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What is needed is a measured exit plan from the zero interest rate policy." Conservative politicians in Germany have long campaigned on their reputation as hawks over inflation, suggesting that their left-leaning rivals would be less vigilant. Last week, Friedrich Merz, a senior conservative economic policy adviser, said the ECB's easy monetary policy was harming savings and pensions. read moreThe national inflation rate (CPI) even soared to 3.9% in August, its highest since December 1993 when the economy boomed following German reunification. The ECB sees the annual inflation rate in the euro zone reaching 2.2% this year, falling to 1.7% next year and 1.5% in 2023 - well below its 2% target.
Persons: Markus Soeder, Wolfgang Rattay, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Merkel, Soeder, Olaf Scholz, Marcel Fratzscher, Friedrich Merz, Scholz, Armin Laschet, institute's Fratzscher, Alexander Huebner, Michael Nienaber, Nick Macfie, Peter Graff Organizations: Bavarian State Prime, REUTERS, ECB, European Central Bank, Conservative, Social Democrat, Social Democrats, Thomson Locations: Nuremberg, Germany, MUNICH, BERLIN, Bavaria, Munich, Berlin
An Afghan man works on a poppy field in Jalalabad province April 17, 2014. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), India's top anti-smuggling agency, seized two containers at western Gujarat's Mundra Port on Sept. 15 after receiving intelligence they contained narcotics, the official said. The containers had been imported by a firm in the southern coastal city of Vijayawada, the official added. The containers had been declared as containing semi-processed talc stones from Afghanistan and had been shipped from Bandar Abbas Port in Iran to Gujarat Mundra port, the Gujarat official said, adding that forensic tests confirmed the presence of heroin. More than 2,988 kg of heroin was recovered in one of India's biggest such hauls to date.
Persons: Sumit Khanna, Zeba Siddiqui, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, Revenue Intelligence, Thomson Locations: Jalalabad, Parwiz AHMEDABAD, Afghanistan, Taliban, Gujarat, Mundra Port, Vijayawada, Delhi, Bandar Abbas Port, Iran
Former South African President Jacob Zuma, who is facing fraud and corruption charges, sings after his appearance in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Rogan Ward/File Photo/File PhotoJOHANNESBURG, Sept 21 (Reuters) - A South African court on Tuesday resumed a trial that has dragged out for years over a $2 billion arms deal involving ex-president Jacob Zuma, whose legal team was expected to make a plea to remove the prosecutor. read moreHis jailing was nonetheless seen as a victory for South Africa's ability to enforce the rule of law, even against powerful politicians. The top court on Friday dismissed a bid by Zuma to overturn that 15-month jail sentence. "I wear the badge of being a political prisoner ... (of) the struggle for the freedom of the African," Zuma said in a statement late on Monday.
Persons: Jacob Zuma, Rogan Ward, Zuma's, Billy Downer, Zuma, Wendell Roelf, Tim Cocks, Nick Macfie Organizations: South, REUTERS, Thales, Thomson Locations: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, JOHANNESBURG
Her EU executive asked for the preparatory EU discussions for the U.S. trade and technology council to be taken off Wednesday's agenda, two EU diplomats told Reuters. Australia says the United States' offer of access to U.S. nuclear technology to build nuclear-propelled submarines was too good to refuse. BREXIT, AUSTRALIA TRADE TALKSFrench Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he wants to know why his country, which has a strong military presence in the Indo-Pacific, was left completely in the dark. The EU's top diplomat was also not consulted, despite close historical, cultural, economic and security ties between Europe, Australia and the United States. The spat has also put in doubt free-trade talks between the EU, the world's biggest trading bloc, and Australia.
