World briefs: Macron to lay out EU reform proposals

Macron to lay out EU reform proposals

PARIS • French President Emmanuel Macron will lay out his proposals for EU reform and strengthening monetary union today, underlining that the issues should be taken into account in talks on forming a new German government.

Mr Macron plans to flesh out proposals for a new phase in European Union integration which, according to an aide, includes a pooled budget for the euro currency zone. His planned statement on Europe follows Sunday's elections in which German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her party emerged in first place but will now have to open talks with other parties to form a coalition government.


Australia plans national space agency

SYDNEY • Australia yesterday committed to creating a national space agency as it looks to cash in on the lucrative and fast-evolving astronautical sector.

The announcement at a space conference attended by top scientists and experts, including SpaceX chief Elon Musk, brings Canberra - which already has significant involvement in space activities - in line with most other developed nations.


World's 'heaviest woman' dies

ABU DHABI • An Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman died yesterday of heart and kidney failure at an Abu Dhabi hospital.

A team of more than 20 doctors had been caring for Ms Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty since her arrival at Burjeel Hospital in May, after earlier treatment in India.

She had not left her house in more than two decades and weighed around 500kg .

Her family told doctors that, as a child, she was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition that causes the limbs and other body parts to swell, leaving her almost immobile.


Uber boss pledges to make changes

LONDON • Uber's new boss Dara Khosrowshahi apologised to Londoners for the ride-hailing app's mistakes and pledged to make changes, as the Silicon Valley firm tries to overturn a decision to strip it of its licence in one of its major markets.

The British capital's transport regulator last Friday deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service and decided not to renew its licence to operate, which will end this week, citing the firm's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said yesterday that he had asked Transport for London to be available to meet Mr Khosrowshahi.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2017, with the headline 'World briefs: Macron to lay out EU reform proposals'. Subscribe