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‘Yellow vests’ reject Macron offer
Le Boulou: Groups of “yellow vest” protesters across France responded scathingly to the “crumbs” offered by President Emmanuel Macron in a speech intended to defuse their revolt, but others acknowledged his efforts. “Nonsense,” “a charade,” “a bluff” and “a drop in the ocean,” were among the immediate reactions that greeted the head of state’s televised speech on Monday evening announcing an increase in the minimum wage and a
 
 
Russians mourn human rights icon Alexeyeva
MOSCOW: Russians paid their last respects to human rights icon Lyudmila Alexeyeva on Tuesday, with some mourners angered by President Vladimir Putin’s attendance of a memorial ceremony. The Russian leader, who critics accuse of overseeing a rise in repression over his nearly two decades in power, sat briefly by Alexeyeva’s body and spoke to her family in the grand hall where mourners laid dozens of flowers.
   
Provincial police chief shot dead in northeast Turkey
Ankara: A Turkish provincial police chief was shot dead by an officer in the northeastern province of Rize, the ancestral region of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reported. Altug Verdi died in hospital after the armed attack at the provincial police headquarters, state news agency Anadolu said. The officer suspected of killing Verdi has been detained, the agency said. Rize governor Kemal Ceber said two others also
 
 
France ships 1,400 assault rifles to C.Africa army
Bangui: France on Tuesday handed over 1,400 AK-47 assault rifles and three amphibious vehicles to the Central African Republic to shore up its beleaguered armed forces. French Defence Minister Florence Parly oversaw the handover at a ceremony at M’Polo military base in the capital Bangui. The military aid was announced in Paris in November, along with 24 million euros ($27.4 million) in civilian assistance. One of the world’s
   
Koala population could be ‘wiped out’ by wildfire
CANBERRA: A wildlife preservation society in Australia on Tuesday voiced grave concerns for the koala population, after a devastating wildfire tore through an area which is an important habitat for the species. Beginning on Monday evening, dozens of fire crews battled the 80 hectare blaze through Salamander Bay trying desperately to protect property and wildlife, reports Xinhua news agency. Despite their best efforts, it’s
 
 
Majority of Australian women sexually harassed at work: Poll
KUALA LUMPUR: Two in three Australian women have been sexually harassed at work, with the majority of cases unreported, according to a survey released on Tuesday that highlighted challenges activists said prevent women from advancing in their careers. Some 64 per cent of women and 35 per cent of men said they had been harassed at their current or former workplace, according to the survey of over 9,600 people by the Australian
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