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Germany raises glass to 500th anniversary of beer purity law INGOLSTADT: Chancellor Angela Merkel raised a beer glass on Friday to help celebrate 500 years since the birth of Germany's oldest and most revered brewing tradition. German beer fans are marking the anniversary of a decree of April 23, 1516 by the southern state of Bavaria imposing the "Reinheitsgebot" purity law, stating "no ingredients other than barley, hops and water are to be used" in making beer. Amid guards in traditional costume and the sound of clinking glasses, Merkel joined a celebratory event in Ingolstadt, where on Thursday a special beer fountain was unveiled. While no longer actual law, the Reinheitsgebot is still regarded as an important tradition and for many brewers a guideline on how German beer ought to be made.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Obama says EU membership magnifies British influence LONDON: US President Barack Obama said on Friday Britain's membership of the European Union magnified its influence in the world, lending his support to those who want Britain to remain in the bloc ahead of a referendum in June. Britain was at its best when leading a strong Europe, Obama told reporters in London after meeting British Prime Minister David Cameron, adding that the outcome of the referendum was of deep interest to the United ...

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EU moves to lift 15-month ban on Sri Lanka fish exports BRUSSELS: The European Union has proposed lifting a 15-month ban on fish exports from Sri Lanka after it said the country has cracked down on illegal fishing.The 28-nation bloc has meanwhile warned the Pacific island nation of Kiribati as well as Sierre Leone and Trinidad and Tobago that they risked bans if they failed to do more to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, proposed Thursday Sri Lanka be ...

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Ukraine leader names Poland's post-Soviet reformer as aide KIEV: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday appointed the architect of Poland's successful post-Soviet privatisation drive as his economic adviser and representative to the cabinet.Leszek Balcerowicz's selection and the naming of Slovakia's former finance minister Ivan Miclos as the joint chief adviser to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman signals an effort by Poroshenko to reaffirm his commitment to the belt-tightening measures prescribed by the IMF.Ukraine last week emerged from a prolonged political crisis, that paralysed the ...

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No chance of NATO expansion for years, US ambassador says LONDON: There is no chance of NATO expansion in the near future because of fears it could destabilise Russia, the US ambassador to the military alliance said on Friday, a prospect which could disappoint Georgia and a number of Balkan states. Douglas Lute said NATO was at an "an inflection point", facing an upheaval matched only by circumstances at the end of the Cold War, and the alliance did not want to exacerbate internal weaknesses ...

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German states urge media groups to hand over Panama Papers to prosecutors BERLIN: Germany's federal states appealed to media outlets on Friday to let prosecutors examine the full detail of the Panama Papers that revealed how offshore firms are used to stash the wealth of the world's rich and powerful. The scandal broke in early April when German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung said it had received a cache of 11.5 million leaked documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca and then shared them with more than 100 other ...

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IMF's Lagarde says debt relief for Greece critically important AMSTERDAM: Greece and its lenders have made some progress towards an agreement on reforms, but not enough to unlock new loans or start talks on vital debt relief, the head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde said on Friday. "There is more work to be done. We are determined to continue the work. We're not there yet," Lagarde said on arriving for a meeting of euro zone finance ministers."There is more to be done ...