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Spain's Rajoy drags out suspense on government talks MADRID: Spain's acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy struggled on Wednesday in his bid to form a government after the centrist Ciudadanos party insisted he meet their demands before talks and the Socialists renewed their pledge to oppose him. Spain has been in political limbo since two inconclusive national elections in December and June delivered the most fractured parliaments in four decades. Subsequent attempts by political parties to reach agreement on a government have so far failed but Ciudadanos ("Citizens")raised prospects of a breakthrough last week when it offered Rajoy their support in return for signing a six-point package of political reform. Rajoy, whose conservative People's Party (PP) won the most votes in the elections, was expected to accept the reform package but instead emerged from a meeting of PP leaders on Wednesday saying only that he had won a mandate to talk to Ciudadanos. He did not clarify his party's ...

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Biden warns Kosovo of 'cancer' of corruption PRISTINA: Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the United States would remain a "champion" of an independent Kosovo, but he firmly warned its leaders against the "cancer" of corruption.On his first visit to Kosovo since 2009 -- the year after it unilaterally declared independence from Serbia -- Biden held talks with President Hashim Thaci and other leaders before a dedication ceremony naming a road after his late son."I'm here today to affirm the United ...

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Nuclear plant delay may shift UK energy policy LONDON: Britain's decision to stall a Franco-Chinese project to build its first nuclear power plant in a generation has fuelled speculation that the new government is reviewing its energy strategy to boost the role of renewables.Prime Minister Theresa May has given no clear reason for delaying final approval of the Hinkley Point plant, with her spokesman saying only that it was "an extremely important decision that we have to get right".Critics cite the enormous cost ...

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Hollande warns against 'escalation' of Ukraine conflict PARIS: French President Francois Hollande warned Tuesday against any "escalation" of the Ukraine conflict after telephone talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.The consultation, at Poroshenko's request, followed accusations by Moscow last week -- firmly denied by Ukraine -- that Kiev's forces had attempted armed incursions into Russian-annexed Crimea.Hollande reaffirmed France's rejection of the 2014 annexation, saying it would never recognise Russia's claim over the peninsula, and urged both sides ...

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German nuclear plant outages FRANKFURT: The following table lists planned outages and load reductions at German nuclear power plants.It gives dates for previous outages, plants returning online and planned shutdowns. Sources are operators' websites and the EEX exchange's transparency website.The maximum national capacity has gone down to 11,357 MW from previously 12,696 MW, after E.ON took Grafenrheinfeld permanently offline in 2015.Germany took the axe to the bulk of its nuclear capacity in the summer of 2011, switching off the ...

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Russian Prime Minister Medvedev delays Bashneft privatisation: RBC MOSCOW: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has decided to postpone the privatisation of a government stake in oil producer Bashneft for an unspecified amount of time, the RBC news organisation reported on Tuesday, citing Medvedev's spokeswoman. Medvedev made his decision after the head of the internal Russian republic of Bashkortostan wrote a letter to the Kremlin, RBC reported. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Turkey PM steps back from calls for death penalty ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Tuesday a fair trial would represent a harsher punishment for suspected coup plotters than the death penalty -- an apparent step back from threats to re-introduce capital punishment.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had suggested Turkey could bring back capital punishment -- abolished in 2004 as part of the country's reforms to join the European Union -- in the wake of the July 15 failed coup aimed at ousting him ...