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Greece in debt relief 'breakthrough' with eurozone, IMF BRUSSELS: Eurozone finance ministers reached a vital deal with Greece on Wednesday to start debt relief for Athens as demanded by the International Monetary Fund, and to unlock 10.3 billion euros ($12 billion) in bailout cash.The US-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) had said that easing Greece's huge debt burden was a condition for its continued participation in the bailout programme, despite opposition from Germany to giving Athens more favours.The 19 ministers from the countries that use the euro met two days after Greek lawmakers passed yet another round of spending cuts and tax hikes demanded by its creditors.After hammering out a deal at late-night talks in Brussels, Eurogroup chief and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the ministers had achieved a "major breakthrough". "This is an important moment in the long Greek programme, an important moment for all of us, since last summer when we had a major crisis of ...

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Greece starts moving migrants from squalid border camp IDOMENI: Greece sent in police and bulldozers on Tuesday to knock down tents and relocate hundreds of migrants who had been stranded for months in a squalid makeshift camp on the border with Macedonia.Several busloads of people, most of them families with children, left the sprawling expanse of tents at Idomeni to move to state-run centres further south. Buses were lined up ready to take more, Reuters witnesses said.By the latest count, at least 8,000 ...

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Canada PM Trudeau's popularity soars OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's popularity has reached a new high, even after his arguably worst day in office that saw him recently jostle fellow lawmakers, a poll found Tuesday."Trudeau has now hit a new personal best," polling firm Nanos said in a statement.Its random telephone interviews with 1,000 Canadians over four weeks ending May 20 found that 54 percent of respondents prefer the Liberal leader as prime minister.Opposition heads, meanwhile, scored 16 and ...

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2,000 migrants moved from Greek border camp IDOMENI: Greek police on Tuesday transferred over two thousand migrants out of the overcrowded camp of Idomeni, launching a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for monthsThe operation began shortly after sunrise, and by evening police said they had put 2,024 people on buses to newly opened camps near Greece's second city Thessaloniki, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) to the south.A hundred of the ...

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Erdogan says Turkey parliament will block EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the European Union that the Turkish parliament would block laws related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand of visa-free travel."If that is not what will happen... no decision and no law in the framework of the readmission agreement will come out of the parliament of the Turkish Republic," Erdogan said at the close ...

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Russia ready to coordinate with Kurds and US on Raqa offensive: Lavrov MOSCOW: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said Moscow was ready to coordinate with a Kurdish-Arab alliance and the US-led coalition in an assault on the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion of Raqa."I say with all authority that we are ready for such coordination," Lavrov told journalists at a summit in Uzbekistan, quoted by TASS state news agency.He was speaking before Kurdish-Arab forces announced that the assault had been launched, saying: "I cannot say ...

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Turkey's new PM rejects notion Erdogan is meddling in govt affairs ISTANBUL: Turkey's new Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday that President Tayyip Erdogan was carrying out his political responsibilities as head of state, rejecting suggestions that he was meddling in government affairs.In his first speech in parliament after announcing a new cabinet, Yildirim also said operations against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the largely Kurdish southeast would continue until they stopped their attacks.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...