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Europe

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Hollande 'open' to six-month extension of French emergency PARIS: President Francois Hollande said Tuesday he was willing to extend France's state of emergency for another six months following the Bastille Day massacre, as lawmakers prepared to debate the country's tough security laws.French MPs will mull a fourth extension of the eight-month-old state of emergency, as criticism mounted of the Socialist government's response to a slew of extremist attacks."We are up against challenges and that of terrorism is without doubt one of the largest ones," said Hollande, using a visit to Portugal to urge the whole of Europe to make defence an absolute priority. Hollande had only last Thursday announced a planned lifting of the measures imposed after the Paris attacks that killed 130 in November.But he changed tack hours later after a truck driver ploughed through a crowd leaving a July 14 fireworks display in Nice, killing 84 people.Hollande initially proposed a three-month extension but said Tuesday he ...

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Turkey PM warns against 'feeling of revenge' after coup ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday warned against revenge in the aftermath of a failed coup targeting his government."Nobody can have a feeling of revenge. This is unacceptable in a state governed by rule of law," Yildirim said, referring to images purportedly showing government supporters physically attacking alleged coup backers. He vowed however that whoever had acted against the law would be punished. "Today we need unity," he said. Turkey has jailed over ...

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US, Australia a 'united front' in Pacific: Biden SYDNEY: US and Australian troops plan to step up training so they are "fully prepared" to answer challenges in the Pacific, US Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday amid rising tensions over Beijing's claims in the South China Sea.Speaking in Sydney after meeting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Biden said the two nations were a "genuine brotherhood" committed to "making sure the sea lanes are open and the skies are free for navigation"."They are the life ...

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Turkey jails generals as concern grows over crackdown ANKARA: Turkey jailed over two dozen generals, including a former air force chief, on suspicion of planning the coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as Ankara Tuesday stepped up a relentless crackdown despite international concern.Erdogan has denounced the coup, which left more than 300 dead on all sides, as a treacherous bid to oust him from power devised from the Pennsylvania compound of his arch-enemy, the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.But with the authorities detaining over ...

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France expected to extend emergency laws after Nice NICE: France will Tuesday decide whether to extend the state of emergency for a fourth time, possibly until 2017, after a massacre in Nice that left 84 people dead.President Francois Hollande was this month set to lift the measures -- in place since the November attacks on Paris claimed by the Islamic State group -- but instead extended them for another three months after the carnage in Nice.The debate by parliament takes place in a ...

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Erdogan foe Gulen dismisses Turkey extradition bid SAYLORSBURG: Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric and bitter foe of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Monday dismissed as doomed to fail Ankara's bid to extradite him from the United States over a failed coup attempt.Gulen, the spiritual leader of the Hizmet movement -- which promotes moderate Islam across dozens of countries and is dubbed a terrorist group by Erdogan -- firmly denies Ankara's charge he was behind the coup bid."I have no concerns personally," Gulen ...

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British MPs back new PM and vote to update nuclear deterrent LONDON: New British Prime Minster Theresa May on Monday won her first parliamentary battle when MPs overwhelmingly voted to replace the ageing submarines that carry Britain's nuclear arsenal.In her first address to the House of Commons since taking office last week following the EU referendum, May warned that the threat from nuclear weapons was increasing and said it would be an "act of gross irresponsibility" to abandon the nuclear deterrent.Parliamentarians voted in favour of the ...