Daily Archives: June 28, 2016

France | Thousands march in Paris in protest at labour reforms

Protesters were gathering in Paris as France’s Senate was expected to vote Tuesday on contested bill reforming employment laws.

Marches were organised by seven trade unions and student organisations in the country’s major cities.

The Eiffel Tower has closed for the day due to a strike of some of the employees. The company running the monument says there were not enough workers to open it for the day in conditions sufficient to assure security and public amenities.

Iraqi Army officially liberates Fallujah


The Iraqi Army has officially liberated the strategic city of Fallujah in the Al-Anbar Governorate after a one month long battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS). According to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, the Iraqi Army, backed by the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and Federal Police, liberated the Al-Joulan Neighborhood of Fallujah City on Saturday night; thus giving them full control of the city. With Fallujah fully under their control, the Iraqi Armed Forces will shift their attention to the historical town of Al-Shirqat in the Nineveh Governorate.
Al-Shirqat is the gateway to the provincial capital of the Nineveh Governorate; it is also one of the Islamic State’s last strongholds along the Euphrates River.

USA | French and German socialists hatch a plan to save EU

France’s governing Socialists and their allies in the German government are preparing a new push for EU political reforms that would give some powers back to national capitals in an effort to contain possible contagion of the U.K.’s Brexit vote across Europe.