French gov’t pushes through unpopular pension reforms without parliament vote

French Deputies of NUPES coalition (New Ecological and Social Union) show posters reading 'No to 64 years old' at the National Assembly in Paris, France, 16 March 2023. EFE/EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

Paris, Mar 16 (EFE).- The French government on Thursday used special constitutional powers to push through controversial pension reforms, avoiding a vote in parliament. One of the most contentious issues in the reforms is an increase in the minimum retirement age, from 62 to 64. Prime minister Élisabeth Borne said the government could “not run … Read more

Protests in Israel resume after president’s failure to mediate

Protesters wave Israeli flags and shout slogans as they walk along Ayalon main highway during a protest against the Israeli government's plan to reform the justice system, in Tel Aviv, Israel, 16 March 2023. EFE/EPA/ABIR SULTAN

Jerusalem, Mar 16 (EFE).- Hundreds of Israelis on Thursday hit the streets again to decry controversial judicial reforms a day after president Isaac Herzog proposed alternative changes that were rejected by the far-right government. The protests, which the organizers dubbed a “day of resistance to the dictatorship,” began early on the day in more than … Read more

Georgia drops ‘foreign agents’ bill after violent protests

Demonstrators protest against the adoption of the so-called 'Foreign Agents' bill in front of the Parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia, 09 March 2023. EFE/EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE

Tbilisi, Mar 9 (EFE).- Georgia’s ruling party announced Thursday that it will drop its “foreign agents” bill that provoked large, violent protests in the capital, Tbilisi. The draft law required individuals, civil society organizations and media outlets to register as “agents of foreign influence” if they received at least 20 percent of their funding from … Read more

Dozens arrested during clashes over Georgia’s ‘foreign agent’ bill

Georgian riot police stand in line during a rally to protest against the adoption of the so-called 'Foreign Agents Law' in front of the Parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia, 08 March 2023. EFE/EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE

Tbilisi, Mar 8 (EFE).- At least 66 demonstrators have been detained in Georgia after protests broke out following the approval of a controversial draft law on individuals and organizations that get over a fifth of their funding from abroad, the country’s ministry of internal affairs reported on Wednesday. The protests took place on Tuesday night … Read more

Exiled Belarus opposition leader sentenced to 15 years in absentia

Leader of the Democratic Forces of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya attends the 53rd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, 19 January 2023. EFE/EPA/FILE/GIAN EHRENZELLER

Moscow, Mar 6 (EFE).- Belarus on Monday sentenced exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in absentia to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to seize power in the eastern European nation. Four other exiled opposition leaders were sentenced in the same case, including former culture minister Pavel Latushko, who was handed a term of 18 years. … Read more

Iran president orders probe into wave of poisonings at girls’ schools

(FILE) Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a parliament session in Tehran, Iran, 22 January 2023.  EFE/EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

Tehran, Mar 1 (EFE).- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday ordered an investigation into a wave of suspected gas poisoning attacks at girls’ schools in the country. At least 13 cases were reported on Wednesday in the cities of Tehran, Ardabil, Parand and Kermanshah, the latest incidents in a spate of over 30 poisonings since … Read more

Police fire tear gas, stun grenades to disperse crowd protesting reforms

Tel Aviv (Israel), 01/03/2023.- Police hold back demonstrators blocking the Ayalon Road in the city center during an anti-government protest in Tel Aviv, Israel, 01 March 2023. People have been protesting all over the country against the government's justice system reform. EFE/EPA/ABIR SULTAN

Tel Aviv/Jerusalem, Mar 1 (EFE).- Several people were arrested in Israel on Wednesday during another round of mass protests against prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposed judicial reforms. Waving Israeli flags and banners calling for “democracy”, demonstrators in several Israeli cities blocked roads and disrupted trains in what they described as another “day of rage” against … Read more