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Thousands rally against Italy-France high speed train link

Turin - Tens of thousands rallied Saturday in Turin to protest against a high speed train project to the French city of Lyon, fiercely opposed by environmentalists, as a waste of public funds.The scheme involves construction of a 57.5 kilometre (35.

Madrid orders removal of electric scooters

Madrid - Madrid's city hall said Tuesday it had refused to grant a licence to three electric scooter-share companies and gave them 72 hours to remove their scooters from the streets of the Spanish capital.

Survivor recounts terror of Uganda party boat disaster

Lira - Before Alex Niyonzima was pitched into the lake waters, before other partygoers fell on top of him driving him deep below the surface, before drowning hands grabbed at his body, there had been a moment's lull.

Macron to address nation after violent Paris protests

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is to address his nation on Tuesday following persistent and sometimes violent protests over fuel taxes that are morphing into a movement against his business- and environment-friendly policies.

22 dead, scores feared drowned after Uganda boat sinks

Kanpala - Twenty-two people have died and more than 60 are feared drowned after a pleasure boat sank on Lake Victoria, Ugandan police said Sunday.

Clashes on Champs-Elysees as French protesters rage against taxes

Paris - Anti-government protesters clashed with French police on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Saturday, leaving the area cloaked in tear gas and smoke from fires on a fresh day of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron.

French police clear fuel protesters as movement wanes

Paris - French police cleared demonstrators blocking roads and fuel depots Tuesday in a crackdown on the so-called "yellow vest" protests against President Emmanuel Macron that have left two people dead.

French fuel depots targeted as 'yellow vest' protests persist

Paris - Protesters angry over high fuel prices were expected to block access to French fuel depots and stop traffic on major roads for a fourth day Tuesday, incensed by the government's refusal to scrap anti-pollution taxes.

French fuel depots targeted as 'yellow vest' protesters persist

Paris - Protesters angry over high fuel prices blocked access to fuel depots and stopped traffic on major roads on Monday with the government refusing to back down on fuel taxes after a weekend of demonstrations across France.

Woman's death casts shadow over France's 'yellow vest' protests

Paris - A protester was accidently killed and more than 220 injured as tens of thousands of people blocked roads across France in a "yellow vest" protest against high fuel prices, which has channelled anger at stagnant spending under President Emmanuel Macron....

Macron in Morocco for opening of high-speed railway

Tanger - French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Morocco on Thursday to take part in the inauguration of a high-speed railway line that boasts the fastest journey times in Africa or the Arab world.

Paris Mayor mulls plan to pedestrianise historic centre

Paris - The Mayor of Paris wants to pedestrianise the historic centre of the French capital, a member of her team has told AFP, an area encompassing famous landmarks like the Louvre museum and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Kenya arrests 2,000 in public transport safety crackdown

Nairobi - Almost 2,000 minibus taxi drivers and conductors as well as passengers were arrested in Kenya on Monday, authorities said, as police began enforcing long-ignored road safety rules.

Thousands rally to back Italy-France high-speed train project

Turin - Tens of thousands of people rallied in the north Italian city of Turin on Saturday, to support a planned high-speed train line to Lyon that faced years of opposition, especially from environmental groups.

Seoul earmarks more than $260 mn for rail, roads in North

Seoul - South Korea has earmarked more than $260 million to build new railways and roads in the North, an official said Thursday, as Seoul pushes ahead with cross-border projects despite international sanctions on Pyongyang.

Runaway mining train travels 90 km without driver

Sydney - A huge runaway train laden with iron ore had to be derailed remotely after speeding through the Australian outback for almost an hour.

Skeletons unearthed in giant UK train line excavation

London - Tucked beside one of London's busiest railway stations, a small army of archaeologists dig through clay as they clear a burial site of 40,000 bodies to make way for a new train line.

Turkey to unveil giant new Istanbul airport

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on Monday due to inaugurate Istanbul's new international airport, which his government claims will become the world's largest.

In the fast lane: Female motortaxi drivers on the rise in Bangkok

Bangkok - Hair pulled back tightly as she lounges on her red scooter, Ar is a rare sight among the male-dominated ranks of Bangkok's motortaxi riders plying their trade on the Thai capital's treacherous roads.

Drought-hit Rhine forces Germany to tap oil reserves

Frankfurt Am Main - The German government on Friday said it had authorised the release of strategic fuel reserves after record-low water levels in the drought-hit Rhine river badly disrupted oil shipments in recent weeks.

A congestion free future will require blockchain

For many analysts the keys to a congestion free future are a combination of autonomous vehicles and blockchain technology. A new challenge has been laid down by an industry grouping for startups to help fashion this space.

LiDAR start up receives $45 million in funding

The Shenzhen-based LiDAR technology firm RoboSense has completion an investment round to the tune of $45 million. This makes this China’s biggest single round of financing ever for this type of automotive technology.

Hong Kong mega bridge launch announcement sparks backlash

Fpo - China has finally announced the opening ceremony for the world's longest sea bridge, which will connect Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland, but critics hit back Thursday over the secrecy surrounding the project.

On Lake Victoria ferries, passengers pray and hope for the best

- Time-worn and weather-beaten, the MV Mbita III tilts slightly to the left as it creaks out of its Kenyan port on Lake Victoria.

Italy motorway operator chief faces jail for bus crash

Rome - Italian prosecutors called Wednesday for the head of the country's beleaguered Autostrade motorway operator to serve 10 years in jail for a bus crash in 2013 in which 40 people died.

How European cities are battling diesel-polluted air

Berlin - A Berlin court ruled Tuesday that older diesel cars must be banned from some major roads in the German capital. Here is how other major cities around Europe are looking to bring down harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) pollution.

Court orders diesel ban on major Berlin roads

Berlin - Diesel drivers in Berlin faced the prospect of bans from major arterial roads as a court Tuesday ordered the German capital must follow in the footsteps of Hamburg, Frankfurt and Stuttgart with exclusion zones.

Spanish cities grapple with invasion of electric scooters

Madrid - Cities across Spain are grappling with electric scooters that have popped up on sidewalks across the country, helping riders zip around but exasperating drivers and pedestrians.

Uber, Cabify drivers protest in Madrid against rule changes

Madrid - Hundreds of drivers for ride-hailing services Uber and Cabify marched down a central Madrid avenue on Thursday to protest plans by the Spanish government to tighten regulations in the sector.The demonstrators chanted "Let us work!

Russia's 'blockade' of Sea of Azov ports angers Ukraine

Mariupol - Seagulls whirl over the docks of Ukraine's port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov as huge cranes once used to unload ships' cargoes stand idle.
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