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French president hikes minimum wage, promises tax relief to head off "Yellow Vests" protests


Still grappling with the "Yellow Vests" protests, French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday sought to dampen the social uproar with an "economic and social emergency plan," offering to increase the minimum wage and tax cuts for pensioners.

Possibility for DPRK leader's visit to Seoul left open: Moon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said that a possibility for the visit by Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to Seoul was left open, local media reported Monday.

Malaysia's Anwar sworn in as member of parliament

Former Malaysian deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as a member of parliament on Monday after winning a by-election over the weekend.


Iraq marks anniversary of Victory Day over IS

Iraqis celebrated the Victory Day on Monday, one year after the announcement of full liberation of all Iraqi land from Islamic State (IS) militants.

Congolese gynecologist, Yazidi human rights activist receive 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege and Iraq's Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad received the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday at the award ceremony here in Norway, for "their efforts ...


US urges European nations to exit Nord Stream 2 project

US Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources Frank Fannon on Monday urged European nations to abandon their cooperation with Russia on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 11:49:01

Spotlight: Macron announces higher wages, tax breaks amid "Yellow Vests" protests

Still grappling with "Yellow Vests" movement, French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday sought to dampen social roar via "an economic and social emergency plan," which involves an increase in minimum wages and tax cut.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 11:29:08

Trump approves strategy on combating WMD terrorism

US President Donald Trump on Monday approved the National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism, in a bid to counter extremist groups' attempt to use Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) against the United States.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 10:46:50

Chinese tourists confirmed to be aboard minibus crashing in Australia

The consulate general of China in Perth has confirmed on Monday evening that the mini-bus which was involved in Sunday's crash on an isolated road in Western Australia was carrying Chinese tourists.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 10:45:39

Moscow regrets Kiev's decision not to extend friendship treaty with Russia

Ukraine's decision not to extend the friendship treaty with Russia is regrettable and against the Ukrainian people's interests, the Kremlin said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 10:45:11

French president hikes minimum wage, promises tax relief to head off "Yellow Vests" protests

Still grappling with the "Yellow Vests" protests, French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday sought to dampen the social uproar with an "economic and social emergency plan," offering to increase the minimum wage and tax cuts for pensioners.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 10:05:28

Iraq marks anniversary of Victory Day over IS

Iraqis celebrated the Victory Day on Monday, one year after the announcement of full liberation of all Iraqi land from Islamic State (IS) militants.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 8:59:57

Congolese gynecologist, Yazidi human rights activist receive 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege and Iraq's Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad received the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday at the award ceremony here in Norway, for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict."
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 8:52:40

Wall Street's "Fearless Girl" relocated in front of NYSE

"Fearless Girl," a celebrated bronze statue located in New York City's Financial District, was unveiled at her new home in front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Monday morning.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 8:43:04

Kremlin says tired of following "sensational" probes in US

The Kremlin said Monday that Moscow has grown tired of following sensational investigations in the Unite States with respect to Russia's alleged involvement in the U.S. previous presidential election.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 8:40:10

US envoy visits joint patrol rehearsal site with Turkey

U.S. State Department said on Monday that the special representative for Syria engagement, James Jeffrey, recently visited the rehearsal site of U.S.-Turkey joint patrols and highlighted the role of bilateral military cooperation.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 8:38:03

UN Security Council condemns sexual violence in South Sudan

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has condemned the incidents of sexual and gender-based violence against women near Bentiu in northern South Sudan in recent weeks.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 8:36:23

Pompeo hints US may sign free trade deal with Britain even with hard Brexit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday hinted that the United States may consider to sign a free trade deal with Britain quickly even if Britain leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/11 8:35:00