Bernard Smith

Bernard Smith

Europe

Holland renamed: Just use 'The Netherlands', says government

Dutch government wants to officially use 'The Netherlands' in promotional material, as part of rebranding exercise.

Holland renamed: Just use 'The Netherlands', says government

Europe

French theatres emptied by strike

Opera house says it has lost $9m since start of strike on December 5.

French theatres emptied by strike

Europe

France strikes disrupt travels during Christmas holiday

France is facing widespread travel disruption during the busy Christmas holiday as protests against pension reforms show no sign of easing.

France strikes disrupt travels during Christmas holiday

Europe

France pension strike cripples economy, businesses

Transport, services affected as rail workers strike over Macron's proposed pension reforms, dampening Christmas sales

France pension strike cripples economy, businesses

Middle East

Palestinian factions agree to Abbas election request

Major hurdles remain before a date could be set, including whether Israel and the US would allow an election.

Palestinian factions agree to Abbas election request

Asia

Sri Lanka's election results worry ethnic Tamils

Winner Gotabaya Rajapaksa's support dips in majority Tamil areas, where people have not forgotten his role in the civil war.

Sri Lanka's election results worry ethnic Tamils

Asia

Sri Lanka election: Voting closes in tight presidential race

National security has been a key issue in the campaign after the Easter bombings that killed hundreds of people.

Sri Lanka election: Voting closes in tight presidential race

Asia

Sri Lanka election: Minorities fear vote result

Sri Lankans are voting to elect a new leader while ethnic divisions are on the rise after the deadly Easter bombings.

Sri Lanka election: Minorities fear vote result

Middle East

Israeli farmers in limbo as Jordan-Israel land lease deal expires

Jordan decides against renewing a 25-year deal over special land access for Israeli farmers and tourists.

Israeli farmers in limbo as Jordan-Israel land lease deal expires

Middle East

Turkey's offensive in Syria: Syrian Kurds flee to northern Iraq

First group of Syrian Kurds arrives in northern Iraq after fleeing Turkey's military operation in north Syria.

Turkey's offensive in Syria: Syrian Kurds flee to northern Iraq

Middle East

Israel elections: Polls in rerun vote open

Benjamin Netanyahu, who promised to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, says leftists will 'weaken' Israel.

Israel elections: Polls in rerun vote open

Middle East

Syria's war: Kurdish forces pull back from border

Ankara monitors YPG withdrawal as part of plan to establish 'safe zone' in northern Syria along border with Turkey.

Syria's war: Kurdish forces pull back from border