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Austria plans ad campaign to deter Afghans from seeking asylum

/  01.03.2016  /  World 

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria wants to deter Afghans from seeking asylum there by funding a campaign of advertisements on Kabul buses, on Facebook and on television telling them not to expect a warm welcome.

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Exclusive: U.N. may delay Syria talks, says U.S., Russia must guarantee truce

/  01.03.2016  /  World 

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States and Russia must make Syria’s cessation of hostilities work or else it may become necessary to delay the resumption of peace talks, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told Reuters on Tuesday.

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No serious safety breaches at Russian coal mine where 36 died: agencies

/  01.03.2016  /  World 

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s technical watchdog, Rostekhnadzor, said on Tuesday it had not found any serious breaches of safety regulations at an Arctic coal mine where an accident killed 36 miners and rescue workers last week, Russian news agencies reported.

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Northern Ireland murder case over 1998 Omagh bombing collapses

/  01.03.2016  /  World 

BELFAST (Reuters) – Prosecutors in Northern Ireland withdrew their case on Tuesday against a man they believed was responsible for 29 murders in the 1998 Omagh bombing – the worst attack in decades of violence in the province.

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Argentina’s Macri faces first test in Congress with creditors deal

/  01.03.2016  /  World 

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Tuesday will urge Congress to swiftly approve a landmark deal reached with creditors over defaulted debt in a race to comply with a U.S. court deadline.

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Anti-torture committee warns Greece on over-crowded prisons, police violence

/  01.03.2016  /  World 

ATHENS (Reuters) – The Council of Europe, which safeguards human rights and the rule of law across the region, has criticized Greece for police violence and poor conditions in its over-crowded prisons, urging Athens to overhaul a system reaching “breaking point”.

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Turkey closes media outlets seized from Gulen-linked owner

/  01.03.2016  /  World 

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish authorities have shut down media businesses seized last year from Koza Ipek Holding, a conglomerate linked to a U.S.-based preacher accused of plotting against President Tayyip Erdogan, according to an exchange filing.

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Tunisia backs plan to host German troops to train Libyan army

/  01.03.2016  /  World 

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s government backs a plan for German forces to come to the country to train troops from neighboring Libya for the fight against Islamic State militants, the Tunisian defense minister said on Tuesday.

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Cameron’s morning after: how Brexit divorce gets messy

/  01.03.2016  /  World 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – If Britons vote to leave the European Union in their June 23 referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron can effectively file the divorce papers in person to fellow EU leaders the next morning in Brussels.

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Assad backs Syria truce, accuses opposition of violations

/  01.03.2016  /  World 

BERLIN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad described the cessation of hostilities in force since Saturday as a “glimmer of hope” and accused the opposition of violating the agreement intended to halt nearly five years of fighting.

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