Fascists elected to French senate
The ruling Labour-type Socialist Party lost control of the French senate to the right in an election this week. This could see the Tories hold up new laws.
And the fascist National Front gained its first ever senators. Two of its members elected as local mayors earlier in the year have won senate seats.
The senate is indirectly elected by 150,000 officials mostly representing local councils. It has been held by the right for all but three years of its 56 years in existence.
Police gun down Louisiana child
A police officer shot and killed 14 year old Cameron Tillman in the southern US state of Louisiana on Tuesday of last week.
Cops said they were called to an abandoned home after reports of armed men entering the building. An air pistol was later found at the scene.
Reports say three other young men were arrested at the house, including Cameron’s older brother, but later released with charges pending.
New president in Afghanistan deal
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was confirmed president of Afghanistan last week. His rival, Abdullah Abdullah, is chief executive.
The appointments open the way for a new deal with US occupying forces. It will mean the Afghan government allowing 10,000 US troops to remain in the country.
The end of this year was supposed to signal the end of the “combat mission”.
The US also wants the new government to guarantee that Nato soldiers won’t be prosecuted in Afghan courts for action in the country.