Nearly 600 migrants get temporary shelter on Crete

A Red Cross volunteer carries a child who just disembarked from a crippled freighter carrying hundreds of refugees trying to migrate to Europe, at the coastal Cretan port of Ierapetra, Greece, on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. The ship, whose 750 passengers are mostly Syrians, including children, women and elderly men, suffered engine failure 70 nautical miles off Ierapetra on Tuesday. The migrants will be given temporary shelter at an Ierapetra indoor basketball stadium. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)IERAPETRA, Greece (AP) — Nearly 600 migrants, mostly refugees from Syria, have been temporarily put up in a basketball arena in the southern Cretan town of Ierapetra, where they arrived in a crippled smuggling ship after more than a week at sea.



Eyeing deadline, France to back Palestinian state if peace talks fail

French Foreign Minister Fabius arrives for a meeting in ViennaBy John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France warned on Friday it would recognize a Palestinian state if a final international effort to overcome the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians failed, and proposed a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a U.N.-backed resolution. Lawmakers will hold a symbolic parliamentary vote on Dec. 2 on whether the French government should recognize Palestine as a state, a move that the Israeli Prime Minister has called a "grave mistake". ...



Afghan official: Attack on army base kills 6

Afghan security forces, upper left, inspect the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Taliban fighters staged an attack Thursday evening in an upscale district in the Afghan capital Kabul. Witnesses described multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which contains numerous foreign embassies and compounds housing international agencies and companies - as well as the homes of some senior Afghan government officials. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents killed six Afghan soldiers in an assault on an army base Friday that lasted more than 14 hours, a day after attacks on foreign targets in Kabul killed two British embassy employees.



EU postpones ruling on French, Italian fiscal policy till March

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission postponed until March its decision on whether French, Italian and Belgian fiscal policy was in line with European Union rules, saying their 2015 draft budgets were at risk of breaking them but it needed more data to decide. The Commission assesses draft national budgets of the 18 countries sharing the euro under new powers it gained last year, to make sure the draft plans are in line with EU agreements. ...
EU document says Italy needs up to 4.8 billion euros in new cuts

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Italy will need to find extra belt tightening measures worth as much as 4.8 billion euros ($5.9 billion) next year to meet European Union budget targets, according to a technical document prepared for the European Commission. The document, seen by Reuters on the day the Commission issued a statement on euro zone member states' budget plans, said Italy needed to take additional measures equivalent to between 0.2-0.3 percent of its 1.6 trillion euro gross domestic product next year. ...


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