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French far right’s Le Pen seeks presidency of Calais region

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:57
French far right leader Marine Le Pen announced Tuesday she will stand for president of the large Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region of northern France in December’s regional elections.

Video: West Africa’s Lebanese diaspora - Part 1: Politicians

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:35
FRANCE 24 has collaborated with Samar Media to recount the stories of two West African politicians who come from the region's established Lebanese community: Senegal's Minister of Maritime Affairs, Haidar El Ali, and the Ivory Coast's Mohamed Lakiss.

France opens terror probe against gas plant attacker

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:12
A man arrested last week on suspicion of beheading his boss and trying to blow up an industrial gas plant near the southeastern city of Lyon will be investigated on terrorism charges, France’s chief public prosecutor said on Tuesday

Death toll rises from military plane crash in northern Indonesia

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:42
The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force transport plane topped 140 on Wednesday, police sources said. Among the victims were also those on the ground in the neighborhood where the aircraft went down.

WikiLeaks says NSA spied on top French companies

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 00:14
The US wiretapped two of France's economy ministers and spied on the country's largest companies, French media reported citing WikiLeaks documents, just days after it emerged the US had spied on three of the country's leaders.

Hosts Chile edge Peru 2-1 to reach Copa America final

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:39
Striker Eduardo Vargas scored twice to lead Chile to a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semifinals of the Copa America on Monday, keeping alive the host's hopes of winning the South American tournament for the first time.

Car bomb hits Sanaa mourners as Houthis launch Scud at Saudi Arabia

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:25
A car bomb claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group exploded overnight in the Yemeni capital Sanaa causing dozens of casualties, medics said Tuesday, as Houthi rebels claimed they fired a Scud missile into neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

Gunfire and blasts as Burundi votes in boycott-hit poll

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:30
Burundians voted for a new parliament on Monday after a night of sporadic blasts and gunshots and weeks of violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s attempt to win a third term in office.

US officials probe spate of fires at black churches in south

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:14
US Federal authorities say they are investigating recent fires at predominantly black churches, though the blazes do not appear to be related.

Ex-French interior minister Charles Pasqua dies aged 88

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:03
Former French interior minister Charles Pasqua, a hardline politician who was a close ally of former president Jacques Chirac, died on Monday aged 88, political sources said.

Tsipras urges ‘No’ vote on bailout referendum to ‘better arm’ Greece

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 15:04
Greece’s left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks Monday to reject the terms of an international aid deal in a July 5 referendum in order to give the country a stronger hand in negotiations with its international creditors.

A look at the semifinalists in the Women’s World Cup

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:50
With the semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada fast approaching, FRANCE 24 takes a look at the four teams competing for a shot at the trophy.

Iraqi Prime Minister 'retires' army chief of staff

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:04
Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi has "retired" the army's chief of staff, the most senior officer removed since jihadists overran large parts of the country last year, his spokesman said Monday.

Israel to build fence on border with Jordan

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:53
Israel’s security cabinet has approved extending a security barrier to part of its eastern border with Jordan in a bid to keep out militants and illegal migrants, the prime minister's office said Monday.

France’s Melissa Mayeux wants to make more baseball history

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 10:55
Meet Melissa Mayeux, the 16-year-old French baseball player hoping to smash the gender barrier in America's Major League Baseball.

Uber France bosses taken into custody

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 10:18
Two of the bosses of Uber in France have been taken into custody over an investigation into alleged "illicit activity" linked to the company’s low-budget UberPOP app, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

Turkish govt seeks Syria military action, army ‘reluctant’

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:37
Turkey’s government wants more active military action to support the Free Syrian Army (FSA) against regime, Kurdish and jihadist forces in Syrian territory, but the military is reluctant to do so, official sources told the Hürriyet Daily News.

French pensioner gored to death in bull run

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:22
A man in his 60s has been gored to death during a bull run in southern France, authorities said on Monday.

11 killed in police raid on Boko Haram in Chad capital

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:19
Eleven people died early Monday when Chadian police launched a raid against suspected Boko Haram jihadist militants in a district of the capital N'Djamena, police said.

Egypt public prosecutor dies after Cairo bomb attack

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:52
Egypt’s public prosecutor died from wounds sustained in a bomb attack on Monday that had targeted his convoy in Cairo, state news agency MENA said.