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Islamic State group making ‘substantial gains’ despite airstrikes

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:56
The Islamic State (IS) group “has made substantial gains in Iraq” despite US-led airstrikes against the Islamic militants, Washington's envoy to the international coalition fighting the jihadist organisation warned Wednesday.

Nazi row rattles Belgium's new 'kamikaze coalition'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:37
A few years ago, Belgium famously went 589 days without a government. Its new ruling coalition, which includes Flemish separatists and alleged far-right sympathizers, looks unlikely to last that long.

France heads for EU showdown over budget

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:07
France and the EU were set for a pivotal showdown Wednesday that could see Paris face a humiliating rejection of its budget proposals over its failure to tackle the country’s sky-high debt.

Serbia FA blames Albanians for stadium brawl

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:50
The Serbian FA (FSS) blamed their Albanian rivals for incidents which forced Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifier to be abandoned but will press for several dozen home fans who invaded the pitch to be charged, the governing body said.

Video: A cemetery for Kobane’s Kurdish 'martyrs'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:43
At a cemetery on the Turkish side of the Syria-Turkey border, a group of mourners chant, “martyrs never die,” as the bodies of fallen Kurdish fighters are lowered into their graves. Watch FRANCE 24’s report.

Serbia-Albania football match abandoned after stadium brawl

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 05:22
The politically-sensitive Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned on Tuesday following a brawl between players from both sides after a flag stunt.

Second US healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:18
Texas health officials said Wednesday that a second healthcare worker has tested positive for Ebola at the Dallas hospital that treated the first patient in the United States to be diagnosed with the disease.

Police beating caught on video sparks Hong Kong outrage

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 02:17
Hong Kong authorities said on Wednesday police involved in the beating of a pro-democracy protester would be removed from their positions after footage of the overnight incident went viral, sparking outrage from some lawmakers and the public.

Mexico says missing students not among bodies found in mass grave

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 01:29
Mexican officials said Tuesday that DNA from 43 students who went missing more than two weeks ago didn’t match samples taken at a mass grave uncovered in the wake of their disappearance, deepening the intrigue surrounding the southern city of Iguala.

North and South Korea hold talks amid border tensions

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 23:50
High-ranking military officials from North and South Korea met secretly on Wednesday to discuss recent border altercations that involved gunfire, a South Korean opposition lawmaker and news reports said.

Palestinian state hinges on US approval, Noam Chomsky tells UN

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 23:36
Leading American philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky commended the British parliamentary vote to recognise the Palestinian Territories as a state on Wednesday but stressed that the US held the keys to a Palestinian state.

France to recognise Palestinian state 'when time is right'

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:39
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday that any recognition of Palestine as a state must be "helpful to peace" as part of a two-state solution, and not just symbolic.

Is Turkey really committed to peace with the Kurds?

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:34
Incensed by Turkey’s refusal to help Kurdish fighters in Kobani, the leader of the PKK party has threatened to suspend peace talks with the government on October 15. Turkey is officially sticking with the talks – yet it bombed PKK positions Monday.

Iraqi MP among dead in Baghdad car bomb attack

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:30
An Iraqi MP and prominent militia leader was one of at least 21 people killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing immediately claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Macholand: France's online revolt against sexism

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:59
A French website launched on Tuesday enables visitors to lobby politicians or companies responsible for sexist adverts or statements in just a few clicks – and with a touch of humour.

US citizen shot dead in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:36
A U.S. national was shot dead and another wounded in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Tuesday, police said, in what appeared to be the first killing of a Westerner in years in a gun attack in the kingdom.

Map: Areas under IS group control in Iraq and Syria

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 04:01
In the past few months, the jihadists of the Islamic State group (IS) have seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. Click on the map below to find out which areas are under IS control.

Protests mark kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls six months ago

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:47
Protesters calling for the release of 219 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants were set Tuesday to mark the six-month anniversary of their abduction with a march on the presidency.

Vatican calls for Catholic Church to welcome gays

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 23:55
In a dramatic shift in tone, Catholic bishops released a document Monday saying that homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognise positive aspects of same-sex couples.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un makes first public appearance in weeks

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 19:24
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, using a cane for support, visited a housing development, state media reported on Tuesday, ending a lengthy absence from public view that had fuelled speculation over his health.