide and complicity in crimes against humanity in a landmark 2014 trial that marked a turning point in France's approach to genocide suspects living on its soil.Simbikangwa, a 56-year-old former presidential guard member who insists he is innocent, launched an appeal in October prompting a six-week trial ...

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Europe holds its breath as Italy votes for change ROME: Italians went to the polls Sunday in a constitutional referendum on which reformist Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has staked his future.Whatever the outcome of a vote being anxiously watched in capitals across Europe and carefully scrutinised on trading floors around the world, it will lead to change.If the centre-left Renzi's proposals to streamline a 68-year-old parliamentary system are voted down, he has vowed to resign.That would usher in a period of political uncertainty and potential economic turmoil for the country ...

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Hollande vows to fight for weakest until he steps down ABU DHABI: French President Francois Hollande vowed Saturday to spend the final months of his presidency fighting to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in society and the world.Speaking on his first foreign trip since announcing he would not stand for re-election, the socialist president also hit out at the policies of the conservative candidate who is now favourite to succeed him in May."My decisions as president have been based first and foremost on protecting," Hollande said, adding that he had ...

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Merkel to chart 2017 election battle at party congress BERLIN: After Donald Trump's shock victory, Francois Hollande's decision not to seek re-election and populism on the rise, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is next up on the campaign podium to set out her strategy for winning in 2017 polls.When her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) holds its annual two-day congress from Tuesday, she will seek to rally members behind her bid for a fourth term as Germany's leader.Merkel has admitted that the general election, likely to be held in September, will be ...

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Hollande vows to fight for weakest until he steps down      ABU DHABI: French President Francois Hollande vowed Saturday to spend the final months of his presidency fighting to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in society and the world.Speaking on his first foreign trip since announcing he would not stand for re-election, the socialist president also hit out at the policies of the conservative candidate who is now favourite to succeed him in May."My decisions as president have been based first and foremost on protecting," Hollande said, adding that he had ...