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Erdogan says Turkey parliament will block EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the European Union that the Turkish parliament would block laws related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand of visa-free travel."If that is not what will happen... no decision and no law in the framework of the readmission agreement will come out of the parliament of the Turkish Republic," Erdogan said at the close of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.There have been growing indications Turks will not be given the visa-free travel by the target of the end of this month and Chancellor Angela Merkel warned after talks with Erdogan on Monday that the target was unlikely to be met.The agreement -- which is already being implemented -- saw Turkey pledge to work to stop migrants cross the Aegean to Europe and also readmit migrants who crossed illegally.EU ...

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Russia ready to coordinate with Kurds and US on Raqa offensive: Lavrov MOSCOW: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said Moscow was ready to coordinate with a Kurdish-Arab alliance and the US-led coalition in an assault on the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion of Raqa."I say with all authority that we are ready for such coordination," Lavrov told journalists at a summit in Uzbekistan, quoted by TASS state news agency.He was speaking before Kurdish-Arab forces announced that the assault had been launched, saying: "I cannot say ...

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Turkey's new PM rejects notion Erdogan is meddling in govt affairs ISTANBUL: Turkey's new Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday that President Tayyip Erdogan was carrying out his political responsibilities as head of state, rejecting suggestions that he was meddling in government affairs.In his first speech in parliament after announcing a new cabinet, Yildirim also said operations against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the largely Kurdish southeast would continue until they stopped their attacks.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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European leaders call for 'immediate' peace in Ukraine PARIS: The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine called Monday for a peace deal aimed at ending the separatist war in eastern Ukraine to be implemented "as quickly as possible", as fresh clashes erupted.The office of France's President Francois Hollande said in a statement the leaders spoke over the phone and "recalled their commitment to the Minsk peace accords and their determination to do everything to ensure they are implemented in full as quickly ...

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Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp IDOMENI: Hundreds of Greek police on Tuesday began clearing the squalid Idomeni camp, a migrant flashpoint on the Macedonia border where thousands of people have been camped out for more than three months.The overcrowded camp packed with desperate refugees and migrants has become a potent symbol of the human suffering and chaos as Europe struggles to cope with its worst migrant crisis since World War II. In an operation which began shortly after sunrise, hundreds ...

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Italy helps rescue 2,600 migrants from sea in 24 hours ROME: Italian vessels have helped rescue more than 2,600 migrants from boats trying to reach Europe from North Africa in the last 24 hours, the coastguard said on Monday, indicating that numbers are rising as the weather warms up. Some 2,000 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast from 14 rubber dinghies and one larger boat in salvage operations by the Italian navy and coastguard, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres and an Irish navy ...

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EU finance services chief says Britain faces barriers if quits EU LONDON: Britain would face trade barriers if it left the European Union and its single market, the EU's financial services commissioner Jonathan Hill said on Monday. Hill, a Briton appointed to the European Commission by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, stepped up warnings on the consequences for the City of London financial district if Britain votes to leave the 28-country bloc in a June 23 referendum. Financial services are Britain's biggest export earner and are ...