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French govt moots further concessions to pacify protesters

French govt moots further concessions to pacify protesters

PARIS: The French government signalled on Wednesday that it was prepared to make further concessions to “yellow vest” protesters, even raising a possible rollback on a controversial move to cut taxes for high earners last year. President Emmanuel Macron faces a crucial few days as he seeks an end to […]

Pre 2020 being treated like a “side event” at climate meet

Pre 2020 being treated like a “side event” at climate meet

KATOWICE : While the has promised 200 billion and Germany doubled its climate finance promise, developing nations maintain that there is “not enough money” on the table. Ever since the was signed in 2015, many developing countries feel that the developed world has forgotten its short-term commitment to finance and […]

Macron administration warns of ‘great violence‘ in Paris from hard core ‘yellow vests‘

Macron administration warns of ‘great violence‘ in Paris from hard core ‘yellow vests‘

PARIS: French authorities warned, another wave of “great violence” and rioting could be unleashed in Paris this weekend by a hard core of ‘‘ protesters, as senior ministers sought to defuse public anger with conciliatory languages on taxes. Despite capitulating this week over plans for higher fuel taxes that inspired […]

French PM to announce suspension of fuel tax hikes: Government sources

French PM to announce suspension of fuel tax hikes: Government sources

PARIS: French Prime Minister is to announce on Tuesday a suspension of fuel tax increases planned for January 1 in a move to end violent “yellow vest” protests against the measure, government sources said on Tuesday. The suspension will be accompanied by other measures aimed at calming two weeks of […]

French PM to announce suspension of fuel tax hikes: Govt sources

French PM to announce suspension of fuel tax hikes: Govt sources

PARIS: French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is to announce on Tuesday a suspension of fuel tax increases planned for January 1 in a move to end violent “” protests against the measure, government sources said Tuesday. The suspension will be accompanied by other measures aimed at calming two weeks of […]

Germany looks beyond Angela Merkel as party elects successor

Germany looks beyond Angela Merkel as party elects successor

BERLIN: A knife-edge vote Friday will determine ‘s successor as head of her party after 18 years at the helm, with the German chancellor‘s own political fate and legacy on the line. Merkel, the ‘s most powerful leader, stunned observers in October with the announcement following a state election setback […]

French govt to look at taxes on high-earners: Spokesman

French govt to look at taxes on high-earners: Spokesman

PARIS: The French government will consider bringing back a tax on high earners which President abolished early in his presidency, a key demand of “yellow vest” protesters who have been blocking roads and fuel depots for weeks, government spokesman said on Wednesday. “If something isn‘t working, we‘re not dumb, we‘ll […]

Turkey prosecutor seeks arrest of two Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi murder

Turkey prosecutor seeks arrest of two Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi murder

ISTANBUL: A Turkish prosecutor has demanded that arrest warrants be issued against two Saudi nationals close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Turkish source close to the investigation said Wednesday. Khashoggi, 59, was killed shortly after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul […]