The French Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday that another French researcher, Roland Marshall, had been arrested in Iran several months ago. A French research group said Wednesday that he was arrested along with Fariba Adelkhah in June. The Sciences Po university in Paris, both of which Marshall and Adelkhah are members, published the news of Mr. Marshall’s arrest on its website.
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering announced on October 14th their intend to form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition to raise awareness of the potential for hydrogen and fuel cells to provide energy resilience and security, reduce emissions and foster economic growth.
In reaction to the Turkish offensive in Syria, both France and Germany have decided to immediately halt the selling any military equipment that Ankara may use in its ongoing invasion. Notably, Turkey is the largest buyer of German weapons.
A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry has described his French counterpart’s remarks regarding the situation of Fariba Adelkhah, a jailed dual national, “intrusive and unacceptable.” At the same time, the French foreign minister expressed concern that Iran’s decision to continue reducing its binding commitments was stressful.
On Thursday, a police officer stabbed four of his fellow workers at a police station in central Paris and was eventually shot dead by police. It is unclear whether the murder by their co-worker was a terrorist act or personal. The investigation into the killer’s residential home and interrogation of his wife did not reveal his motive for killing his colleagues.
Four people are dead after an employee at police headquarters in Paris stabbed his colleagues Thursday. The attacker was later killed by police. His name has not been released and there is no official statement about the incident yet. Meanwhile, the Ila de la Cite area, situated in central Paris, is under siege by the police.
Dozens of world leaders, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian President Vladimir Putin, attended the funeral of former French Present Jacques Chirac, which began on Monday. His body arrived at the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. The archbishop of Paris, Michel Obetit, leaned in front of the coffin of Chirac, wrapped in a French flag, before being moved from the hall outside the church, where he was greeted by a large crowd of citizens.
Dozens of “Yellow Vest” protesters were arrested in Paris on Saturday. Several hundred activists gathered at various points in the French capital, and police detained at least 40 people. Concerns were expressed that the participants in these demonstrations would disrupt a climate protest march in the capital on Saturday.
The wave of protests against the French President, Emmanuel Macron, opened this Friday with a strike on public transport in Paris. The reason is pension reform, which can lead to an extension of working time and a loss of benefits for some professions. Ten of the 16 subway lines in the capital stopped working, as well as two-thirds of buses and a good part of the suburban trains. Macron and his Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, hope to diffuse this and other protests through a broad social dialogue before the approval of the reform next summer.
Brexit continues to dominate world news. If there is a strategy, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s next move will shape the future of the world’s fifth-largest economy. The fate of the Brexit endeavor is at stake, which both sides cast as the United Kingdom’s most significant decision in a century. Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union after the referendum held on June 23, 2016 in which 51.9% of those voting supported leaving the EU. They voted for full independence from all EU mandates and laws across the board. The UK Parliament is now closed for five weeks and the recent political turmoil has caused more questions than answers.
Abbas Arakchi, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, will visit Paris on Monday to discuss a new proposal given by the French president. The announcement was made by Mahmoud Vaezi, the head of the Iranian president’s office, who said his goal was to “review the new Macron proposal.”
The 45th G7 (Group of Seven) Summit is being held from August 24–26, 2019, in Biarritz, France. The Group of Seven consists of the US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. France has identified the following main objectives for the 2019 Summit:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron was constructive, but stressed the EU had to fulfill its own commitments. Meanwhile, hundreds within the Iranian opposition protested Thursday and Friday against the Islamic Republic’s human rights abuses and Zarif himself.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Paris to discuss the proposals by Emmanuel Macron to preserve the JCPOA deal, and is scheduled to meet with the French president today, Friday. The details of Mr. Macron’s proposal are not yet clear, but he said he has a strategy aimed at “reducing sanctions.”
In France, Francis Vercamer, a deputy of the National Assembly of France recently asked to clarify the Russian repayment of bonds from the Czarist Russia period in the 1800s. The French invested in the railroad bonds backed by the gold standard. The bonds were issued during the railroad construction boom in the latter part of the 1800s. In January 1857 Alexander II signed into law the start of building railroads to connect a multitude of the Russian regions.
France has announced that eight European countries have agreed to co-host migrants rescued in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, but Italy is not one of those countries. French President Emmanuel Macaron said six other countries supported a French-German plan to resettle migrants following talks in Paris.
