Protests in Kenya turn violent again as government vows to ‘stop the descent’

NAIROBI, March 30 (Reuters) – New demonstrations organized on Thursday by opponents of Kenyan President William Ruto were again marked by violent clashes, as stone-throwing protesters battled police and a local office belonging to Ruto’s party was set on fire. Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s earlier outcry on Monday against the high cost of living and … Read more

Clashes as French protesters protest Macron’s pension bill

The government rejects the trade unions’ call to suspend the law Protesters angry at the bill and at Macron Transport hubs, energy sector affected by strikes PARIS/NANTES, France, March 28 (Reuters) – Black-clad groups set fire to bins and threw projectiles at police in Paris, who responded with tear gas, on the edge of a … Read more

Two women killed in knife attack in Ismaili center in Lisbon

LISBON, March 28 (Reuters) – Two women were killed and one person injured in a knife attack believed to have been carried out by an Afghan refugee at the Ismaili Center in Lisbon on Tuesday, officials said. Portuguese police shot the alleged attacker after he refused to put down a large knife and began to … Read more

Britain raises domestic threat level for Northern Ireland to ‘severe’

Level changed due to attacks on police officers Northern Ireland is hosting the 25th anniversary of the peace agreement The level was lowered last year for the first time in ten years LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) – Britain’s MI5 intelligence agency has raised the threat level in Northern Ireland from domestic terrorism to “severe”, meaning … Read more

Angry youths challenge Macron and his pension law

PARIS, March 27 (Reuters) – Teenager Charles Chauliac is angry that French President Emmanuel Macron is planning to delay the retirement of hard-working people like his parents, and that he has bypassed parliament to do so. In recent weeks, the 18-year-old has taken to the streets of Paris most evenings to try and force a … Read more

Biggest strike in decades shuts down Germany

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, March 27 (Reuters) – Airports and bus and train stations across Germany shut down on Monday morning, causing disruption for millions at the start of the working week in one of the biggest strikes in decades as Europe’s largest economy teeters from inflation. The 24-hour strikes called by the Verdi trade union and the … Read more

Avdiivka in Ukraine is becoming “post-apocalyptic,” an official says

KYIV, March 27 (Reuters) – Russia is turning Ukraine’s Avdiivka into “a place out of post-apocalyptic movies”, intensifying shelling and forcing a near-total closure of the frontline city, the top local official said on Sunday. According to officials, there are still about 2,000 civilians in Avdiivka, a town in the Donetsk region some 90 kilometers … Read more

In inflation-ravaged Germany, mass strike over wages paralyzes transport

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, March 27 (Reuters) – A mass strike in Germany was set to begin early Monday, paralyzing mass transport and airports in one of the biggest strikes in decades as Europe’s largest economy reels from rising inflation. In the hours leading up to the strike, both sides dug in their heels, with union leaders warning … Read more

Two Israeli soldiers injured in Palestinian shooting in Flashpoint Town

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 25 (Reuters) – Two Israeli soldiers were wounded on Saturday, the army said, in a drive-by shooting claimed by a Palestinian armed group in the flashpoint town of Huwara in the occupied West Bank. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) said in a statement that it carried out … Read more

French police clash with protesters against reservoir plans

SAINTE-SOLINE, France, March 25 (Reuters) – A police officer and a demonstrator were seriously injured in clashes on Saturday during an unauthorized demonstration against the construction of a water reservoir to irrigate farms in western France. Police fired tear gas to fend off some protesters who threw fireworks and other projectiles as they crossed fields … Read more