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France's Hollande to meet pope after priest killing PARIS: French President Francois Hollande will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican this week, his office said Monday, with the two expected to discuss the fallout from the jihadist murder of a French priest.Hollande's visit to Rome on Wednesday will be his second as French president. In January 2014, he also met the leader of the world's CatholicsThe presidency did not say what Hollande and Francis would discuss.But sources in Hollande's office told AFP the meeting was organised "following the events in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray", the northern town where 85-year-old priest Jacques Hamel was killed by two teens claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group.Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean stormed Hamel's church on July 26 and slit his throat in front of a small group of worshippers while he was conducting mass.The attack was the first committed in the name of IS against a church in the West.Both Kermiche and Petitjean ...

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France's Hollande to meet pope after priest killing PARIS: French President Francois Hollande will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican this week, his office said Monday, with the two expected to discuss the fallout from the jihadist murder of a French priest.Hollande's visit to Rome on Wednesday will be his second as French president. In January 2014, he also met the leader of the world's CatholicsThe presidency did not say what Hollande and Francis would discuss.But sources in Hollande's office told AFP the ...

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We're ready to supply more proof of Ukrainian Crimea incursions: Russia MOSCOW: Russia is ready to provide the West with more evidence about armed Ukrainian incursions into the contested peninsula of Crimea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.Russia accused Ukraine last week of planning terrorist attacks in Crimea to provoke a new conflict over the region Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Ukraine flatly denied that.Lavrov said in televised comments on Monday after talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier that Moscow could supply ...

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Russia's Lavrov says Syrian militants using ceasefires to regroup MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov complained on Monday that Syrian militants had used temporary ceasefires in fighting in and around Aleppo to regroup and rearm. Lavrov, speaking at a news conference in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said he realised that brief daily ceasefires in place now to allow aid to enter and civilians to leave were not sufficient.But he said it was difficult to make the ceasefires ...

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US Vice President Biden to visit Turkey on Aug 24: PM ISTANBUL: US Vice President Joe Biden is to visit Turkey on August 24, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was quoted as saying by Turkish media on Saturday.Yildirim, speaking to a group of Turkish journalists, said that Washington's attitude on an extradition request for Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating an attempted coup last month, had improved.Yildirim said a total of 81,494 people including judges, soldiers and civil servants have either been suspended or sacked since ...

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Merkel to urge chiefs of big companies to hire refugees, Bild reports BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited executives from some of Germany's biggest listed companies to attend a summit next month where she will urge them to hire more refugees, the newspaper Bild reported on Saturday.More than one million migrants flooded into Germany last year, and the government wants to get as many as possible into the job market, which would reduce their dependence on the state and compensate for labour shortages as the workforce ages.Merkel ...

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Turkish PM says Ankara sees no compromise with the US over Gulen extradition ISTANBUL: Turkey's prime minister said on Saturday that Ankara could not compromise with the United States over its request for the extradition of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen which it blames for orchestrating last month's attempted coup.Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made his comments to a group of Turkish journalists who quoted him as saying that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden would visit Turkey on August 24.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would also visit Turkey some ...