PARIS | 1 dead, dozens injured in French fuel taxes protests

PARIS — One protester was killed and 47 others were injured during roadblocks set up around France to demonstrate against rising fuel taxes, a new challenge to embattled President Emmanuel Macron. The protester was killed when a driver caught in traffic accelerated in a panic at Pont-de-Beauvoisin, near Chambery, said Louis Laugier, the prefect, or … Continue reading PARIS | 1 dead, dozens injured in French fuel taxes protests

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Criminal case as pollution surges in Russian river

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia  — Russian investigators have opened a criminal case after finding pollution levels in a local river far exceeded norms, with ethyl alcohol levels charted at 5,400 times the acceptable limit. This was just one of several indicators reported Friday by the North-Western Transport Investigation Department that the Novaya river in St. Petersburg … Continue reading ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Criminal case as pollution surges in Russian river

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan official: Taliban target police checkpoint, killing 5

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says that at least five police officers have been killed when their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents in the northwestern Badghis province. Abdul Aziz Beg, head of the provincial council, says three other police were wounded and another detained by the Taliban early Saturday morning in the Qadis … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan official: Taliban target police checkpoint, killing 5

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | African leaders applaud Ethiopia prime minister for reforms

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Africa’s leaders applauded Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for making substantial reforms in his country as they met to consider improvements to the continent-wide body at a summit that started Saturday. “Ethiopia is undergoing a profound renewal. In the past seven months, far-reaching reforms were made in response to various challenges,” … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | African leaders applaud Ethiopia prime minister for reforms

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | Pence, Xi trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches at a summit of world leaders Saturday, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer. Pence said there would be no letup in President Donald Trump’s policy of combating … Continue reading PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | Pence, Xi trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Parade welcomes Dutch St Nicholas amid debate over helper

THE HAGUE, Netherlands— A nationally televised parade has welcomed the Dutch version of Santa Claus to the Netherlands amid a fierce national debate about his helper “Black Pete.” White people often daub their faces with black paint when they dress up to play the character. Opponents say such depictions of Black Pete promote racist stereotypes. … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Parade welcomes Dutch St Nicholas amid debate over helper

PARIS | The Latest: 1 killed, 47 injured in France gas protests

PARIS— The Latest on protests in France against rising fuel taxes (all times local): 12:45 p.m. French interior ministry officials say that one protester has been killed and 47 injured as demonstrators block roads around France to protest gas price increases. Police say that three of the injured are in serious condition, according to the … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: 1 killed, 47 injured in France gas protests