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Haider al-Abadi: Is it mission impossible for Iraq’s new leader?

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 09:57
When Haider al-Abadi was nominated Iraq's next prime minister, a politician whispered, "May God help you". With a raging jihadist insurgency and a country split along sectarian lines, Abadi needs all the help he can get.

Rebels down Ukrainian warplane as military equipment ‘arrives from Russia’

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 05:53
Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian warplane in eastern Ukraine overnight into Sunday, a military spokesman said, as Moscow denied rebel claims that it had sent military equipment across the border.

Police fire tear gas as Ferguson protesters defy curfew

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 03:13
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, said they fired smoke and tear gas early Sunday to disperse protesters, angry at the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer, after they defied a midnight curfew announced the day before.

PSG furious after Motta has nose broken by headbutt

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 00:52
A furious Paris Saint-Germain have called for Bastia’s Brazilian forward Brandao to be given a life-time ban after he appeared to headbutt Thiago Motta at the end of a French league match on Saturday, leaving the midfielder with a broken nose.

Gaza ceasefire talks to resume as Israelis march for peace in Tel Aviv

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 00:02
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were set to resume talks with Egyptian mediators in Cairo Sunday with the hope of reaching a more permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, as thousands of Israelis marched in support of a peace deal in Tel Aviv.

Missouri governor declares state of emergency, curfew in Ferguson

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:57
Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon on Saturday declared a state of emergency in Ferguson following a week-long series of racially charged protests and looting over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

Russian aid convoy still blocked near Ukrainian border

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:09
Hundreds of trucks in a Russian aid convoy waited Saturday near the Ukrainian border as complicated procedures dragged on for allowing them into eastern Ukraine to help civilians suffering amid fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists.

US-backed Kurds fight Islamists to retake Iraq’s largest dam

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 13:39
Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes battled Saturday to retake Iraq's largest dam from Islamist militants, while American warplanes also struck targets near the Kurdish capital of Erbil.

Kenya to suspend entry from Ebola-hit Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 11:43
Kenya on Saturday said it is closing its borders for travellers coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic.

UN peacekeeper killed in suicide attack in northern Mali

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:04
A U.N. peacekeeper was killed and five others were injured, two seriously, in a suicide attack on a patrol base in northern Mali, the U.N. peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA) said on Saturday.

Protesters storm convenience store at heart of Missouri clashes

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 09:43
Anger spurred by the death of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer boiled over again when protesters stormed into a Missouri convenience store - the same one Michael Brown was accused of robbing.

First African military aircraft takes to the skies, making aviation history

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:26
Billed as Africa’s first home-grown military aircraft, the Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) made its first test flight in South Africa this week, marking a milestone in the continent’s aviation history.

Book tells of private misery of France’s ‘first ladies’

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:35
The wives of French presidents have been birds in the gilded cage of the Elysée Palace, according to a new book, which tells of their boredom, frustration and feelings of being sidelined by a role that has no official recognition in France.

Dozens of Yazidis ‘massacred’ in northern Iraq

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 00:02
Islamic insurgents have “massacred” some 80 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority in a village in the country’s north, a Yazidi lawmaker and two Kurdish officials said on Friday.

Police release footage of Ferguson shooting victim in altercation

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:31
Missouri police released footage on Friday purporting to show the victim of a fatal police shooting in an altercation with a shopkeeper just moments before he was killed.

EU ministers vow to aid Iraq in fight against ISIS militants

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:59
EU ministers meeting in Brussels on Friday approved arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters and increases in humanitarian aid to Iraqis fleeing the rapid advance of Islamist militants.

Confusion, tension over ‘destroyed’ Russian army vehicles in Ukraine

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:17
Ukraine's military has "eliminated" several armoured vehicles that crossed the border from Russia, Kiev said Friday. The statement came soon after NATO said that Russian forces had illegally entered Ukraine late Thursday, a claim Russia denies.

Live: France remembers the Allied landing in Provence

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:52
France on Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the August 15, 1944, landing of 50,000 Allied troops near Marseille and Toulon. Watch FRANCE 24's special coverage of the commemorations starting at 6pm Paris time (GMT+2).

Strange bedfellows: terror groups, Kurdish factions unite against ISIS

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:44
They were first spotted in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil on August 8, just as US President Barack Obama announced he had authorised airstrikes in northern Iraq against ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria) targets.

Boko Haram militants kidnap scores in northern Nigeria

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:08
Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped scores of people from fishing communities in Nigeria's extreme northeast, hauling some of the hostages away on boats across Lake Chad, witnesses said Friday.