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UK PM May says position on Heathrow expansion has not changed LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday the government's position on the possible expansion of London's Heathrow airport had not changed, and that it would be making a decision "in due course". "On Heathrow, the position has not changed," May told parliament."Obviously the Howard Davies review work was done, some further work is being done in relation to the question of air quality around the various proposals that were put forward, and the cabinet and government will be taking a decision on this in the proper way in due course."May was speaking during her first Prime Minister's Questions session since becoming leader of the ruling Conservatives earlier this month.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Hollande says boosted reserve force could form 'National Guard' SAINT-ASTIER: French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that a call to boost reserve forces had paved the way to a "National Guard."Between current reservists, and the call for more volunteers, "we can say that France, with you, is forming a National Guard," Hollande said.French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve made the appeal for volunteers to boost security forces as France reels from its third major Islamist attack in the past 18 months.The government has faced tough ...

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Erdogan chairs security council as 50,000 hit by Turkey purge ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday chaired a crunch security meeting for the first time since the failed coup, after a widening purge that has seen around 50,000 people either detained or sacked.The Turkish air force meanwhile launched its first strikes since Friday's putsch against targets of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, in a sign Erdogan has regained full control over the armed forces.The coup bid by rebel soldiers ...

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Sterling slide pounds Eurotunnel earnings outlook PARIS: Eurotunnel, which manages the rail link under the Channel, lowered Wednesday its earnings targets due the fall in the value of the pound but said that Brexit would not harm long-term growth.Sales fell 10.3 percent to 581.8 million euros ($639.2 million), although three-quarters of this was due to the shutting down of its ferry service MyFerryLink, the company said.The rest was attributable to the value of the pound, which had already slid before the ...

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Belgium 'ready' to take Britain's EU presidency: official BRUSSELS: Belgium is ready to take on Britain's rotating six-month EU presidency in 2017 after London announced it would drop out in order to focus on its Brexit negotiations, a Belgian official said Wednesday."Belgium is ready to take over this presidency if we are asked," foreign ministry spokesman Didier Vanderhasselt told AFP.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Britain relinquishes rotating EU presidency in 2017 LONDON: Britain will no longer take on the rotating EU presidency as planned next year, relinquishing the role in the wake of the Brexit vote, Prime Minister Theresa May's office said Wednesday.May informed European Council president Donald Tusk of her decision in a phone call on Tuesday, noting that her government will be "very busy with negotiations to leave the EU", a spokesman said.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2016 ...

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Erdogan back in Ankara as thousands hit by Turkey purge ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was Wednesday to chair a crunch security meeting in Ankara for the first time since the failed coup, with tens of thousands either detained or sacked from their jobs in a widening purge.The Turkish air force meanwhile launched their first strikes against targets of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq since the putsch aimed at unseating Erdogan, in a sign he has regained full control over ...