Christophe Schmidt

French government yields on fuel price hikes after weeks of protest

An increase scheduled for January 1, was "scrapped for the year 2019" in its entirety, Environment Minister Francois de Rugy announced on BFM TV

US prepared to fight Palestine’s UN bid

The United States has decided to fight to the bitter end to convince the Palestinians to abandon their bid for United Nations membership.

Pressure on Gaddafi as West boosts Libya’s ‘leaders’

Western and regional powers boosted Libyan rebels battling Muammar Gaddafi by designating them as the country's legitimate rulers.

US remains committed to Pakistan, says Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday she was even more committed to Pakistan after Osama bin Laden's killing.

US vows support for Georgia, slams Russian ‘occupation’

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reassured Georgia on Monday with a pledge of steadfast support.

Quartet tells Israel to halt settlement activity

The Quartet for the Middle East has urged Israel to stop building settlements and set a target for deal with the Palestinians within two years.

Clinton meeting Mubarak in bid to salvage Mid-East trip

Hillary Clinton was meeting Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday in an attempt to salvage her Middle East tour after upsetting Arabs with praise of Israel.

Clinton hits out at Pakistan’s al-Qaeda silence

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit out on Friday against Pakistan's silence on the whereabouts of al-Qaeda leaders.

London transport network still a vulnerable target

London's buses and underground trains will remain vulnerable to terrorist attacks for a long time, the city's transport chiefs said. Those working to protect the British capital's transport network "have not found the magic formula any more than Madrid, New York, Tel Aviv or Paris", said Tim O'Toole, managing director of London Underground.

Rural Ireland hoping to lure tourists to hidden gems

Rural Ireland is fighting the growing trend for tourists to spend long weekends in Dublin with a plan to woo visitors to the Emerald Isle's hidden gems. "There is a European trend for mini-breaks of three or four days. In our country, this favours the cities, like Dublin, Cork or Galway," said Damian O'Brien, in charge of developing cultural tourism in Ireland.

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