France, UK and US lead call for ‘immediate’ Aleppo ceasefire

France, UK and US lead call for ‘immediate’ Aleppo ceasefire

French President François Hollande denounced on Wednesday “systematic obstruction” by Russia at the UN Security Council after the failure of a resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo. A statement jointly issued with Canada, Germany and Italy also hit out at the regime in Damascus and its “foreign backers, especially […]

French tourism companies call for special police in Paris amid safety fears

French tourism companies call for special police in Paris amid safety fears

France’s tourism sector on Tuesday urged French authorities to set up a special police force in Paris to fight crime targeting tourists as safety fears curb the number of visitors to the French capital. Foreign tourist arrivals to France could fall 4-5 percent this year following Islamic militant attacks and repeated robberies against Asian tourists, […]

Southern EU leaders call for revised migration rules

Southern EU leaders call for revised migration rules

Southern EU leaders on Friday called for revised asylum rules to fight the ongoing migration crisis, and appealed for unity ahead of a showdown on the post-Brexit future of the bloc. A joint declaration signed by France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta and host Greece said the European Union should double the funding for strategic […]

French, Dutch far-right call for EU membership referendums after Brexit

French, Dutch far-right call for EU membership referendums after Brexit

France’s far right National Front party and Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders called for referendums in their own countries on European Union membership Friday in the wake of the UK vote to leave the bloc. Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front (FN) party, cheered the Brexit vote. “Victory for freedom!” said […]

Dozens of US diplomats call for military strikes against Syria’s Assad

Dozens of US diplomats call for military strikes against Syria’s Assad

  More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of US policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war cease-fire. The “dissent channel cable” was signed by 51 mid- to high-level State Department officers involved with advising […]

WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika

WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed due to the threat posed by a large outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil. Responding to a call from more than 100 leading scientists, who said it would be unethical for the Games to […]