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Lebanon puts brakes on Syrian refugee entry

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 08:42
Lebanon has all but sealed its borders to refugees fleeing Syria's bitter civil war, overwhelmed by an influx of over one million people who have fled the fighting, officials said Saturday.

US artist withdraws Paris ‘butt plug’ installation

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 03:04
American artist Paul McCarthy has decided to withdraw a giant inflatable installation from Paris’s Place Vendôme after vandals attacked the piece, outraged at its resemblance to an anal plug.

Missile boat crisis ends as Germany gives Israel €300m discount

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 01:54
Germany has agreed to sell missile boats to Israel at a price hundreds of millions of euros below full value, reversing an earlier decision to withhold the discount due to the construction of Israeli settlements in the Palestinian Territories.

Fresh violence in Hong Kong as protesters battle police

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 23:22
Violent clashes erupted early on Sunday in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week.

Bishops fail to reach consensus on ‘welcoming’ gays

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 13:30
Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more inclusive approach to ministering to Catholic families.

Video: Turkey urged to open humanitarian corridor for Kobane

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:54
Had the enemy sniper aimed any higher, Marghas Magharen might not have escaped Kobane's inferno.

Will IS militants soon be flying fighter jets?

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:59
Syrian activists have warned that the so-called Islamic State militant group is test-flying captured fighter jets with the help of former Iraqi air force pilots.

The ‘banker’ who would cure France’s ‘three diseases’

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:38
First they spoke of an imminent decrease in unemployment; then, of a decreasing increase. Now, halfway through their term with joblessness on the rise, France’s Socialists have vowed to “speak the truth” about the economy – and it doesn’t sound good.

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.