Angry French professionals march against Macron’s pension reform

Lawyers, nurses, doctors, airline pilots are among many professionals are striking in Paris to protest the government’s pension reforms. Their different pension schemes total over ten billion euros – and they do not want to see it absorbed by the standardised…

Russian Export Center, Afreximbank To Co-organize Russia–Africa Economic Forum

The Russian Export Center and African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank) will once again join forces with the Roscongress Foundation to organize events in the Russia–Africa format. The Russia–Africa Economic Forum, which will take place in Sochi on 23–24 October 2019, will…

Johnson compares UK to ‘Hulk’ as Lib Dems vow to stop Brexit if elected

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has likened the UK to the comic book character the Incredible Hulk, saying no matter how bad the Brexit situation may seem, the country will come out on top. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats formally pledging to…

Syria president decrees amnesty, reduces sentences

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree to release or decrease the punishment of various prisoners, including some detained under the war-torn country’s “terrorism law”. The so-called “general amnesty” is the latest in a line of such decrees, including…

Kristen Stewart honoured with Deauville US Film Festival’s Talent Awards

Deauville’s American Film Festival has paid tribute to Kirsten Stewart, the 33-year-old US actress with some 20 acting-career years already behind her. The “Twilight” series gave Stewart and co-star Robert Pattinson the exposure they needed to break through. Neither have looked…

Death toll in Spanish floods rises to six

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has visited the country’s flood-stricken south-eastern regions as the death toll rose to six and train and air services were disrupted for a third day. Some of the heaviest daily rainfall on record has inundated…

Nantes Yellow Vests protest police brutality

Hundreds of Yellow Vest protesters took to the streets of Nantes on Saturday to demonstrate against police brutality, a day after the city’s commissioner was demoted for the heavy handed tactics of officers that led to the death of the…

Saudis race to restore oil supply after drone strike fires

Saudi Arabia on Sunday raced to restart operations at oil plants hit by drone attacks which slashed its production by half. Iran has dismissed US claims it was behind the assault. Tehran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition…

‘Bull’ reaps triple reward at 2019 Deauville American Film Festival

Annie Silverstein’s directorial debut, Bull won the Grand Prix at the 2019 festival, the Critics’ Award and the Discovery Award (prix de la Révélation). Fourteen films were in competition this year. Bull is a drama about a wayward teenage girl…

Chaos returns to Hong Kong streets during banned protest

Hong Kong riot police have used tear gas and water cannon against hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs, tipping the violence-plagued city back into chaos. Tens of thousands of people defied authorities to march through the streets of the…