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Evidence of Russian support for Ukrainian rebel counter-attack grows

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:24
Eastern Ukraine separatists acknowledge the presence of 3,000 Russian "volunteers" in their ranks as they gain ground in their battle against government forces.

Uruguayans sign up to grow marijuana at home

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:40
People in Uruguay who want to grow their own marijuana were able to register to do so on Wednesday as the government launched the latest phase in its first-of-its-kind legalisation programme.

Mother of American journalist asks IS leader for his release

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:25
Shirley Sotloff (pictured), the mother of an American journalist held hostage by Islamic militants who have threatened to kill him, pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors.

French unemployment rises 0.8% in July to record high

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:45
Unemployment in crisis-hit France hit a new high in July, official statistics published Wednesday showed, in another blow for the deeply unpopular President François Hollande.

UN probe accuses Syrian regime, Islamists of ‘crimes against humanity’

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:21
A new UN probe into the human rights situation in war-torn Syria has painted a picture of almost-medieval barbarity, including public executions, amputations, lashings and mock crucifixions in jihadist-controlled areas.

Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:42
Italy's financial and fashion capital Milan has become an established transit point for refugees, especially for those escaping the brutal civil war in Syria, who make their way to northern Europe in the hope of rebuilding their shattered lives.

France’s Hollande puts young ex-banker in top economy post

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:28
Former banker Emmanuel Macron was named as France’s new economy minister on Tuesday in a surprise nomination that follows a government shake-up described as the lowest point in President François Hollande’s tenure.

Video: Iraq’s Yazidis flee to spiritual capital of Lalish

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:18
Lalish, a small village in northern Iraq, is the spiritual capital of the Yazidi people. The ethnic and religious minority believe it was the only place to survive the Great Flood, and that it was where Noah landed his ark to recreate humanity.

Airstrikes and Assad - Obama’s military conundrum in Syria

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:23
As the US inches closer to an intervention in Syria in its crucial battle with Islamic State militants, FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at Washington’s military options in trying to stamp out a threat “beyond anything we’ve ever seen”.

American 'Islamic State fighter' killed in Syria

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:58
An American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria has been killed in the region, a U.S. security official said on Monday.

In pictures: France’s new ministers

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:48
French President François Hollande named a new cabinet Tuesday under Prime Minister Manuel Valls after a row over the government’s economic policies forced an emergency reshuffle. Here is a minister-by-minister breakdown of the 'Valls II' government.

Hollande ally replaces rebel economy minister in new French government

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:54
President François Hollande named former banker and ally Emmanuel Macron (pictured) as his new economy minister Tuesday, replacing the departing left-wing firebrand Arnaud Montebourg in an emergency cabinet reshuffle.

'Lasting' ceasefire agreed for Gaza, Abbas says

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:30
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas announced Tuesday that a "lasting" ceasefire deal had been reached with Israel to end the seven-week-long conflict in Gaza. An Israeli official confirmed that a truce deal had been reached.

The ‘war’ at the heart of France’s ruling party

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:53
A row between Prime Minister Manuel Valls (right) and departing economy minister Arnaud Montebourg (left) has forced a reshuffle of France’s Socialist government. But some say it is only a preview of a bigger political clash to come.

Far-right ‘Russian Jihad’ fighters cross into Ukraine

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:29
Since the beginning of the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, Moscow has repeatedly denied sending troops or weapons to help the rebels.

Egypt, UAE carried out airstrikes in Libya, says US

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 01:46
Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were responsible for carrying out two series of air strikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in Tripoli, Libya, US officials said on Monday.

French PM Valls to unveil new cabinet amid govt crisis

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 01:13
French Prime Minister Valls will name a new cabinet on Tuesday, a day after the shock exit of three high-profile ministers that has drawn attention to the deep divisions within the ruling Socialist Party.

Ukraine’s Poroshenko to meet Putin for crisis talks

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 00:10
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko will meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for talks on Tuesday, just hours after it was announced that 10 Russian paratroopers had been captured on Ukrainian soil.

‘Modern Family’ and 'Breaking Bad' win big at Emmy Awards

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:45
“Modern Family” won a record-tying fifth best comedy series Emmy Award and a dominant “Breaking Bad” captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors in Monday’s ceremony.

Ukrainian president calls snap vote, dissolves parliament

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:09
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko on Monday dissolved parliament, calling for early elections on October 26 as his country continues to grapple with a pro-Russia insurgency in the east.