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Obama sharpens Brexit warning in parting shot LONDON: US President Barack Obama has sharpened his warnings about Britain's reduced global influence should it quit the EU, warning it could take 10 years to reach a UK-US trade deal.Obama said Britain would have "less influence globally" if it votes to leave the European Union in the June 23 referendum on membership of the 28-country bloc.The president was speaking in a BBC television interview broadcast on Sunday, the final day of his four-day trip to Britain, before leaving for Germany.On the prospect of Britain reaching a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States, Obama said "it could be five years from now, 10 years from now before we were able to actually get something done.""The UK would not be able to negotiate something with the United States faster than the EU," he said."We wouldn't abandon our efforts to negotiate a trade deal with our largest trading partner, the European ...

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Brexit row sparks fears of Tory civil war LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron called the EU referendum to try to heal Conservative party divisions on Europe, but the bitterness of the campaign has sparked fears for its future -- and his.Senior Tories on rival sides of the debate have been attacking each other with increasing ferocity, with those backing a so-called Brexit even turning their fire on government policy to make their point.The extent of the internal conflict has raised questions about ...

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Visa deal or no migrant deal, Turkey warns EU GAZIANTEP: Turkey stood its ground over the contentious issue of visa-free travel for its citizens on Saturday, warning German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top EU officials it would stop taking back migrants from Europe if the bloc failed to keep its word."The issue of the visa waiver is vital for Turkey," Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at a joint news conference with Merkel, European Council head Donald Tusk and European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans.The ...

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Turkey PM pressures Merkel on visa-free travel in migrant deal GAZIANTEP: Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu pressured German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top EU officials on Saturday to deliver on a promise of visa-free travel for Turkish citizens key to the success of a migrant deal."The issue of the visa waiver is vital for Turkey," he said at a joint news conference with Merkel, European Council head Donald Tusk and European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans.Merkel is on a high-stakes visit to Turkey aimed at ...

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Obama played Prince tracks before visiting the queen LONDON: US President Barack Obama paid tribute to pop legend Prince on Friday and revealed he had played "Purple Rain" and "Delirious" that morning before visiting Queen Elizabeth II.Obama, who is on a four-day trip to Britain, said he and US ambassador Matthew Barzun had played the two Prince tracks at the ambassador's residence at Winfield House in London."And so I'm staying at Winfield House. And it so happens that the ambassador has a turntable," ...

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Germany raises glass to 500th anniversary of beer purity law INGOLSTADT: Chancellor Angela Merkel raised a beer glass on Friday to help celebrate 500 years since the birth of Germany's oldest and most revered brewing tradition. German beer fans are marking the anniversary of a decree of April 23, 1516 by the southern state of Bavaria imposing the "Reinheitsgebot" purity law, stating "no ingredients other than barley, hops and water are to be used" in making beer. Amid guards in traditional costume and the sound ...

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Obama says EU membership magnifies British influence LONDON: US President Barack Obama said on Friday Britain's membership of the European Union magnified its influence in the world, lending his support to those who want Britain to remain in the bloc ahead of a referendum in June. Britain was at its best when leading a strong Europe, Obama told reporters in London after meeting British Prime Minister David Cameron, adding that the outcome of the referendum was of deep interest to the United ...