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Italy’s Salvini changes tack on EU in bid for center ground

Right-wing firebrand Matteo Salvini is softening his eurosceptic policies in a bid to capture the middle ground of Italian politics and eventually take centre-stage in Europe, even if it means disappointing his more radical supporters. Setting a new course for his increasingly popular League party, in the last few days Salvini, who is deputy prime minister and interior minister, has scrapped its previous anti-euro position and vowed to reform the EU “from the inside”. In a seismic shift, he even said Italy should forge…

Iran’s nuclear chief warns EU patience is running thin

BRUSSELS: Iran’s nuclear chief said on Tuesday he was warning the European Union’s top diplomat that Tehran’s patience was running out on the bloc’s pledges to keep up oil trade despite U.S. sanctions. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, said the Islamic Republic could resume its 20 percent uranium enrichment if it fails to see the economic benefit of the 2015 deal that placed curbs on its nuclear program. “If we cannot sell our oil and we don’t enjoy financial transactions, then I don’t think…

My deal, no deal or no Brexit, May says after winning ministers’ backing

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May won the backing of her senior ministers for a draft European Union divorce deal on Wednesday, freeing her to tackle the much more perilous struggle of getting parliament to approve the agreement. More than two years after the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the EU, May told reporters outside her Downing Street residence that she had won over her divided cabinet, which includes some senior Brexiteers. “The collective decision of cabinet was that the government…

Pakistan values its relations with European Union: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhary on Monday said Pakistan gave much importance to its relations with European Union. Talking to Ambassador of European Union in Islamabad Jean-François Cautain, he said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government would move forward with the objectives of development, human rights and rule of law in the country. Fawad said the government believed that freedom of expression was constitutional and basic right and Pakistani media had unprecedented freedom of…

Superbugs killed 33,000 Europeans in 2015: study

PARIS: Drug-resistant bacteria killed more than 33,000 people in the European Union in 2015, according to new research published this week warning that superbugs were "threatening modern healthcare." In a study published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, an EU-wide team of doctors examined data on more than a dozen combinations of antibiotic resistant bacteria across the continent, and developed a model for infection and death rates of five types of bug. They found that more than 670,000 people fell ill in…

Turkey says ready to discuss issues with US without threats

ANKARA: Turkey is ready to discuss its ongoing issues with the United States as long as there are no threats, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday, amid a widening dispute between the NATO allies that has sent the Turkish currency plunging. Speaking to ambassadors in Ankara, Cavusoglu also said Turkey’s relations with the European Union were on a firmer basis and normalizing once again. He said he would meet with the European Commission’s deputy head Frans Timmermans to speed up talks on visa…

Political parties must lodge complaints on spot, not after results: EU chief observer

LAHORE: Chief Observer, European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) Pakistan 2018 Michael Gahler has advised the political parties to lodge complaints on the spot and not after the result announced. He said, in an interview, that political parties should present the voters and promise they would deliver on it. He said that legitimacy to an election process comes from the voters, urging the voters to come out in large numbers on July 25 and cast their votes. About allegations of rigging against government…

US-Canada dispute escalates after tense G7

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec: The United States and Canada swung sharply on Sunday toward a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after U.S. President Trump called him “very dishonest and weak.” The spat drew in Germany and France, which sharply criticized Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique hammered out at a Canadian summit on Saturday, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently. “Canada…

European powers propose new Iran sanctions to meet Trump ultimatum

BRUSSELS/PARIS: Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria’s war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. The joint paper, seen by Reuters, was sent to European Union capitals on Friday, said two people familiar with the matter, to sound out support for such sanctions as they would need the support of all 28 EU member governments. The proposal is part of an EU strategy…