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French PM to announce three-month suspension of fuel-tax increase - party lawmaker

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe plans to announce a three-month suspension of fuel-tax increases to allow time for discussions on the way forward, a senior member of the governing Republique En Marche party said on Tuesday.


Fresh election would not break Swedish political deadlock - poll

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedes would deliver another hung parliament if an election were held today, a poll showed on Tuesday, heaping pressure on mainstream parties to break the deadlock that has left the country without a government for nearly two months.


Italy police arrest mafia's new 'boss of bosses' in Sicily

ROME (Reuters) - Italian police have arrested the new head of the Sicilian mafia and 45 other alleged mobsters in a powerful blow to organised crime on the Mediterranean island, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday.


Former MACC chief to be quizzed over 'tampering' of 1MDB final report

PUTRAJAYA: Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad will be questioned over the "tampering" of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) final report on Wednesday (Dec 5).


Australian cricketer's brother charged for faking attack plot to frame rival

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The brother of Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja was charged on Tuesday with creating what police described as fake plans for attacks against prominent people that led to the imprisonment of another man he saw as a rival for the affections of a woman.


Macron's popularity hits new low amid French protests - poll

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's approval ratings hit new lows as the "yellow vest" protests gathered pace, according to an Ifop-Fiducial poll for Paris Match and Sud Radio published on Tuesday.


Shi'ite rivalry paralyses Iraq's government

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A growing rivalry between two powerful Shi'ite Muslim factions has paralysed efforts to form a government in Iraq six months after an election aimed at steering the country towards recovery from years of war.


South Korean President says visit from North Korea's Kim 'a possibility'

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday a visit to Seoul by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "a possibility" and that such a trip would help to improve Pyongyang's relationship with the United States.


Jho Low claims he can't get fair trial, govt no interest in rule of law

PETALING JAYA: Fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, claims he cannot get a fair trial in Malaysia.


Nothing wrong with holding Putin and Imran's hands, jokes Siti Hasmah

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali jokingly shared how she managed to hold hands with two handsome world leaders while on recent official functions with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.