French police fire tear gas at protesters in Paris

Police fired tear gas and turned water cannon on protesters in Paris who are angry over rising fuel costs and President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies, the second weekend of ‘yellow vest’ protests across France. By midday around 5,000 protesters had converged on the Champs Elysees where some clashed with police sent to prevent them from… Read More French police fire tear gas at protesters in Paris

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair dies at 81

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair died Friday in Houston, the team announced. He was aged 81. “It is with deep sadness that we announce Houston Texans Founder, Senior Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and philanthropist, Robert C. McNair passed away peacefully in Houston today with his loving wife, Janice, and his family by his side,”… Read More Houston Texans owner Bob McNair dies at 81

French union threatens to shut down operations at refineries over pay negotiation

Hard-left French trade union CGT said on Friday it will call on its members to shut down operations at three of Total SA’s refineries in France on Monday afternoon if a final proposal to negotiate bonuses is rejected by management. Oil industry workers were on strike for a third day on Friday at four of… Read More French union threatens to shut down operations at refineries over pay negotiation

France to return 26 pre-colonial artefacts to Republic of Benin 

France will return 26 works of art to Benin, Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Friday, as the French president took delivery of a report recommending the widespread return of cultural artefacts removed from Africa during the colonial era. The report by Senegalese economist Felwine Sarr and French art historian Benedicte Savoy marks a potential milestone… Read More France to return 26 pre-colonial artefacts to Republic of Benin 

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest reaches highest deforestation level in last decade

The destruction of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest reached its highest level in a decade this year, government data released on Friday showed, driven by illegal logging and the encroachment of agriculture on the jungle. Satellite images for the 12 months through the end of July 2018 showed that 7,900 square kilometers (3,050 square miles) of forest… Read More Brazil’s Amazon rainforest reaches highest deforestation level in last decade

New York judge rejects President Donald Trump’s request to dismiss lawsuit over misappropriation of charity funds

A New York state judge rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s request to dismiss a lawsuit in which New York’s attorney general accused him of misusing his namesake foundation to advance his 2016 presidential campaign and his businesses. The decision issued on Friday by Justice Saliann Scarpulla of the state supreme court in Manhattan is a… Read More New York judge rejects President Donald Trump’s request to dismiss lawsuit over misappropriation of charity funds