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PARIS (Reuters) - A massive strike paralyzed Paris's public transport sector on Friday, as unions protested a sweeping pension reform by the government of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Paris's public transport company RATP said 10 metro lines were closed and many other lines, including the suburban RAR, were severely disrupted.

RATP workers are protesting the government's plans to reform the pension allowance system, which is expected to force them to work longer before retirement.

On the docks, messages in French and English warned travelers against the strike, the biggest since 2007.

Trains still operating were noticeably less crowded than usual, with authorities recommending people living in the Paris area to work from home, or choose other means of transport.

A government website to monitor roads showed significant traffic jams in and around the French capital.

Public transport employees in Paris benefit from certain occupational workers, with a special system that currently allows them to retire early compared to most French people, while enjoying full retirement allowances.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted a comprehensive pension reform and said the changes would make the pension system "fairer".

The government also wants to apply the same rules to all recent decommissioners, so that it can get rid of the 42 systems associated with certain jobs and professions.

Macron has promised to keep the legal retirement age at 62, but the new terms could mean that those who reach future retirement age may be forced to work longer.

The average French retirement allowance this year is 1,400 euros ($ 1,500) a month after tax, according to a government report.

The government is unlikely to present the bill to parliament for discussion before next spring at the earliest.

Source Sky News

Saturday, 14 September 2019 13:18

IMF official: Global economy "far" from recession

 

Trade tensions are affecting growth around the world but the IMF is "far from" expecting a global recession, an IMF official said on Friday.

 The official spoke as the IMF prepares to issue new economic forecasts next month.

The IMF said on Thursday that tariffs imposed or threatened by the United States and China could cut 0.8 percent of global economic output in 2020 and trigger losses in the coming years.

"Trade tensions are affecting growth," said the official, who is familiar with the forecasting process.

 "While manufacturing activity is weak, we also see resilience in the service sector and consumer confidence is holding. The question is how long that flexibility can last," said the official, who is not authorized to speak publicly.

The IMF issues economic forecasts twice a year to coincide with its spring and autumn meetings, including global GDP forecasts for the current and next year.

 Source Sky News

 

 Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the loss of one-third of the seats in the Moscow Council was not due to the success of calls for a "protest vote", according to reports and press speculation.

In a press statement on Monday, Peskov denied the question whether the reason for the loss of the party "United Russia" one-third of its seats in the Moscow Municipal Council vote of protesting voters on the authorities dealing with unlicensed events in the capital

weeks before the municipal elections.

The Kremlin spokesman said: "No, we can not agree with this view. On the contrary, the election results indicated that the guesses of political experts on the protest vote did not find anything to confirm."

When asked about the reasons for the relatively weak voter support for a “united Russia” in Moscow, compared to other Russian regions, Peskov said: “You may know that fluctuations in numbers are possible in elections, and it would be a serious mistake to draw

certain conclusions from this. Are those that provide the general picture. "

The results of Sunday's municipal council elections in Moscow showed that independent candidates (including those supported by the ruling party) won 26 of the 45 seats in the council. The candidates are followed by the Communist Party, with 13 seats, while the

"Yabloko" and "Fair Russia" won 3 seats each.

Since mid-July, the Russian capital has witnessed a series of rallies and marches organized by a number of opposition currents who have not been registered as candidates for municipal council elections due to irregularities revealed in the collection of voter signatures

(according to the authorities)

The police arrested about 1.7 thousand people during these unauthorized events, while the Russian Investigation Commission opened a number of criminal files on charges of "riots" and "attacks on power."

On September 8, 85 Russian districts saw more than 5,000 varying electoral campaigns, including municipal and provincial governors' elections, as well as by-elections of the Russian State Duma.

Source: Russian agencies

North Korea said Monday it wants to resume negotiations with the United States on North Korea's denuclearization and the lifting of US sanctions in late September.

"We are seeking comprehensive negotiations on all the issues that we have not yet discussed with the United States, at a specific time and place in late September," North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Tsui Sun-hee said in a press statement.

The North said its country had taken into account repeated calls by the United States to resume negotiations.

Against a backdrop of tense relations between the two sides, North Korea and the United States in 2018 engaged in intensive negotiations initiated by South Korea, and later resulted in the first summit between the leaders of the two countries, hosted by Singapore

on July 12 of the same year.

