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French MSF volunteer contracts Ebola in Liberia

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 13:13
A French volunteer working for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in Liberia has contracted the Ebola virus, the medical charity said in a statement on Wednesday.

No matter the outcome, ‘Scotland will never be the same again’

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:51
Just a day before Scotland votes on the most important decision to face the country in centuries, people in the capital Edinburgh, like the rest of the UK, await the outcome of the referendum with a tangible mix of hope, fear, and apprehension.

Baby euthanasia case spurs debate in France

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:34
Parents of an extremely premature baby, currently in hospital in the city of Poitiers, have asked doctors to take their child off life support, or “passive euthanasia”. The doctors, however, say they need more time to evaluate the baby’s condition.

'No fear', say Ajax ahead of PSG Champions League clash

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:40
Ajax coach Frank de Boer has warned his players not to focus only on Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the Swedish international marks his return to Amsterdam to play against the club where he first made his mark.

France switches to Arabic ‘Daesh’ acronym for Islamic State

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:56
The French government has come up with an answer to a point of persistent journalistic confusion – how exactly does one refer to the Islamic State organisation brutally carving out a self-declared "caliphate" in Syria and northern Iraq?

France arrests six suspected of recruiting female jihadists

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:13
Six people have been arrested near Lyon on suspicions of recruiting young women to join the Islamist militant groups fighting in Syria, France’s top security official said Wednesday.

Scotland's 'No' camp in slight lead on eve of referendum

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:41
Opinion polls on the eve of a Scottish referendum on declaring independence from the United Kingdom suggest voters will reject independence by a narrow margin but the final outcome is still too close to call.

Ebola epidemic 'spiraling out of control', Obama warns

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:20
President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to combat the Ebola crisis in West Africa on Tuesday, warning that the epidemic was "spiraling out of control" and could have "profound political, economic and security implications" for us all.

Scottish independence vote spurs Texan secessionists

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 21:37
Thursday’s vote to decide whether Scotland should be independent of the United Kingdom has bolstered Texans campaigning to split the state from the United States.

UN brokers agreement to start Gaza rebuilding

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:45
The United Nations has brokered an agreement to enable the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority while involving the private sector, the U.N.’s top Mideast envoy said Tuesday.

The unspoken US-Iranian alliance against IS militants

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:22
While Iran was snubbed by the Americans and denied an invitation to join the broad international coalition against the group labeling itself the Islamic State, it’s a different story on the ground in Iraq.

'Mortar fired from Gaza into Israel'

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:41
Israel said a mortar bomb was fired at it from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the first such attack since a seven-week war in the enclave ended on August 26, but Hamas said Palestinians remained committed to the truce.

France's Socialist government wins confidence vote

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:10
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Tuesday won a parliamentary confidence vote on the Socialist government’s economic policies in the wake of the cabinet reshuffle, giving him a platform to push through the tough reforms that have divided the left.

Key al Qaeda units urge jihad against US-led battle on IS

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:33
Two key branches of al Qaeda in Yemen and North Africa called Tuesday for jihadists in Iraq and Syria to unite against the common threat from a US-led coalition.

France debates tough new anti-terror bill: what do the experts think?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:19
France's parliament on Monday began to debate a new anti-terrorism bill that aims to stop would-be jihadists from travelling to foreign battlefields. FRANCE 24 spoke with two security experts who said a new law was “absolutely necessary”.

Obama to send 3,000 military staff to battle Ebola in Africa

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:03
The United States is preparing to send 3,000 US military personnel to provide medical and logistical support to the overwhelmed local healthcare systems struggling to contain an Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Embattled French government faces key 'confidence vote'

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 23:45
France’s embattled Socialist government faces a crucial parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday as the country battles political and economic crises and with President François Hollande's popularity at a record low.

First US airstrikes in expanded Iraq fight against IS

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:12
US officials said Monday that US forces had taken a first step in expanding their fight against the Islamic State militant group by ordering airstrikes to protect Iraqi security forces coming under attack by enemy fighters near Baghdad.

Jean Paul Gaultier to stop making prêt-à-porter

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:30
The house of Jean Paul Gaultier has announced that it is stopping women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections.

IS must be fought by ‘any means necessary’, say leaders in Paris

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:10
The world’s top diplomats pledged Monday during a Paris meeting to support Iraq in its fight against the group labeling itself the Islamic State by “any means necessary”, including “appropriate military assistance”.