France foils radical's planned attack
PARIS • France's Interior Minister on Tuesday said the authorities had foiled a plan by a radical Islamist to carry out an attack on naval military personnel in the southern port city of Toulon.
"Having been placed under surveillance for a year due to his radicalisation and support of jihadist doctrine, this individual attempted to acquire the tools to act," Mr Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement.
The 25-year-old was arrested on Oct 29. He has since been imprisoned and charged with terrorism offences.
Israel condemns EU support for label plan
BRUSSELS • The European Union yesterday backed the labelling of products from Israeli settlements, in a move Israel condemned as discriminatory.
Israel also warned that the move could harm the peace process with the Palestinians.
Israel summoned the EU ambassador to its Foreign Ministry to protest against the decision by the European Commission to approve guidelines on labels from Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.
Spanish govt files appeal over Catalonia
MADRID • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yesterday said his government has filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court as it seeks to invalidate a move by the Catalan assembly to press head with independence.
Catalonia's regional Parliament voted on Monday to start a process towards secession, with the aim of forming a Catalan republic within 18 months.
The court is widely expected to strike down the resolution, the latest in a series of steps to break away from Spain, which have gained momentum over the last three years.