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Cyprus president briefly hospitalised at EU summit NICOSIA: Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was briefly hospitalised with high blood pressure on Thursday in Brussels after flying in for an EU summit, the government said."After prolonged nosebleeds the president of the republic was admitted early in the morning (Thursday) to a hospital in Brussels where it was found that the incident is due to high blood pressure," an official statement said.The 68-year-old Greek Cypriot leader was discharged several hours later after receiving treatment and told to stay at his Brussels hotel to be closely monitored by a doctor, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said.At the summit, Anastasiades had been expected to condemn the entry of a Turkish survey ship into Cyprus's exclusive economic zone where Nicosia has licensed multinational firms to explore for energy reserves.In reaction to the Turkish incursion, EU member Cyprus said it will block any new opening of chapters of Ankara's own European Union accession process.Anastasiades recently ...

Russia detains four more suspects in Total crash probe MOSCOW: Russian investigators detained four more staff members Thursday at the Moscow airport where the CEO of French oil giant Total died when his plane collided with a snow plough.Those detained include an intern air traffic controller, her supervisor, who was in charge of flights at the time, and the heads of the airport's air traffic controllers and runway cleaners. Investigators had already detained the driver of the snow plough and a court hearing on ...
Russia detains four over Total boss plane crash: investigators MOSCOW: Russia has detained four Moscow airport employees over a plane crash which killed the head of French oil giant Total, whose private jet hit a snowplough on takeoff, investigators said Thursday.Those detained include the air traffic controller in charge of directing the doomed plane at Vnukovo airport, her supervisor, the head of air traffic controllers and the chief of runway cleaning, Russia's investigative committee said in a statement. "The investigation suggests that these people ...
EU summit tackles climate change, Ebola BRUSSELS: European Union leaders meet at a summit in Brussels Thursday aimed at clinching a high-stakes deal on combating climate change and boosting efforts to fight the deadly Ebola virus.The heads of state and government from the 28-member EU will also search during the two-day meeting for ways to foster economic growth and jobs amid fears of a triple-dip recession.The main focus on Thursday will be on an ambitious package of climate change targets for ...
Russia keeps its powder dry as Ukraine votes MOSCOW: As war-weary Ukraine prepares to vote in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday, its former master Russia stands by for once apparently unable to influence the outcome.But Moscow's seeming impotence after years of alleged meddling in Ukrainian politics does not mean its policy toward the ex-Soviet state will be swayed by the results, analysts warned.Nor will it prevent the war in the east, which Russia has been accused of orchestrating, exploding into large scale ...
One civilian killed in east Ukraine shelling DONETSK: One civilian was killed and five injured in shelling in east Ukraine's rebel-controlled city of Donetsk over the past day, local authorities said Wednesday.Heavy shelling hit the Kirov and Kalinin districts southwest and north of the city centre on Tuesday and throughout the night, although Wednesday appeared calmer, AFP correspondents said."One civilian was killed due to the fighting, and five more received injuries" on Tuesday, Donetsk city hall said.Although fighting between Kiev's forces and ...
ICC warns Kenya on media leaks in Kenyatta case THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court on Tuesday formally warned Kenya for leaking confidential information to the media in President Uhuru Kenyatta's case related to a request to help freeze or seize his assets.Kenyatta, 52, earlier this month became the first sitting president to appear before The Hague-based court, where he faces charges of crimes against humanity for his role in bloody post-election violence in 2007-08."The Chamber notes with concern the Kenyan government's cumulative inattention ...


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