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HRW accuses Sudanese soldiers of mass rape in Darfur

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:28
Human Rights Watch on Wednesday released evidence of the alleged mass rape by Sudanese soldiers of more than 200 women and girls in Darfur in October 2014, an atrocity that the Sudanese government continues to deny.

French baker ordered to close shop one day a week

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 15:04
An award-winning baker from southwestern France has found himself at the heart of a debate over French labour practices after local authorities ordered him to close his bakery at least once a week.

DSK loses cool as he testifies for second day in pimping trial

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:53
Disgraced former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn seemed to lose his cool for the first time in a trial in which he is accused of “aggravated pimping” as the court on Wednesday delved deeper into the details of his lurid “libertine” sex life.

At least 300 migrants feared dead off Italian coast

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:43
More than 300 people probably died this week after attempting to reach Italy from Libya on four separate boats in stormy weather, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday after speaking to a handful of survivors.

Right-wing youth leader outed as ‘illegal’ in France

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 05:40
The leader of the French conservative UMP party’s youth wing has stepped down after a newspaper revealed his residency permit had expired, and that he was therefore an undocumented immigrant in the country.

Russian war planes stoke Western fears amid Ukraine crisis

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:49
NATO officials are concerned about long-range flights by Russian war jets encroaching on European airspace, amid ever increasing East-West tensions over Ukraine.

France to close embassy in Yemen, urges nationals to leave

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:30
France on Wednesday said it will close its embassy in Yemen due to mounting security concerns, urging French nationals to leave the country as soon as possible, the embassy said on Wednesday.

Live: Strauss-Kahn testifies for a second day in French pimping trial

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:43
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday took the stand for a second day to try to convince French judges that he was not at the centre of a global vice ring, in a trial that has exposed lurid details of his sex life.

Foreign fighters flocking to Syria at ‘unprecedented rate’

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:17
Foreign fighters are flocking to Syria at an "unprecedented" rate, with more than 20,000 volunteers from around the world joining the Islamic State or other extremist groups, US intelligence officials said Tuesday.

‘Last-ditch’ Ukraine peace talks last through the night

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:37
After 10 hours of negotiations in Minsk the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France will sign a document on solving the Ukraine conflict, a diplomatic source told Reuters on Thursday.

US comedian Jon Stewart to leave ‘The Daily Show’

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:02
Comedian Jon Stewart, famed for his biting television satire of politicians and media, will leave his job as host of Comedy Central’s parody newscast “The Daily Show” later this year, he told his studio audience at the end of Tuesday night’s episode.

Poverty and injustice feeding terrorism, French minister says

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:37
France’s justice minister stressed the importance on Tuesday of targeting poverty and injustice as major factors in the spread of terrorism, calling on countries worldwide to focus on education and health in order to combat “this terrible violence”.

Video: Ukrainian soldiers dig in to defend strategic rail hub

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:32
Fighting intensified in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday as rebels pushed on with an assault to cut off an army-held rail junction in Debaltseve. Watch FRANCE 24’s video report from a Ukrainian military position near this strategic rail hub.

French baby-swap families win €1.9m in damages

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:56
A French court ordered on Tuesday a maternity clinic to pay 1.88 million euros ($2.13 million) in compensation to two families whose babies were switched at birth more than 20 years ago.

Russia to help build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:22
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced on Tuesday that Russia has agreed to help build the country’s first ever nuclear power plant, which will be located in the northwestern town of Dabaa.

Obama confirms death of US hostage Kayla Mueller

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:56
US President Barack Obama confirmed on Tuesday that Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State group, was dead, adding that those responsible would be found and brought to justice.

‘Libertine’ Strauss-Kahn admits orgies, denies prostitutes

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:49
Disgraced former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn told a French court Tuesday he was unaware that any of the women participating in orgies he attended were paid, contrary to the assertion of one prostitute who insisted “it was obvious to anyone”.

French electrician goes on trial over 'stolen' Picasso works

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:34
A former electrician and his wife who kept 271 works of art by Picasso in their garage for close to 40 years went on trial in France on Tuesday accused of possessing stolen goods.

Video: The deadly Mediterranean migrant routes

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:39
The Mediterranean is one of the deadliest migrant routes in recent history, with the UN calling it a "humanitarian crisis". In 2014, at least 348,000 people made the perilous journey with the hopes of a better life in Europe.

Topless protesters target Strauss-Kahn at pimping trial

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:21
Three topless women from the feminist protest group Femen jumped on the car of Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the former IMF chief arrived to testify on Tuesday at a trial in which he is accused of being at the core of a prostitution ring.