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Paris’s giant ‘butt plug’ installation vandalised

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:08
A controversial artwork in the centre of Paris said to resemble a giant green sex toy was apparently vandalised overnight Friday, after critics decried the 80-foot installation as a “humiliation” for the French capital.

Mexico captures gang leader in missing students case

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 00:33
The leader of a criminal gang suspected of conspiring with Mexican police to kill 43 missing students in the violent southwestern state of Guerrero has been arrested, officials said Friday.

Multiple arrests as Hong Kong protesters retake camp

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 22:10
Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong clashed violently with police Saturday as they reoccupied a protest camp mostly cleared the previous day, leading to multiple arrests and jeopardising government talks aimed at ending a political stalemate.

Rising income inequality could harm USA, says Fed chief

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:59
Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen warned Friday that the gap between the rich and poor in the United States is widening and has reached a near 100-year high.

Video: Inside an Ebola health centre in Liberia

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 09:27
FRANCE 24’s Katerina Vittozzi reports from the Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia’s Bong county. Most of the 4,500 reported victims of the deadly virus so far have been in Liberia and neighbouring Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Nigeria claims Boko Haram truce, release of schoolgirls

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:49
Nigeria’s government claim to have reached a deal with Islamic militant group Boko Haram for a cease-fire, but there were conflicting reports as to the fate of 200 school girls kidnapped six months from a school in the northeast town of Chibok.

US artist erects giant green ‘butt plug’ in Paris

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:53
It’s supposed to resemble a Christmas tree – but for many in Paris a giant green inflatable object currently decorating Paris’s up-market Place Vendome is little more than an anal plug of eye-watering proportions.

Tense Putin and Poroshenko talks in Milan 'positive'

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:16
Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Milan Friday for talks amid encouraging signs the two leaders are trying to ease tensions over eastern Ukraine.

Video: Kobani refugees flee from Syria to Turkey to Iraq

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:31
Refugees who fled the besieged Syrian city of Kobane for Turkey are now arriving in Iraqi Kurdistan as the fighting in their home city enters a second month and conditions in Turkey deteriorate.

Inside the Belarus Network

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:19
A team of European journalists has been using open source documents to investigate the intricate web of power around Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Here's the result of their lengthy fact-finding mission.

Hong Kong police clear protest site in dawn sweep

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:32
Hong Kong police carried out a dawn raid to remove barricades and other obstacles erected by pro-democracy protesters around the bustling area of Mong Kok, moving in while many demonstrators were still asleep.

US in controversial first talks with Syrian Kurdish party

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:53
US officials have held direct talks for the first time with a Kurdish political party in Syria linked to Turkey’s PKK, seen by the US and others as a terrorist organisation, the US State Department said Thursday.

Venezuela, Malaysia, Spain elected to UN Security Council

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:16
Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, and Venezuela were elected to two-year terms on the UN Security Council Thursday, after fierce lobbying failed to garner Turkey a spot. The US also failed in its bid to scupper Venezuela’s chances.

Ukraine under summit spotlight as Putin meets Poroshenko

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in the Italian city of Milan Friday, on the sidelines of the biannual Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

Eurosceptic Farage’s EU parliament group collapses

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:23
British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage's group in the European Parliament collapsed on Thursday after a Latvian member pulled out, ending a short-lived alliance formed after continent-wide elections in May.

Hong Kong leader ‘ready for dialogue’ after a night of clashes

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:40
Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying sought to defuse tension with pro-democracy protesters on Thursday, saying he hopes the two sides can talk next week, but continued street scuffles suggest the students are not about to give up.

France announces Ebola screenings at Paris airport

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:18
French health officials on Thursday said screening measures for Ebola among passengers arriving from Guinea, one of the main West African countries affected by the deadly disease, would start Saturday at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

Turkey, Spain, New Zealand locked in tight race for UN seats

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:55
The United Nations will elect five new non-permanent members to its powerful Security Council on Thursday, with Turkey, Spain and New Zealand vying for two seats in one category.

Islamic State group making ‘substantial gains’ despite airstrikes

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:56
The Islamic State (IS) group “has made substantial gains in Iraq” despite US-led airstrikes against the Islamic militants, Washington's envoy to the international coalition fighting the jihadist organisation warned Wednesday.

Nazi row rattles Belgium's new 'kamikaze coalition'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:37
A few years ago, Belgium famously went 589 days without a government. Its new ruling coalition, which includes Flemish separatists and alleged far-right sympathizers, looks unlikely to last that long.