Determined Fillon strikes back with a letter to the French

Determined Fillon strikes back with a letter to the French

In a bid to revive his scandal-hit candidature for the French presidency, conservative candidate Francois Fillon on Tuesday published a letter to the French public in the widely-read regional newspaper Ouest-France. As yet more allegations about his wife’s job as a parliamentary aide emerged, former prime minister Fillon re-affirmed the legality of the salaries paid […]

Explosion strikes near sports stadium in Istanbul

Explosion strikes near sports stadium in Istanbul

A suspected car bomb outside a soccer stadium in central Istanbul wounded around 20 people on Saturday, hours after the end of a match between two of Turkey’s top teams, in what appeared to be an attack targeting riot police. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, speaking in parliament during a budget hearing, said around 20 people […]

Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesia’s Aceh province

Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesia’s Aceh province

At least 25 people died and hundreds were injured after a strong earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, local officials said. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake struck Pidie Jaya district at dawn, as some in the predominantly Muslim region prepared for morning prayers. Mosques and shops were flattened in the small […]

Tsunami hits Fukushima after strong quake strikes Japan

Tsunami hits Fukushima after strong quake strikes Japan

A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan on Tuesday triggering a one-metre (3.3-foot) tsunami wave that crashed into the coast at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant. Public broadcaster NHK urged residents in the region to “flee immediately” to high ground, reminding listeners to heed the lessons of the “Great East Japan Earthquake”. A massive […]

Tsunami strikes New Zealand after deadly earthquake

Tsunami strikes New Zealand after deadly earthquake

At least two people were killed and more fatalities were feared after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand just after midnight Monday, while residents in coastal areas fled following tsunami warnings. As dawn broke there was scant information from many rural villages in the South Island, which were isolated by landslips and fractured telephone […]

Attacks, strikes and floods decimate Paris tourism

Attacks, strikes and floods decimate Paris tourism

Tourism in the Paris region suffered a severe setback in 2016 following a wave of terrorist attacks, strikes and severe flooding that cost the French capital around 750 million euros in lost revenue, officials said Tuesday. The Champs Elysées in Paris is normally packed with tourists at this time of year. But this month however, […]

Scores killed as bomb strikes hospital in Pakistan’s Quetta

Scores killed as bomb strikes hospital in Pakistan’s Quetta

  A powerful bomb went off on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Monday, killing at least 42 people and wounding dozens, police said. The blast took place shortly after the body of a prominent lawyer killed in a shooting attack earlier in the day was brought […]

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US warplanes carried out air strikes on positions of the Islamic State (IS) group in the Libyan city of Sirte for the first time on Monday, the Pentagon and Libya’s unity government announced. “The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh organisation were carried out today, causing heavy losses… in Sirte,” Prime […]

US Supreme Court strikes down Texas law restricting abortion clinics

US Supreme Court strikes down Texas law restricting abortion clinics

The Supreme Court has struck down Texas’ widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court’s biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The justices voted 5-3 Monday in favor of Texas clinics that protested the regulations as a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the […]

US air strikes to put pressure on Pakistan to do more: experts

US air strikes to put pressure on Pakistan to do more: experts

WASHINGTON: The United States has resumed its air strikes on Taliban positions in Afghanistan, as part of a strategy to force the insurgents to negotiate with the Afghan government. Defence experts in Washington warn that the new strategy could further increase US pressure on Pakistan to do more against the Afghan Taliban who, the Americans […]

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 […]

Deadly bomb attack strikes police van in central Istanbul

Deadly bomb attack strikes police van in central Istanbul

At least 11 people have been killed in a bomb attack targeting Turkish police in a central Istanbul district on Tuesday, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters near the scene. The remote-controlled bomb exploded as a service shuttle bus carrying officers from Istanbul’s anti-riot police was passing in the central Beyazit district close to many […]

French economy minister pelted with eggs amid rail strikes

French economy minister pelted with eggs amid rail strikes

France’s economy minister was pelted with eggs on Monday as a strike against planned labour reforms disrupted rail services for a sixth straight day but appeared to be losing steam. Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron was splattered on the head when militants of the hardline CGT trade union cornered him at a post office in the […]

Hollande says labour reform strikes must not disrupt Euro 2016

Hollande says labour reform strikes must not disrupt Euro 2016

President Francois Hollande said on Sunday it would be incomprehensible if transport strikes were to disrupt the Euro 2016 soccer tournament that opens in France on Friday, raising pressure on the militant CGT union to call off the action. Hollande spoke in a radio interview as an opinion poll showed a majority of French people […]

France’s small businesses vent fury at unions behind crippling strikes

France’s small businesses vent fury at unions behind crippling strikes

  France’s small businesses are angry at the crippling strikes and protests spearheaded by unions against proposed reforms to labour laws aimed at liberalising the employment sector. The impact of widespread industrial action, from public transport strikes to blockades of oil refineries, is being felt acutely by the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which […]

Hollande stands firm as unions vow to step up labour reform strikes

Hollande stands firm as unions vow to step up labour reform strikes

  He said the government’s top priority was to ensure the “normal functioning of the economy” in the face of the most severe industrial action in two decades, including blockades of oil refineries and fuel depots that have left petrol pumps running dry. While there were still long queues at filling stations in some parts […]