News archive of September 2018

Gov't to leave pension cuts out of budget draft

While Italy's decision to ignore the European Union's budget deficit cap had an immediate negative impact on Greek bond yields on Friday - showing that Greece remains vulnerable to all crises - the government in Athens was seeking a way to express its decision not to reduce pensions in January without inciting the wrath of its creditors in the first budget draft on Monday.

Timeline: The Path to Macedonia's 'Name' Deal

Protests, violence, numerous meetings, campaigns, and top-level diplomatic activities - all of that preceded Sunday's historic referendum in Macedonia on the country's 'name' agreement with Greece.

Ever since Macedonia gained independence in 1991, its name has been the subject of a bitter dispute with its southern neighbour, Greece.

Russia vows no safe passage for Syria jihadists in Idlib

Russia on Sept. 28 warned it will not allow jihadists in Syria to be sent to Afghanistan or elsewhere under a deal reached with Turkey that averted a large-scale military assault on rebel-held Idlib province.

Trump bows to pressure, agrees to FBI probe of Kavanaugh

Reversing course, President Donald Trump bowed to Democrats' demands Friday for a deeper FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake balked at voting for confirmation without it - a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly uncertain amid allegations of sexual assault.

Scores killed in Indonesia earthquake-tsunami

A powerful quake and tsunami left scores dead on the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi, officials said Sept. 29, as hospitals struggled to cope with hundreds of injured and rescuers scrambled to reach the stricken region.