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PARIS (Reuters) – France will take on a third of the debt of its public hospitals and increase its health budget by 1.5 billion euros over three years as President Emmanuel Macron seeks to quell unrest among health workers. France will take on from 2020 some 10 billion euros of public hospital debt over three …

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean and U.S. officials broke off talks on Tuesday aimed at settling the cost burden for Seoul of hosting the U.S. military, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said, amid a public backlash over a $5 billion U.S. demand for the bill. James DeHart, U.S. Department of State’s a senior advisor for security …

Times have changed dramatically since Monsignor Václav Malý endured interrogations, beatings and the indignities of being barred from the priesthood while being forced to clean toilets as the price of campaigning against Czechoslovakia’s communist regime. As a signatory and then spokesman for Charter 77, a civic initiative demanding respect for human rights that was led …

Anti-racism campaigners are protesting in cities across the Netherlands as Dutch children anticipate the annual arrival of St Nicholas and a blackface character who traditionally accompanies him. The character of “Black Pete”, usually portrayed by white people in black face paint wearing frizzy wigs and prominent red lipstick, has provoked intense discussion, and sometimes violent …

The gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement marked a year of weekend demonstrations with protests across France. In Paris, groups of black-clad youths caused damages at a central square, smashing bus shelters, a bank and torching vehicles. Police responded by firing teargas and using water cannon against the protesters, only a few of whom were wearing …

Fears that Russian mercenaries, unofficially backed by Moscow, are tipping the scales in Libya in favour of the military leader Khalifa Haftar appears to have prompted the US to issue a strong warning to the general to pull back. The US has been accused of taking little interest in the eight months of fighting on …

For a long time scientists thought the fact that pigeons in urban environments often lost their toes was due to some form of infection, or was a reaction to chemical pollutants. But now researchers in France believe they’ve stumbled upon the real culprit: human hair. The team from the National Museum of Natural History and …

The former Catalan government minister Clara Ponsati has vowed to fight her “politically motivated” extradition from Scotland, following her release on bail by Edinburgh sheriff court after handing herself in to the police. The 62-year-old St Andrews University professor, who is wanted in Spain over her role in the Catalan independence movement, insisted on Thursday …

Suicide rates among those in same-sex relationships have fallen significantly in both Denmark and Sweden since the legalisation of gay marriage, according to a study, although whatever their marital status, homosexual people remain more likely to take their own life. The joint study by the Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention and researchers from Stockholm …

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s National Health Service recorded its worst ever performance in treating patients in emergency wards in October, a blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has claimed that only the Conservatives can safeguard the cherished institution. FILE PHOTO: A woman wears a hat covered in badges during a demonstration to demand more …