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Pope says he angered Merkel with comments on Europe VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has revealed that he received an angry phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel after he compared Europe to a "barren woman", in an interview published Monday.In a speech to the European Parliament in November 2014, Pope Francis delivered a withering attack on a "haggard" Europe which he said is "now a 'grandmother', no longer fertile and vibrant."In an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera, Francis said he had received an angry phone call from Merkel afterwards."She was a bit angry because I had compared Europe to a barren woman, incapable of producing children," Francis said."She asked me if I really thought Europe could no longer make children. "I told her yes it can, and many, because Europe has strong and deep roots," he said, adding that "in the darkest moments, it has always shown itself to have unexpected resources."In the wide-ranging interview, the Argentine pope ...

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EU, N Africa both stand to gain from stable Libya: Schulz TUNIS: European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in Tunis on Monday that both the EU and North Africa stand to gain from a stable Libya."A stable Libya is in the interests of the whole of the Maghreb and the whole of Europe," he said in a speech to the Tunisian parliament, calling for the formation of a Libyan unity government.Schulz said Europe was aware of the "economic, social and security consequences of insecurity in Libya ...

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Thousands of refugees may enter Britain if it leaves EU: Cameron LONDON: Thousands of refugees could flock to Britain from France if voters decide to leave the European Union, a spokesman for David Cameron said on Monday, underlining the prime minister's stance that an exit would hurt security. In what critics said was the start of a "campaign of fear" to try to keep voters in the European Union, the spokesman said leaving the bloc could harm an agreement with France which allows British border guards ...

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EU regulators to rule on Hutchison, Vimpelcom deal by March 11 BRUSSELS: EU antitrust regulators will decide by March 11 whether to allow CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd and Vimpelcom to merge their Italian mobile operations, marking the Hong Kong group's second European telecoms deal under EU review. The two companies sought EU approval last Friday, according to a filing on the European Commission website. The deal is expected to come under tough scrutiny because it will reduce the number of mobile players in Italy from four ...

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Poland's jobless rate at 10.3pc in Jan WARSAW: Poland's registered unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in January from 9.8 percent in December last year, an estimate from the labour ministry showed on Monday. The ministry said in a statement the January rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than a year ago, while the number of job offers sent to labour offices rose by 18 percent year-on-year in January. "We expect that the unemployment rate will not rise in February (compared to ...

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French ex-budget minister on trial for tax fraud PARIS: Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, who resigned in disgrace in 2013 after admitting to having a secret Swiss bank account, goes on trial Monday for tax fraud.The 63-year-old faces up to seven years in jail and two million euros ($2.2 million) in fines if found guilty of stashing offshore his earnings from a lucrative hair-transplant business he ran with his now ex-wife.The Cahuzac scandal was the first of a series that have tarnished ...

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Greek island mayor warns of violence over migrant plan ATHENS: The mayor of the Greek island of Kos on Sunday called on the government to abandon its plans to build a migrant registration centre as demanded by the EU, warning that local opposition could lead to "uncontrollable" protests."There is a present danger that we will mourn victims and be led to uncontrollable situations," Kos mayor Yiorgos Kyritsis said in a letter to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, made public by the state agency ANA.Three locals ...