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Russia says Lavrov, Steinmeier to meet on Ukraine, Syria MOSCOW: The Russian and German foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will meet on Monday to discuss the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated this week after President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of sabotage plans in Crimea, the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.The meeting follows Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Russia this week where he discussed the Syrian conflict with Putin, in their first meeting following a diplomatic rift after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in November.The Foreign Ministry said on its website the meeting will take place in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Turkey criticises UN rights boss for comments on failed coup ISTANBUL: Turkey on Saturday criticised a top UN human rights official for saying Ankara should stem its "thirst for revenge" after a failed coup attempt and denied people's rights were being violated in a purge of officials and professional ranks. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called on Ankara this week to uphold the rights of detainees held since the July 15-16 abortive putsch.Authorities have suspended, detained or begun investigating tens ...

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UK to match EU funds, farm subsidies after Brexit LONDON: The British government pledged Saturday to match European Union funding for farmers, universities and infrastructure projects after Britain leaves the bloc, to stem fears that key sectors will be left struggling.The commitment, intended to address uncertainty over the impact of the June 23 vote for Brexit, could cost around #4.5 billion ($5.8 billion, 5.2 billion euros) a year, finance minister Philip Hammond said. The commitment applies to agricultural funds until 2020, structural and investment ...

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Croatia candidates battle over tax cuts ahead of September polls ZAGREB: The top two contenders in Croatia's general election battled on Friday over who would be best placed to cut taxes and boost growth, in a televised debate that put the economy at the forefront of a ballot that might not end a political deadlock. Croatians vote on Sept. 11 for the second time in less than a year. Zagreb needs decisive reforms to fix its fragile public finances, improve the investment climate and spur ...

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EU backs Ukraine as tensions mount with Russia BRUSSELS: EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Friday reiterated the bloc's support for Ukraine and urged Kiev and Moscow to avoid any action which could further escalate tensions.Mogherini said she had telephoned Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to discuss the situation, as Kiev accused Russia of stoking unrest in the east of the country and around Crimea which Moscow annexed in 2014."The European Union condemns and does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea ...

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Putin dismisses powerful chief of staff MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday unexpectedly dismissed his close ally and powerful chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, the Kremlin said in a statement."Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed to relieve Ivanov of his duties as head of the Russian presidential administration," the statement said, adding that Ivanov would now serve as a special representative for environmental and transportation issues.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Turkey issues arrest warrant for ex-football star in coup probe ISTANBUL: Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for its former international football star striker Hakan Sukur in the probe over the failed July 15 coup aimed at unseating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a report said Friday.Sukur is accused by prosecutors of "being a member of an armed terror group", a reference to the organisation of the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who Ankara claims was behind the coup, state-run Anadolu news agency said. It added that ...