PARIS (Sputnik) - French Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire confirmed on Thursday that the government would not increase the national fuel tax in 2019.
Ahead of a fourth weekend of “yellow vests” anti-government protests - set to resume on December 8 - a representative of the movement said that they would go to the French president’s residence. Meanwhile, intelligence services have reportedly alerted authorities about calls to kill parliamentarians, as well as government and military officials.
LONDON (Sputnik) - UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson on Thursday announced extra 400 million pounds ($511 million) funding for its Dreadnought program that will build four nuclear-powered submarines.
New immigration measures, introduced by the UK government, will come into effect midnight on 7 December.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has forwarded the documents related to former National Security Adviser to the US president Michael Flynn's lobbying efforts on behalf of Turkey to federal prosecutors in the state of Virginia for further investigation, The New York Times reported.
ATHENS (Sputnik) - The minor setback in diplomatic relations between Greece and Russia is a thing of the past, Greek Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougkalos told Sputnik on the eve of the second day of the 11th meeting of the Joint Russian-Greek Commission on Economic, Industrial, Scientific and Technical Cooperation in Moscow.
The US has the largest debt in the world, in excess of $21 trillion. While the American economy could be hit hard by the debt problem, President Donald Trump reportedly doesn't see this as a problem.
The prosecution argued that the main reason why he targeted precisely the female sex workers’ community was that the border guard, who doubled as a perfect family man, allegedly considered the victims to be “disposable” members of society, whose loss would go unnoticed and arouse no suspicion.
The idea comes amid a visit by the Israeli's prime minister to the border with Lebanon, where the Israeli Army is trying to shut down underground tunnels that Hezbollah allegedly uses to smuggle weapons. Netanyahu showed one such tunnel to diplomats from other countries in order to persuade them to impose sanctions on Hezbollah.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - More than 81,000 people in Germany have joined a class action suit seeking compensation from Volkswagen automaker company over diesel emissions scandal, German consumer group VZBV chief Klaus Muller said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United Nations General Assembly must vote in favour of a US-backed resolution condemning Hamas so it does not lose credibility, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in a Twitter post on Thursday.
Three people have had their convictions for driving while under the influence of drugs overturned as a result of alleged manipulation data at a forensic science company called Randox. Sputnik attended a briefing where the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for Forensics, Chief Constable James Vaughan, gave details about the investigation.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - At least one US Marine died in the crash of a KC-130 Hercules and F/A-18 Hornet off the coast of Japan, the III Marine Expeditionary Force announced in a press release on Thursday.
The Polish channel TVP earlier showed this poster of the Russian president while discussing the incident in the Kerch Strait when three Ukrainian warships crossed Russia's maritime border in violation of international law.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US trade gap increased by nearly $1 billion in October to $55.5 billion, the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis said in a press release.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - Anti-war activists have interrupted the opening of the European Defence Industry Summit in Brussels demanding that officials stop using European taxpayers' money to buy arms, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
A teenager has come into the spotlight after a video emerged online allegedly showing him pushing and waterboarding a fellow student. Although the alleged attacker denied it was a racial incident, it has ignited outrage online and triggered protests. The reported bully says he is "scared for his life".
Following the dismal results of the regional elections in October, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she wouldn’t seek re-election as CDU leader. She is to hand over the party’s reins of power, as well as an array of problems yet to be solved, to one of three contestants that the CDU will choose at the congress
Russian President Vladimir Putin, while commenting on the naval incident that led to the detention of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait, noted the attempt to breach the maritime border was a provocation prepared in advance as a pretext to introduce martial law in Ukraine.
Earlier an Ohio court issued a warrant for the arrest of Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, an American Roman Catholic priest, who was accused of sexually abusing Filipino children, who served as altar boys in the Biliran province of the Philippines.