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French public sector workers stage strikes against reforms

French public sector workers stage strikes against reforms

From air traffic controllers and street sweepers to librarians and teachers, French public-sector employees joined rail workers in striking yesterday against reforms planned by President Emmanuel Macron, calling them an “attack” against civil services and their economic security.

Teddy bear spat ends

Teddy bear spat ends

Belarus appointed yesterday its first ambassador to Sweden for almost six years, resolving a bitter diplomatic spat over a pro-democracy stunt involving teddy bears.

Manchester marks bombing anniversary

Manchester marks bombing anniversary

Prime Minister Theresa May joined Prince William at a memorial service yesterday to remember the 22 victims of a suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester a year ago, Britain’s deadliest attack for 12 years.

‘Crazy hope’ for missing kin in Marawi one year on

‘Crazy hope’ for missing kin in Marawi one year on

Ten men from the same family vanished after militants invaded the Philippine city of Marawi a year ago — each day since, their wives have prayed their bones do not lie in its devastated landscape.

Former police chief’s senatorial run awaits presidential approval

Former police chief’s senatorial run awaits presidential approval

Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa admitted yesterday that he was “more than 50%” convinced about running for senator in 2019 but that his final decision would depend on President Rodrigo Duterte.

Navy to send ships to world’s largest maritime drill for first time

Navy to send ships to world’s largest maritime drill for first time

For the first time, the Philippines will send ships to the world’s largest maritime exercises in Hawaii, the Navy chief announced yesterday.

Pakistan loses 90% of river flows, MPs told

Pakistan loses 90% of river flows, MPs told

Pakistan can store just 10% of the water flowing through the country’s rivers and the rest goes to waste, the minister for water resources told the National Assembly yesterday.

Pakistan seeks shift in UN peacekeeping mandate, says envoy

Pakistan seeks shift in UN peacekeeping mandate, says envoy

Members of a group of troop and police contributing countries to United Nations peacekeeping have expressed full support for a UN plan to make the world body’s flagship operations “stronger and safer”, ...

Cuban plane crash survivor succumbs

Cuban plane crash survivor succumbs

The death toll in one of Cuba’s worst air disasters rose to 111 on Monday while Mexico suspended the operations of the Mexican company that had leased the 39-year old Boeing 737 to Cuba’s flagship airline.

Temer to scrap re-election plan, will back Meirelles

Temer to scrap re-election plan, will back Meirelles

Brazilian President Michel Temer will give up plans to run for re-election and will instead support former finance minister Henrique Meirelles as presidential candidate ...

Nipah claims 10 lives in Kerala, two critical

Nipah claims 10 lives in Kerala, two critical

The toll due to the Nipah virus (NiP), presently identified in Kerala’s Kozhikode and Malappuram, rose to 10 yesterday even as the central and state governments scrambled to contain its outbreak.

Nine die as police fire at Sterlite plant protest rally

Nine die as police fire at Sterlite plant protest rally

Nine people, including a girl, died in police firing yesterday after the ongoing anti-Sterlite protests turned violent with thousands of people from nearby areas allegedly attacking the district collectorate demanding closure of the Vedanta Group-run company.

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