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Netanyahu 'regrets' election statement on Arab Israelis

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:53
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday apologised to Arab Israelis after a rallying call to his supporters on election day last week was called racist by opponents.

Charlie Hebdo cash donations ‘doing more harm than good’

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:04
The deluge of cash that descended on satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo after the murderous attack on the publication in January may well turn out to be a poisoned chalice.

Has Sarkozy won his first battle to reclaim the Elysée?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:45
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s right-wing UMP party won the first round of local elections in France on Sunday in what could be his first success in a long and likely turbulent campaign to reclaim the presidency in 2017.

Popular Tunisian rapper allegedly joins Islamic State group

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:16
He denounced police violence in Tunisia, sang of liberty, women, alcohol and drugs. Then Emino, the popular Tunisian rapper, allegedly joined the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) group on March 18, much to the shock of his fans.

Confusion reigns as Paris pollution prompts traffic ban

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 08:13
Half of all traffic was banned from taking to the roads of Paris and its suburbs Monday in a bid to tackle a dangerous spike in pollution, but the measure’s complex rules proved perplexing for many of the French capital’s motorists.

Son of Senegal's ex-president Wade sentenced for corruption

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 06:42
A court in Senegal sentenced the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade to six years in prison for corruption on Monday. Karim Wade had hoped to be the Senegalese Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 2017.

Tunisian PM fires police chiefs over Bardo museum attack

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 04:41
Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid has sacked the Tunis police chief and several others in the wake of a deadly museum attack last week that left 20 foreign tourists dead, his office announced Monday.

Doctors Without Borders slams WHO's slow reaction to Ebola

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 03:12
A year on from the start of the Ebola outbreak, a report published Monday by frontline aid agency Doctors Without Borders slammed the international community's slow response and detailed the "indescribable horror" faced by its staff.

Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 17:13
Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister and architect of the tiny city-state’s rapid rise from British military outpost to global trade and financial centre, died on Monday aged 91.

Sarkozy’s conservative UMP edges out far right in French local elections

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 14:31
Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative UMP and its allies edged out the National Front to place first in local polls on Sunday, with President François Hollande’s Socialists – beset by economic woes and record unemployment – coming in third.

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena forms national government with opposition

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 13:01
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena formed a national government incorporating the main opposition party on Sunday, in a bid to push through reforms and preserve political stability.

Voter participation up in French local elections

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 10:47
Voter participation in France's local elections was at almost 43 percent at 5pm, a sharp rise on the 36 percent who voted in the 2011 poll at the same time.

Houthis seize strategic Yemeni city as UN warns of civil war

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 10:29
Houthi fighters opposed to Yemen’s president took over the central city of Taiz on Saturday in an escalation of a power struggle diplomats warn is leading the country into a civil war that implicates Saudi Arabia and its main regional rival Iran.

French expats in Tunis stand firm after museum attack

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 08:59
Days after a deadly attack on a museum in Tunis, which killed 20 foreign tourists, French expatriates in Tunisia reaffirmed their attachment to their adopted country.

Third gunman 'on the run' after Tunisia museum attack, says president

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 06:24
A third attacker is still "on the run" after the deadly Bardo Museum killings, Tunisia's president says in a live TV interview.

Obama says it is now ‘hard to find a path’ on Israeli-Palestinian peace

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 03:03
President Barack Obama said that Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes it “hard to find a path” to resolve the issue.

France votes in local elections

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 02:56
Voters across France are casting their ballots Sunday in the first round of local elections under a new voting system aimed at regional and gender representation.

US troops evacuate Yemen as Shiite rebels call to arms

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 00:26
Yemen’s Shiite rebels issued a call to arms Saturday to battle supporters of the country’s embattled president, as US troops evacuated a southern air base crucial to America’s drone strike program after al-Qaida militants seized a nearby city.

Senegal opposition selects on-trial Wade as presidential candidate

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 15:12
Senegal’s main opposition party on Saturday chose Karim Wade as its candidate at the next presidential election, even though a court is about to rule on corruption charges that could put him behind bars for seven years.

England agony as they hammer France but miss out on title

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 14:36
England won an extraordinary battle but agonisingly lost the war as they beat France by a record 55-35 in an extraodrinary Six Nations finale on Saturday but came up short of the 26-point victory they needed to deny Ireland a second successive title.