Persons: Ursula von der Leyen, Michael Roth, Jean, Yves Le Drian, Clement Beaune, Philip Blenkinsop, Marine Strauss, Robin Emmott, Sabine Siebold, Giles Elgood, Nick Macfie Organizations: France, United, Paris, EU, Reuters, French, Thomson Locations: France, Germany, Canberra, Washington EU, Australia, BRUSSELS, United States, Britain, Washington, Brussels, Afghanistan, China, British, BREXIT, AUSTRALIA, Europe, EU, New York, Beaune, European, Northern Ireland
A view of an entrance of Sweden's central bank in Stockholm, Sweden, August 12, 2016. read moreFiscal and monetary policy, however, remain ultra-loose and the Riksbank gave little sign it is in a hurry to change course. Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast no change in rate policy or plans for the balance sheet. The Riksbank said inflation was "expected to become temporarily higher than 2 percent in the coming year, before falling back again". It said it could pursue a less expansionary monetary policy "if inflation were to risk overshooting the target significantly and persistently".
Persons: Violette Goarant, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, NORWAY FIRST, U.S . Federal Reserve, Thomson Locations: Stockholm, Sweden, STOCKHOLM, NORWAY, Norway
A car of Russia's National Guard is seen at the scene after a gunman opened fire at the Perm State University in Perm, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Anna VikharevaMOSCOW, Sept 20 (Reuters) - A student opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday, killing at least eight people and wounding several, law enforcement said. The gunman was himself killed after the shootings at Perm State University, around 1,300 km (800 miles) east of Moscow, Natalia Pechishcheva, a university spokesperson, said. The gunman was identified as a student at the university, the Investigative Committee, that handles probes into major crimes, said. Earlier this year a lone teenage gunman opened fire at a school in the city of Kazan in May, killing nine people and wounding many more.
Persons: Anna Vikhareva MOSCOW, Natalia Pechishcheva, Semyon Karyakin, it's, Anton Kolodyazhnyy, Anton Zverev, Gabrielle Tétrault, Farber, Andrew Osborn, Tom Balmforth, Nick Macfie Organizations: Russia's National Guard, Perm State University, REUTERS, Investigative Committee, Reuters, Local, Thomson Locations: Perm, Russia, Russian, Moscow, Kazan, Crimea
The Long March-7 Y4 carrier rocket, carrying the Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft with supplies for China's under-construction space station, takes off from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Center in Wenchang, Hainan province, China September 20, 2021. China Daily via REUTERSBEIJING, Sept 20 (Reuters) - A Chinese robotic resupply cargo spacecraft successfully docked with an orbiting space station module on Monday in the fourth of 11 missions needed to finish building China's first permanent space station by the end of next year. It successfully docked with the core Tianhe module of the space station at 1408 GMT. Tianzhou-3 will deliver fuel and supplies for three astronauts due to travel to the Tianhe module in October. read moreThe station, on completion, will rival the International Space Station (ISS), which is backed by countries including the United States, Russia and Japan.
Persons: Liangping Gao, Ryan Woo, Tom Daly, Nick Macfie Organizations: China's, Wenchang Spacecraft, REUTERS, International Space, Thomson Locations: Wenchang, Hainan province, China, REUTERS BEIJING, Beijing, Hainan, United States, Russia, Japan
UK seeks to break down digital trade barriers, says minister
  + stars: | 2021-09-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Britain will look to break down digital trade barriers to help its businesses export their services, the country's newly appointed trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan will say on Monday. Britain's Department for International Trade last week published a report seeking to predict trends in global trade out to 2050 which forecast that demand for digital services will double in the next decade. "All of us depend on digital trade, yet British businesses face digital barriers in countries who take a protectionist approach," Trevelyan will say in a virtual speech to London Tech Week, according to advanced extracts released by her office. Trade deals typically focus on removing goods trade barriers, but since leaving the European Union, Britain has sought to include agreements on digital trade and common standards in professional services to spur service sector growth. This will include establishing cooperation on digital trade via free trade agreements.
