ISIS members get up to 16 years' jail
BRUSSELS • A Belgian judge yesterday handed out sentences of up to 16 years to members of an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) cell dismantled in a bloody raid in the town of Verviers last year.
Prosecutors said the men standing trial were in constant contact with ISIS in Syria through the leader of the Paris terror attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, and were planning an attack in Belgium.
Austrians to vote again on Oct 2
VIENNA • Austrians will again vote in a presidential election on Oct 2 after the previous result was declared null and void last week, Chancellor Christian Kern said yesterday.
The election gives Mr Norbert Hofer, 45, of the opposition Freedom Party another shot at becoming the European Union's first far-right anti-immigration president.
France forces new labour law through
PARIS • French President Francois Hollande's government used special constitutional powers to push through a labour law reform in the face of unabated opposition from within his own Socialist Party and unions.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced the use of Article 49-3 of the Constitution to enact a legislation without majority support in Parliament, highlighting tensions between Mr Hollande and his own party.