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France's Hollande to travel to Saudi Arabia after king's death PARIS: French leader Francois Hollande will travel to Saudi Arabia to "offer his condolences" over King Abdullah's death, the presidency said Friday.The Elysee palace added that the exact timing of the trip had yet to be decided.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Spain to float airport operator AENA on Feb 11 MADRID: Spain's government will float a minority stake in the world's largest airport operator, AENA, on the stock market on February 11, Transport Minister Ana Pastor said Friday.The government will list 28 percent of the operator on the stock market and has agreed to sell another 21 percent to a core group of anchor investors, Pastor said. It will hold on to 51 percent of the firm.AENA is the world's largest airport operator by passenger ...
Poland uncovers new names of former Auschwitz staff WARSAW: Polish officials said Friday they had drawn up a list of 9,500 staff members at the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, thousands more than previous estimates. The individuals all worked at the notorious death camp in occupied Poland between 1940 and 1945, according to the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), which prosecutes Nazi and Stalinist-era war crimes."Until now, Nazi staff (at Auschwitz) had been estimated at between 4,000 and 6,500 people," IPN prosecutor Lukasz ...
Russians ready to eat less in crisis, united round Putin: deputy PM DAVOS: Russians are ready to ride out the current economic crisis, even by eating less food, and to stand by President Vladimir Putin's side regardless, the deputy prime minister said Friday.Speaking at the Davos Economic Forum, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Western sanctions have united Russians around their leader, which will make it easier to push through painful reforms."We will withstand all hardships in this country, eat less food, use less electricity... but if ...
Ukraine says 'Russian terrorists' launch new offensive KIEV: Ukraine on Friday said "Russian terrorist groups" have launched a mass new offensive across the frontline dividing the war-torn country's industrial east."Russian terrorist groups have essentially violated all prior ceasefire agreements... and are today assuming active offensive operations," Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council chief Oleksandr Turchynov told a televised government meeting."We are talking about active units of the Russian armed forces," Turchynov stressed.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Ukraine cedes airport on one of bloodiest days of war DONETSK: Ukrainian forces on Thursday ceded a long-disputed airport to Russian-backed rebels as an upsurge in clashes killed nearly 50 people and punctured Europe's latest push for peace in the nine-month war.The deadliest day of fighting since the signing of an increasingly irrelevant September truce also saw Moscow and Kiev trade bitter blame for a trolleybus shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk that killed 13 mostly elderly passengers.Moscow called the incident a "crime against ...
Greek reforms in balance as voters ponder left-wing turn ATHENS: Greece on Sunday heads into a general election that could sweep the anti-austerity Syriza party to power and determine whether the country remains in the eurozone.After a six-year recession in which the national output shrank by a quarter, Greeks are being called on to determine whether to stick with spending cuts demanded by their international creditors, or demand a new deal on the country's huge debts.The election -- the second in three years -- ...


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