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Hungary says French criticism of border fence ‘groundless’

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 19:43
Hungary on Sunday lashed out at French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius over his criticism of the country’s new anti-migrant border fence, accusing him of “shocking and groundless” judgements.

Islamic State group destroys part of Syria’s Temple of Bel, say monitors

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 14:18
The hardline Islamic State group has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra city, a group monitoring the conflict said on Sunday.

Egypt sets October election date, after 3 years without parliament

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 12:14
Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election in two phases starting Oct. 18-19, the election commission said on Sunday, the final step of a roadmap to democracy that critics say has been tainted by a crackdown on dissent.

Europe trades blame as migrants’ bodies pulled from Mediterranean

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 11:53
At least 37 people died when a boat carrying migrants sank off Libya’s coast on Sunday, the second such fatal accident at sea within days, while European leaders struggled to find a coherent policy on the refugee crisis.

Oliver Sacks, renowned author and neurologist, dies at 82

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 08:41
An author and neurologist who explored the wonders of the human brain in books like "Awakenings" has died. Dr. Oliver Sacks was 82.

Women register to run for election in a first for Saudi Arabia

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 08:12
Saudi women registered to run in municipal elections for the first time in the country’s history on Sunday, just one week after voter registration was opened to women in another first for the ultraconservative kingdom.

Several dead, hundreds injured as fire rages through Saudi residential complex

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 05:53
A large fire broke out Sunday in the basement of a sprawling residential complex in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich east, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200, civil defense officials in the kingdom said.

Video: Peter Greste calls Egypt court ruling a ‘travesty of justice’

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 04:56
Australian journalist Peter Greste told FRANCE 24 that he was “devastated” and “appalled” by an Egyptian court’s decision on Saturday to sentence him and two Al-Jazeera colleagues to three years in prison, calling it a “travesty of justice”.

Video: Cuba becomes first nation to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 01:30
Thanks to a monitoring programme run by the World Health Organization and increased access to retroviral drugs, Cuba has become the first country to come close to eliminating the mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Malaysia's 'yellow shirts' demand PM's resignation in second day of rallies

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:16
Crowds of yellow-clad Malaysians demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak converged on central Kuala Lumpur again on Sunday, a day after tens of thousands paralysed the capital in a boisterous yet peaceful demonstration.

Thousands rally against politicians in Beirut with 'You Stink' campaign

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 13:54
Thousands of protesters waving Lebanese flags and chanting “revolution” took to the streets of Beirut on Saturday for an unprecedented mobilisation against sectarian politicians they say are incompetent and corrupt.

Ministers urge review of Schengen rules to boost rail security

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 12:27
Officials from nine European nations agreed Saturday to reinforce security on international rail lines and urged the European Commission to review the rules of the Schengen border-free zone after a foiled attack on a train last week in France.

Truck with 26 refugees found in Austria, three children hospitalised

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 10:48
Austrian police said Saturday that they intercepted another truck containing 26 migrants and that three young children had to be hospitalised, days after 71 people died in an abandoned vehicle.

Chad executes 10 Boko Haram members by firing squad

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 09:31
Chad executed 10 alleged members of Nigeria-based Islamist group, Boko Haram, by firing squad Saturday, a day after they were found guilty of a double suicide killing that left 38 people dead in the capital N'Djamena.

France’s Riner wins record gold at world judo championships

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 08:36
Teddy Riner of France won the gold medal in the over 100kg category at the world judo championship in Astana on Saturday, defeating Ryu Shichinohe of Japan in the final.

Ugandan entrepreneur uses briquettes to tackle gender and development issues

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 08:24
The Ugandan entrepreneur Betty Ikalany uses agricultural waste such as maize and ground husks to make charcoal briquettes in Uganda. She is one of the four laureates of the African Start-up Award at the New York Forum Africa in Libreville, Gabon.

Poland almost certain it has found Nazi gold train

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 08:19
Poland said on Friday it was almost certain it had located a Nazi train believed to have gone missing at the end of World War II loaded with gold, jewels and weapons.

Turkish jets join US-led coalition strikes on Islamic State group

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 08:09
Turkish jets took part in US-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State in Syria for the first time on Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

Green Africa: Solar lamps to empower the poor

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 07:49
The young entrepreneur Evans Madongo, 29, who helps light rural homes in Kenya with solar-powered LED lanterns, received a prize for his innovative project at the New York Forum Africa in Gabon.

Life on Mars: NASA launches year-long isolation experiment

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 05:09
A group of six people shut themselves inside a dome on a dormant volcano in Hawaii on Friday as part of a year-long NASA experiment to simulate life on Mars.