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Merkel 'dismayed' by Germany's deadly train crash BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "dismayed" over the head-on collision of two commuter trains on Tuesday that killed at least nine people and injured more than 100."I am dismayed and saddened by the serious train accident this morning at Bad Aibling," Merkel said in a statement. "My sympathy goes out especially to the families of the nine people who have lost their lives. "My thoughts are also with the many injured who are struggling with the consequences of the accident. I wish them a speedy and full recovery."Merkel thanked the rescue services "for their tireless work... under difficult conditions" and said she was confident that the responsible authorities would "make every effort to clear up how this accident could happen". Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Hollande to reshuffle to prepare 2017 French re-election bid PARIS: French President Francois Hollande is expected to set in motion Wednesday a government reshuffle aimed at boosting his appeal to voters ahead of a bid for a second term in 2017.Veteran foreign minister and former premier Laurent Fabius is likely to step aside as Hollande seeks fresh political momentum with just 15 months left in office.Hollande's popularity rose after he took a tough approach on security following the November 13 militant attacks on Paris ...

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Austrian Finance Minister sees ‘ovement’by Heta creditors on offer VIENNA: Austrian Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling believes there is much "movement" in the positions of Heta Asset Resolution's creditors on an offer by the province of Carinthia to buy back their bonds at a discount, he said on Tuesday. "We are now waiting to see how the creditors behave," Schelling told reporters as he arrived for a weekly cabinet meeting. "I believe there is great movement."The offer, which is at a 25 percent discount ...

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Slovak PM says EU will either control migration this year or collapse BRATISLAVA: The European Union will either manage to get migration under control this year or it will collapse, Prime Minister Robert Fico wrote in an article published on Tuesday. Leftist Fico has long held a tough anti-immigration stance and made tackling the flow of refugees the main platform of his campaign for Slovakia's March 5 parliamentary election. "To overlook growing tension, nervousness and fear among people of the fact that EU does not have a ...

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Greece, lenders should conclude first bailout review the soonest ATHENS: Greece and its international lenders must conclude a first assessment of the country's bailout reforms as quickly as possible, the government spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Talks between the mission chiefs from the European Union, International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and the euro zone's bailout fund on reviewing Greece's progress and the government over a tough pension reform plan and fiscal targets took a break on Friday after four days of meetings.A positive review ...

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EU to unveil new energy plan to curb reliance on Russia BRUSSELS: The EU will unveil Wednesday plans to give it power to examine energy contracts that European states sign with countries outside the bloc, amid concerns about Europe's dependence on Russian gas.Brussels is aiming to beef up its legal arsenal one year after launching a landmark "energy union" strategy to secure supplies for the 28-nation EU against a backdrop of tensions with Russia over Ukraine.EU energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said in a speech late ...

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Several dead, about 100 injured in German train collision BERLIN: Several people died after two trains collided in the southern German state of Bavaria on Tuesday, a police spokesman said, adding about 100 people were also injured. "Two trains crashed head on," said a police spokesman."There are about 100 injured, scores of people seriously injured and several dead," he said. The accident happened at 6.48 a.m. local time (0548 GMT) near Bad Aibling in the southeastern corner of Germany. Rescue teams were on site.Copyright ...