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France gives go-ahead to pro-Palestinian Paris rally

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:36
French authorities have given the green light for a pro-Palestine demonstration to be held in Paris on Wednesday, despite previous protests descending into violence.

US, European airlines suspend flights to Tel Aviv over Israel-Gaza conflict

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:28
As hostilities between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip showed no signs of abating on Tuesday, many US and European airlines moved to suspend flights to Tel Aviv due to growing concerns over the security situation.

Australian veteran Rogers claims 16th stage of Tour de France

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:31
Australian Michael Rogers won the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday as Frenchman Romain Bardet’s and American Tejay van Garderen’s hopes of a podium finish suffered a major blow with both losing considerable ground.

Video: Lebanon fears fallout from regional turmoil

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:08
Civil war in Syria, an Islamist insurrection in Iraq and now bloody fighting in the Gaza Strip: turmoil is spreading across the Middle East and Lebanon is eyeing its neighbours with increasing apprehension.

French Jews mourn French-Israeli soldier killed in Gaza

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:38
Around 300 people paid their last respects on Monday in the city of Lyon to Jordan Bensemhoun, a staff sergeant in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) who moved to Israel from France six years ago.

A call for harmony in riot-hit ‘Little Jerusalem’ Paris suburb

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 02:42
Religious leaders gathered for an interfaith service in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles a day after Jewish-owned businesses and a synagogue were attacked during Sunday’s banned demonstration against the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Israel identifies ‘missing’ soldier in Gaza

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 01:53
The Israeli army on Tuesday confirmed that a soldier who Hamas militants claimed they had kidnapped is dead and his body remains unaccounted for.

Hollande says French warship delivery will ‘depend on Russia’s attitude’

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:31
French President François Hollande on Monday said the decision on whether to deliver a second Mistral warship to Russia will “depend on Moscow’s attitude” over the Ukraine crisis amid mounting US-UK opposition to the deal.

Ukraine rebels release bodies, black boxes from flight MH17

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:08
After five days of obstruction, the black boxes of the downed Malaysian jet were handed over by Ukrainian rebels, the separatists also allowed a train carrying the remains of 280 people killed in the crash to leave the rebel-held region.

An ‘explosion of violence’: French press reacts to Gaza protests

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:30
The French press has reacted with a mixture of alarm and condemnation over the descent into violence of two pro-Palestinian demonstrations in the country over the weekend.

Over 100,000 displaced in Gaza as death toll escalates

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:58
Diplomatic pressure for a cease-fire mounted as the conflict between Israel and Gaza entered its 14th day, bringing the Palestinian death toll to over 500 and prompting over 100,000 to flee their homes, according to the UN.

France slams ‘anti-Semitic’ violence at pro-Palestinian rally

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:12
France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve promised on Monday to crack down on anti-Semitism after violence marred pro-Palestinian rallies staged in and around Paris protesting Israel's military operation in Gaza.

Notorious ‘VIP’ prison in Paris closed for renovations

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:57
A temporary home to some of the world’s most notorious criminals, from dictator Manuel Noriega to Carlos the Jackal, the Santé prison in Paris has been emptied of its inmates ahead of major renovations.

Russia hits back at accusations Ukrainian separatists shot down Flight MH17

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:52
Russia’s Defence Ministry dismissed accusations on Monday that pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine’s east were at fault for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet last week, alleging instead that Ukrainian warplanes had been flying close to the plane.

French rugby stars attacked with machetes and swords

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 02:01
Three French rugby internationals who all play for Clermont were attacked by a gang with machetes and swords in southern France, police said on Sunday.

Banned Gaza protest in Paris suburb turns violent, again

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:29
A rally in Paris against the Israeli offensive in Gaza descended into chaos on Sunday, as protesters looted shops and riot police lobbed tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds.

UN calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire at emergency session

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 23:49
The UN Security Council, meeting at an emergency late-night session Sunday, called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza following the bloodiest day of the current Israeli offensive on the Palestinian enclave.

Ukraine rebels 'have MH17 black boxes'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 07:57
Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine on Sunday said they had recovered what they believe to be the black boxes from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and would hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Egyptian media applauds Israel’s Gaza offensive

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 07:26
Since the beginning of Israel’s offensive in Gaza, much of the Egyptian media has laid the blame squarely on the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the tiny Palestinian enclave.

Death toll rises in bloodiest day of Gaza offensive

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 07:14
At least 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed Sunday during the bloodiest day yet of the Israeli offensive on Gaza, while Hamas’s armed branch claimed one Israeli soldier had been captured.