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Croatia closes borders with Serbia over migrants

ZAGREB: Croatia on Thursday closed seven of the country’s eight border crossings with Serbia “until further notice” following a massive influx of migrants and refugees, the interior ministry said. “Traffic is banned on the border crossings of Tovarnik, Ilok, Ilok 2, Principovac, Principovac 2, Batina and Erdut,” the ministry said in a statement. More than…

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September 18, 2015


Bleary-eyed migrants pave new path in the EU

TOVARNIK: Led by two mysterious women, the first busload of bleary-eyed migrants walked into the corn fields bordering Croatia on Wednesday, forging a path that looks set to become the next major route into the European Union.  The group of around 40 migrants and refugees arrived in the pre-dawn darkness of a Serbian border town…

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September 16, 2015


Europe ‘disgraced itself’ on refugee quotas: German vice chancellor

BERLIN: German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Tuesday that Europe “disgraced itself” when EU ministers failed to reach agreement on a quota plan to share the refugee burden. “Europe once again disgraced itself yesterday,” Gabriel said a day after EU ministers failed to reach unanimous agreement on a plan to take 120,000 refugees. EU countries…

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September 15, 2015


22 dead after Greece-bound migrant boat sinks off Turkey

ANKARA: At least 22 migrants trying to reach Greece by boat, including 11 women and four children, drowned Tuesday when their vessel sank off Turkey’s southwest coast, local media reported.

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September 15, 2015


EU unveils ‘bold’ plan to take 160,000 refugees

STRASBOURG: The EU unveiled plans Wednesday to take 160,000 refugees from overstretched border states, as the United States said it would accept more Syrians to ease the pressure from the worst migration crisis since World War II. As fresh unrest in Hungary underscored the scale of the problem, Germany pushed Europe to go further and…

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September 10, 2015


Britain ‘to take 15,000 Syrian refugees’: report

LONDON: The British government is poised to accept 15,000 Syrian refugees and hopes next month to get backing for air strikes against Islamic State jihadists, the Sunday Times reported. Prime Minister David Cameron has been under pressure internationally and domestically to address the refugee crisis. On Thursday, he said he was “deeply moved” by images…

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September 6, 2015


Germans offered glimpse into migrants’ hell inside chiller truck

BOCHUM: A German theatre troupe invited punters to pack into a refrigerated truck on Wednesday to give them a glimpse into the hardships experienced by refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe. Organised by the Schauspielhaus Bochum theatre, the event was billed as a memorial to the 71 people, four of them children, who were…

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September 3, 2015


Serbia and Kosovo hail ‘landmark’ agreements

BELGRADE: Serbia and Kosovo voiced satisfaction Wednesday with an EU-brokered deal that marked a major step forward in normalising ties between the former foes, and boosted hopes of faster accession to the European Union. “We have gained more than we hoped for,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told national broadcaster RTS of Tuesday’s agreement, which…

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August 27, 2015


EU extends support to Pakistan after Shuja killing

KARACHI: European Union (EU) Sunday condoled the killing of Punjab Home Minister Col (retd) Shuja Khanzada in a deadly attack in Attock. “We express our condolences to the family and friends of Mr Khanzada and others who lost their lives in the attack as well as to the Provincial and Federal Government. We also wish…

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August 16, 2015


EU foreign chief due in Saudi for talks on Iran, Yemen

RIYADH: EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini was due in Saudi Arabia on Monday to explain the agreement she helped broker on Iran's nuclear programme, and to push for an end to Yemen's war. Mogherini is to hold talks with Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in the latest visit by a top Western official aimed at…

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July 27, 2015


Chitral will definitely get rid of load shedding

Scenic Chitral valley is on the verge of getting rid of load shedding at last. It is because small hydro power projects are being raised in at least 25 places in the valley in cooperation with European Union and a local NGO. Naveed Siddiqui reports from Islamabad. 

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July 3, 2015


European Union sees supplies of natural gas from Turkmenistan by 2019

ASHGABAT: The European Union, keen to lessen its dependence on Russia for energy supplies, expects to start receiving natural gas from Turkmenistan by 2019, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said in an interview. Russia currently supplies around a third of Europe's gas needs, but Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the military…

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May 3, 2015

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