Hungarian PM fails to get his way in refugee vote
BUDAPEST • Hungary's radical right Jobbik dealt all-powerful Prime Minister Viktor Orban a rare defeat yesterday as it blocked his bid to change the Constitution to bar the resettlement of refugees.
While all 131 MPs of Mr Orban's ruling right-wing coalition voted in favour, the Bill failed to pick up an extra two votes to reach the required two-thirds majority in Parliament.
Hyperloop system to be 'evaluated' in Dubai
DUBAI • Hyperloop One signed an agreement with Dubai yesterday to "evaluate" the building of the world's first near-supersonic hyperloop transport system in the Gulf emirate. Hyperloop is a futuristic system that its promoters say offers the promise of near-supersonic speeds.
Iran in offshore gas field deal with French firm
TEHERAN • Iran signed a deal with France's Total yesterday to develop a major offshore gas field, its first big contract with a Western energy firm since sanctions were loosened in January. Total will lead a consortium to develop Phase 11 of the South Pars field under a 20-year contract worth US$4.8 billion (S$6.7 billion).