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British PM chairs emergency meeting over beheading video LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron will gather some of his top security advisors on Sunday to discuss Britain's response to an online video showing the murder of an aid worker by Islamic State militants.He will chair a meeting of the government's emergency response committee, Cobra, attended by senior representatives of the military and security services, the Foreign Office and Home Office interior ministry, a spokeswoman said.Cameron has condemned the beheading of 44-year-old David Haines as "pure evil", after the video was released late Saturday showing his execution by the IS jihadist group, which has swept across Iraq and Syria in recent months.The prime minister said Britain would do "everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes".It was the third apparent beheading of a Western hostage in less than a month and the militant in the video threatened to execute a ...

Dutch Ebola doctors 'to be evacuated on Sunday' THE HAGUE: Two Dutch doctors feared to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone are set to be flown back to the Netherlands "as soon as possible", the foreign ministry said Saturday.The healthcare workers could be back home by Sunday afternoon "if all goes well", spokesman Harald Wychgel from the Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) told AFP.The two men are not yet showing any symptoms of the ...
Social Democrats, far right seen as winners in Sweden vote STOCKHOLM: Sweden is expected to vote the Social Democrats back into power in general elections Sunday, while the anti-immigration far right is likely to make historic gains.Stefan Loefven, the stocky leader of the Social Democrats, looks set to become the next prime minister for the nearly 10 million Swedes, probably in a coalition with the Greens and the former communist Left Party.But on the eve of the election, the 57-year-old former welder admitted that governing ...
Greece will not need third bailout: PM ATHENS: Greece is beating its fiscal targets and will not need a third bailout from its international creditors, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told Sunday's Realnews newspaper, confident that the country's debt will soon be deemed viable. After nearly crashing out of the euro zone two years ago, Greece has managed to bring its finances back on track and post a budget surplus before interest payments last year. Athens has relied on a 240 billion euro ...
Spain urges common stance as euro zone at odds over ABS guarantees MILAN: Spain called on Saturday for the euro zone to find a common stance on whether to provide guarantees for the European Central Bank's debt-buying programme after governments dragged their feet and the ECB said the programme risked being less effective. As part of efforts to spur lending in the euro zone and revive its stagnating economy, the ECB has pledged to buy senior tranches of repackaged debt issues, or asset-backed securities (ABS).It could also ...
Merkel warns SPD to shun coalition with Left in eastern state APOLDA: Chancellor Angela Merkel warned the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), her junior partners in national government, against forming a coalition to install the first hardline Left party regional premier after Sunday polls in the eastern state of Thuringia."There's something strange happening in Thuringia," Merkel said, referring to speculation the SPD might switch allegiances in Thuringia, where they are now junior partners in a similar grand coalition as at the national level in Berlin, and join ...
Putin trying to destroy Ukraine, says its PM KIEV: Ukraine's prime minister said on Saturday Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed to destroy Ukraine as an independent country and said only NATO could defend the ex-Soviet republic from external aggression.Kiev and its Western backers accuse Moscow of sending troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine in support of pro-Russian separatists battling Ukrainian forces in a conflict that has killed more than 3,000 people. Russia denies the accusations.A fragile ceasefire negotiated by envoys from Ukraine, Russia, ...


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