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French parliament approves militant travel ban PARIS: France's parliament on Tuesday approved a new anti-terror bill aimed at preventing potential militants from travelling to Iraq, Syria or elsewhere by confiscating their passports.The travel ban on French nationals could be imposed "where there are serious reasons to believe that someone is planning to travel abroad to take part in terrorist activities, war crimes or crimes against humanity or in a theatre of operations of terrorist groups and in conditions likely to jeopardise public security upon their return to French territory", according to the text.Under the scheme the travel ban may be imposed for six months, renewable for up to two years. Someone placed under the order would have their passport and French identity card confiscated."Six months is a reasonable period because this is a serious measure," said Sebastien Pietrasanta, a deputy with the ruling Socialists, who introduced the bill.He was responding to an amendment put forward by ...

Argentina summons US diplomat over 'default' comment BUENOS AIRES: Argentina summoned the acting American ambassador Tuesday over his comments on its failure to repay debt tied up in a US legal battle, protesting his use of the word "default" and accusing him of trampling on the country's sovereignty.Kevin Sullivan, the charge d'affaires and top-ranking diplomat at the US embassy in Buenos Aires, told Argentine newspaper Clarin that it was "important for Argentina to exit default as soon as possible to return to ...
Scandal-hit Sarkozy poised to announce comeback PARIS: It's one of the worst kept secrets in French politics: Nicolas Sarkozy, who leapt to power in 2007 before suffering a humbling defeat five years later, is poised to make his comeback this week.After several years of 'will he-won't he', France's former "bling-bling" leader is expected to announce his return to the cut-throat political front-line despite being directly or indirectly involved in at least seven graft investigations.The energetic 59-year-old -- who inspires hate and ...
Exiled Muslim Brotherhood leaders would be welcome in Turkey: Erdogan ISTANBUL: Turkey would welcome exiled leaders of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood who have come under pressure to leave Qatar, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. A Brotherhood official said on Saturday that several members of the group were relocating after Qatar came under enormous pressure from other Gulf Arab states to cut support for the Islamist group. "If they make any request to come to Turkey, we will review their request," Erdogan was quoted as ...
Russia to deploy reinforcements to Crimea area: minister MOSCOW: Russia's defence minister called on Tuesday for the deployment of reinforcements to the Crimea and southern Russia, citing the worsening crisis in Ukraine and buildup of foreign forces nearby. Sergei Shoigu said it was a "priority" to deploy a "full and self-reliant group of troops in the direction of Crimea."Cited by Russian news agencies, he said the "situation in Ukraine has sharply worsened and the foreign military presence has increased very close to our ...
French PM sticks to reform plan ahead of crunch confidence vote PARIS: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged Tuesday to stick to the disputed economic reform plan that he has championed, ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote of confidence."Nothing must let us deviate from our commitment to save 50 billion euros ($65 billion) within three years," he told parliament, referring to the Socialist government's Responsibility Pact that aims to kickstart growth in the country with huge spending cuts.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
French PM Valls mollifies rebels before confidence vote PARIS: Allies of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls tipped him to survive a confidence vote in parliament on Tuesday after the centre-left leader pursued a two-day charm offensive to cajole rebel backbenchers into the government camp.But the wider question remained over whether Valls, whose poll ratings have crumbled since he took on the job of President Francois Hollande's premier in April, will retain the authority needed to revamp the euro zone's second largest economy and ...


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