Paris police, protesters clash for third night over Macron’s pension reform

PARIS, March 18 (Reuters) – Paris police clashed with protesters for a third night on Saturday as thousands of people marched across the country in anger at the government pushing through an increase in the state pension age without a parliamentary vote. With growing unrest and strikes, President Emmanuel Macron faces the biggest challenge to … Read more

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan is due to appear in court amid fears of arrest

ISLAMABAD, March 18 (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan was due to appear in court on Saturday after he expressed fear of arrest in a standoff with the government that has led to intense clashes with his supporters. Police entered Khan’s home in Lahore city after he left for his trial in … Read more

Credit Suisse meets to weigh options, under pressure to merge with UBS

March 18 (Reuters) – Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN.S) embarked on an all-or-nothing weekend after some rivals became cautious in their dealings with the bank as regulators urged the bank to pursue a deal with Swiss rival UBS AG (UBSG. S). Credit Suisse Chief Financial Officer Dixit Joshi and his teams will hold meetings over … Read more

As a show of unity, NATO and EU leaders visit the North Sea gas platform

TROLL A PLATFORM, North Sea, March 17 (Reuters) – Heads of NATO and the European Commission flew to a platform in the North Sea on Friday to discuss security of supply and infrastructure, a visit that underlined Norway’s importance to gas transports since the invasion from Russia in Ukraine. The Troll A platform extracts gas … Read more

Wall Street slides on fears of contagion from banking crisis

First Republic Bank tumbles over dividend suspension SVB Financieel seeks bankruptcy protection FedEx jumps on full-year profit forecast Indexes down: Dow 1.31%, S&P 1.17%, Nasdaq 0.80% NEW YORK, March 17 (Reuters) – Wall Street fell on Friday at the end of a tumultuous week marked by the unfolding banking sector crisis and the gathering storm … Read more

Vaccine-derived poliovirus detected in Burundi, Congo

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – Health officials in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have discovered cases of vaccine-derived poliovirus, according to the World Health Organization and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The WHO said the Burundian government had declared the discovery of the virus a national public health emergency after cases were … Read more

ICC judges issue arrest warrant for Putin for war crimes in Ukraine

AMSTERDAM, March 17 (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of responsibility for the war crime of the illegal deportation of children from Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly denied allegations that its troops committed atrocities during its year-long invasion of its neighbour. The … Read more

ECB watchdog sees no contagion of Europe after US and Swiss bank rescues

March 17 (Reuters) – European Central Bank regulators see no contagion for eurozone banks from the recent turmoil, a source said Friday, after US lenders First Republic Bank (FRC.N) tossed a $30bn lifeline and record amounts from the Federal Reserve. To book. Major US banks stepped in on Thursday to bail out the San Francisco-based … Read more

Asian markets are oozing with banking turmoil to end a tumultuous week

Asian Stock Markets: The ECB delivered a 50 basis point hike as promised, dropped forecasts Credit Suisse shares rallied 20% after support from the SNB First Republic Bank Gets $30 Billion Injection, Concerns Remain Fed data showed banks were looking for record emergency liquidity SYDNEY, March 17 (Reuters) – Asian markets extended a risk rally … Read more

New Zealand is banning TikTok on parliament-linked devices over security concerns

WELLINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) – New Zealand said on Friday it would ban TikTok on devices accessing the country’s parliamentary network over cybersecurity concerns, becoming the latest country to ban use of the app for sharing emails. would restrict videos on government-related devices. There has been global concern over the potential for the Chinese government … Read more