Persons: Anne, Marie Trevelyan, Trevelyan, Kylie MacLellan, Nick Macfie Organizations: Britain's Department for International Trade, London Tech, Trade, European Union, Thomson Locations: Britain
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis delivers a statement during the 8th MED7 Mediterranean countries summit, in Athens, Greece, September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Costas BaltasATHENS, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Mediterranean nations must lead the way in addressing climate change, the Greek prime minister said, warning that the cost of doing nothing was unimaginable, with mankind possibly struggling to survive beyond the turn of the next century. "I no longer want to talk about climate change. I want to talk about the climate crisis, it's already here," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Reuters in an interview. read moreThe cost of the crisis was "unimaginable" on a global scale and even in terms of national economies, Mitsotakis said.
Persons: Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Costas Baltas, Mitsotakis, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Harvard, Glasgow, Meteorological Organisation, Thomson Locations: Athens, Greece, Costas Baltas ATHENS, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain, Germany, China
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a news conference with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama at Tirana Business Park, in Tirana, Albania, September 14, 2021. The leading candidates for chancellor face off in a final primetime television debate on Sunday evening. The likelihood of long coalition talks after the vote means Merkel will not be leaving office any time soon. read more"My wish is for a swift government formation," Helge Braun told Reuters, adding that even though the current government would continue to govern during looming coalition talks there were certain limitations over the scope of leadership. Current polls, which show a highly fragmented picture as voters increasingly flock to smaller parties, leave room for several coalition scenarios, giving the liberal Free Democrats a potential king-maker role in upcoming coalition talks.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Florion, Angela Merkel's, Merkel, Helge Braun, Germany's, Sonntag, Armin Laschet, Olaf Scholz, Annalena, Christoph Steitz, David Clarke, Nick Macfie Organizations: Albanian, Edi Rama, Tirana Business, REUTERS, Reuters, Social Democrats, Christian Democratic Union, Christian Social Union, Social, Greens, Free Democrats, Thomson Locations: Tirana, Albania, Bavarian
Participants attend the Equality March, organized by the LGBT+ community in Kyiv, Ukraine September 19, 2021. The marchers were flanked by police as a few hundred anti-gay rights protesters gathered nearby, but there was no violence. "So fantastic to be out on the streets alongside my cool@UKinUkraine colleagues and friends supporting LGBTQ groups in Ukraine," British Ambassador Melinda Simmons wrote on Twitter. "We want to protect the rights of LGBT people, because they first of all are humans," student Olexandra told Reuters. The government has increased support for LGBTQ+ rights since Western-backed leaders came to power in 2014.
Persons: Melinda Simmons, Olexandra, Anastasia, Leni Emson, Lyudmyla Denisova, Natalia Zinets, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, Twitter, Reuters, Facebook, Thomson Locations: Kyiv, Ukraine, Valentyn, KYIV, Russian
Sept 19 (Reuters) - About two dozen women activists protested outside Afghanistan's women's ministry on Sunday after it was closed by Taliban militants in power in Kabul and replaced by their Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. The sign outside the Ministry of Women's Affairs has been replaced by one for the Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. "The Ministry of Women's Affairs must be reactivated," said Baseera Tawana, one of the protesters outside the building. When Taliban Islamists were in power from 1996-2001, girls were not allowed to attend school and women were banned from work and education. Taliban officials have said they will not return to their fundamentalist policies, including the ban on girls receiving an education.
Persons: Afghanistan's women's, Baseera Tawana, Taranum, Alasdair Pal, Nick Macfie Organizations: Taliban, Ministry, Ministry of Women's Affairs, Women's, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Islamabad
UAE economy minister to visit Britain seeking trade deal
  + stars: | 2021-09-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri and the delegation will meet British ministers, officials and representatives from the private sector to discuss recently announced UAE economic policies. One of those policies includes the UAE seeking to seal what it calls a comprehensive economic agreement covering trade and foreign investment with Britain and seven other countries. The delegation would also discuss ways to develop economic ties and strengthen cooperation in trade, investment, healthcare and energy, among other sectors, the ministry said. The UAE delegation will also include local government, investment company and private sector representatives, the ministry said. Britain is the UAE's third largest non-oil trade partner in Europe, with trade between the two countries worth almost $8.1 billion in 2020, it said.
