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Big test for Macron as parliament opens
PARIS: France’s new parliament convened for the first time on Tuesday as rivals of President Emmanuel Macron questioned a lack of political experience among deputies of his majority-holding Republic on the Move(LREM) party. LREM’s landslide win in parliamentary elections earlier this month consolidated Macron’s presidential win in May. Like Macron, most LREM lawmakers never previously held elected public office. Some items on
 
 
Albania’s Socialist premier Edi Rama wins second term
TIRANA: Albania’s Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama has won a second term in power, near final results showed Tuesday, putting him in the driver’s seat for potential talks on his nation joining the European Union (EU). With 96 per cent of polling stations tallied, the Socialists had grabbed 49 per cent of the vote cast in Sunday’s election. Their main rivals in the centre-right Democratic Party took less than 30 per cent.
   
Russia cleans up Cold War-era nuclear waste
MOSCOW: Russia on Tuesday sent a first shipment of spent fuel from Soviet-era nuclear-powered submarines to a reprocessing plant as part of an international effort to clean-up a dangerous legacy of the Cold War. The radioactive fuel from more than 100 reactors of over 50 submarines has been stored at Andreyeva Bay in north-western Russia, closed as a naval base in 1992, for the past 35 years. It presented a serious
 
 
Spain fire near World Heritage site ‘under control’
MADRID: A wildfire that threatened a nature reserve in southern Spain designated as a World Heritage site has been brought under control, officials said on Tuesday after evacuating over 2,000 people including tourists. The blaze near Huelva in the Andalusia region has affected a vast area but not yet the Donana National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site well known for the extensive biodiversity of its dunes, wetlands and
   
Depp faces perjury charges in Australia over ‘dog gate’
SYDNEY: Johnny Depp could face perjury charges in Australia after the deputy prime minister threatened on Tuesday to unleash a new chapter in a pet dog case dubbed the “war on terrier.” The Pirates of the Caribbean star and his then-wife Amber Heard fell foul of Australia’s strict quarantine laws when they failed to declare her canines Pistol and Boo on arrival in the country on a private jet in 2015. Heard escaped with a fine
 
 
Ukraine military spy killed in Kiev car blast
KIEV: A suspected car bombing in Kiev on Tuesday killed a Ukrainian military intelligence officer in an incident classified as a “terrorist act” by police, officials said. Police said the explosion tore through a Mercedes car several kilometres from the heart of the Ukrainian capital at around 0800 GMT, killing the driver and leaving charred remains of the vehicle. The blast is the latest deadly incident to rock the city, as
   
Dutch ‘partly responsible’ for Srebrenica deaths
THE HAGUE: A Dutch appeals court ruled on Tuesday the state was partly to blame for the deaths of some 350 Muslim men in the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, and in a landmark move ordered it to pay limited damages. “The court finds that the Dutch state acted unlawfully,” judge Gepke Dulek said in an hour-long ruling, which largely upheld a 2014 decision by a lower court. “The conclusion is that the Dutchbat (Dutch peacekeepers) knew
 
 
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