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Former Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo 'fit for trial': ICC THE HAGUE: Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo has been declared "physically and mentally able" to stand trial for crimes against humanity trial next year, the International Criminal Court said Friday.Three ICC-appointed experts "underlined a vast improvement in Mr Gbagbo's state of health and observes that he no longer suffers from clinical post-traumatic stress syndrome or hospitalisation syndrome," the Hague-based court said in a statement. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Switzerland's super rich getting richer: report GENEVA: Morose economic growth and a turbulent stock market have not stopped Switzerland's super rich from getting a lot richer this year, a report showed Friday.In its annual analysis of the fortunes of Switzerland's 300 richest people, the Bilan magazine said the exclusive club, including the likes of rock and soul legend Tina Turner, have swelled their combined wealth by six billion Swiss francs ($5.8 billion, 5.5 billion euros) to reach a record 595 billion ...
German consumer confidence slips over refugee influx BERLIN: German consumer confidence slipped for a fourth month in a row in November as shoppers worried about the impact of a record influx of asylum seekers, a survey found Thursday.A monthly index calculated by market research firm GfK from questioning 2,000 consumers slipped 0.2 points to 9.4, although the rate of decline had slowed from September and October."The persistently strong influx of asylum seekers is causing economic optimism to dwindle further," GfK said in ...
16,000 children in South Sudan forced into conflict this year: UN GENEVA: Up to 16,000 children have been forced to join the fighting in South Sudan since the start of this year, the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) said Friday. Despite an peace agreement in August, fighting continues to rage in the two-year civil conflict in the world's youngest nation, with children suffering an increasingly heavy toll. "Since January, around 16,000 children have been recruited by armed groups and the military," UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac told ...
France to mourn Paris attack dead PARIS: France on Friday will mourn the 130 people killed in the November 13 Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande leading a solemn ceremony in honour of the victims.Families of those killed in France's worst-ever terror attack, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, will join some of the wounded at ceremonies at the Invalides, the gilded 17th-century complex in central Paris that houses a military hospital and museum and Napoleon's tomb.The tribute will be ...
Russia says 'destroyed' Syria rebels in area where jet brought down MOSCOW: Russia on Thursday said its forces had wiped out Syrian rebel groups operating in the area where one of its jets was brought down, unleashing a huge bombardment after rescuing a pilot. "As soon as our pilot was safe, Russian bombers and artillery of the Syrian government forces carried out massive strikes in the indicated area for an extended period," military official Igor Konashenkov told Russian news agencies."The terrorists operating in that area and ...
French jobless total surge to new record in October PARIS: France's jobless total surged in October by the most in over two years to a new record as the euro zone's second-biggest economy struggles to gain enough momentum to bring unemployment down. The number of people registered as out of work in mainland France jumped by 42,000 last month to a record 3,589,800, up 1.2 percent over one month and 3.7 percent over one year, the Labour Ministry said. Increased layoffs and terminations of ...


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