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Tunisia's Ennahda ‘to separate politics from religion’

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 09:44
Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party will separate it religious activities from political ones, its chief said in statements published Thursday, declaring there was “no longer justification for political Islam” in the country post Arab spring.

William Friedkin talks French Connection and Exorcist in Cannes

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 09:25
William Friedkin won the Best Director Oscar for "The French Connection" before going on to make "The Exorcist" - a film that's been called the scariest movie of all time. Now, following in the footsteps of fellow directors Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, Friedkin is the latest to give a movie masterclass at the Cannes Film Festival.

Turkey strips immunity from lawmakers in move seen targeting pro-Kurdish MPs

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 08:12
Turkey's parliament on Friday adopted a highly controversial bill that would lift immunity for dozens of pro-Kurdish and other MPs, and could see them evicted from parliament, sparking fresh domestic and international concern.

Video: Thurman, DiCaprio and more help raise millions for AIDS at Cannes gala

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 06:56
AIDS research projects are getting a multimillion euro boost thanks to some of the celebrities at this year’s Cannes film festival.

French tycoon on trial says he helped fund Netanyahu campaign

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 06:04
Arnaud Mimran, suspected of stealing 282 million euros from the French Finance Ministry, testified in court that he signed a cheque for 1 million euros for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election campaign.

El Salvador held hostage by gangs

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:48
Last year in El Salvador, more than one person in every 1,000 was killed, a figure more typical of a country at war. The vast majority of these victims are young men, members of the Maras, Central American gangs who rule the neighbourhoods. Our reporters Laurence Cuvillier and Matthieu Comin went to meet them.

‘Debris' from missing EgyptAir flight found in Mediterranean

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:31
Egypt said Friday that debris from the missing EgyptAir flight had been recovered from the Mediterranean along with human remains. Flight MS804 was en route to Cairo from Paris when it vanished from radar early Thursday with 66 people on board.

Israeli defence minister quits over spat with Netanyahu

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:13
Israel's defense minister announced his resignation on Friday, citing a lack of "trust" in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after reports in recent days that he is soon to be replaced.

Key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam refuses to answer questions

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 01:13
The last known survivor of the team that carried out last November's Paris attacks refused to talk during questioning Friday by anti-terror judges, and the session ended abruptly.

Taiwan swears in Tsai Ing-wen as first female president

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 00:22
Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in as Taiwan's first woman president on Friday, with the export-driven economy on the ropes and wary Communist Party rulers in China watching for any move towards independence by an island it considers its own.

Search grows for wreckage of missing EgyptAir plane in Mediterranean

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 00:09
A massive hunt intensified Friday in the Mediterranean for wreckage from missing EgyptAir Flight MS804 as French investigators arrived in Cairo to assist with the probe.

Several killed in Syria regime air strikes

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:08
At least 21 civilians, including seven children, were killed on Thursday in regime air strikes that targeted several towns in central Syria, a monitoring group said.

Second Chibok girl found as Nigeria's President meets first rescued student

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 13:49
A second Chibok schoolgirl has been rescued, Nigeria’s army said Thursday, after President Muhammadu Buhari met the first student to be found and voiced fresh hope for the recovery of the more than 200 others still being held.

Meet Mads Mikkelsen in Cannes!

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:36
Danish icon Mads Mikkelsen has wowed the world as Bond villain Le Chiffre and TV's Hannibal, and later this year he'll be back on the big screen in Star Wars spinoff "Rogue One". Yet he's also an arthouse favourite, having won the Best Actor award at Cannes for "The Hunt" in 2012. Now the actor is back in the south of France, this time taking a spot on the festival's prestigious main competition jury.

Roger Federer pulls out of French Open

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:00
Former champion Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open on Thursday, citing fitness issues, as his record run of appearing at 65 consecutive grand slam tournaments came to an end.

Cannes review: Mungiu eyes second Palme d’Or as Dolan nightmare baffles

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 09:39
Xavier Dolan devotees lament his first Cannes slip-up in the star-studded “It’s Only the End of the World”, while Cristian Mungiu continues Romania’s strong showing with a shrewd study of moral compromise in “Graduation”.

Arrest warrant issued for DR Congo opposition leader accused of hiring mercenaries

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 09:06
Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi has been indicted on charges of hiring mercenaries as part of a plot against long-standing President Joseph Kabila, and a warrant is out for his arrest, government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Thursday.

France extends state of emergency to cover Euro 2016 football tournament

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 06:28
The French parliament extended the country’s post-attacks state of emergency to the end of July on Tuesday in order to cover this summer's Euro 2016 football tournament and the Tour de France cycling race.

Turkey's incoming PM vows 'total harmony' with Erdogan

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 05:52
Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yildirim was announced Thursday as the likely new leader of the ruling AK Party and therefore the next prime minister, cementing President Tayyip Erdogan's hold on government as he seeks to extend his powers.

Chinese, Germans and Britons most welcoming to refugees, Amnesty says

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 02:14
People in China, Germany and Britain were ranked as the world's most welcoming to refugees in findings published by human rights organisation Amnesty International Thursday.