FBI probing Michigan airport stabbing as ‘terrorism’

The FBI is investigating as an “act of terrorism” a knife attack on a Michigan airport police officer Wednesday by a man yelling “Allahu Akbar.” The stabbing at Bishop International Airport, in the city of Flint, comes amid a wave of jihadist-inspired …

June 21, 2017

World population to reach 9.8 bln in 2050, UN says

The world’s current population of 7.6 billion will balloon to 9.8 billion in 2050, with India’s numbers to surpass China’s in just seven years, a UN report said Wednesday.Nigeria will overtake the United States by 2050 to become the third most populous…

June 21, 2017

Trump to meet IOC chief at White House

President Donald Trump, who has backed Los Angeles for the 2020 Olympics, will have a White House meeting Thursday with the International Olympic Committee chief, a US official told AFP.In a telephone interview at the end of 2016 — following his elect…

June 21, 2017

FBI investigating Michigan airport stabbing as ‘terrorism’

The FBI said it is investigating as an “act of terrorism” a knife attack on a Michigan airport police officer on Wednesday by a man yelling “Allahu Akbar.” The suspect, who is in custody and cooperating with investigators, is a Canadian resident in his…

June 21, 2017

Sauber chief Kaltenborn quits

Sauber chief Monisha Kaltenborn has quit the Formula One outfit, her team announced Wednesday, after reports of a major fallout over the treatment of drivers Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein.India-born Kaltenborn, 46, had been the chief executive of…

June 21, 2017

What problems? Ronaldo on target in Portugal football win

Cristiano Ronaldo brushed aside his off-field problems by scoring the winner as Portugal edged out hosts Russia 1-0 at the Confederations Cup on Wednesday, before Oribe Peralta gave Mexico a come-from-behind 2-1 win over New Zealand.Ronaldo’s eighth-mi…

June 21, 2017

US could ease some post-crisis regulation: Fed governor

The US Federal Reserve is open to easing some banking regulations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, including stress tests and the so-called Volcker Rule, according to a central bank governor.In testimony to be delivered Thursday, Federal R…

June 21, 2017

Macron reaffirms hope for EU ahead of first summit

On the eve of his first European summit, French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his belief Wednesday in a Europe capable of transforming the world with France as a driving force.

In the face of the threats of extremism, inequality and authoritarian regimes, it is up to the European Union to “win the battle” for “freedom and democracy… to ensure social justice and preserving the climate of our planet,” Macron said.

France can play the role of a “driving motor” but only if it first carries out key reforms at home, he said in an interview with eight European newspapers including The Guardian.

The crises in the world “stem partly from deep inequalities engendered by the world order, and from Islamist terrorism. On top of this comes climate change.”

Macron heads to Brussels on Thursday for his first EU summit, pledging to breathe new life into the bloc after Britain’s shock Brexit decision.

“We are going to win this battle, which is Europe’s responsibility” because it is “the only place where individual freedom, the spirit of democracy and social justice are so fully linked”.

Macron’s hopeful defence of a reformed EU was a key plank in his meteoric political rise, which culminated in his winning the presidency in May’s run-off vote.

He criticised “certain European leaders who have turned their backs on Europe” with “a cynical approach to the union that only served to dispense credit without respecting its values”.

– ‘An immense challenge’ –

“Europe is not a supermarket. Europe is a shared destiny,” he added.

During his electoral campaign, Macron put forward ideas for reforming the eurozone, noting that the 19-nation currency bloc cannot go on as it is if it wants to avoid falling prey to protest and populism.

EU members Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, have resisted a plan for them to accept migrants as part of an effort to ease the burden on Italy and Greece.

“The nations of Europe who do not respect the rules must feel the political consequences,” he said. “I will not compromise on solidarity and democratic values.”

But Macron said France will not be able to play its leadership role in the union without reinforcing its economy, which is stuck with stubbornly low growth and high unemployment.

At the same time, he insisted on his desire for a “Europe that protects” with a “true collective defence and security policy”, a reform of border protection as well as migration and asylum rules. In addition he sees room for boosted cooperation on fighting terrorism.

“The crisis of Western imagination is an immense challenge, and it’s not one person who will change that. But I want to recover the thread of history and energy of the European people,” he said.

The interview also included Le Figaro, El Pais, Gazeta Wyborcza, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Temps, Le Soir and Corriere della Serra.

June 21, 2017

Poland urges France to protect drivers after Calais death

Poland on Wednesday urged France to guarantee security for its lorry drivers after one died in a crash caused by roadblock erected by migrants near the northern port of Calais, a jumping off point to reach Britain.Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Blasz…

June 21, 2017

Wall Street Journal sacks top reporter over ethics violations

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday fired a top correspondent over ethics violations after a news agency investigation uncovered potential business dealings with an Iranian-American businessman who was also a source.Jay Solomon, the newspaper’s chief …

June 21, 2017

Trump aide Kushner has ‘productive’ talks with Israel PM

US President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner had a “productive” meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the White House said.Kushner, accompanied by Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason G…

June 21, 2017

Jackie Kennedy watch fetches nearly $380K in New York

An engraved gold Cartier watch given to Jacqueline Kennedy and a reciprocal thank-you painting from the former first lady sold for $379,500 at auction in New York on Wednesday, Christie’s said.The Tank watch was given to Kennedy by her brother-in-law, …

June 21, 2017

Britain yachting team win Youth America’s Cup

Britain fended off the ferocious challenge of New Zealand to snatch victory — with a little help from Sweden and Germany — in a wild finish to the Youth America’s Cup on Wednesday.In an event conceived as a path to professional sailing — which has a…

June 21, 2017

Pentagon chief blasts N.Korea over US student who died

North Korea’s treatment of an American student who died after being released from detention in a coma was inhuman and US patience with Pyongyang is running out, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Wednesday.Otto Warmbier, 22, suffered severe brain damage in…

June 21, 2017

Macron rolls back on ‘Assad must go’ position

President Emmanuel Macron said in remarks published on Wednesday that he saw no legitimate successor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and that France no
longer considered his departure a pre-condition to resolving the six-year conflict.

June 21, 2017

Deep in Mosul, US forces support Iraq’s fight

In a once-plush house in west Mosul, a handful of US soldiers watch on as an Iraqi commander barks orders over the radio to his troops fighting jihadists little more than a mile away.Senior Iraqi officers huddle around a map showing their forces’ advan…

June 21, 2017