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EU, US urge Turkey to respect rule of law: Kerry BRUSSELS: The United States and European Union call on Turkey to respect the rule of law in the crackdown following the attempted coup, US Secretary of State John Kerry said during a visit to Brussels on Monday."We firmly urge the government of Turkey to maintain calm and stability throughout the country," Kerry told a news conference with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after talks with EU foreign ministers."And we also urge the government of Turkey to uphold the highest standards of respect for the nation's democratic institutions and the rule of law."President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has detained more than 7,000 people and dismissed nearly 9,000 officials in a huge crackdown following the failed coup.Kerry said that the United States and EU would be watching the situation to prevent "backsliding" by Turkey."I think the level of vigilance and scrutiny is going to be significant in the days ahead," he ...

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Merkel to discuss Brexit, Turkey at Weds meeting with May in Berlin BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet British Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin on Wednesday, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday."Political developments in Turkey, the refugee question as well as the Brexit issue will be the focus of a joint discussion," Seibert said in a statement.The two leaders would hold a joint news conference at the German chancellery before having dinner together, Seibert added.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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British PM May to visit Berlin, Paris in first foreign trip LONDON: Theresa May will visit Berlin on Wednesday in her first foreign visit as Britain's new prime minister, Downing Street said, for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the UK's preparations to leave the EU.She will then head for Paris on Thursday for similar talks with French President Francois Hollande, and for discussions on counter-terror cooperation following the Nice attack, a Downing Street spokeswoman said Monday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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EU pushes Turkey on rule of law after coup crackdown BRUSSELS: Turkey must protect the rule of law as it cracks down after the failed coup, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday, as the bloc said it looked like the government had prepared a list of people to arrest beforehand."We are the ones saying today rule of law has to be protected in the country, there is no excuse for any steps that take the country away from that," Mogherini said as European ...

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Johnson says Britain not abandoning 'leading role' in Europe BRUSSELS: New British foreign minister and top Brexit backer Boris Johnson pledged Monday Britain would continue to play a leading role in Europe as he met his European Union peers for the first time."We have to give effect to the will of the people and leave the European Union but... we are not going in any way to abandon our leading role in European participation," Johnson said.He said he had had a "very good conversation" ...

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Turkey in new raids against suspected coup plotters ISTANBUL: Turkish security forces on Monday carried out new raids against suspected plotters of the botched coup against the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as international concern grew over the scale of the crackdown.The authorities have said around 6,000 people have been detained so far in the investigation into Friday's coup which Erdogan has blamed on his arch enemy the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.On Monday morning, special Istanbul anti-terror police units raided the prestigious ...

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In May's first test, UK MPs vote on nuclear deterrent LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May will face her first parliamentary test on Monday when lawmakers vote on replacing the ageing submarines that carry Britain's nuclear weapons.Five days after taking office in the wake of the referendum vote to leave the European Union, May will use her first speech to the House of Commons as premier to defend the nuclear deterrent as the "ultimate insurance".MPs are almost certain to approve the construction of four new submarines ...