France strikes: Workers bring Paris to a standstill in second mass protest over retirement age reforms

Paris/London CNN — French schools and transportation networks were heavily disrupted Tuesday for the second time this month, as unions staged another mass strike against government plans to raise the retirement age for most workers. Unions and opposition parties called for people to protest in major cities, hoping for a repeat of the first major … Read more

Explainer: What sparked brawl between Pro-India supporters and Sikhs at Melbourne’s Fed Square

Over the weekend, a Melbourne landmark became the center of an ugly clash between two Indian ethnic groups in scenes rarely seen in Australia. Footage posted to social media captured the moment about 100 people broke out into a fight, using flags as weapons outside Federation Square on Sunday afternoon. The brawl, which broke out … Read more

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Western allies to deliver 321 tanks to Ukraine: senior diplomat

CNN — Western countries will deliver more than 300 tanks to Ukraine, Kyiv’s ambassador to France said Friday. “As of today, numerous countries have officially confirmed their agreement to deliver 321 heavy tanks to Ukraine,” Vadym Omelchenko told French TV station and CNN affiliate BFM television. He did not specify which countries would provide the … Read more

The German parliament officially commemorates LGBTQ victims of the Nazi regime for the first time

Berlin CNN — The German parliament for the first time on Friday focused its annual Holocaust memorial commemorations on people persecuted and killed over their sexual or gender identity during World War II. Campaigners in Germany have worked for decades to establish an official ceremony to commemorate the LGBTQ victims persecuted under the Nazi regime. … Read more

Video: Hear what Russians think about Western tanks for Ukraine

Russians on Western tanks for Ukraine: ‘Our opinions mean diddly-squat’ After the announcement of Germany and the US to supply tanks to Ukraine, Russia’s propaganda machine is working at full throttle. Russian state TV playing down risks to Russian troops in Ukraine seems to be working on some – but not everyone is buying the … Read more

Russia strikes Ukraine’s cities hours after Western countries pledge tanks to Kyiv

CNN — Ukraine has urged the West to get military hardware into the hands of its troops as quickly as possible, as Russia fired missiles towards Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities just hours after Germany and the US announced their plans to provide modern tanks to the country. Russia launched 55 missiles at Ukraine on … Read more

Burkina Faso: France recalls ambassador and will withdraw military forces

CNN — France will withdraw its military forces from Burkina Faso within a month, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs told CNN on Wednesday. Following a formal request from the Burkina Faso government to do so, the French military mission will end a month after receipt of that written demand, the ministry said. Since 2018, … Read more

Der Spiegel reports Germany set to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

CNN — Germany is set to send its sought-after Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine to help bolster the country’s war effort, Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday evening, attributing to unnamed sources. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided to deliver the battle tanks following “months of debate,” according to the German news outlet’s exclusive report. The … Read more

Burkina Faso’s military government demands French troops leave the country within one month

CNN — The military government of Burkina Faso has demanded the departure of French troops from the country, according to the government press agency Agence d’Information du Burkina (AIB). France has exactly one month to remove its troops from Burkina Faso, according to the terms of the 2018 agreement, AIB reported, citing sources. The military … Read more