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EU ministers agree on arming Iraq Kurds to end 'slaughter' BRUSSELS: EU ministers agreed at an emergency meeting on Friday to back the arming of overwhelmed Iraqi Kurdish fighters in the face of an onslaught by Islamic State militants.Ministers were gathered in Brussels in a rare summertime meeting facing calls to step up efforts to stop what Germany said was a slaughter of civilians."Iraq is on the brink of a true catastrophe. A million people in Iraq are fleeing their homes," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said."In northern Iraq, in the Kurdish part, Yazidis and Christians are being persecuted and slaughtered."The meeting was called at the urging of France and Italy, which said the situation in Iraq required urgent attention. The ministers said they welcomed "the decision by individual member states to respond positively to the call by the Kurdish regional authorities to provide urgently military material"."Such responses will be done according to the capabilities and national laws of the ...

Crimea wants out of Russian food sanctions MOSCOW: Crimea has asked Moscow for an exception to Russian sanctions blocking food imports from Ukraine, a senior regional official said on Friday.The request was handed over as Russian ministers gathered Thursday to discuss the problems faced on the peninsula five months after Moscow annexed it from Ukraine, Crimean Agriculture Minister Nikolai Polyushkin said according to local media. "We requested that Crimea be excluded from the general economic sanctions that Russia has introduced given that ...
Hollande, African leaders honour 'southern D-Day' veterans FRANCE: President Francois Hollande and 15 African leaders paid tribute on Friday to the hundreds of thousands of troops who, 70 years ago, launched the southern invasion of occupied France that opened up a second western front against Hitler's Nazis.After a colourful military ceremony on the aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle under clear blue southern France skies, Hollande said Europe "should never forget that its salvation came from the south."Hollande was joined on the carrier ...
Hollande urges Russia to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity PARIS: French President Francois Hollande urged Russia on Friday to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and called on the presidents of Russia and Ukraine to take all necessary steps to prevent any escalation of conflict. Hollande was speaking on board the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier during a World War Two commemoration ceremony. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
British PM ‘gravely concerned’ by reports of Russian military crossing into Ukraine LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he was gravely concerned by reports that Russian military vehicles had crossed into Ukraine and warned the Kremlin not to use an aid convoy as a pretext for stoking the conflict. Cameron expressed his concerns during a call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a spokesman for Cameron's Downing Street office said. Russia "must not use the aid convoy as a pretext for further provocation," the spokesman ...
Turkey ruling party to agree on new PM next week: Erdogan ANKARA: Turkey's president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will meet on August 21 to agree on his successor as party leader and prime minister, newspapers reported Friday. Erdogan, who won presidential elections on August 10 in the first round, must by law step down not only as prime minister but also as AKP leader when he is sworn in as president on August 28. "We will hold a meeting ...
Hollande to lead 'southern D-Day' tributes, 70 years on TOULON: President Francois Hollande leads ceremonies Friday to mark 70 years since the Allied invasion of southern France which, two months after D-Day, pushed the exhausted Nazi army back towards Germany and hastened the end of World War II in Europe.Joining Hollande will be 15 leaders from France's former African colonies, in recognition of the key role troops from these countries played in liberating France from the scourge of Adolf Hitler's Nazis.They and representatives of ...


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