Persons: Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, Brendan McDermid, Alexander Cornwell, Nick Macfie Organizations: United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, United Arab, Thomson Locations: UAE, New York City, U.S, Brendan McDermid DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Britain, Europe
Iranians wait to receive a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as cases spike, in a vaccination center in Tehran, Iran August 9, 2021. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSSept 16 (Reuters) - Iran’s new government has approved use of U.S. firm Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccine, a senior official said on Thursday, as the Islamic Republic fights a fifth wave of infections. “The Johnson & Johnson single-dose corona vaccine has been approved,” the head of Iran's Food and Drug Administration, Mohammad Reza Shanehsaz, was quoted as saying by Iranian media. In January, Khamenei banned the government from importing COVID-19 vaccines from United States and Britain, saying both countries were "untrustworthy”. "Fortunately, the basket of the CORONA vaccines registered in Iran has become very diverse and large,” he added.
Persons: Majid Asgaripour, Johnson, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ebrahim Raisi’s, Mohammad Reza Shanehsaz, Khamenei, Shanehsaz, India’s Covaxin, Russia’s, Barakat, Bahram Einollahi, Andrew Heavens, Nick Macfie Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Islamic, Drug Administration, Sputnik, CORONA, Bharat Biotech, AstraZeneca, Thomson Locations: Tehran, Iran, U.S, Islamic Republic, United States, Britain, British, Oxford, South Korea
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a working dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, September 16, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesPARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Thursday to keep working closely together until a new German government is formed after the Sept. 26 polls in which Merkel is not a candidate. In 16 years in power, Merkel has known four French presidents and has built close relationships with all of them, despite a slightly rocky start with Macron. read moreUnder the German constitution, Merkel will remain chancellor until a majority of Bundestag lawmakers elect a successor. But the relationship improved from then on, with "lieber Emmanuel" and "chère Angela" working closely across the board.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS, Merkel, Macron, Chancellor, lieber Emmanuel, Angela, Andreas Rinke, Ingrid Melander, Joseph Nasr, Michel Rose, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, Macron, Franco, Elysee, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Germany, Afghanistan, Belarus, Ukraine, Elysee, Berlin
REUTERS/Tim WimborneSept 16 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's government is working on resolving a series of problems that have held up salaries for public sector workers, the finance ministry said on Thursday, as the new Taliban administration struggles to restart the stalled economy. Even before the movement seized Kabul last month, many public sector workers said they had not been paid for weeks and with banks imposing strict limits on cash withdrawals while prices for basic necessities rise, many face serious hardship. The ministry said "technical problems" had led to a delay in paying salaries but special teams were working on resolving payroll issues as quickly as possible. "Respected staff of the public administration can continue their work without any kind of worry," the ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page. The statement contained no further details and it was not clear when salaries might be paid.
Persons: Tim Wimborne, James Mackenzie, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, Monetary Fund, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan
Ending regional inequality is key to the agenda set in 2019 when Johnson won the biggest Conservative Party parliamentary majority since Margaret Thatcher. "We know the public also want us to deliver on their priorities, and that's why the prime minister wants to ensure we have the right team in place for that," Johnson's spokesman told reporters. Buckland had not committed any gaffes or been criticised over his decision-making, but was moved to make way for Raab. read moreJenrick had been under fire over his role in a one billion pound development proposed by a Conservative Party donor. Rumours of a reshuffle, and who might be on their way up or on their way out, have been swirling for weeks.
Persons: Raab, Johnson, Boris Johnson, Margaret Thatcher, Dominic Raab, Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak, Anne, Marie Trevelyan, COVID, Michael Gove, Stephen Barclay, Gavin Williamson, Robert Buckland, Robert Jenrick, Buckland, Williamson's, Oliver Dowden, Labour Party's, Kate Holton, William James, Guy Faulconbridge, Nick Macfie, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: British, Conservative Party, COVID, European Union, Labour, Thomson Locations: British, Britain, AFGHANISTAN, Crete, Kabul, Johnson, Raab
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army General Mark Milley holds a news briefing at Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., August 18, 2021. "All calls from the Chairman to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Department of Defense and the interagency," Colonel Dave Butler, a spokesman for Milley, said. "General Milley continues to act and advise within his authority in the lawful tradition of civilian control of the military and his oath to the Constitution," Butler added. Butler said that Milley's calls with Chinese and others in October and January were "in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability." "For the record, I never even thought of attacking China," Trump said.
