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Murder trial verdict expected for ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 01:10
After 41 days of tears and at times gruesome testimony in the Pretoria High Court, Oscar Pistorius, the South African double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, will learn this week if he will spend the next 25 years in prison.

Obama orders US airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 18:45
President Barack Obama committed the United States on Wednesday to a broad military campaign to root out militants in two volatile Middle Eastern nations, authorising air strikes in both Syria and Iraq that could outlast his presidency.

French priest freed after trial for ‘housing homeless’

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:56
A French priest put on trial for providing shelter for homeless migrants in his church was cleared of any wrongdoing by a judge on Wednesday.

Kerry says world will not watch Islamic State’s 'evil' spread

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:28
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the international community will not stand by and watch the Islamic State (IS) organisation grow, adding that President Barack Obama is to outline a global strategy on fighting the group.

Marina Silva, ‘Brazil's Obama’ or darling of discontent?

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:40
A plane crash, a promise of change and a sluggish economy have made Marina Silva the greatest threat to incumbent Dilma Rousseff’s re-election in October. But is the Amazonian dubbed “Brazil’s Obama” ready to be president?

Hollande hits back at Trierweiler's 'lie' about 'toothless' poor

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:01
French President François Hollande has responded to scathing criticism from his former partner Valérie Trierweiler, saying he was particularly hurt by her allegations that he pokes fun at the poor by calling them “toothless.”

Cameron says he would be heartbroken if Scotland leaves UK

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:38
British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that he would be left “heartbroken” if Scotland votes in favour of independence in next week’s referendum, as he urged voters not to tear apart the United Kingdom’s “family of nations”.

France and Britain secure top EU economy posts

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:07
Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, handed key economic and financial responsibilities to French and British members of a restructured, 28-strong team he unveiled on Wednesday.

Amnesty accuses both sides in Ukraine conflict of war crimes

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 04:23
Amnesty International on Wednesday said it had documented evidence that both Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists have committed war crimes in eastern Ukraine, rejecting Moscow's claims that it is not a party to the conflict.

France to miss 2015 deficit target, says finance minister

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 01:40
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin announced on Wednesday that France will need until 2017 to bring its public deficit down to three percent of output, breaking its promise to EU partners to reach that goal by 2015.

Sacked French minister had ‘administrative phobia’

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:20
Former French trade minister Thomas Thévenoud, who lasted less than a fortnight in office before being sacked for tax irregularities, also failed to pay the rent on his Paris apartment, a newspaper said on Wednesday.

Apple unveils smartwatch, two new iPhones at event

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 23:17
Apple Inc unveiled a watch, two larger iPhones and a mobile payments service on Tuesday as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook seeks to revive the technology company’s reputation as a wellspring of innovation.

Video: French champagne sales bubble up after 2-year slump

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:32
Champagne sales are up after a two-year slowdown, meaning producers can pop opens the bottle and celebrate, especially as this year’s crop looks promising. FRANCE 24 reports from the vineyards.

Apple kicks off star-studded event with larger iPhone 6

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 13:37
Apple Inc unveiled two new iPhones on Tuesday with sharper and larger displays, moving into a market segment dominated by arch-rival Samsung Electronics.

Hollande to visit Iraq ahead of security summit in Paris

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 13:03
French President François Hollande will visit Iraq on Friday to underscore his support for the fight against Islamic State militants ahead of a conference on Iraqi security set for September 15 in Paris, his office said in a statement Tuesday.

Steven Sotloff sold to ISIS by Syrian rebels, family claims

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:57
The family of Steven Sotloff said Monday that so-called moderate rebels detained him at the Syrian border before selling him to the Islamic State (IS) organisation, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

UK to ship arms to Iraqi Kurds in fight against IS militants

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:43
Britain will ship machine guns and artillery to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced Tuesday, noting that the Kurds are "significantly less well-equipped" than the jihadists.

Interactive: Is French baseball finally coming of age?

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 06:33
The French are hardly known as fans of the "old ball game". But some are determined to put their country on the baseball map.

France urges international action in ‘terrorist hub’ Libya

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 06:01
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (photo) on Tuesday urged the international community to take decisive action in Libya, which he said was becoming a "hub for terrorist groups".

France’s Renault to spearhead European electric car expansion

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:17
The company behind Paris’s electric car scheme has signed a deal with Renault to move manufacturing to France and create a long-term partnership based on the concept of car sharing.