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France presses for quick EU divorce with Britain, Germany cautious BERLIN: France's foreign minister called on Saturday for the European Union to move ahead quickly to seal the terms of a British exit from the bloc, arguing that the other 27 members needed to give the EU new purpose or else risk populism taking hold. "Negotiations have to go quickly in the common interest," Jean-Marc Ayrault said on his way to a meeting in Berlin of foreign ministers from the six founding members of the EU - Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.Britain voted on Thursday to leave the EU, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow since World War Two to the European project of forging greater unity.The EU's other members and the British government must now work out the terms for the country's departure and future relationship with the bloc.German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, hosting Saturday's meeting, struck a more ...

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Brexit weakens finance minister Osborne's leadership chances, says senior Conservative LONDON: British finance minister George Osborne's chances of succeeding Prime Minister David Cameron have been "much weakened" by the country's decision to quit the European Union, senior Conservative Party member Alan Duncan said on Saturday.Cameron said he would resign after Thursday's referendum result showed 52 percent of Britons wanted to leave the EU."Remain" campaigner Osborne, Cameron's political ally and finance minister since 2010, had been seen as the frontrunner to become the party's next leader. ...

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Brexit divorce 'not amicable' but must be quick: Juncker BERLIN: European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Britain's planned departure from the European Union was "not an amicable divorce" but called for it to be quick."I do not understand why the British government needs until October to decide whether to send the divorce letter to Brussels," he told German public broadcaster ARD late Friday."I'd like it immediately."He admitted that the EU had hoped Britain would stay but that now it was key to make the ...

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Cameron resigns as Brexit vote shocks EU, pummels markets LONDON: British voters dealt a seismic blow to the European Union by voting to leave the bloc, triggering the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron Friday and sending world financial markets into freefall.The shock outcome of Thursday's historic referendum could have a knock-on effect on other EU members battling hostility to Brussels and possibly lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom after Scotland raised the prospect of another independence vote. Britons, many worried by ...

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Two men killed in Marseille shooting MARSEILLE: Two men were killed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a 14-year-old girl seriously wounded in a shooting early Saturday in the southern French city of Marseille, Police Commissioner Laurent Nunez told AFP.The two men, whose identities were not revealed, were shot dead in their car in a carpark in the Consolat housing estate in a northern district of the city shortly after midnight. The teenager was nearby and was seriously wounded in the ...

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Brexit, a sign of anti-elite revolt PARIS: It was Britain's poorer and less-educated citizens -- angry at not having shared in the economic benefits of a new world order -- who pushed it out of the European Union, in a vote that threatens elites, analysts say.They are those who suffered the worst hangover from the economic crisis, and whose precarious economic position makes them most fearful of rising immigration -- to the benefit of far right groups in the EU and ...

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Eurosceptic English resort hopes for sunny future post-Brexit LONDON: With its deserted casinos, ice-cream parlours and seagulls circling above a lofty Victorian pier, the English seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea is like a postcard for the Britain of yesteryear.Nostalgia for the domestic beach tourism heyday of the 1940s-1980s is palpable in this small Essex resort, the unlikely epicentre of a eurosceptic wave that peaked on Thursday with Britain's stunning decision to pull out of the EU.Clacton's local area, a bastion of the UK Independence ...