World Briefs: Le Pen's immunity over tweets lifted

Le Pen's immunity over tweets lifted

BRUSSELS • The European Parliament yesterday lifted French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's immunity from prosecution over her tweeting of images of ISIS atrocities.

The move paves the way for France to pursue a case against the far-right National Front leader, after prosecutors launched a probe in 2015 over the graphic pictures, which included the decapitated body of US journalist James Foley.

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Dutch MP resumes campaign after scare

THE HAGUE • Dutch MP Geert Wilders and his far-right Freedom Party said on Wednesday they would resume their public activities after suspending them last week because of a security scare.

The Dutch vote on March 15 will kick off a "super election" year in Europe, with far-right and populist parties seeking to upend the European political landscape.

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Scientists discover oldest known fossils

PARIS • The oldest fossils ever found are "direct evidence" of life on Earth 3.8 billion to 4.3 billion years ago when the planet was still in its infancy, researchers reported on Wednesday.

Locked inside white quartz structures, the tiny fossils were found along what were once warm water vents on the ocean floor in Canada.

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