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Iranian Kurdish female fighters battle to fight IS group

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:31
Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Iraq are on the frontline of the battle against the Islamic State (IS) organisation. But for a young Iranian Kurdish fighter and her group, it’s a struggle to join her fellow Kurds in the fight against their common enemy.

‘Human zoo’ exhibition comes to Paris amid racism row

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:29
“Exhibit B”, an art show featuring black actors in cages which was cancelled by London’s famed Barbican Centre in September, is set to open in the French capital later this month sparking furious protests.

Burkina Faso appoints army's Zida as prime minister

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:30
Burkina Faso's newly sworn-in President Michel Kafando on Wednesday appointed Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida (pictured) as prime minister. Zida took power in Burkina Faso last month after the ouster of the country's president.

Probe into ‘second French jihadist’ in Kassig execution video

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:04
Supporting French media claims, President François Hollande on Wednesday said investigators were expected to shortly “formally identify” a second French national in the execution video of US aid worker Peter Kassig by the Islamic State group.

French doctors perform groundbreaking fetal surgery

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:52
For the first time in France, surgeons have successfully performed a prenatal operation on a 20-week-old foetus suffering from the congenital disorder spina bifida, in a procedure that is still largely unheard of in Europe.

Deadly blast near governor's office in Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:38
At least five people were killed on Wednesday when a suicide car bomb detonated after ramming a security checkpoint outside the local governor's office in the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Erbil.

Israel at 'height of ongoing terror', Netanyahu says

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 02:02
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is experiencing "ongoing terror" after an attack on a West Jerusalem synagogue left five dead on Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks on Israelis by Palestinian suspects over the past month.

UN panel calls for North Korea human rights probe

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 22:14
The UN General Assembly committee dealing with human rights on Tuesday called for the UN Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity.

US Senate rejects Keystone XL pipeline in close vote

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:18
The US Senate on Tuesday narrowly rejected a bill that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to bring crude oil to Gulf coast refineries from Canada’s controversial tar sands.

Spanish parliament passes symbolic motion on Palestine statehood

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:16
Spanish lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government to recognise Palestine as a state, albeit only when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-standing conflict.

Kurds need more heavy weapons to face 'brutal' IS group

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:19
In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Masoud Barzani, president of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, said Kurdish requests from the international coalition for heavy weapons in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group have not been fully met.

Marseille arrests and match-fixing probe rock French football

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:23
French police took four Marseille officials into custody on Tuesday amid a probe into the club’s transfer dealings, while nine others were arrested as part of an investigation into alleged match fixing on a day of scandal for French football.

French chefs struggle to break silence on workplace violence

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:11
A handful of famous French chefs are starting to draw attention to harassment and physical violence they admit is too often part of the work culture in restaurant kitchens.

Mike Leigh on bringing Turner's art to life

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:46
Mike Leigh is one of the greatest British filmmakers of his generation. He has been nominated for an Oscar seven times, won the Palme D'Or in Cannes in 1996 for "Secrets and Lies" and The Golden Lion in Venice with "Vera Drake" in 2004. His new film "Mr Turner" focuses on one of Britain's great masters. Eve Jackson talks to him about bringing art to life, French cinema and getting inspiration from his lunch.

Al Qaeda branch releases video of French, Dutch hostages

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:05
Al Qaeda's North African branch, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), released a video Monday purporting to show a French and a Dutch hostage who have been held in the Sahara since being kidnapped separately in Mali in November 2011.

World powers seek new nuclear deal with Iran at Vienna talks

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:23
Envoys from Iran and six world powers – the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany – gather Tuesday for talks in Vienna aimed at reaching an agreement on limiting Iran's nuclear programme ahead of a November 24 deadline.

Fifth victim dies following Jerusalem synagogue attack

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:42
Two Palestinian suspects killed four people when they stormed a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday, attacking worshippers with meat cleavers before being killed in a shootout with police, officials said. A fifth victim later died in hospital.

Hong Kong officials begin protest site demolition

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:04
Workers in Hong Kong on Tuesday started clearing away barricades at one site of the student protest that has rocked the city for the last two months.

Over 10,000 Hungarians stage anti-corruption protest

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:57
More than 10,000 people protested Monday in the Hungarian capital, demanding the ouster of the head of the tax authority and greater accountability from Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government.

State of emergency declared ahead of Ferguson ruling

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:23
The governor of the US state of Missouri declared a state of emergency on Monday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of a black teenager shot dead by a white policeman.