Persons: Mark Milley, Yuri Gripas, Donald Trump, Dave Butler, Milley, Butler, Joe Biden, Li Zuocheng, Bob Woodward, Robert Costa, Trump, Marco Rubio, Idrees Ali, Phil Stewart, Mark Hosenball, Nick Macfie Organizations: Pentagon, REUTERS, Department of Defense, Washington Post, People’s Liberation Army, Trump, Republican, Biden, Democrat, Congressional, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Arlington , Virginia, U.S, China, United States
The flag of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) is raised at the military airfield in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 5, 2021. "We are disheartened that after twenty years of engagement, our allies are abandoning Afghanistan and leaving our people at the mercy of a terrorist group," the diplomats wrote. The letter also asked world leaders to use all available means to halt Taliban violence against women, civil society activists and journalists. The statement by the diplomats called for the creation of an independent, international fact-finding mission on Afghanistan "to ensure justice and accountability." It also called for world leaders to consolidate efforts to create a negotiated, all-inclusive government in Afghanistan "that is acceptable to all people of Afghanistan, including women and minorities."
Persons: Jawad Raha, Raha, Ashraf Ghani's, Ghani, Phil Stewart, Nick Macfie Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Islamic Emirate, Afghanistan, Kabul, WANA, REUTERS WASHINGTON, United States, Britain, France, Turkey, Washington
BUDAPEST, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Hungary's media regulator published guidelines for broadcasters to comply with new LGBT laws on Wednesday, relegating some films portraying homosexuality or gender identity issues to the same age group restrictions as gory horror movies. Publication of the guidelines follows the June adoption of a law banning the "display and promotion of homosexuality" among under-18s despite criticism from rights groups and the European Union. read moreThe new guidelines do not ban the portrayal of homosexuality or gender issues outright and do not affect the age classification of films in which these subjects are not considered a "defining feature". But programmes depicting what the regulator called the virtues, uniqueness of benefits of homosexuality or change of gender would deserve a higher age rating, it said. "Programmes that portray sexuality for its own sake, or promote homosexuality or gender change fall under the fifth (not recommended to under-18s) age classification," the NMHH said in its updated publication.
Persons: Oscar, Pedro Almodovar's, Viktor Orban, Orban, Gergely Szakacs, Nick Macfie Organizations: European Union, HBO, Netflix, EU, Thomson Locations: BUDAPEST, Spanish, Hungarian
Iranian flight lands in Kabul after Taliban takeover - TV
  + stars: | 2021-09-15 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
DUBAI, Sept 15 (Reuters) - An Iranian Mahan Air plane landed in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday with Iranian diplomats on board, arriving from the city of Mashhad, Iran's Al-Alam TV said. Regular passenger services to Kabul stopped after the Islamist Taliban movement captured the Afghan capital last month. "Mahan Air had requested an extraordinary flight from Mashhad to Kabul, which was granted and the flight took place,"Iranian Civil Aviation Organization spokesman Mohammad Hassan Zibakhsh was quoted by state broadcaster IRIB as saying. "No permits have been issued for scheduled flights between Iran and Afghanistan yet." Reporting by Shakeel Ahmad and Dubai Newsroom, writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Nick MacfieOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Iran's Al, Alam, Mahan, Mohammad Hassan Zibakhsh, Shakeel Ahmad, Maher Chmaytelli, Kevin Liffey, Nick Macfie Organizations: Alam TV, Civil Aviation Organization, IRIB, Dubai, Thomson Locations: DUBAI, Iranian, Afghan, Kabul, Mashhad, Iran's, Iran, Afghanistan
Evacuees walk to be processed during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 25, 2021. A Politico report on Monday said American forces decided to keep the Abbey Gate open longer than they wanted to allow Britain to continue evacuating personnel. "We got our civilian staff out of the processing centre by Abbey Gate, but it's just not true to suggest that, other than securing our civilian staff inside the airport, that we were pushing to leave the gate open," Raab told Sky News. He said Britain had taken mitigating action, including warning people not to come to the airport. Raab defended his response to the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan, dismissing reports he failed to do enough to prepare.
