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Spanish court to consider paternity suits against ex-king MADRID: Spain's Supreme Court will consider two paternity suits against former king Juan Carlos lodged by a waiter and his sister who believe they are the illegitimate children of the ex-monarch, a judicial source said Thursday.The 10 judges comprising the civil chamber of the nation's highest court will consider the applications filed by Spaniard Alberto Sola Jimenez and Belgian Ingrid Jeanne Sartiau in January at the earliest, the source said.Dogged by scandals and weakened by health problems, Juan Carlos, 76, abdicated in June, passing the throne to his son Felipe VI.Civilian courts had rejected the two claims in 2012, citing the king's constitutional immunity.Juan Carlos lost his total immunity when he stepped down but parliament rushed through a controversial law granting new legal protection to the ageing monarch, which, however, do not completely shield him.He now must answer to the Supreme Court, which has a high threshold for evidence, giving ...

Shots near Israeli embassy in Athens: police ATHENS: Police in Greece early on Friday were investigating a strafing attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens in which nobody was injured, a police source said.The shots were apparently fired from a motorcycle with two persons passing in front of the embassy, which lies on the corner of a busy highway, the police said.Another two persons on a second motorcycle are suspected of participating in the 3:20 am (0120 GMT) attack.Early evidence suggests a ...
The year Putin tore up the rule book MOSCOW: For years he played the part of the frosty pragmatist, doggedly set on restoring pride and power to a once-great superpower. Then, on February 27, 2014, President Vladimir Putin went rogue.The decision to send unidentified soldiers into Ukraine's Crimean peninsula leading to its annexation by Russia was far more than an act of aggression against a recalcitrant neighbour. It marked a direct assault on the foundations of an international system that has largely held ...
British and Irish leaders bid to break deadlock in Belfast LONDON: The British and Irish prime ministers travel to Belfast on Thursday in a bid to break political deadlock between parties in Northern Ireland's fragile unity government.British leader David Cameron and his Irish counterpart Enda Kenny are to hold talks amid increasing concern over whether the joint administration of unionists and nationalists is at risk of collapse.The Democratic Unionist Party and Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party are deadlocked over welfare reform, as well as issues ...
Britain's Miliband bids to overturn image on economy LONDON: British opposition leader Ed Miliband will attempt to counter claims he is soft on the economy in a speech Thursday, five months from a national election and as he shrugs off a crisis over his leadership.Opinion polls show Miliband's Labour party to be neck-and-neck with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, but indicate the opposition are not as trusted on the economy.Miliband will seek to overturn this image -- compounded in an embarrassing incident when ...
Ukraine mulls Australia energy to ease reliance on Russia SYDNEY: Energy-starved Ukraine Thursday held talks with Australia over the supply of coal and uranium as it looks to ease its reliance on hostile neighbour Russia for gas.Ukraine this week received its first Russian natural gas shipments since a politically charged price dispute saw Moscow cut off its West-leaning neighbour in June.The resumption of gas flows means the war-scarred nation of 45 million people should have enough supplies to heat homes through the bitter winter ...
Dozens arrested at London protest over US police killings LONDON: British authorities arrested 76 people at a mass "die-in" in London held in solidarity with demonstrations sweeping the United States over recent controversial killings of black men by police.Hundreds of demonstrators blocked the Westfield shopping mall in west London by lying down on the floor, many holding placards echoing the "Black lives matter" and "Hands up" slogans branded on signs at the US protests.Rallies have been held across the US in recent months after ...


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