France says contaminated eggs were sold but health risk minimal

Nearly 250,000 eggs contaminated with an insecticide have reached shops in France and most of them have already been eaten, the French farm ministry said on Friday, adding that it saw minimal health risks from the incident. “The levels of actual contamination do not pose any risks for consumers,” it said, citing an investigation by […]

Narendra Modi ‘looks forward’ to working with Macron

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated Emmanuel Macron on being elected as the president of France and said he looked forward to working closely with him to further strengthen bilateral relations. “Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron for an emphatic victory in the French Presidential election. #Presidentielle2017,” Modi tweeted. “I look forward to working closely with President-elect @EmmanuelMacron […]

German lawmakers approve partial burqa ban

GERMAN lawmakers yesterday (27) approved a partial ban on the full-face burqa (Islamic veil) and a package of security measures aimed at preventing extremist attacks. The new laws follow several jihadist attacks, including a truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market that claimed 12 lives, and come ahead of September elections. The new law on […]

Britain set to begin disentangling itself from EU laws

Britain will begin the messy task of disentangling itself from EU laws today, as the first signs of hostility between London and Brussels emerged at the start of their two-year divorce proceedings. As some of the EU’s top leaders gathered to flesh out their strategy for the hard talks ahead, Britain was to publish its […]

Prime minister Theresa May triggers Britain’s exit from the EU

Prime minister Theresa May formally began Britain’s divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, saying there was “no turning back” from a decision pitching her country into the unknown and triggering years of fraught negotiations. Nine months after Britons voted to leave, May notified EU Council President Donald Tusk in a letter that Britain was […]

Award-winning author: Attracting ethnic readers the cure for ailing industry

Award-winning crime novelist Abir Mukherjee has called for a greater representation of Asian stories within the British publishing industry. With growing competition from Amazon and e-books, he says, traditional publishers are seeing an unprecedented amount of pressure on their business. “Part of the solution is looking at untapped markets. British Asians, for example, are getting […]

UK survey: Europeans favour Trump-style travel ban

Majority of Europeans favour controls over immigration from Muslim countries, similar to US president Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban on nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries, a new UK survey has found. As many as 55 per cent of people across 10 European countries think immigration from mostly-Muslim nations should stop, the Royal Institute of International […]

French foreign minister meets with Modi to bolster ‘strategic partnership’ with India

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault began a four-day visit to India with a meeting Sunday (8) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bolster the “strategic partnership” between the two countries. Ayrault held talks for 45 minutes with the Hindu nationalist leader in the southern hi-tech hub of Bangalore, where he will stay until Monday evening. […]

Globalisation fears are most acute in France, least in Britain

FEAR of globalisation is the most important factor in pushing European citizens towards populist right-wing parties and those fears are most acute in Austria and France, a survey by Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation showed on Wednesday. The study showed that 55 per cent of Austrians and 54 per cent of French view globalisation as a threat, […]

Pope decries “epidemic of animosity” against immigrants, other faiths


POPE Francis said today (November 19) that an “epidemic of animosity” against people of other races or religions was hurting the weakest in society, as he struck a note of caution against the rise of populist nationalism. Little more than a week after Donald Trump was elected the next US president, buoying anti-immigrant parties in […]