2 Paris police officers disarmed and suspended as department aims at radicalisation in its own ranks – reports

Two Paris police officers have reportedly been disarmed, with one suspended from duty. It comes after a radicalised police IT specialist slashed four colleagues to death on October, 3.

Mickaël Harpon, a police computer specialist who prosecutors say followed a “radical vision of Islam,” stabbed three officers and an administrator to death at Paris’ police headquarters last Thursday, before he was shot dead by a patrolman. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner described Harpon’s attack as a “serious failure” of the state to detect “signs of radicalization.” Source RT.

Auto sector slowdown: Passenger vehicle sales down 24% in September; commercial vehicle sales dip 62%

Continuing its downward spiral for consecutive 11th month, passenger vehicle sales plunged by 23.69 per cent in September, as per the latest data from SAIM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers). The report says commercial vehicle sales dipped 62.11 per cent in September. Passenger vehicle sales dropped to 2,23,317 units, while passenger car sales dropped by 33.4 per cent to 131,281 units. Source India

Iranian officials say two rockets struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia

  • Two rockets struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said.
  • It is the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S.
  • Iranian state television said the explosion damaged two storerooms aboard the unnamed oil tanker and caused an oil leak into the Red Sea near the Saudi port city of Jiddah. Source CNBC

Japan’s government pledges to act swiftly if economy slows after tax hike

The government has pledged that it will act swiftly, with steps that could include compiling stimulus measures, if the domestic economy shows signs of a slowdown following the recent consumption tax hike.

At a meeting Thursday of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, participants reviewed economic trends both at home and abroad since the hike in the consumption tax rate from 8 percent to 10 percent on Oct. 1 Source The Japan Times