World Briefs: Macron's party appoints new leader

Macron's party appoints new leader

LYON•  French President Emmanuel Macron's party named a new leader yesterday, as he faces the first rebellious grumblings in the 19-month-old movement that swept him to power.

Mr Christophe Castaner, 51, a smooth-talking, ultra-loyal government spokesman, takes the helm of Republic on the Move six months after Mr Macron won the presidency.


Journalists held on spying charges

PHNOM PENH•  Two Cambodian journalists were charged yesterday with spying over reports they allegedly filed for US-based Radio Free Asia (RFA), amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent that has tipped the country's democracy into crisis.

The former RFA journalists - Oun Chhin and Yeang Sothearin - were detained on Tuesday night.

They face up to 15 years in jail for allegedly running an illegal media studio from a guesthouse in the capital, according to police.


Trump upholds ban on elephant trophies

WASHINGTON•  US President Donald Trump said he will uphold a ban on importing trophies from elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review, reversing his own administration's decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry.


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