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Merkel protege seeks to unite CDU after leadership battle

Posted by on 08/12/2018
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Merkel protege seeks to unite CDU after leadership battle

Merkel protege seeks to unite CDU after leadership battle

HAMBURG: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, sought to bind the party together after a divisive leadership battle by promoting a rival’s ally to a key post yesterday. Delegates from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) elected Kramp-Karrenbauer, 56, on Friday to replace Merkel as party leader, a decision that moves […]

Pope to visit UAE in February

Posted by on 06/12/2018
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Pope to visit UAE in February

Pope to visit UAE in February

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis, who has made boosting ties between Christianity and Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, will visit Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in February, the Vatican said yesterday. The pontiff was invited to the majority-Muslim country by both Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and the local […]

Brexit hardliners resist pleas to vote for May’s deal

Posted by on 06/12/2018
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Brexit hardliners resist pleas to vote for May’s deal

Brexit hardliners resist pleas to vote for May’s deal

European Research Group under pressure if deal sinks LONDON: Conservative Brexiteers, having spent their entire careers railing against the European Union, are resisting pleas from Theresa May to support her deal and could try to unseat her in the aftermath of next week’s vote. The prime minister has already survived a half-hearted coup from the […]

French government yields on fuel price hikes after weeks of protest

Posted by on 06/12/2018
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French government yields on fuel price hikes after weeks of protest

French government yields on fuel price hikes after weeks of protest

Demonstrators block roads nationwide, playing havoc with traffic PARIS: The French government, under pressure from weeks of “yellow vest” protests over rising living costs, on Wednesday scrapped all planned fuel tax hikes for 2019 and appealed for calm. An increase scheduled for January 1, was “scrapped for the year 2019” in its entirety, Environment Minister […]

Briton says was psychologically tortured in jail

Posted by on 05/12/2018
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Briton says was psychologically tortured in jail

Briton says was psychologically tortured in jail

LONDON: British man convicted in the United Arab Emirates for spying said yesterday he was psychologically tortured and that his captors asked him to turn double agent against the British government. Matthew Hedges, a university researcher, was detained at Dubai airport on May 5, held in solitary confinement for months and sentenced to life in […]

Mafia hit by huge international sweep

Posted by on 05/12/2018
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Mafia hit by huge international sweep

Mafia hit by huge international sweep

Dozens of ‘Ndrangheta mafia suspects nabbed THE HAGUE: Police arrested dozens of suspected mobsters in Europe and South America yesterday in a huge international swoop targeting Italy’s notorious ‘Ndrangheta mafia clan, officials said. Around 90 people accused of involvement in drug trafficking, money laundering and violent crime were arrested in raids in Germany, Italy, the […]

French government signals more concessions to pacify protesters

Posted by on 05/12/2018
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French government signals more concessions to pacify protesters

French government signals more concessions to pacify protesters

Macron under fire as ‘yellow vest’ protesters fume PARIS: The French government signaled yesterday that it was prepared to make further concessions to “yellow vest” protesters, even raising a possible rollback on a controversial move to cut taxes for high earners last year. President Emmanuel Macron faces a crucial few days as he seeks an […]

Macron retreats on fuel tax hikes to calm protests

Posted by on 04/12/2018
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Macron retreats on fuel tax hikes to calm protests

Macron retreats on fuel tax hikes to calm protests

PARIS: The French government yesterday backed down on planned fuel tax hikes in a bid to draw the heat out of fierce protests that have escalated into the deepest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. The concessions, coming after an earlier 500-million-euro ($570 million) relief package for poorer households, mark the first time 40-year-old Macron has […]

Italian police arrest Mafia boss in Sicily

Posted by on 04/12/2018
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Italian police arrest Mafia boss in Sicily

Italian police arrest Mafia boss in Sicily

ROME: Italian police yesterday arrested new Mafia boss Settimino Mineo and dozens of other suspects in a major swoop against a resurgent Cosa Nostra. Police arrested jeweller Mineo, 80, and at least 45 others in Sicily just before he was due to be officially anointed at a reconvened Mafia Commission or Cupola, the police said. […]

Macron surveys damage after riots, urges talks

Posted by on 02/12/2018
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Macron surveys damage after riots, urges talks

Macron surveys damage after riots, urges talks

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday surveyed the damage from a day of riots across Paris and led a crisis meeting that ended with a call for further talks with anti-government activists who have staged two weeks of protests. Macron held crisis talks with the prime minister, interior minister and top security service officials to […]

Britain’s Labor threatens PM May with new Brexit hurdle

Posted by on 02/12/2018
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Britain’s Labor threatens PM May with new Brexit hurdle

Britain’s Labor threatens PM May with new Brexit hurdle

Hopes for second Brexit referendum reach fever pitch LONDON: Britain’s main opposition Labor Party said yesterday it would press for contempt proceedings against the government if Prime Minister Theresa May fails to produce the full legal advice she has received on her Brexit deal. The threat is yet another hurdle May must clear before parliament […]

France’s president learns the hard way: green taxes carry political risks

Posted by on 02/12/2018
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France’s president learns the hard way: green taxes carry political risks

France’s president learns the hard way: green taxes carry political risks

Leaders elsewhere wary of backlash over such taxes PARIS: When Emmanuel Macron rose to power, he put the environment at the heart of his agenda. Eighteen months later, anger over those policies has stoked protests that are a huge challenge for the French president. Rioters torched cars and buildings in central Paris on Saturday following […]