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Macron wins Merkel’s backing on budget
Meseberg: France’s President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday won German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s backing for reforms aimed at bolstering the eurozone against crises, including a vaunted budget for the bloc. But its size remains vague and its creation could still face resistance from other members. “We are beginning today a second step in the life of our common currency,” said Macron, after talks in Germany with Merkel.
 
 
Ukraine anti-corruption court law needs amending
KIEV: The head of the International Monetary Fund welcomed on Tuesday the adoption by Ukraine’s parliament of a law to create an anti-corruption court, but said lawmakers needed to amend it to guarantee the court’s effectiveness. Following a conversation with President Petro Poroshenko, Lagarde said she was encouraged by parliament’s adoption of the law earlier in June. “We agreed that it is now important for parliament to
   
French youths jailed for killing Chinese tailor
Bobigny: Two French youths were jailed on Tuesday over a deadly attack on a Chinese tailor that sparked mass protests by the country’s Asian community. The pair, aged 17 and 19 at the time of the attack in August 2016, left Zhang Chaolin with fatal injuries when he fell while they were mugging him. The older defendant was sentenced to 10 years in jail and the younger to four years with an additional year suspended for violent
 
 
Floods kill 17 in Ivory Coast
Abidjan: Flooding caused by overnight torrential rain killed 17 people in Ivory Coast’s economic capital Abidjan, a minister said on Tuesday. The downpour which started at 11:00 pm on Monday continued until 6:00 am on Tuesday, causing flash floods up to 2.5 metres (more than eight feet) deep, Interior Minister Sidiki Diakite. Rescue teams saved 115 people and searches were under way for other casualties, he said, adding that
   
Armenia arrests former influential official
YEREVAN: The Armenian parliament on Tuesday stripped a member of parliament from the former ruling party of immunity and supported a prosecutor’s motion to launch criminal proceedings against him. The move is a part of a campaign against corruption initiated by Armenia’s new prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, a former opposition leader, who was elected last month after weeks of mass protests against corruption and cronyism.
 
 
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