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France fuel protests: PM Philippe suspends fuel tax rise

The French prime minister announced a six-month suspension of a tax increase on fuel that led to weeks of violent protests. Edouard Philippe said that people's anger must be heard and measures not be applied until proper debate has been held with those affected. The protests have hit major French cities, causing considerable damage in the last three weekends. The …

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Ukraine ports ‘partially unblocked’ by Russia, Kiev says

In a statement published on the ministry's website, Omelyan said that Russia lifted some restrictions on the movement to and from the Azov Sea ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol. "The vessels are heading for entry and exit the Kerch Strait towards the Ukrainian ports," he said. "The ships are stopped on the Russian side, they are still inspecting, but the …

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2 key groups label Rohingya slaughter ‘genocide’ as Trump administration stays mum

The violence of Myanmar against the Rohingya, a Muslim majority group, constituted a genocide, according to two new reports released on Monday – a determination that the Trump administration has not yet done, even after publishing a report comprehensive September investigation that documented the atrocities in gruesome details. The silence of the administration on genocide is particularly surprising because the …

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Paris protests: France to suspend fuel price hike amid ‘yellow vest’ campaign

According to the affiliate of CNN BFMTV, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will announce a moratorium on Tuesday on increases in fuel prices, which was scheduled to enter into force on 1 January. The rising cost of gasoline and diesel fuel has sparked protests that have since evolved into broader demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron's government, exposing tensions between the metropolitan …

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France to announce suspension of fuel tax hikes that provoked riots, media says

The French prime minister should announce a suspension of the fuel tax increases that resulted in a protest movement that has become violent, according to French media reports. The minister, Edouard Philippe, should announce that the expected increase will be suspended for several months, reported Le Monde and France Info. Philippe should also announce other measures aimed at easing tensions. …

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French government preparing to suspend fuel tax increases: source

A protestant wearing a yellow jacket, a symbol of a protest by French drivers against higher diesel prices, sits under a flag next to burning debris as they approach the Paris-Brussels A2 motorway. Fontaine-Notre-Dame, France, 4 December 2018. REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol PARIS (Reuters) – The French government is preparing to suspend fuel tax increases, a government source said Tuesday, …

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Khashoggi murder: CIA chief Haspel ‘to brief Congress’

Image copyright Reuters Picture caption Gina Haspel says she is angry at the escape of CIA results The head of the CIA will present the Congress on the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the US media said. They say that Gina Haspel will speak with Senate leaders on Tuesday . The Secretaries of State and Defense were absent …

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Economic ‘red lines’ may clash with Trump plan

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping may have suspended their fight against tariffs, but differences between the views of the two countries on state-supported technology and business will call into question negotiations between the two economic giants, analysts said [19659002] div> div.group> p: first-child "/> "Strongly engaged in the Chinese economic model, Xi will continue to provide …

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Death of top US naval commander in Middle East an apparent suicide

CNN reported Saturday that Vice Admiral Scott Stearney was found dead at his residence in Bahrain. Adm. John Richardson, the head of naval operations, told CNN on Saturday that Stearney was not currently under investigation when asked. "No, no investigation, nothing strange … it's a reasonable question, but I'm not aware of anything," said Richardson CBS News was the first …

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