The historic talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un culminated in the signing of a joint statement, in which Pyongyang assumed commitments to denuclearize the Korean peninsula in return for guarantees for North Korea's

security by the United States, which pledged to halt it. Military maneuvers in the region, but with the sanctions still in place until the North Korean authorities take concrete action to implement their commitments.

However, the negotiation process has not yet resulted in the signing of an agreement ending the nuclear weapons issue on the Korean Peninsula, which also failed to achieve the second summit between the two leaders in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on February

27, 2019, and the third meeting between them on June 30, 2019 in the region. Demilitarized, continued in the territory of South Korea.

Source: Agencies

 

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Iran's suspension of its obligations under the nuclear deal was the result of reckless US policies.

"It should be noted that the Iranian side took steps after the United States launched a series of unwarranted and unlawful strikes on Tehran by imposing sanctions, including against the field," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its official

website on Monday. Iranian Space.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that "in terms of non-proliferation, the restart of centrifuges for nuclear research does not pose any danger," noting that all work is under the constant supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"There is no risk that Iran will move to use the results of its research for undeclared purposes. Iran is fully committed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, implements the comprehensive safeguards agreement with the IAEA and implements the Additional

Protocol."

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that "Iran's suspension of its voluntary commitments under the Comprehensive Joint Business Plan, a direct result of the reckless policies of Washington, which ignores international agreements."

Iran announced last week its third step to reduce commitments to the agreement on its nuclear program, calling on European countries to "abide by their commitments" under the agreement.

Source: RT

 

The German inspector, Josef Reich, announced on Monday that he is ready to discuss the delivery of files related to the disaster of the Malaysian flight MH17 over Ukraine to the authorities of Malaysia.

"We expect the Malaysian government to go to us personally through its embassy or a lawyer, so they can share with the Malaysian government a picture," Rish told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. Is planned, if the relevant conditions are met. "

In an interview with RIA Novosti on September 5, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said his country was prepared to hear evidence that Rish would provide in the plane disaster case, which was not taken into account by the international investigation

team. The Prime Minister added that the investigation under the supervision of the Dutch Public Prosecution without the participation of Russia, is based on the positions of parties can not be unbiased. Mahathir proposed the creation of a new impartiality with the

participation of international experts with expertise on similar issues.

Rish, who has been investigating the crash of a Malaysian Boeing aircraft over the Donbass region in southeastern Ukraine since 2014, told RIA Novosti that he knew the names of those responsible for the disaster, as well as other data he said the international

investigation ignored.

The inspector added that he may offer to Russia, Malaysia and other countries to publish his information shed light on the causes of the disaster and the names of those responsible and satellite data of the United States.

In August, Reich appealed to the international investigation to assure him, in an open letter, of his readiness to hand over his evidence to the investigation team. He said he was also ready to consider "other transparent ways" to disseminate his information.

On July 17, 2014, a Malaysian Boeing aircraft carrying MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near Donetsk, crashed, killing 298 people on board.

The incident occurred three months after the Ukrainian authorities launched a military campaign against "two popular republics" announced in the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk in the Russian-speaking Donbass region in response to the change of power in Kiev,

which received strong support from Ukrainian nationalists.

The Ukrainian authorities blamed the fighters of the "Donetsk People's Republic" responsibility for the disaster, while its leadership announced that it does not have the means of fire capable of shooting down targets flying at these high altitudes.

Reviewing preliminary findings of its work, the investigation team said that Boeing was shot down by a missile fired from the Bok air defense system of the Russian Air Defense Forces.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the accusations against Moscow of shooting down the Malaysian plane were unfounded. Russian President Vladimir Putin said later that his country had been removed from the investigation, preventing it from accepting its findings.

For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry said that all the missiles, which offered the Dutch investigation committee of the engine, were destroyed after 2011.

Source: RIA Novosti

 

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Caveh Çoوlu said there is no point in starting negotiations on a settlement in Cyprus for "empty words," noting that the negotiations should be aimed at achieving results.

"These negotiations, which will produce results, cannot be tolerated. We cannot afford to fail. They must be conducted within the specified frameworks, and there is no point in launching them for empty words," Caoşo أوlu told reporters on Tuesday.

Cyprus was divided between Greece and Turkey in 1974. In 1983, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is not recognized by the international community, was declared in the north of the island. Negotiations between the Greek and Turkish sides on the

reunification of Cyprus are under the mediation of the United Nations, but the last round of these negotiations failed in 2017, and it is not known when it will resume again.

Source: RIA Novosti

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