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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.

Economics Nobel laureate tells France to 'downsize the state'

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:34
Speaking on FRANCE 24, French economist Jean Tirole advocated Scandinavian-style labour market policies and government reform as a way of preserving France’s social model.

US must ‘rethink’ Ebola infection control

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:59
The case of a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a dying Liberian patient shows that the US needs to rethink how it addresses infection control as an outbreak of the virus spreads beyond West Africa, a top health official said Monday.

Nobel Prize rounds off dazzling year for French economists

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:41
Jean Tirole’s Nobel Prize for economics caps a bumper harvest for French economists, whose growing recognition around the world is in stark contrast with the French economy’s ailing health.

Economics Nobel ‘thumbs nose at French bashing’, says PM

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:41
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday hailed the country’s two Nobel wins this year and, in a dig at certain Anglophone businessmen, politicians, and right-wing media, added that it was a slap in the face to all those who criticise France.

Ukraine's faltering truce leaves civilians caught in crossfire

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:28
In eastern Ukraine, a ceasefire officially came into force six weeks ago. But it continues to be punctured by artillery fire that is killing civilians and destroying their homes. Ukraine blames pro-Russian separatists and the separatists blame Ukraine. But human rights organisations have concluded that both sides are responsible for the attacks. Our correspondent reports from Donetsk.

Community service bid for Pistorius sparks outcry

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:28
A South African prison official on Monday recommended that star Paralympian Oscar Pistorius clean a Pretoria museum for 16 hours a month as punishment for shooting dead his lover Reeva Steenkamp.

France’s Jean Tirole wins 2014 Nobel Prize for Economics

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:20
French economist Jean Tirole won the 2014 economics Nobel Prize for his analysis of market power and regulation, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said on Monday.

Video: Kobane strains Turkey’s fragile Kurdish peace process

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 03:51
The CCTV footage captured the morning after a night of rioting in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir shows a police SWAT team forcing its way into a Kurdish public building last week.

Pistorius returns to court for sentencing

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 02:50
South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius returned to court on Monday for a sentencing hearing after he was found guilty last month of culpable homicide in the Valentine’s Day shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.