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Greece's Varoufakis defends covert plan to hack tax codes

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 06:17
The start of new bailout talks between the Greek government and its international creditors has been overshadowed by revelations that Greece's maverick ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis was secretly planning for a parallel system of liquidity.

Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam to death

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 03:19
A Libyan court on Tuesday sentenced Muammar Gaddafi’s most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, and eight others to death over war crimes including killings of protesters during the 2011 revolution that ended his father’s rule.

Obama warns of stiffer penalties in South Sudan crisis

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 01:31
South Sudan's warring factions may face further international pressure if they do not reach a peace deal by Aug. 17, US President Barack Obama said on Monday, convening east African leaders for urgent talks in neighbouring Ethiopia.

Burundi opposition attends parliament opening after disputed poll

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 00:22
Burundi's parliament sat for the first time on Monday after President Pierre Nkurunziza won a disputed election last week, with a leading opposition figure taking his seat despite having boycotted the vote.

US mulls LA bid for 2024 Olympics as Boston walks out

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 00:00
The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday it was "confident" the US could find a "strong candidate" to host the 2024 Games, despite Boston pulling out of the contest shortly before a mid-September nomination deadline.

Swiss 'sorry' for raiding French lake to help thirsty cows

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 23:34
Swiss officials have issued a formal apology after it emerged army helicopters had crossed the border with France on Thursday in an unexpected incursion to draw water for thirsty Swiss cows.

Peru frees children held by Shining Path rebels

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 20:05
Authorities in Peru rescued 39 people, including 26 children, whom Maoist Shining Path rebels were raising in bondage as future rebel troops, the government said Monday.

New York’s LaGuardia Airport to be rebuilt

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 19:01
New York's LaGuardia Airport, famously likened to a "third world country" by Vice President Joe Biden, is to be rebuilt from the ground up, officials announced Monday.

French unemployment rate stable in June

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:47
The number of unemployed people in France remained stable in June, the labour ministry said on Monday, offering a respite after the jobless rate hit yet another record-high the month before.

Fierce fighting erupts between Chadian army and Boko Haram

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:26
Heavy fighting pitted the Chadian army on Monday against insurgents from the Nigeria-based Boko Haram group on islands in Lake Chad, security and local sources said.

Turkey detains more than 1,000 people in crackdown on suspected militants, PM says

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:00
Turkey has detained 1,050 people in a crackdown on militant groups including the Islamic State (IS) group and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in recent days, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday.

Turkey targets both IS group and Kurds in Iraq

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:33
The ripples from the ongoing battle with the Islamic State group have well and truly extended into neighbouring Turkey. As Ankara continues its bombing campaign against the jihadist fighters, there are claims that it's been bombing Kurdish forces in Syria. Turkey denies the allegations as it carries out air raids on the Kurdish militant PKK group in Iraq following last week's violent attacks. What does Turkish involvement mean for what has become an even more messy conflict?

US and Turkey join forces to create ‘IS group-free zone’ in Syria

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:00
The US and Turkey have agreed to work together to drive Islamic State jihadists from northern Syria, a senior US official said Monday, as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said its military could "change the balance" in the region.

Press freedom in the spotlight on Obama’s Ethiopia visit

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:35
The release of columnist Reeyot Alemu is living proof that Barack Obama can bring some change to Ethiopia, with the US president urging more freedom for the press on a visit to the east African country.

Obama hails Ethiopia’s fight against militants, but questions democratic record

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:26
US President Barack Obama on Monday praised key African ally Ethiopia for its fight against Shebab militants in Somalia, but also challenged Addis Ababa on its democratic record.

Obama hits the dance floor during Kenya state visit

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:00
US President Barack Obama showed off his dance moves to the sounds of a popular afro-pop group during an official visit to Kenya this weekend. The video of the US president dancing promptly went viral and has been viewed over 15,000 times.

China shares post biggest drop in eight years

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:46
Concerns over China dominated financial markets on Monday, with the biggest fall in Shanghai shares in eight years driving stock markets and prices of major commodities lower across the board.

Reporter’s Notebook: Public reaction muted in wake of Burundi vote results

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 06:15
FRANCE 24’s Nicolas Germain covered the July 21 presidential election in Burundi, which saw incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza win a controversial third mandate.

Greeks brace for troika's return as bailout talks begin

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 05:40
Representatives of Greece’s reviled creditors – formerly known as the "troika" – are set for a frosty welcome when they arrive Monday in Athens to begin talks this week on a third bailout in five years.

Turkey denies targeting Syrian Kurdish group

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 03:30
The Syrian Kurdish YPG group on Monday accused Turkey of targeting its positions inside Syria, a charge Ankara denied amid growing tensions between Turkey and Kurdish groups in the region.