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IMF stands behind Lagarde amid French corruption probe

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 18:15
The executive board of the International Monetary Fund expressed confidence on Friday in Managing Director Christine Lagarde after a French court placed her under formal investigation in a corruption scandal.

Experimental Ebola drug ‘ZMapp’ heals all monkeys in study

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:47
An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa – once more of it can be made.

Exclusive: Fabius warns Russia of more sanctions

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:22
In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that the international community must be “firm” with Russia, warning that Russia could face further sanctions if it fails to change tack on Ukraine.

British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:46
French police have launched a manhunt for a mentally ill British man who escaped from a psychiatric hospital where he had been committed for the brutal murder of his cellmate.

First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be touched by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighbouring Guinea’s remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast.

Ukraine to relaunch NATO membership bid

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:34
Ukraine's embattled government said Friday it wants to join the Western military alliance as the UN said nearly 2,600 people have died in eastern Ukraine in the past five months, amid growing evidence of Russian involvement in intensified fighting.

France shines in IMF list of world’s promising economists

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 02:32
Its economy may be in the doldrums, but France has at least one good reason to remain hopeful about the future. Almost one third of the world’s brightest, young economists have French passports, according to the IMF.

Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:47
Russia’s permanent mission to NATO on Thursday posted a map on Twitter showing the Crimean peninsula as part of Russia, in response to a map Canada published earlier to “help” Russian soldiers who keep getting “accidentally” lost in Ukraine.

Obama has 'no strategy yet' on potential Syria strikes

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:41
US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still does not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops – the latest in a string of atrocities.

Peru seizes record 6.5 tonnes of Europe-bound cocaine

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:00
Peruvian police seized a record 6.5 tonnes of cocaine in a quiet coastal town this week, arresting seven Peruvians and two Mexicans suspected of trying to smuggle the load to Europe as coal, President Ollanta Humala said on Thursday.

French businesses ‘hoping for a new Thatcher’

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:19
With the government in turmoil and the country’s economy in the doldrums, the mood at a gathering of thousands of French business leaders on Wednesday was a mix of frustration and cautious optimism.

PSG face Barcelona, Ajax in tough Champions League draw

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:48
French football champions Paris Saint-Germain will face Barcelona, Ajax and Apoel FC in one of the tougher groups in this year’s Champions League following the draw in Monaco Thursday.

In pictures: Billions of locusts invade Madagascan capital

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:27
Billions of locusts swarmed Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo on Thursday, prompting residents and tourists to share photographs of the sudden insect invasion on Twitter, while experts worried about the effect on the country's food supply.

UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:49
The United Nations confirmed Thursday that an armed group captured 43 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria, saying it was doing everything to secure their release.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say ‘I do’ in France

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:01
It appears that Hollywood actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have finally tied the knot, after marrying on Saturday at their wine estate in the south of France, a spokesman for the couple has announced.

West backs Ukrainian claims of Russian incursion

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:33
Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, while Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.

New Ebola case in Nigeria brings death toll to 1,552

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:59
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday in a bleak assessment of the deadly disease.

Platini will not run against Blatter for FIFA presidency

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:49
UEFA president Michel Platini (pictured right) ruled himself out of the running for the FIFA presidency on Friday, the Frenchman opting not to oppose incumbent president Sepp Blatter as head of soccer's global governing body.

Assad cannot be partner in fight against terrorism, says Hollande

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:35
French President François Hollande said Thursday that the West should not consider Syria’s Bashar al-Assad as a partner in the fight against terrorism but as an ally of the Islamic extremists wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

Air France suspends flights to Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:11
The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.