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French poll campaign takes ugly turn
PARIS: Journalists accused of bias. Judges said to be taking orders from the president. The country in a state of “near civil war.” This isn’t America’s especially bitter presidential election campaign last year, but France’s in 2017. The latest comments from conservative Francois Fillon, who accused the Socialist government on Sunday of failing to ensure security for candidates, underline the increasingly
 
 
EU member states approve visa-free travel for Georgia
BRUSSELS: European Union (EU) member states on Monday approved visa-free travel for Georgia, after agreeing safeguards to prevent any upsurge in arrivals from the former Soviet satellite. Georgia, along with much larger Ukraine, has been urging the EU to grant visa-free travel so as to show its citizens that close ties with Europe can deliver concrete benefits. EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said the decision
   
Turkey criticises Austria over Erdogan remarks
ANKARA: Turkey on Monday criticised Austria after its foreign minister said President Tayyip Erdogan was not welcome to campaign among Turks living in Austria for a referendum to be held in Turkey in April. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told a news conference that Turkey “did not welcome” statements by the Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz regarding any visit by Erdogan before the vote. The referendum did
 
 
Paris mayor slams Trump over safety row, immigration
Tokyo: The mayor of Paris on Monday slammed disparaging comments by Donald Trump about the French capital and immigration policies in Europe, suggesting the US president should focus on issues closer to home. Trump gave a bombastic address to a conservative rally outside Washington on Friday in which he defended his crackdown on immigrants and criticised long-time allies France, Sweden and Germany. Singling out the French
   
Ethnic and religious crises grip Nigerian state
KADUNA: Long-standing tensions between herdsmen and farmers have flared up again in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, leaving possibly hundreds dead in tit-for-tat violence. Earlier this month at least 21 people were killed and several homes were destroyed when suspected cattle drivers attacked five farming communities. Three districts in the predominantly Christian south of the state — Kaura, Jema’a and Zangon Kataf — have been
 
 
UN seeks new drugs to tackle 12 killer superbugs
PARIS: The UN’s health agency urged the world on Monday to create new drugs to tackle 12 killer superbugs which are resistant to antibiotics and threaten an explosion of incurable disease. The “priority pathogens” include germs that cause deadly infections of the bloodstream, lungs, brain or urinary tract, but do not respond to an ever-longer list of medicines. In more and more cases, none of the existing drugs work.
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