EU warns France, Italy over budgets, but rows unlikely

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - The European Commission said next year’s draft budgets for France and Italy could be in breach of European Union fiscal rules and it asked for clarification by Wednesday in letters sent to the countries’ finance ministers.

The EU executive has also issued budget warnings to Finland over its spending, and to Spain, Portugal and Belgium who have submitted incomplete budget plans because of recent elections.

Interpol to hold general assembly in India in 2022

New Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) India will host the 91st Interpol General Assembly in 2022 after a proposal received "overwhelming support" of member countries at this year's congregation in Chile on Friday, officials said.

A proposal in this regard was given to Interpol Secretary General J rgen Stock by Union Home Minister Amit Shah when the two met here during the former's official visit in August, CBI spokesperson Nitin Wakankar said.

UNESCO calls on Israel to stop violations in Jerusalem

18 Oct 2019; MEMO: UNESCO’s Executive Board approved at its 207th session a resolution calling on Israel to stop its violations and unilateral actions against historic sites in Jerusalem.

The decision was made by the international organisation during its meeting in Paris.

The resolution called on Israel to stop its unilateral and illegal violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque and within the wall of the Old City of Jerusalem.

French female jihadist gang sentenced to up to 30 years in jail

PARIS, Oct 15 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A French court sentenced five members of an all-female jihadist cell to between five and 30 years in prison over a failed bid to detonate a car bomb outside Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

The case is the first to involve a group of women attempting to stage an attack in France, which has been repeatedly targeted by jihadists since 2015, causing the loss of 255 lives.

5 related to Paris police HQ attacker arrested

PARIS, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- French police on early Monday detained five people related to the man who carried out a deadly knife attack in the Paris police headquarters earlier this month, local media reported.

The five people were arrested in Val d'Oise department in north Paris, and they are believed to have ties with the attacker, state-run France info radio reported, citing a source close to the investigation.

Frenchman wanted for family's murder arrested after 8-year hunt

12 October 2019; AFP: One of France's most wanted men has been arrested in Scotland, eight years after vanishing without trace following the murder of his wife and four children.

Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes was subject to an international arrest warrant for the 2011 killings in a mystery that has transfixed France

The aristocratic businessman was stopped at Glasgow airport on Friday after arriving on a flight from Paris, according to two French sources close to the investigation.

French Minister Says Sanctions Against Turkey “On The Table”

PARIS, Oct 12 (NNN-AGENCIES) – European leaders would mull sanctions on Turkey, over its military campaign in Syria, during next week’s European Union summit, France’s European Affairs Minister, Amelie de Montchalin, said.

“Obviously, EU sanctions against Turkey are on the table. This will be discussed at the European Council next week,” de Montchalin told France Inter radio.

“Today, nothing is closed. Everything is debated,” she said.

Leaders Of France, Germany To Meet At Weekend, Brexit On The Agenda

PARIS, Oct 10 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Leaders of France and Germany, will meet in Paris on Oct 13, in preparation for the due European Union summit and to discuss ways to secure an orderly Brexit, the French presidency said, on Wednesday, in a statement.

French President, Emmanuel Macron, will receive German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at the Elysee Palace, where they would exchange views about European affairs, ahead of the EU summit, scheduled for Oct 17-18, according to the Elysee.

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