France to host virtual donor conference for Lebanon
France will host a virtual international donor conference to to provide humanitarian aid for cash-strapped Lebanon, Reuters reported on Thursday.The meeting will be co-hosted with the United Nations, with the aim of attracting high-level international representation, according to three sources familiar with the matter."There isn’t huge appetite to help Lebanon from the international community, but relief should go directly to the people," Reuters quoted one of the sources as saying.French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged continue with efforts to stabilise Lebanon's economy, following the ...
Separatism: Bringing Islam and France's Muslims to heel
Is it possible to maintain an authoritarian discourse on the "values of the Republic," demanding absolute respect for them by one and all, while paying little heed to those values oneself?That was the dilemma facing French senator Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio (the Republicans party) and former mayor of Saint-Gratien in the Val-d'Oise region. In 2011, she refused permission for the Franco-Muslim Association of Saint-Gratien to use a meeting room for a few hours on several days during Ramadhan. Brought before the administrative courts, Eustache-Brinio was deemed to have committed "a serious and cl...
US and others tell Haiti to speed up election planning, but no mention of January date
Foreign diplomats in Haiti on Wednesday called on Haitian President Jovenel Moïse to step up preparations for elections in the Caribbean nation.Known as the Core Group, the diplomats say Haiti’s leaders and institutions need to urgently publish an electoral calendar and accelerate the distribution of national identification cards to finalize the elections as soon as possible. Haiti also needs to put together a reliable electoral list, publish an electoral law and a party law that guarantee the transparency of the elections, and ensure that there are sufficient security conditions to allow elec...
Did the US steal an island covered in bird poop from Haiti? A fortune is in dispute
MIAMI — When the eccentric rapper Kanye West made headlines last month claiming the president of Haiti had gifted him an island to which a Texan had already laid development claims, it was not the only island off Haiti’s coast in dispute.For more than 160 years, the United States and Haiti have disputed the ownership of tiny Navassa Island at the southwest entrance of the Windward Passage covered with what was once worth a king’s ransom. More than a century later, the question remains: Who owns the poop?Known as La Navase in French, the pear-shaped island is located about 35 miles west of Hait...
Sarkozy trial to resume after co-defendant declared fit for trial
The corruption trial against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to resume after one of the other defendants, Gilbert Azibert, was declared fit for trial on Thursday, the news agency AFP reported.The trial was suspended shortly after it commenced on Monday, following a request by Azibert due to personal health reasons. He was not in court on Monday.A medical opinion has now found the 73-year-old lawyer is fit for trial, and the court session is to continue on Monday, AFP reported from the court room.Sarkozy is accused of corruption and influence-peddling, together with his long-time law...
France not part of Karabakh settlement, but part of problem – Turkish defense minister
By TrendFrance must be neutral as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar wrote on his Twitter page Trend reports on Nov.26.Akar made the remark commenting on the adopted draft resolution on recognizing the so-called ‘Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’ by the French Senate.According to the minister, this decision again shows that France is not part of the settlement, but part of the problem.—Follow us on Twitter @AzerNewsAz
Azerbaijani parliament voices appeal to government due to France
By TrendThe Azerbaijani parliament voiced an appeal to the government in connection with France, Trend reports on Nov. 26.The Azerbaijani parliament calls on the government to appeal to the OSCE leadership regarding the withdrawal of the mandate of France, the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, which has questioned its neutrality.An appeal was made to reconsider the existing political relations between Azerbaijan and France. At the same time, the parliament called on the government to thoroughly analyze the economic ties with France by taking the appropriate measures.On November 18, at the Pres...
Can secularism be compatible with Islam?
Anti-terror demonstration in Vienna, Austria, on November 6, 2020. Photo by Michael Gubi/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)This article by Samee Alhwash was originally published on The Battleground and is republished on Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.Whether in the boycott-French-products campaign on social media or through conversations with friends, Muslims I know feel conflicted about the recent terrorist attacks in Vienna and Nice.While they condemn violence, there is also a sense that it is to be expected. Their conflict gets expressed like this:“We don't condone killing, and tho...
Why Detroit Pistons are confident 'high-character' rookies will set strong foundation
Since his first news conference, Troy Weaver has spoken of wanting to restore the Detroit Pistons as a championship contender. He wants the organization to establish a defense-first, competitive mindset.He also wants to bring in high-character players who’ll represent the franchise proudly — players that fans can identify with, and evoke the hard-working brand the Bad Boy and Goin’ To Work Pistons shared.“I said coming in, this was going to be a restoring of two iterations of the great Pistons teams,” Weaver said after last week’s draft. “That was their mentality. They were aggressive, they we...
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France risks US ire with vow to impose digital tax this year
Paris (AFP) - France will enforce a new digital levy for online technology giants this year, breaking a truce with Washington over the long-running tax fight that could prompt a round of punitive US tariffs on French goods."The companies subject to this tax have been notified," a French finance ministry official said Wednesday, referring in particular to Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, collectively referred to as the "GAFA" in France.A deposit on the estimated taxes owed will be required in December, with the remainder due next year, the official said.US President Donald Trump has assailed...