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Wary of Xinjiang backlash, China invites waves of diplomats to visit

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BEIJING China is stepping up its diplomatic outreach over controversial camps in its heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang, inviting more foreign diplomats to visit as it seeks to head off criticism from Muslim-majority countries and at the United Nations.

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Greece at risk of not getting euro zone cash as reforms lag - officials 18 Feb 2019

BRUSSELS Greece is at risk of not getting some 750 million euros next month that it won under a debt relief deal with the euro zone last year because it has not completed agreed reforms, euro zone officials said on Monday.

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Exclusive: China ride-hailing giant Didi plans Chile, Peru launches to take on Uber 16 Feb 2019

SANTIAGO/BUENOS AIRES Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is planning to take on U.S. rival Uber in some of Latin America's fastest-growing markets, recruiting managers in Chile, Peru and Colombia, according to job postings and a company official.

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Libya dreams of mega port in history-laden east 14 Feb 2019

SUSAH, Libya A white foundation stone next to a deserted beach near the soporific Libyan port of Susah is all to show for a seven-year dream to build one of North Africa's biggest ports. | Video

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'Welcome to North Macedonia': new road signs go up on border with Greece 13 Feb 2019

SKOPJE At the Bogorodica border crossing with Greece, Macedonian workers on Wednesday placed stencils on road signs bearing their country's official new name, the Republic of North Macedonia, making a first step in implementing a landmark deal with Athens.

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How Greece's PM hopes to solve his election riddle 11 Feb 2019

ATHENS Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been implementing his re-election strategy to the letter over the past six months, steering Greece out of a humiliating bailout and resolving a decades-old dispute with neighbouring Macedonia.

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After years of stalling, Greece oks Macedonia in NATO 08 Feb 2019

ATHENS After holding up its admission for years, Greece became the first nation on Friday to ratify Macedonia's membership of NATO after the two states resolved a decades-old name dispute last month.

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Tennis - Greek Tsitsipas struggles past stubborn Struff 07 Feb 2019

SOFIA Greek second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas had to fight hard before booking his place in the Sofia Open quarter-finals, securing a 7-6(5) 6-4 win over feisty German Jan-Lennard Struff on Thursday having enjoyed the backing of the Bulgarian crowd.

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Greek hoteliers say home-renting to tourists 'out of control' 06 Feb 2019

ATHENS Greek hoteliers say a boom in home-sharing properties for tourists in the capital Athens and on Greek islands is spiralling "out of control," hurting hotels, pushing up residential rents and forcing locals from their homes.

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Greece's Tsipras visits Hagia Sophia on trip to boost Turkey ties 06 Feb 2019

ISTANBUL Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras paid a symbolic visit to Istanbul's former cathedral Hagia Sophia on Wednesday on a trip aimed at improving ties with Turkey, long strained by disputes over territory, energy exploration and Cyprus. | Video