Syrians return home under ceasefire deal
BEIRUT • Tens of thousands have returned to their homes in southern Syria since a ceasefire deal between regime ally Russia and rebels to end more than two weeks of deadly bombardment, a monitor said yesterday.
The deal was largely holding despite air strikes on two areas that killed four civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said, as rebel evacuations under the deal were postponed.
New Brexit plan less disorderly: Dublin
DUBLIN • Britain's new Brexit plan represents a significant move towards a much less disorderly departure from the European Union, though it will not be accepted in full by the 27 other member states, Ireland's foreign minister said yesterday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May secured Cabinet agreement last Friday for her plans to leave the EU, overcoming rifts among her ministers to win support for "a business-friendly" proposal aimed at spurring stalled Brexit talks.
Rioting eases off in French city
NANTES (France) • A relative calm began to return to the western French city of Nantes early yesterday after days of rioting over a police officer's fatal shooting of a black man, whose family plans to file a lawsuit over a killing which has cast a fresh spotlight on tensions in deprived urban areas.
The officer who shot 22-year-old Aboubakar Fofana, after pulling over his vehicle last Tuesday, has been charged with manslaughter after admitting he had falsely claimed self-defence.