Clashes as French protesters rally against Macron’s pension bill

Government rejects union call for bill to be suspended Protesters angry at the bill and at Macron Transport hubs, energy sector hit by strikes PARIS/NANTES, France, March 28 (Reuters) – Groups in black set fire to trash cans and threw projectiles at Paris police who responded with tear gas, on the sidelines of a march … Read more

Two dead in stabbing attack at Ismaili center in Lisbon

LISBON, March 28 (Reuters) – At least two people were killed and one injured in a knife attack at the Ismaili center in Lisbon on Tuesday, Portuguese police and a Muslim community official said. Officers shot the assailant after he refused to lay down his gun and approached them with a large knife. He was … Read more

‘We’re all Chinese,’ ex-Taiwan president says on visit to China

NANJING, China, March 28 (Reuters) – People on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are of Chinese ethnicity and share the same ancestor, former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Tuesday at the start of a a historic visit to China, which the ruling party in Taiwan criticized. Ma, in office from 2008 to 2016, … Read more

Kamala Harris kicks off Africa tour in Ghana, announces security aid

US VP kicks off three-country African tour Washington seeks to counter Chinese and Russian influence Harris says she raised the issue of LGBT rights ACCRA, March 27 (Reuters) – The United States will provide $100 million to Ghana and four other West African countries to help them deal with violent extremism and instability, said Vice … Read more

Inflation-hit Germany launches massive wage strike to cripple transport

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, March 27 (Reuters) – A massive strike in Germany was due to begin early on Monday, paralyzing public transport and airports in one of the biggest walkouts in decades as Europe’s biggest economy is under the shock of soaring inflation. In the hours leading up to the strike, both sides held firm, with union … Read more

Spain tells ‘fire tourists’ to stay away from forest fire

BARRACAS, Spain, March 26 (Reuters) – Officials have urged “fire tourists” to stay away from the blazes raging in eastern Spain on Sunday, saying onlookers are putting themselves at risk and disrupted efforts to extinguish the flames. More than 500 firefighters supported by 20 planes and helicopters were battling the blaze four days after it … Read more

Evacuated villagers tell how the forest fire in Spain forced them to abandon their animals

BARRACAS, Spain, March 25 (Reuters) – The first big fire of the year in Spain has burned more than 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of forest and forced 1,700 villagers from their homes in the regions of Valencia and ‘Aragon. Residents said they fled their homes and left animals behind. “Bad, how am I supposed to … Read more

Roxham Road still busy with asylum seekers after Biden and Trudeau change pact

CHAMPLAIN, New York/TORONTO, March 25 (Reuters) – Asylum seekers warned by police that they could be deported have continued to enter Canada through the unofficial border crossing from the United States to Quebec at Roxham Road a day after the two countries amended a 20-year-old asylum pact trying to stem the influx. US President Joe … Read more

French police clash with protesters opposed to tank plans

SAINTE-SOLINE, France, March 25 (Reuters) – A policeman and a protester were seriously injured on Saturday in clashes during an unauthorized demonstration against the construction of a water reservoir for agricultural irrigation in the ‘West of France. Police fired tear gas to repel some demonstrators who threw fireworks and other projectiles as they crossed fields … Read more

Russia pursues Ukrainian front after reports of Bakhmut slowdown

Fighting along the Donbass front as Russia continues its offensive kyiv says civilians were killed in bomb shelter attack Red Cross says civilians in Bakhmut have survival limits Biden and Trudeau reaffirm their “unwavering” support for Ukraine NEAR KREMINNA, Ukraine, March 24 (Reuters) – Russian forces attacked northern and southern parts of the front in … Read more