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EU chief unveils plans to avoid 'Brexit' BRUSSELS: EU president Donald Tusk unveiled proposals to keep Britain in the 28-nation club on Tuesday, firing the starting gun for two weeks of tense negotiations to reach a deal at a summit later this month.The proposals include a four-year "emergency brake" on welfare payments for EU migrant workers, protection for countries that do not use the euro and a "red card" system giving national parliaments more power.British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tusk's plans showed "real progress" and made it likely that he would campaign to stay in the European Union in a referendum expected in June.But eurosceptics in Britain dismissed the proposals as worthless, and they could be a hard sell ahead of the February 18-19 summit for some EU states, who fear that Cameron is winning too many concessions."To be, or not to be together, that is the question which must be answered not only by the ...

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Finnish PM halts plan to house refugees at his home HELSINKI: Finland's centrist Prime Minister Juha Sipila has backtracked from his plans to house asylum seekers at his country house for security reasons, a government official said Tuesday."The prime minister has decided that at this stage and situation no one will be placed in his residence in Kempele," the government's security chief Jari Ylitalo told AFP.Sipila, a former businessman who has headed a centre-right government since May, vowed on state television in September to host ...

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Eurozone Dec unemployment falls to 4-year low: Eurostat BRUSSELS: Eurozone unemployment fell to its lowest level in more than four years in December, official data showed Tuesday, beating forecasts from analysts worried about the global economic outlook.The Eurostat statistics agency said unemployment in the 19-nation eurozone dropped to 10.4 percent in December from 10.5 percent in November, its lowest rate since September 2011.Analysts had expected the December figure to be unchanged at 10.5 percent, taking into account the sharp slowdown in China and ...

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German unemployment hits new low, despite refugee influx FRANKFURT: German unemployment fell to a new historic low in January, despite a massive influx of refugees, as the recovery in Europe's biggest economy remains on track, data showed on Tuesday. The unemployment rate -- which measures the jobless total against the working population as a whole -- eased to 6.2 percent in January from 6.3 percent in December. In numerical terms, the number of people registered as unemployed in Germany declined by a seasonally-adjusted ...

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EU's Tusk proposes four-year brake on migrant benefits in 'Brexit' deal BRUSSELS: EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday unveiled key proposals to keep Britain in the bloc, including a four-year brake on benefit payments for migrant workers and protection for countries that do not use the euro currency."To be, or not to be together, that is the question... My proposal for a new settlement for #UKinEU," Tusk tweeted as he published the plan ahead of a crucial summit on February 18-19 when EU states will try ...

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Ivorian militia leader is 'like Martin Luther King' ICC told THE HAGUE: Former Ivorian youth militia leader Charles Ble Goude was a "man of peace," in the same mould as US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and tried to stop post-polls turmoil in 2010, his lawyer said Tuesday."Charles Ble Goude never ordered the violence," lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops told judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) where his client and the Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo are on trial for crimes against humanity.Ble Goude ...

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'Real progress' on draft EU deal but 'more work' needed: Cameron LONDON: A draft deal for key changes in Britain's membership in the European Union ahead of its in/out referendum "shows real progress" but "more work" is still needed, Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday."Draft EU renegotiation document shows real progress in all four areas where UK needs change but there's more work to do," he wrote on Twitter.Cameron said the document had advanced Britain's calls for a brake on the concept of "ever closer union" ...