OPEC agrees to slash daily output in bid to raise global oil prices

OPEC agrees to slash daily output in bid to raise global oil prices

The OPEC oil cartel reached a deal Wednesday to reduce its output for the first time in eight years, Qatar’s energy minister and president of the OPEC conference said. Oil prices rose more than 8 percent on Wednesday as some of the world’s largest oil producers agreed to curb oil output for the first time […]

Hardcore Hollande supporters may block president’s re-election bid

Hardcore Hollande supporters may block president’s re-election bid

  With six months to go before next year’s French presidential election, faith in France’s beleaguered leader François Hollande has plunged to a new all-time low, prompting fierce resistance to a potential re-election bid – even within his own party. Since 2013, Hollande has suffered some of the lowest approval ratings of any post-war president […]

French court rejects bid to halt demolition of Calais ‘Jungle’ camp

French court rejects bid to halt demolition of Calais ‘Jungle’ camp

A group of French charities failed Tuesday in a last-ditch legal bid to block the razing of the so-called “Jungle” migrant camp in the northern town of Calais. A court in the nearby city of Lille rejected their appeal which claimed that dismantling the camp was “an attack on the fundamental rights” of the migrants […]

Bid to revive Syria truce fails as new Aleppo offensive announced

Bid to revive Syria truce fails as new Aleppo offensive announced

The United States and Russia ended any pretenses Thursday of their cease-fire for Syria remaining in force after days of increased violence and the Syrian military’s announcement of a new offensive in Aleppo. “We can’t go out to the world and say we have an agreement when we don’t,” Secretary of State John Kerry said […]

Canada pledges more UN peacekeepers in bid for UN role

Canada pledges more UN peacekeepers in bid for UN role

Canada has announced it will step up its contribution to UN peacekeeping operations, a stark departure from previous government policy, which shunned international involvement. The government has said it will commit 600 troops and Can$450 million (US$350 million) over three years to United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations around the world. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said […]

France’s Sarkozy announces re-election bid

France’s Sarkozy announces re-election bid

France’s former leader Nicolas Sarkozy announced on Monday that he is running again to become president in next year’s elections. “I have decided to be a candidate for the 2017 presidential election. I felt I had the strength to lead this battle at a troubled time in our history,” Sarkozy wrote in an excerpt of […]

Maverick Montebourg declares French presidency bid

Maverick Montebourg declares French presidency bid

Former industry minister Arnaud Montebourg has said he will run in France’s presidential election after “wasted” years under Francois Hollande, the latest candidate on the left to challenge the government’s pro-business line. Ousted two years ago over his increasingly vocal criticism of Hollande, Montebourg is joining an already crowded field jostling to replace the unpopular […]

French court rejects bid to close Calais ‘Jungle’ camp cafes

French court rejects bid to close Calais ‘Jungle’ camp cafes

A French court has rejected a bid to close the 72 cafes and shops in the makeshift migrant camp in Calais, but the local government says it will continue to monitor what it calls a dangerous underground economy. The Lille court on Friday turned down the demand of the local government (prefecture) of the Pas […]

Anti-Trump Republican McMullin announces presidential bid

Anti-Trump Republican McMullin announces presidential bid

A former CIA officer and congressional staffer on Monday launched a long-shot bid for president, a Republican billing himself as a conservative alternative to Donald Trump who disenchanted voters can rally around. There is little chance that the newly announced candidate, Evan McMullin, could win and only a slight chance he will even be able […]