US says senior al Qaeda leader killed in Syria strike

US says senior al Qaeda leader killed in Syria strike

The US military said Wednesday that it had killed eleven Al-Qaeda operatives, including a veteran leader and suicide-bombing pioneer, in a bombing raid in Syria. The Pentagon said Abu Hani al-Masri, the Qaeda veteran, was one of those killed in the precision airstrikes near Idlib carried out on February 3-4. Al-Masri was an early official […]

Tourists disappointed as strike closes Eiffel Tower for second day

Tourists disappointed as strike closes Eiffel Tower for second day

The Eiffel Tower closed for a second day on Wednesday due to a strike over salaries and working conditions, in the latest blow to the French capital’s battered tourist industry. The monument’s management apologised to visitors stranded at the gates of the tower, lamenting an ill-timed blow to the city’s image. The strike comes as […]

EU negotiator says UK will have 18 months to strike Brexit deal

EU negotiator says UK will have 18 months to strike Brexit deal

Britain will have less than 18 months to negotiate its exit from the European Union once talks begin and won’t be allowed to pick and choose what it likes, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said Tuesday as he outlined his stance for the first time. Michel Barnier said formal procedures like parliamentary approvals across Europe […]

Venezuelan opposition strike fitful amid government threats

Venezuelan opposition strike fitful amid government threats

  Venezuela’s streets were quieter than usual on Friday during an opposition-called strike, but participation was patchy after the socialist government threatened to shut down businesses that closed. “The strike is a good pressure tactic … but if I don’t work, I don’t eat,” said insurance agent Adolfo Diaz, 38, trying to reach work despite […]

France’s iTélé show host suspended following journalists’ strike

France’s iTélé show host suspended following journalists’ strike

Journalists at French 24-hour news station iTélé went on strike for a second week on Monday over the hiring of presenter Jean-Marc Morandini, who is under formal investigation for sexual harassment and the coercion of minors. Morandini officially joined the channel earlier this month at the insistence of Vincent Bolloré – whose mass media conglomerate […]

Flights cancelled as French air traffic controllers strike

Flights cancelled as French air traffic controllers strike

Airlines have been ordered to cancel 15 percent of their Paris flights scheduled for Thursday as air traffic controllers join a national public sector strike, France’s DGAC civil aviation authority said. Airlines have been asked to cut their flights to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais airports on September 15, the authority said in […]

US drone strike kills IS group leader of Pakistan and Afghanistan

US drone strike kills IS group leader of Pakistan and Afghanistan

The Islamic State group’s leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed, was killed in July in a strike in the border region between the two countries, a US defense official said Friday. “They got him,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement. The death of Saeed represents a major […]

Eurostar workers to strike on two August weekends

Eurostar workers to strike on two August weekends

  Rail workers on Eurostar trains linking Britain to continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel will strike for a total of seven days in August because of a long-running dispute over work-life balance, Britain’s RMT rail union said on Wednesday. The RMT said the strike action would take place in two blocks over two weekends, […]

US-led coalition strike kills 56 civilians in Syria

US-led coalition strike kills 56 civilians in Syria

Children were among at least 56 civilians killed in strikes by a US-led coalition on Tuesday near a Syrian village held by the Islamic State group, a monitor said. The civilians had apparently been mistaken for jihadists and were bombed while fleeing fighting in Al-Tukhar in Aleppo province, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for […]

Trump and Clinton strike contrasting tones after Orlando shooting

Trump and Clinton strike contrasting tones after Orlando shooting

The bloody attack on an Orlando nightclub by a radicalized US citizen has crept into the presidential campaign, prompting responses from both of the parties’ presumptive nominees. Republican Donald Trump said the mass shooting in Florida proved tougher action against terrorism was needed, while boasting for “being right” about the threat. For Hillary Clinton, the […]

Last-gasp Payet wonder strike sees France beat Cameroon 3-2

Last-gasp Payet wonder strike sees France beat Cameroon 3-2

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet scored a last-gasp wonder free-kick to help Euro 2016 hosts France snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory over Cameroon on Monday. The attacking midfielder stepped up on the stroke of regulation time to curl a magnificent free-kick past Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa. France opened the scoring through Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi before […]

France braced for week of transport strike chaos

France braced for week of transport strike chaos

  France is preparing itself for a week of severe disruption to transport after unions called for more action in their bitter standoff with the Socialist government over labour reforms. Workers at the country’s national rail-operator SNCF are set to begin a rolling walkout Tuesday evening, while Metro and rail workers in Paris will start […]