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European Commission appoints France’s Barnier to lead Brexit talks

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 04:31
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday appointed veteran French politician and former EU commissioner Michel Barnier to lead the negotiations with Britain on its exit from the bloc.

Scores killed after deadly blast rocks Kurdish-majority Syrian city

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 04:03
A large truck bomb blast claimed by Islamic State killed nearly 50 people and wounded scores more in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border on Wednesday, a monitoring group and state television reported.

FBI probes Russian involvement in leak of top Democrats' emails

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 01:00
Russia on Tuesday denied claims that it hacked internal emails from members of the Democratic Party, a day after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said it was investigating possible Russian involvement in the WikiLeaks release.

Travellers face disruptions as Air France cabin crew launch strike

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 00:08
Air France cabin crew launched a week-long strike Wednesday, forcing the French national carrier to make adjustments during the height of the summer season.

Hillary Clinton secures Democratic nomination, makes history

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 17:25
On a night awash in history, Hillary Clinton triumphantly became the first woman to lead a major American political party toward the White House, breaking through a barrier that painfully eluded her eight years ago.

Federer to miss Rio Olympics, rest of season with injury

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 16:31
Roger Federer has pulled out of the Rio Olympics and will miss the rest of the season, including the U.S. Open, because he needs "more extensive rehabilitation" after knee surgery earlier this year as he bids to prolong his career.

One French church attacker identified as teen under house arrest

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 14:59
The 19-year-old Normandy native who killed an elderly French priest during a church service on Tuesday was under house arrest for two failed attempts to reach Syria and was wearing an electronic bracelet at the time of the attack, investigators said.

Church attack renews French security fears over soft targets

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 13:07
The killing of a Catholic priest in a small parish in Normandy by men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group has raised questions about France’s ability to secure tens of thousands of churches across the country.

Priest killed in France ‘was always there for others’

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 09:19
Father Jacques Hamel was killed in his Normandy parish on Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Those who knew Hamel described him as an active and involved member of the church despite his advanced age.

Religious leaders express ‘horror’ at attack on church in France

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 08:43
Pope Francis led condemnation of an assault on a church in northwestern France on Tuesday, which claimed the life of an 86-year-old priest and left four people injured, one critically. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Greece: Creativity in a time of crisis

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 08:35
A true capital of culture, Athens is strewn with reminders of the gifts the gods left in their wake: theatre, poetry and sculpture. Yet modern Greece has faced financial ruin, crippling austerity measures and record rates of unemployment in recent years. The country is also dealing with a refugee crisis, with tens of thousands of people seeking asylum on its shores.

Attacks across Europe: ‘Terrorists are not mentally ill’

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 06:55
Several of the perpetrators of recent attacks in Europe, from Nice to this weekend’s suicide bombing in Germany, have been reported to suffer from psychiatric problems. Yet for Dr. Samuel Leistedt, mental illness does not explain their actions.

Priest's murder a 'desecration of French democracy', says Hollande

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 03:17
French President François Hollande described the killing of Father Jacques Hamel by two men swearing allegiance to the Islamic State group as a “desecration of French democracy”, in an address to the nation on Tuesday evening.

Two more arrested in Nice in connection with Bastille Day attack

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 02:51
French police arrested two men in connection with the Bastille Day massacre in Nice which left 84 people dead, a source close to the investigation said Tuesday, bringing to seven the number of people detained since the July 14 attack.

Turkish government 'to work with opposition' on new constitution

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 02:00
The Turkish government is ready to work with all the main opposition parties in drafting a new constitution, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday, after months of deadlock on the issue.

Snowden designs ‘spy-proof’ smartphone case

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 00:37
American whistleblower Edward Snowden has teamed up with hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang to design a modified iPhone 6 case that warns users when information is being monitored or stolen.

Sanders calls for supporters to rally behind Clinton at DNC

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 22:10
Vanquished White House hopeful Bernie Sanders on Monday told a riven and lively Democratic convention that his rival Hillary Clinton must win the US presidential election in November.

Solar plane completes historic round-the-world flight

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 18:57
A solar-powered aircraft successfully completed the first fuel-free flight around the world on Tuesday, returning to Abu Dhabi after an epic 16-month voyage and demonstrating the potential of renewable energy.

Japan knife attacker killed disabled out of hatred

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 15:53
Hatred appears to be what fueled a young Japanese man who went on a stabbing rampage, killing 19 people Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired.

Democratic divisions on display as party convention kicks off

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 15:01
Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday urged his supporters to line up behind former campaign rival Hillary Clinton as the party struggled to find unity ahead of this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.