Only a few French yellow vest protesters out for 29th week

PARIS — The French yellow vest movement that has challenged President Emmanuel Macron is a shadow of itself on the 29th straight Saturday of protest marches, with just a few thousand people in the streets.The anti-government protests drew 2,600 people nationwide according to an Interior Ministry count, 1,200 in Paris. That was the weakest turnout since the movement started in mid-November, when close to 300,000 protested around France. Violence and rioting then took over the protests, damaging the movement for more economic justice.A Sunday demonstration was planned for those injured in the protests, often by police rubber projectiles.One protester, Eric Drouet, suggested on BFMTV the movement could return to its original actions of blocking roads. Another, Sophie Tissier, predicted that protesters would return strongly in September after a summer break..The Associated Press read more

Sri Lankan arrested in Cyprus

A court in Cyprus today issued a three-day custody decree against four people including a Sri Lankan in connection with accusations of an illegal marriage of convenience, the Cyprus Weekly reported.Two are from Bulgaria, a man and a woman aged 24 and 30 respectively, a man from Bangladesh aged 27 years and the man from Sri Lanka aged 37 years. Police are investigating conspiracy to commit an indictable offense and aiding illegal entry and residence in the Republic of Cyprus. The four were arrested at Larnaca where they had gathered for a wedding allegedly between the girlfriend of the Bulgarian man and the Bangladeshi. A police spokesman said they acted on information that illegal aliens were involved.Another two Asians who were found at the municipality were arrested for conspiracy, along with two others suspected of illegal entry. read more