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First US troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 01:41
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 U.S. troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said Friday.

Syrian air strike kills scores near Damascus, NGO says

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:23
A Syrian air strike killed more than 40 people in a rebel-held area near Damascus on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and opposition activists said.

Rogue agents killed Argentine prosecutor, secret service says

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:59
Argentina's government says rogue agents from the intelligence services may have been behind the suspicious death of a state prosecutor who accused the government of taking part in a cover-up related to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre.

Kidnapped French aid worker released in Central African Republic

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:06
French aid worker Claudia Priest has been released after being kidnapped in the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier this week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday.

Hollande at Davos calls for big business to fight terror

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:23
French President François Hollande on Friday used the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to call for states and big business to work together in the fight against terrorism, just two weeks after a series of bloody attacks in Paris.

Belgium seeks man linked to Jewish Museum attacks suspect

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:52
Belgian police are looking for a man with possible links to the suspect in a May attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels that left four dead. The man was seen with Mehdi Nemmouche, who has been charged with the murders, days after the attack.

Gunman in Paris kosher supermarket attack buried

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:18
One of the three jihadist gunmen who waged attacks in Paris this month was buried Friday near the capital, police sources said, after his body was refused entry by his parents' country of origin, Mali.

Top court upholds decision to strip jihadist of French nationality

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 05:16
France’s top court on Friday dismissed a legal challenge to a ruling that stripped a French-Moroccan jihadist of French citizenship after he was convicted on terror-related charges, a hot-button legal issue in the wake of attacks in Paris.

Video: The fight to defend eastern Ukraine’s strategic Debaltseve

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:12
As fighting in eastern Ukraine continues, the country’s military is struggling to defend the town of Debaltseve, which lies on a strategic road 70 km northeast of Donetsk. FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg and Marine Courtade report from the front lines.

In pictures: Syriza rally marks return of hope for Greece

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:30
Thousands gathered in central Athens on Thursday to hear Greece’s left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras hail a new era of hope for the downtrodden country as his anti-austerity Syriza party draws closer to power.

Social media must curb hate speech, says France

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:04
France is calling for the international regulation of social networks in order to crack down on “racist and anti-Semitic propaganda,” a senior minister said on Thursday at the UN’s first-ever summit on tackling anti-Semitism.

Thai legislature votes to impeach former PM Yingluck

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:04
Thailand’s military-appointed legislature has voted to impeach former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her role in overseeing a government rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars.

Saudi King Abdullah dies, brother Salman pronounced new monarch

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 17:47
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died early on Friday morning and has been replaced as monarch by his brother, Salman, state TV announced in a statement attributed to the crown prince.

How a ‘peace deal’ plunged Yemen deeper into chaos

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:35
Yemenis woke up Thursday with a sense of foreboding over a peace deal between the government and Houthi rebels. By the end of the day, as the country’s embattled president and government resigned, their misgivings were proved right.

France to dispatch 40 more troops to advise Iraqi army

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:39
France will send some 40 troops to Iraq in the coming weeks to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State group, a military spokesman said Thursday. The advisers will be dispatched to Baghdad and the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Erbil.

Education on ‘front line’ of France's battle against terror

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:57
French President François Hollande has emphasised the role of education in upholding Republican values and rooting out home-grown terrorism as the country grapples with uncomfortable questions over its integration model.

Ukrainian troops forced to withdraw from Donetsk airport

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:34
Ukraine's military said Thursday that attacks by pro-Russian insurgents had forced it to abandon Donetsk's devastated airport after days of fighting as a mortar struck a civilian bus in the rebel-held city, killing at least 12 civilians.

IS group 'the challenge of our time' Kerry tells London talks

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:57
Foreign ministers from the coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group gathered for talks in London Thursday, with the threat posed by jihadists returning after training abroad at the top of the agenda after a series of attacks in France.

Sarkozy blasts PM's ‘apartheid’ comment, breaking national unity

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 01:59
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has criticized the government’s new counter-terrorism policies and blasted the prime minister's use of the term “apartheid” to describe France’s failure to integrate immigrant communities.

US-Cuba talks shift to restoring diplomatic ties

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 00:57
The United States and Cuba launch talks on Thursday on restoring diplomatic relations after a contentious session on immigration accentuated the difficulties in overcoming half a century of hostilities.