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Uber under threat as French court backs limits on unlicensed taxis

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:10
France’s highest administrative court on Friday backed restrictions on unlicensed taxi services in a decision that will hit US start-up Uber and could see its services eventually ruled illegal.

Robots, teddies and tiny drink buddies: It’s Japan in Cannes!

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:33
A trip to the Japanese pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival offers a welcome break from the packed screenings and red carpet circus. Here are just a few treats from the land of cuteness.

Suicide bomber attacks Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:31
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, and up to 30 people were reported to have been killed or wounded.

French law to force supermarkets to donate unsold food

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:10
French MPs on Thursday voted unanimously in favour of a new law that will outlaw the destruction of unsold food products, forcing large supermarkets instead to donate them to charities or for use on farms.

IS group seizes last Iraq border crossing held by Syrian regime

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 03:37
The Islamic State (IS) group has seized the last border crossing between Syria and Iraq held by the Syrian government, a monitoring group said Thursday, a day after IS militants captured the city of Palmyra in a major blow to Damascus.

Grand jury indicts all six Baltimore officers over death of Freddie Gray

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 17:44
A grand jury has brought charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in police custody, Baltimore City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby told a news conference on Thursday.

Merkel, Hollande and Tsipras meet in Riga to speed up debt talks

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:53
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande held talks late on Thursday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, hoping to speed up the resolution of Greece's debt crisis on the sidelines of an EU summit in Riga.

Ireland votes in historic referendum on same-sex marriage

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:22
Ireland could become the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by a national referendum as voters head to the polls on Friday to cast their ballot on the issue.

Aishwarya Rai: An interview with the Queen of Bollywood

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:49
She was thrust into the international arena when she won the Miss World pageant 20 years ago. Aishwarya Rai soon became a superstar of Indian cinema and has now been coming to the Cannes Film Festival for more than a decade. She speaks to Eve Jackson about returning to the silver screen after five years, life after motherhood and those red carpet dresses.

Cannes tackles war-weariness with martial arts, Tamil Tigers

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:38
Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-Hsien startles with a ravishingly beautiful reinvention of the martial arts genre, while Cannes habitué Jacques Audiard delivers half of a good movie on Tamil refugees leaving one war in Sri Lanka only to find another in France.

A year after coup, Thai opposition resists junta rule

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:14
On May 22 last year, Thailand’s military seized control of the country after months of protests against the democratically elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra. Since then, coup leader and now Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ruled the nation with an iron fist.

French car maker Renault may reconsider investment in Turkey amid strike

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:20
Renault could reconsider investment in Turkey after a labor dispute has stopped production at its Turkish joint venture Oyak Renault, the French car maker’s head of Eurasia said on May 21, as quoted by Reuters.

Gaspar Noé's 3D sex film is lukewarm

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:25
Eve Jackson brings you the latest from the Cannes Film Festival, including Jacques Audiard's immigration thriller "Dheepan" and Gaspar Noé's sex film "Love". We also take you to Cannes' best pop-up places, including a helicopter ride over the bay.

Bin Laden’s ‘bookshelf’ focused on France, conspiracy theories

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:21
Osama bin Laden's English-language reading list included books by journalists and conspiracy theorists as well as a "surprising" number on France that suggest he may have planned to target the French economy, US officials said Wednesday.

Video: Iraqi refugees struggle to flee Ramadi violence

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 03:54
Iraqi refugees from the besieged city of Ramadi are angry with both the Islamic State fighters who have overrun the city and the Iraqi authorities, who are preventing many families from fleeing towards Baghdad.

US takes ‘hard look’ at Iraq strategy after fall of Ramadi

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 01:41
The United States is taking an "extremely hard look" at its strategy in Iraq after Islamic militants captured the town of Ramadi, a top US official said Wednesday.

Mother of French terror victim seeks to open minds

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 23:57
Latifa Ibn Ziaten is the mother of one of the seven people killed by Mohamed Merah, the "Toulouse gunman", in 2011. After the tragedy, this grieving mother created an NGO named after her son, Imad. She has since been travelling across France, delivering a message of peace.

Deadly bombing at UN compound in South Sudan

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 20:24
Four civilians were killed on Tuesday when two mortar bombs exploded inside a UN compound in the town of Melut in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, as rebel forces and government troops battled for control of a strategic oil hub.

'Late Show' legend Letterman signs off after 33 years

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 18:08
After 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-night show, US talk-show veteran David Letterman is signing off.

IS militants seize control of Palmyra as Syrian forces withdraw

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:32
Syrian pro-government forces withdrew from the ancient city of Palmyra on Wednesday after militants from the Islamic State (IS) group entered its neighbourhoods in large numbers, Syrian state television reported.