Israeli minister says ‘nothing like’ the Palestinian people

JERUSALEM, March 20 (Reuters) – An Israeli minister responsible for administering the occupied West Bank was sentenced on Monday after saying there was no Palestinian history or culture and there was no no Palestinian people. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich also angered neighboring Jordan for speaking at a podium covered in what appeared to be a … Read more

China warns against travel out of Central African Republic capital after killings

BEIJING, March 20 (Reuters) – The Chinese embassy in the Central African Republic has urged its citizens to avoid traveling outside the capital, Bangui, after a report that nine Chinese nationals were killed in an attack by militants in a gold mine outside the city. The embassy said in a statement on Sunday that there … Read more

Hundreds of elite Israeli reservists say they are joining court protests

JERUSALEM, March 19 (Reuters) – A group of Israelis describing themselves as reservists in elite army and intelligence units said they would not report for certain duties from Sunday, stepping up protests against the judicial overhaul planned by the far-right government. Members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, which holds a majority in the Knesset, … Read more

Paris police and protesters clash for third night over Macron’s pension reform

PARIS, March 18 (Reuters) – Paris police clashed with protesters for a third night on Saturday as thousands marched across the country amid anger at the government pushing for an increase in the retirement age without a parliamentary vote. The growing unrest and strikes have left President Emmanuel Macron facing the most serious challenge to … Read more

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan marks his presence in court as his supporters clash with police

ISLAMABAD, March 18 (Reuters) – Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan officially marked his attendance at court in the country’s capital on Saturday, his aide said, complying with court orders after a confrontation with police led to a intense clashes with his supporters. Local media outlet Geo TV reported that the Islamabad Magistrate’s Court had … Read more

Thousands protest in Belgrade against Western-backed Serbia-Kosovo deal

BELGRADE, March 17 (Reuters) – Several thousand people have gathered in Belgrade to protest against a Western-backed deal to normalize relations between Kosovo and Serbia, which they see as recognition of independence of Kosovo. The Serbian constitution considers Kosovo an integral part of its territory, even though it declared independence in 2008 with the support … Read more

Pressure mounts on Macron after violent pension unrest

Macron pushes through reform without a vote Violence erupts in spontaneous protests Unions plan more strikes and protests The opposition plans a vote of no confidence PARIS, March 17 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron faced the most serious challenge to his authority on Friday since so-called yellow vest protests after his decision to push … Read more

Dutch farmers’ protest party wins big election win, shaking Senate

AMSTERDAM, March 15 (Reuters) – A farmers’ protest party rocked the political landscape in the Netherlands on Wednesday, becoming the clear winner in provincial elections that determine the composition of the Senate. The BBB or BoerBurgerBeweging (Farmers-Citizens Movement) party rode a wave of protest against the government’s environmental policies and looked set to win more … Read more

North of Bakhmut, another key battle tests Ukrainian defenses

The front line north of Bakhmut is also seeing fierce fighting The small gains of the Russians around the Kreminna come at a high cost Ukrainian battalion says attacks have intensified The commander defending the front sees a risk of encirclement He expects a Ukrainian counter-offensive in April NEAR KREMINNA, March 15 (Reuters) – From … Read more

Iran pardons 22,000 people who participated in protests

DUBAI, March 13 (Reuters) – Iranian judicial authorities have pardoned 22,000 people who took part in anti-government protests, justice chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said on Monday, according to the official IRNA news agency. State media reported early last month that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had pardoned “tens of thousands” of prisoners, including some arrested during … Read more