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August 31, 2018 2:59 AM French unions call Oct 9 strike against 'ideological' Macron policies

PARIS: Unions in France on Thursday called for a strike for Oct 9 in protest at the "ideological policies" of French President Emmanuel Macron's government. The CGT and FO unions, as well as two national student unions, denounced "ideological policies targeting the destruction of our social model, favouring notably the explosion of inequality and the breaking 13

August 29, 2018 12:23 PM Belgian TV presenter arrested over armed robbery

BRUSSELS: One of Belgium's top football TV presenters has been arrested as part of a police probe into a series of armed robberies, prosecutors said Wednesday. Stephane Pauwels, who has hosted football shows for Belgian and French TV, was held for questioning for "possible complicity" in an armed robbery in 2017 in the town of Lasne, south of Brussels 11

August 22, 2018 10:12 AM German police arrest Russian over alleged jihadist bomb plot

BERLIN: German police commandos Wednesday arrested a Russian suspected Islamist militant accused of having plotted an explosives attack in the country. Identified only as 31-year-old Magomed-Ali C., he was allegedly an accomplice of Clement Baur, who was arrested in Marseilles shortly before the 2017 French elections accused of plotting an imminent attack 18

August 22, 2018 9:45 AM US to act 'very strongly' if Syria uses chemical arms: Bolton

JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump's national security adviser warned Wednesday that the United States would respond "very strongly" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons in an offensive to retake Idlib province. "We now see plans for the Syrian regime to resume offensive military activities in Idlib province," John Bolton told a press 20

August 21, 2018 7:41 AM Balotelli opts to stay at Nice, say French club

PARIS: Mario Balotelli has signed a new deal to stay at Nice despite strong interest from French rivals Marseille, the Ligue 1 club announced on Monday. The striker, whose strong form in the last two seasons at the Allianz Riviera has seen him return to the Italy team, has scored 43 goals for the club. Nice have got off to a slow start this year under 16

August 20, 2018 11:03 AM Supplementary budget not needed as fiscal deficit under control: Amiruddin

PUTRAJAYA: The government does not need a supplementary budget for now as the country's fiscal deficit is under control, according to Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ir Amiruddin Hamzah. He said a well managed and sustainable fiscal deficit would strengthen Malaysia's economy and the country will not need to borrow again. "We would not need a supplementary 15

August 17, 2018 9:34 AM Islam is a political movement

Today, two million Muslims are converging on Mekah, Umno President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi being one of them. What many, Muslims included, do not realise is that the annual pilgrimage to the Kaaba is a pre-Islamic ritual. It is older than Islam and was in existence long before Muhammad was born. And the Kaaba was home to 360 different gods. Chief amongst 36

August 14, 2018 3:40 PM Thieves take wing with €1m of Red Bull in Belgium

BRUSSELS: Thirsty thieves stole more than 300 pallets of Red Bull cans worth around €1 million (RM4.64 million) from a depot in Belgium in what police described on Tuesday as a "very professional" heist. The energy drink — whose slogan is "Red Bull gives you wings" — was stolen on Sunday from an industrial estate in Menin district, on the French border 15

August 13, 2018 2:35 PM Petronas takes 30% stake in Rufisque block, marks entry into Senegal

PETALING JAYA: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), through subsidiary PC Senegal Ltd, recently signed a farm-in agreement with Total E&P Senegal SAS, a subsidiary of France's Total, for a 30% participating interest in the Rufisque Offshore Profond block, marking its entry into Senegal. Total will maintain operatorship with 60% equity alongside Société 12

August 12, 2018 1:09 PM France to set penalities on non-recycled plastic next year

PARIS: France plans to introduce a penalty system that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Sunday. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said the move was one of several to be implemented 17