PARIS, Dec 8: Paris police skirmished Saturday with yellow vest activists who joined a wave of protests against the government’s overhaul of France’s retirement system, as highway blockades and train stoppages by other protesters disrupted weekend travel around the country.

SEOUL, Dec 8:  North Korea has carried out a “very important” test at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media KCNA reported on Sunday, a rocket testing ground that U.S. officials once said Pyongyang had promised to close.

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist

Published On: December 8, 2019 06:30 PM NPT By: Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dec 8: A Princeton scholar held for three years in Iran on widely criticized espionage charges was freed Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange that saw America release a detained Iranian scientist, a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions.

PARIS, Dec 8:  French environmental activists brandished stolen portraits of President Emmanuel Macron at a protest Sunday near the Eiffel Tower to try to push the government to do more to fight climate change.

HONG KONG, Dec 8: Here are comments from some protesters at a pro-democracy rally on Sunday that is expected to gauge broad support for anti-government demonstrations that have roiled the Chinese-ruled city for six months.

China’s trade with US sinks in November amid tariff war

Published On: December 8, 2019 05:00 PM NPT By: Associated Press

BEIJING,Dec 8:  China’s trade with the United States sank again in November as negotiators worked on the first stage of a possible deal to end a tariff war.

Thousands march as Hong Kong protests near half-year mark

Published On: December 8, 2019 02:58 PM NPT By: Associated Press

HONGKONG, Dec 8: Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in a march seen as a test of the enduring appeal of an anti-government movement about to mark a half year of demonstrations.

NEW DELHI, Dec 8 : At least 43 people died on Sunday in a devastating fire at a building in a crowded grains market area in central New Delhi, police said.

SEOUL, Dec 7 :  U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a half-hour phone discussion on ways to maintain diplomacy with North Korea, Seoul said on Saturday, as Pyongyang warns of waning patience with stalled nuclear talks.

Kenya police officers among eight killed in bus attack

Published On: December 7, 2019 05:31 PM NPT By: Reuters

NAIROBI, Dec 7 : Kenyan police officers were among eight people killed when gunmen suspected to be from Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist militant group attacked a passenger bus on Friday evening, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office said on Saturday.