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Contested reforms get to French Parliament

The French government’s contested labour reform bill finally reached Parliament on Tuesday, having sparked two months of mass protests, but neither employers nor unions are happy.

French journalist infiltrates jihadist cell for 6 months

A French journalist infiltrated a cell of would-be jihadists, filming them with a hidden camera as they plotted an attack in the name of ISIS, before they were arrested, he said.

Boiling water cause of Martian streaks?

The results of Earth-bound lab experiments appear to back up the theory that dark lines on Martian slopes are created by water — though in an otherworldly manner, scientists said Monday.

3 new Earth-like planets found 39 light years away


An international team of scientists said on Monday they had discovered a trio of Earth-like planets that are the best bet so far for finding life outside our Solar System.

Protests, rallies mark May Day across world

Demonstrators throw molotov cocktails and shoot firecrackers during a May Day rally. — AFP

The Turkish police used teargas and water cannon against May Day protesters on Sunday, while France was on high alert for more violent protests against labour reforms during the annual celebration of

Paris Saint-Germain rout Rennes for record


Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani chases the ball in Saturday’s match against Rennes. (Photo: AFP)

Copyright expires on Maurice Ravel’s unique Bolero

Dancers of the “Bejart Ballet Lausanne” perform Bolero, by Maurice Ravel, in Lille, France. (Photo: AFP)

Almost 90 years after it was first performed in Paris, the copyright runs out on Sunday on one of the most popular and unique pieces of classical music, Maurice Ravel’s Bolero.

Salah Abdeslam to be grilled in France

Salah Abdeslam

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam arrived at a court in the French capital on Wednesday where he was to be grilled by investigating judges following his extradition from Belgium.

Turkey visa deal only after ‘all criteria met’: EU

The EU’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday that Turkey would only get visa-free travel to the bloc once it has met all the required criteria.

Belgian prosecutors announce transfer of Salah Abdeslam to France

Salah Abdeslam, key suspect in the Paris attacks (Photo: AP)

Abdeslam, arrested in Belgium last month after four months on the run, is wanted by the French for his role in the 13 November attacks.

I recall Day One, October 27, 1947, when we landed at Srinagar airport to rescue the people of Kashmir. The enemy was several-thousand strong at Baramulla, engaged in rapine and plunder.

The Queen B is enraged. The cops have turned! The Election Commission seems to have alienated the affections of her police force — right in the middle of the elections.