France to send trade delegation to Iran

  France’s main lobby group Medef is to take representatives from companies including Airbus and Total to Tehran to explore opportunities, though it stresses that no deals will be signed during the trip except in areas not affected by EU and US sanctions such as agriculture and livestock. France was one of the countries that took a tough line towards …

Oman denounces strike on ambassador’s residence

  Oman issued a strong statement condemning a strike on the ambassador’s resident in Yemen. The property was empty as the ambassador had been recalled previously due to the conflict. The statement by the Omani authorities read: “Oman received with deep regret yesterday’s news targeting the ambassador’s home in Sanaa, which is a clear violation of international charters and norms …

Japan Parliament passes controversial security bill

Masaaki Yamazaki, the president of the upper house, said the bills were passed with 148 lawmakers voting in support and 90 against.   Japan has approved a historical bill that will allow the country to have a military role overseas. Previously, the constitution only permitted ‘collective self-defence’, a more pacifist clause that prevented Japan from using military force except in self defence …

Tunisia: Hechmi Hamdi calls for protests

Tunisia – The Leader of Tayyar al Mahabba and former Presidential candidate Mohamed El-Hechmi Hamdi, has called for protests in solidarity with the unemployed. In a march called ‘National Day for the unemployed and unemployment benefit’, Hamdi repeats a recurrent theme in his politics which he summarised during his presidential campaign as the need for a “health service, unemployment benefit, and …

Croatia closes Serbia border crossing

View image | gettyimages.com Croatia has closed seven of its eight border crossings with Serbia with Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic stating that his country was “absolutely full”. Refugees had begun to attempt to cross Croatia after Hungary closed its borders and used force to disperse the crowds including tear gas and water cannons, a move condemned by the UN. Despite the …