Persons: Isaiah Campbell, Handout, Dominic Raab, it's, Raab, Baron, Andrew MacAskill, Paul Sandle, Andrew Heavens, Nick Macfie Organizations: Hamid, Airport, . Marine Corps, British, Politico, Sky News, BBC News, Sunday Times, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Britain, United States, U.S
Aug 31 (Reuters) - Taliban forces clashed with militia fighters in the Panjshir valley north of the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday night, losing eight killed, a representative of the main anti-Taliban opposition group said. Since the fall of Kabul on Aug. 15, the Panjshir has been the only province to hold out against the Taliban, although there has also been fighting in neighbouring Baghlan province between Taliban and local militia forces. It was not immediately possible to reach a Taliban spokesman for comment. He has called for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban but has said his forces will resist if their province in the narrow and mountainous valley is attacked. A significant force of Taliban fighters has been moved to the area but the two sides have so far been engaged in negotiations and have avoided fighting.
Persons: Fahim Dashti, Ahmad Massoud, Massoud, Ahmad Shah Massoud, James Mackenzie, Nick Macfie Organizations: National Resistance Forces, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Baghlan, Soviet, U.S
Reeling German CDU candidate looks to lieutenants for help
  + stars: | 2021-08-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Armin Laschet, CDU/CSU candidate for Chancellor, CDU Federal Chairman and Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, speaks at the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, August 25, 2021. REUTERS/Michele TantussiBERLIN, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The conservative candidate to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to pick five close allies to champion a key policy theme each in an effort to revive his campaign ahead of the Sept. 26 election, party sources said on Monday. Laschet has been under fire since he was caught on camera laughing during a visit last month to a town hit by devastating floods. In a drive to turn around his fortunes, Laschet wants to present his five-theme plan to the CDU leadership on Monday, party sources said, confirming a report in Die Welt newspaper. Reporting by Alexander Ratz and Andreas Rinke Writing by Paul Carrel Editing by Nick MacfieOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Armin Laschet, Chancellor, Michele Tantussi BERLIN, Angela Merkel, Laschet, Merkel, Alexander Ratz, Andreas Rinke, Paul Carrel, Nick Macfie Organizations: CDU, CSU, Federal, REUTERS, Merkel's Christian Democrats, Social Democrats, Die Welt, Christian Social Union, INSA, Thomson Locations: North Rhine, Westphalia, Berlin, Germany, Bavarian
Fuel dispute triggers sectarian clash in Lebanon's south
  + stars: | 2021-08-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
People wait in cars to get fuel at a gas station in Zalka, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File PhotoBEIRUT, Aug 30 (Reuters) - A dispute over scarce fuel supplies ignited sectarian tensions between neighbouring Shi'ite Muslim and Christian villages in southern Lebanon over the weekend, forcing the army to intervene, a security source said. read moreAround six people were wounded in a dispute involving the Christian village of Maghdouche and Shi'ite Ankoun, the source said. The incident spiralled when a Maghdouche resident filed a complaint to police after being injured during a dispute over fuel on Friday and police visited Ankoun to investigate. The financial meltdown has been compounded by political paralysis, the country being without a government since the last one resigned in the aftermath of last year's Beirut port blast.
Persons: Mohamed Azakir, Amal, Nabih Berri, Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, Najib Mikati, Maha El, Tom Perry, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, Muslim, Thomson Locations: Zalka, Lebanon, BEIRUT, Maghdouche, Beirut
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