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German liberals accuse Merkel of U-turn on euro zone rescues

BERLIN, Apr 21 (Reuters) Germany's liberal Free Democratic Party, a potential kingmaker after September's national election, ruled out joining any coalition that would provide a financial bail-out to another euro zone country without the participation of the International Monetary Fund.
The FDP leader, Christian Lindner, made the comments today after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said yesterday any new aid programme should not include the IMF, leaving it under European auspices.
Accusing Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives of making a U-turn on euro zone rescues, Lindner opposed Schaeuble's idea of developing the euro zone's European Stability Mechanism (ESM) rescue fund into a European monetary fund.
"The FDP would not support such a policy," Lindner told reporters. "For us, it's an absolute condition that the independent expertise and the capital of the IMF continue to be an institutional part in future aid packages in Europe."
Lindner said a European version of the IMF would not be politically independent and a minority of stability-oriented euro zone countries, such as Germany, would be outvoted by a majority of fiscally lenient countries.
The business-friendly FDP was the junior partner in Merkel's 2009-13 conservative-led coalition. But it crashed out of parliament after failing to clear the 5 per cent threshold to win seats in the current lower house Bundestag.
Opinion polls suggest six party groups, including the FDP, will enter parliament after the September 24 election, up from four now. Neither Merkel's conservatives nor the SPD would be able to govern alone, opening the way for talks with smaller parties in their efforts to forge a stable coalition government.
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Archbishop Philip to step down after sex abuse cover-up

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23 May 2018 | 7:09 PM

Sydney, May 23 (UNI) A Catholic archbishop in Australia convicted of concealing child sexual abuse will step down from his position, say the BBC News report on Wednesday.

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Santa Fe school shooting: Hundreds at Sabika funeral

23 May 2018 | 6:05 PM

Karachi, May 23 (UNI) The funeral of a Pakistani student killed in last week's Texas school shooting has taken place in Karachi, according to a BBC News report on Wednesday.

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Abortion is legal in Italy — so why are women being refused?

Abortion is legal in Italy — so why are women being refused?

23 May 2018 | 6:03 PM

Rome, May 23 (UNI) Women’s abortion rights in Italy are the worst they have been since the 1970s as a civil war rages on the issue, campaigners claim according to an Euronews report.

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Xi calls for enhanced security cooperation among SCO members

Xi calls for enhanced security cooperation among SCO members

23 May 2018 | 5:54 PM

Beijing, May 23 (UNI) The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), with the entry of India and Pakistan into the grouping, has gained more potential for security cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said.

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Belarus says same-sex relationships are 'fake'

23 May 2018 | 4:28 PM

Minsk, May 23 (UNI) The Belarusian government has called same-sex relationships "fake" after blasting the UK embassy in Minsk for displaying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).

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