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Turkish Kurds bury slain child, government denies shooting SIRNAK: Thousands of mourners on Thursday buried a 12-year-old Kurdish boy who activists say was killed by Turkish security forces, a claim vehemently denied by the government.Witnesses told AFP that Nihat Kazanhan, 12, was shot while police were patrolling the largely Kurdish Cizre district of Sirnak province near the Iraqi border, where tensions between locals and security forces are high. It was the latest in a series of deaths undermining the fragile peace process between the Turkish state and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought a bloody 30-year insurgency for Kurdish self-rule.Activists and pro-Kurdish media claimed that police had fired tear gas and plastic bullets, although there were no protests in progress when the boy was shot.Angry mourners shouted slogans and flashed victory signs during the funeral of the boy, who died in hospital of gunshot wounds to the head, an AFP photographer reported. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on ...

Hollande says Muslims 'main victims of fanaticism, intolerance' PARIS: French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that Muslims suffered the most from fundamentalism and intolerance, as the country grapples with the fallout from a string of militant attacks."It is Muslims who are the main victims of fanaticism, fundamentalism and intolerance," Hollande said in a speech at the Arab World Institute in Paris, which beamed the phrase "Je suis Charlie" on its building in the wake of the attacks. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Bulgarian jobless rate edges down to 10.7pc in December SOFIA: Bulgaria's jobless rate edged down to 10.7 percent in December from 10.8 percent a month earlier, the state employment agency said on Wednesday, as Europe's poorest economy battles to generate growth. The number of registered unemployed in the Balkan country of 7.3 million people decreased by 2,553 to 351,051 from a month earlier, the agency said. It added this was the first time the jobless rate had gone down on a monthly basis in ...
Italy's Renzi is caught in race against the crisis LONDON: Matteo Renzi has achieved more in 11 months than sceptics feared. But the Italian prime minister's weak parliamentary position is holding him back. The election of the successor of outgoing President Giorgio Napolitano and another year of low growth could throw doubt on Renzi's ability to end Italy's long crisis. Having seized power in a form of palace coup in February, Renzi has delivered on some but not all of his promises. To be ...
Russia will not cut itself off from world: Medvedev MOSCOW: Russia will not cut itself off from the world because any return to the past would be a "monstrous mistake", Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday. Medvedev, whose country has been hit by Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis that have aggravated an economic crisis, told a conference the central bank had all the instruments it needed to secure the stability of the rouble. He said the central bank would not "eat up" ...
Italy President Napolitano departs, setting challenge for Renzi ROME: Italian President Giorgio Napolitano handed in his resignation as head of state on Wednesday, leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with the politically delicate task of finding a successor. The 89-year-old Napolitano, widely respected outside Italy as a guarantor of stability during the euro zone crisis, had always been expected to step down before the end of his second term in office because of his advanced age. With elections in Greece due later this month ...
British PM under pressure to join election TV debates LONDON: With campaigning already under way for May's general election, British Prime Minister David Cameron faced pressure Wednesday to join TV debates with other party leaders despite indicating he will not take part.Cameron, who has led a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats since 2010, is hoping to win a clear majority this time round but most polls put his Conservatives neck-and-neck with the main opposition Labour party.He has so far resisted calls to take ...


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