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Schulz hits out at ‘arrogant’ German chancellor
Dortmund: Social Democrat chief Martin Schulz lashed out Sunday at Chancellor Angela Merkel, accusing her of “arrogance” as he sought to reverse his party’s plunging popularity three months before general elections. Schulz’s decision to take his party’s reins initially had jolted the Social Democratic Party (SPD) to life, but the trend has reversed. With weeks to go before Germany heads to the polls on Sept.24, the SPD is
 
 
Australian police fire pepper spray to break up clashes
SYDNEY: Australian police fired pepper spray to break up clashes between right-wing nationalists and anti-racism protesters on the streets of Melbourne on Sunday, the latest protest held by anti-immigration groups in the country. Far-right activists from the True Blue Crew, which says it is opposed to refugees and the “Islamisation” of Australia, faced off with members of a left-wing coalition promoting tolerance in the city.
   
Congo president’s daughter charged with graft in France
Paris: French investigators have charged the daughter and son-in-law of Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso with corruption, judicial sources told AFP on Sunday. Julienne Sassou Nguesso, 50, and her 53-year-old husband Guy Johnson were placed under investigation this week for “money laundering and misuse of public funds,” the sources said. Already in March, the nephew of the Congo-Brazzaville president, Wilfrid Nguesso, was
 
 
Huge forest fires force evacuation in southern Spain
Madrid: Major forest fires in southern Spain has forced the evacuation of more than 1,500 people from homes, campsites and hotels, a government official said on Sunday. Like much of Spain, the area near Huelva is on high alert for forest fires because of a heat wave. Last week, 64 people died in a forest fire in neighbouring Portugal. The blaze was spotted on Saturday night in the Moguer region near Huelva and was being treated
   
Italy votes to elect mayors in run-off ballot
ROME: People in more than 100 Italian towns and cities voted on Sunday to pick municipal mayors in a run-off ballot that could bolster centre-right parties ahead of a national election due in less than a year. The vote could be a test of the current political mood in Italy, where a gradual economic recovery has not yet improved most Italians’ living standards or significantly cut unemployment. Anti-European sentiment has
 
 
Cyprus leaders under pressure to strike peace deal
Nicosia: Rival Cypriot leaders at a make-or-break summit in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to seal an elusive peace deal for their divided island or face the consequences. “We are looking for a final settlement... We expect both parties to come with determination, will and leadership for a final settlement,” a UN spokesperson told AFP. “We are expecting all parties to come to the table and settle this once and
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