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Turkey PM pressures Merkel on visa-free travel in migrant deal GAZIANTEP: Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu pressured German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top EU officials on Saturday to deliver on a promise of visa-free travel for Turkish citizens key to the success of a migrant deal."The issue of the visa waiver is vital for Turkey," he said at a joint news conference with Merkel, European Council head Donald Tusk and European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans.Merkel is on a high-stakes visit to Turkey aimed at boosting a six-billion-euro ($6.7 billion) deal plagued by moral and legal concerns to return migrants arriving on Greek shores to Turkey.Ties between Germany and Turkey are strained following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's warning that the deal would fall through if the EU did not keep up its end of the bargain by allowing visa-free travel for Turkish citizens.The bloc promised to present a visa recommendation on May 4 if Ankara complies with its side of ...

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Obama played Prince tracks before visiting the queen LONDON: US President Barack Obama paid tribute to pop legend Prince on Friday and revealed he had played "Purple Rain" and "Delirious" that morning before visiting Queen Elizabeth II.Obama, who is on a four-day trip to Britain, said he and US ambassador Matthew Barzun had played the two Prince tracks at the ambassador's residence at Winfield House in London."And so I'm staying at Winfield House. And it so happens that the ambassador has a turntable," ...

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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 ...

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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 ...