The extension, which will give the country its longest uninterrupted state of emergency since the Algerian War in the 1960s, will span the French presidential election in April and general elections next June. The state of emergency , which was originally due to end in mid-January, has already been extended four times because the government considers that the risk of armed attacks by Islamist militants remains high.
Another suspension of at least eight weeks would have ruled him out of England's opening clash with France at Twickenham on 4 February. The hooker pleaded guilty to the charge at an independent disciplinary hearing in London on Wednesday and will be able to play again from 23 January.
Raising the AgustaWestland issue, Mahtab expressed concern over defence purchases in the wake of the arrest of former Air chief S P Tyagi in the case. The leader (Kharge) of the Opposition is challenging the Speaker. Both the houses of Parliament have witnessed frequent disruptions and opposition uproar over demonetisation and other issues ever since the winter session began on November 16.
A statement from the Islamic State began to circulate the online claiming the bomber killed and injured 80 people and vowed "to continue war against apostates". Earlier Tuesday, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said the suicide bomber was a Muslim Brotherhood supporter who joined a militant cell while on the run from the police.
Russian oil producer Gazprom Neft and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) have agreed to conduct a study into the possible development of two oil fields in Iran. Iranian oil minister said reports revealed that crude prices had taken up an upward trend recalling "the rise comes at a time when no actual reduction has yet taken place in production levels since OPEC output will go down as of January, 2017".
Russian Federation says its air force has helped Syrian troops repulse an Islamic State attack on the historic town of Palmyra. In the government's first official admission that Palmyra had fallen once again to the militants, Talal Barazi was quoted on Ikhbariyah TV as saying the army had pulled out of the city.