Europe will not gamble on any uncertainty in NATO. Large EU economies are putting forth a tangible effort towards sovereign and continental defense outside of their historic NATO contributions and technology is one of their focuses. Although these new efforts pale in comparison to the combined NATO size and budget, they are a sign that sovereign defense still matters in the Eurozone. One such “startup” defense initiative is France’s DIA.
Amid ongoing saber rattling between the United States and Iran, two European envoys have been dispatched to attempt to save the Iran Nuclear Deal. Emmanuel Bonne, representing French President Emmanuel Macron, was in Tehran this week, and British Foreign Minister (and Prime Ministerial candidate) Jeremy Hunt is headed for Brussels. Meanwhile, Iran says it’s ready to talk, conditionally. It seems unlikely the United States will be as willing to listen.
French scientists say drinking sugary drinks such as juices and sodas may increase the risk of cancer. The results of the study were published in the British Medical Journal. The study tracked more than 100,000 people over five years. The research team at the Sorbonne-Western University in Paris speculated that sugary drinks may increase the risk of cancer because of blood sugar levels.
France’s parliament approved legislation to impose a three-percent tax on Internet and technology companies like Google and Facebook to re-establishing financial justice, says Justice Minister Bruno Le Mayer. The 3% tax will be levied on the sales of multinational companies in France. The French Senate passed a new tax on Thursday, one week after the National Assembly approved it.
Airline tickets in France will become more expensive in the future and such revenue will be invested in rail infrastructure. This eco-tax applies from 2020, but certain air connections are excluded.
France will introduce an eco-tax on airline tickets from next year. The tax will be 1.50 € and 18 € per ticket, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne announced. The government expects a revenue of more than 180 million euros annually.
Could the Women’s World Cup experience the same inflation as its male equivalent? Two days away from the US – Netherlands final in Lyon on Sunday (5 pm), Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president, said he was in favor of extending the format of the competition from 24 to 32 teams as soon as possible.
A fire broke out in Paris’ eleventh arrondissement this Saturday around 5 am. Three people lost their lives.
A terrible fire in Paris’ 11th arrondissement.
According to news sources, around 5 am, a fire broke out in a building at Rue de Nemours in Paris’ 11th arrondissement. The toll is heavy with at least three people have been killed and one person in serious condition, firefighters announced.
Today following the world news can be seen in a world at unrest. In these countries especially is apparent World Unrest:
Khazakhstan – The world’s largest land locked country and the ninth largest in the world with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometers. It is a democratic secular republic with a diverse heritage. After the elections resulting in the overwhelming victory of interim president Toqaev began wave of protests against the lack of fairness in the elections.
Yellow Jacket protesters in France got a boost this week when some trade unionists announced their decision to join the movement. The “gilets jaunes” have been in the streets of France, clashing with police for six months. Protests started after the government of Emmanuel Macron moved to cut pensions and raise gas prices, but this was more of a last straw, members of the movement say.
The group’s name come from the road safety vests that early marchers donned when they started blocking roads in rural areas.
- #1 Germany: Economy stalled in the final quarter of last year, just skirting recession as fallout from global trade disputes and Brexit put the brakes on a decade of expansion amid signs that exports will stay subdued for the time being.
- #2 UK: Economy expanded at its slowest annual rate in six years in 2018 after a sharp contraction in December. Growth in the year was 1.4%, down from 1.8% in 2017 and the slowest rate since 2012. Blame factory output and car production for the slowdown, among other factors.
- A Yellow Vest protestor was severely injured in Paris on Saturday, as police shot tear gas at those trying to knock down a barrier at the French Parliament. It is the second severe injury in as many weeks. The uprising against President Emmanuel Macron is in its thirteenth consecutive week.
- PHILIPPINES: Terrorist group Daesh has claimed responsibility for a Sunday church bombing, which left 20 people dead and 100 wounded, on the southern island of Jolo. In response, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to “crush these godless criminals.”
- CHINA: Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Donald Trump of the United States remain optimistic about a possible trade deal between their two countries. The two spoke on the phone Saturday, and hope to reach a deal during the 90-day ceasefire period, which was announced at the G-20 summit.
- BRITAIN: Home Secretary Sajid Javid agreed to a joint action plan with French counterpart Christophe Castaner to tackle a rise of migrants trying to reach Britain in small boats. Some 220 people have attempted to cross the English Channel since November.
- CONGO: Long-delayed presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are underway. Voters in the capital, Kinshasa, braved torrential rain, long delays, and broken machines to participate in what might be the first peaceful transfer of power in the nation’s history.
