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Two British ministers banned meeting Dalai Lama

LONDON:-The British government banned two ministers from meeting the Dalai Lama during his visit this summer, prompting them to accuse London of bowing to pressure from Beijing, it emerged on Monday. Tim Loughton and Norman Baker, who both have long-standing ties to Tibet, were barred from attending a private lunch in June with the Tibetan spiritual leader in the London …

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10 face trial for links with jihadist financing network

PARIS: Ten people have gone on trial in Paris for alleged links to the financing of a jihadist movement that the U.N. Security Council considers an affiliate of al-Qaida. The trial beginning Monday comes four years after the suspects, mostly Turkish-speaking, were rounded up in a police sweep in France, Germany and the Netherlands. It is poised to bring to …

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Pope to open twitter account from Dec12

VATICAN CITY: The account @pontifex just in time for Christmas, the Vatican said on Monday. “The first tweets will be answers to questions sent to the pope on matters of faith. The public can start sending them starting now,” the Vatican said. The account already has 2,435 followers, with numbers rising quickly immediately after the announcement. An introductory message read: …

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Germany rebuffs Israeli settlements

BERLIN: Germany said Monday it was deeply concerned about Israeli plans for new settlements but would not for the moment summon its ambassador to Berlin. Ahead of talks this week between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert called on Israel to withdraw its plan to build new Jewish settler homes. “The German …

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Ukraine PM, cabinet dismissed

KIEVL:  Yanukovch accepted Azarov s resignation on Monday, saying the premier and his team will continue to serve until he appoints a new government. The new prime minister will have to manage an economy that is heading into a recession due to a weakened external demand for Ukraine s main export, steel. The national currency, the hryvna has also been weakened. Oleksandr …

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Kashmir Council EU Chairman welcomes Pakistan’s FM’s statement on Kashmir

BRUSSELS: Kashmir Council EU Chairman Ali Raza Syed has welcomed the Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s statement on Kashmir issue at EU parliament’s foreign affairs committee in Brussels on Monday. In her address at the committee, the Foreign Minister has said, true representatives of the Kashmiris should be part of the dialogue process on Kashmir issue. Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary …

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We should make an effort on bank supervision: Wolfgang Schäuble

BRUSSELS:  Wolfgang Schäuble and Pierre Moscovici, finance ministers for Germany and France respectively, discussed on Monday with members of the EP’s economic affairs committee the challenges the European economy faces as EU institutions are fighting for measures to revive economic growth and stabilise the financial system. Speaking at the meeting, German finance minister  Wolfgang Schäuble noted there was no silver …

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Debate on corruption – public and private aspects

BRUSSELS:  On 03.12.12, the Special Committee will focus on corruption issues based on four thematic papers prepared by the MEPs Mariya GABRIEL (EPP, BG), Barbara WEILER (S&D, DE), Theodoros SKYLAKAKIS (ALDE, GR) and Cornelis DE JONG (GUE/NGL, NL). Each of these documents deals with a specific aspect of public or private corruption and include relevant suggestions on the fight against …

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Battered EU budgeting for more painful talks

The collapse of EU budget talks is not calamitous, but it does heap yet more pressure on a divided Union mired in an intractable debt crisis. “The psychodrama will play in two acts,” wrote Belgium’s Le Soir newspaper in the wake of the collapse of the two days of summit talks in Brussels, with a second round of negotiations now …

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14-year-old jumps off motorway bridge

A boy of 14 jumped off a bridge spanning the Ostend Brussels Motorway (E40) on Wednesday morning. The incident happened at Ternat, just outside the Belgian capital. The boy ended up under the wheels of a lorry and was dead at the scene. The incident created traffic chaos on the way into and out of Brussels. Two of the three …

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