In blow to EU, byzantine politics blocks Canadian trade deal
BRUSSELS (AP) ? In a major embarrassment to the European Union, a small region of Belgium continued to withhold on Monday its necessary support for a landmark free trade deal that the rest of the bloc and Canada wanted to sign this week.
Relief, shattered dreams for migrants leaving 'Jungle'
Hundreds of migrants bade farewell to the notorious "Jungle" camp in Calais on Monday, leaving behind the sprawling settlement and their dreams of reaching Britain with a mixture of relief and despair. Wahid was up before dawn to be among the first to get on one of the buses taking the camp's estimated 6,000-8,000 occupants to 451 centres across France. A 25-year-old Sudanese man, Abbas Hussein Ali, was also upbeat about leaving the insalubrious camp that has served as a launchpad for attempts to reach Britain.
Migrants stream out of Calais 'Jungle' before demolition
Migrants lugging their meagre belongings boarded buses Monday taking them from the Calais "Jungle" under a French plan to raze the notorious camp that has become a symbol of Europe's refugee crisis. "Bye Bye, Jungle!" a group of migrants shouted as they hauled luggage through the muddy lanes of the shantytown where thousands from Africa and the Middle East had holed up, desperate to sneak into Britain. Around 1,200 police officers -- some in riot gear -- were on hand as scores of Sudanese and Eritrean men queued from dawn outside a hangar to be among the first to be put on coaches for shelters across France.
Germany re-opens review of Chinese takeover of AixtronFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? Semiconductor equipment company Aixtron says the German government has re-opened its review of a takeover bid by China's Fujian Grand Chip.
Oil prices fall as Iraq resists joining output cut
By Ahmad Ghaddar LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Monday as Iraq said it wanted to be exempt from an OPEC deal to cut production, though losses were capped by Iran saying it would encourage other members to join an output freeze. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 61 cents at $50.23. Falah al-Amiri, head of Iraqi state oil marketer SOMO, added that Iraq's market share had been compromised by the wars it has fought since the 1980s.
Battle lines hold firm at global whaling huddle
Portoro? (Slovenia) (AFP) - Pro- and anti-whaling nations dug in their heels at a key meeting Monday where Japan sought to lift a 30-year-old moratorium on commercial hunts while others pushed for a sanctuary in the Atlantic. "The moratorium on commercial whaling should and could be lifted on a stock-by-stock basis based on sound scientific evidence," Japan insisted in a written submission. The commission's own advisory scientific committee "has confirmed that certain stocks of whale species are recovered", which implies the moratorium is outdated, it argued.
Actress Woodley faces January trial in pipeline protest
5 dead in wrong-way crash on Massachusetts highwayMIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) ? State police say five young adults have died in a fiery wrong-way crash on a southeastern Massachusetts highway.
Egypt's security chief warns of scheme to incite chaos
CAIRO (AP) ? Egypt's interior minister warned in comments published Monday that the country faced "unprecedented challenges" that required a "decisive" response by security forces, accusing the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood of scheming to incite chaos.
HNA Group to buy stake in Hilton in deal worth about $6.5BNEW YORK (AP) ? China's HNA Group is buying an approximately 25 percent stake in hotel operator Hilton from Blackstone affiliates in a deal worth about $6.5 billion.