- VENEZUELA: The Venezuelan government announced it is willing to investigate a plot to assassinate Colombian President Ivan Duque, involving three of its nationals. Relations between the neighboring countries— and the leaders personally— have been tense.
- BANGLADESH: Bangladesh’s leading lady, Sheikh Hasina, won a third term as Prime Minister Sunday, amid widespread claims of vote-rigging. Seventeen people were killed across the country as the vote took place.
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- CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has continued to call for the release of two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, detained in China in response to the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Beijing promised retaliation after Meng was arrested at U.S. request.
- FRANCE: President Emmanuel Macron says he deeply regrets his American counterpart’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria. “To be allies is to fight shoulder to shoulder,” Macron said on a visit to French troops in Chad. France is a key part of the coalition, and will remain in Syria.
- BELGIUM: King Filip of Belgium accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel on Friday. The meeting was necessitated by the withdrawal of Michel’s Flemish nationalist coalition partners, the N-VA, over the UN’s Migration Compact. A caretaker government will be in place until regularly-scheduled elections in May.
- DR CONGO: Members of the opposition are furious after the electoral commission announced a weeklong delay to presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRC election body said the delay was necessary after last week’s warehouse fire destroyed voting materials.
- CUBA: Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association announced a major agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation on Wednesday, aimed at stemming the smuggling of Cuban players. The agreement faces an uncertain legal future with the Trump administration.
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- An estimated 125,000 demonstrators gathered across the country during the day, with 10,000 of them in the capital. Looters have been seen smashing shop fronts, and cars have been set on fire. Nearly 90,000 officers were deployed countrywide in anticipation of clashes, including 8,000 in Paris where 12 armoured vehicles were also utilised.
- Not all protesters were rioting. Many said they had come to carry out a peaceful protest against not only the rise in fuel taxes but the cost of living in the country more broadly. Alexis, a 21-year-old construction worker who lives near Disneyland Paris said: “I can’t live on my salary. If it wasn’t for my parents I would probably be on the street. The government needs to help us. I can’t even afford to take my girlfriend out for dinner.”
- French President Emmanuel Macron has stayed out of the public eye all week, leaving his unpopular government to try to calm the nation. In response, “Macron, resign!” has become the main slogan of the “yellow vest” demonstrators.
- Unlike the United States, France provides its citizens with a generous amount of social services, but the median national salary is approximately 20,520 euros ($23,350). Even if, for example, the country’s health system is largely free, the average citizen does not enjoy a high level of disposable income.
- [Macron’s] labor restructuring has made it easier for certain companies to hire and fire employees, largely to streamline an economy in which unemployment is still relatively high. He has also set his sights on welfare spending.
- The green agenda bills itself as a movement to save the planet and fight inequality. But in truth, its anti-carbon policies fall hardest on middle class and working class, says Jarrett Stepman. The yellow jacket protests are over more than just a single, obnoxious tax. They arise from the failure of Western leaders, like Macron, to look out for the interests of their people as a whole instead of just their favored classes.
- Some are blaming Facebook. There seems to be consensus that the social network is the organizational platform of choice for the gilets jaunes. But the idea that popular outrage is more about “the power of social networks” than actual French politics seems very wrong, and more than a little irresponsible, says Max Read.
- FRANCE: Graffiti was removed from the Arc de Triomphe 24 hours after “Yellow Vest” protesters burned cars and left 133 injured in a rebellion against fuel prices that has grown into weeks of civil unrest in the capital.
- MEXICO: Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office as president on Saturday, vowing to see off a “rapacious” elite in a country struggling with corruption, chronic poverty and gang violence on the doorstep of the United States.
- CHINA: The United States and China reached a 90-day ceasefire in their trade dispute. Trump agreed to hold off on plans to raise tariffs. The Chinese agreed to buy a “very substantial amount of agricultural, energy, industrial” and other products from the U.S. to reduce America’s huge trade deficit with China.
- ISRAEL: Israeli police on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges, adding to a growing collection of legal troubles that have clouded the longtime leader’s prospects for pursuing re-election next year.
- RUSSIA: Russia will deploy new S-400 surface-to-air missile systems on the Crimean peninsula soon. The news comes after Ukraine introduced martial law for 30 days in parts of the country following Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian navy vessels off the coast of Russian-annexed Crimea Sunday.
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