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Outrage over Muslim gender ban in French grocery store

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:48
A Muslim-owned grocery store in the southeastern French city of Bordeaux has prompted outrage after putting up a sign imposing male and female-only days for customers.

Rwandan spy chief arrested in Britain

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 00:17
Rwanda said it was an “outrage” for Britain to arrest its intelligence chief at the request of Spain, which wants him on war crimes charges, and suggested Western states were swayed by those behind the 1994 genocide.

New Zealand grounds all flights over radar glitch

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 00:03
All commercial and civilian aircraft in New Zealand were temporarily grounded on Tuesday when a fault crippled the nation's air traffic control system, an official said.

US air strike kills IS militant linked to Benghazi attacks

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 23:31
A US air strike on Mosul, Iraq, killed an Islamic State fighter linked to the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the lives of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, the Pentagon said on Monday.

France vows to strengthen cooperation with UN mission in Mali

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 18:47
France vowed on Monday to strengthen cooperation with the UN mission in Mali as it seeks to implement an ambitious peace deal aimed at stabilising the volatile north.

South Carolina governor calls for Confederate flag's removal

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 15:36
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday called on lawmakers to take down the Confederate battle flag in the state capital, a week after a white gunman shot dead nine black worshipers at a historic church.

France mulls age limit on electoral candidates over 70

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 14:39
The French government is considering banning politicians over 70 from standing for office in a bid to inject new blood into the country’s political class – proposals that unsurprisingly have not gone down well with some of France’s older officials.

Europe-wide police unit to target IS group propaganda

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 12:54
A new European police unit is set to take on the vast online network used by the Islamic State (IS) group to spread propaganda and recruit new jihadists to its cause, the EU’s law enforcement agency Europol said Monday.

Syrian army reopens key oil route west of Palmyra

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 12:43
The Syrian army has reopened a key oil supply route near Islamic State (IS)-controlled Palmyra, as the jihadist group has mined the city's ancient UNESCO-listed ruins.

Ethiopia’s governing party sweeps parliament in final vote count

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 09:17
Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies celebrated a clean sweep victory in parliament Monday with the announcement of last month's election results.

Germany frees Al-Jazeera reporter detained in Berlin

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 08:33
German authorities on Monday released Al-Jazeera correspondent Ahmed Mansour, who was arrested in Berlin over the weekend based on an Egyptian arrest warrant.

EU extends Russia sanctions over Ukraine crisis

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 08:06
The European Union on Monday extended economic sanctions on Russia by another six months to keep up the pressure on Moscow over the conflict in east Ukraine, prompting a warning from Russia of a retaliatory ban on EU agricultural imports.

EU sees 'opportunity' for a debt deal with Greece after emergency talks

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 07:11
Eurozone finance ministers were cautiously optimistic on Monday that a deal on Greece's bailout was finally within reach this week, amid fears the country might otherwise default on its debts and fall out of the euro.

French official resigns amid outcry over 2010 domestic abuse conviction

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 06:43
A French official stepped down on Sunday from the ruling Socialists' administrative body – just a day after he was appointed to the post – amid calls for his resignation over his 2010 conviction on domestic violence charges.

'Credible' reports of Gaza war crimes on both sides, UN says

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 06:06
Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said Monday, decrying the "unprecedented" devastation and human suffering.

French pupils rebel over ‘impossible’ English exam question

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 05:33
More than 10,000 French pupils have signed a petition calling for the education minister to cancel an "impossible" question in this year's baccalaureate English exam.

Apple does U-turn on paying royalties after criticism from Taylor Swift

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 03:30
Apple Inc reversed its policy and said it would now pay artists during free trials of its new Apple Music streaming service, after pop star Taylor Swift said she would hold back her latest hit album “1989” from the service.

Taliban launches deadly attack on Afghan parliament

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 01:12
A woman and a 10-year-old girl were killed when a Taliban suicide car bomber and several gunmen stormed the entrance to the Afghan parliament as lawmakers were meeting on Monday. All seven gunmen were killed and no MPs were harmed in the attack.

Strauss-Kahn makes bizarre ‘Jack is Back’ Twitter debut

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 01:03
Disgraced former IMF boss and one-time French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn made a bizarre public debut Sunday on Twitter, the go-to social network for politicians, pop stars and journalists.

Deadly heat wave hits Pakistan’s Karachi

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 00:28
An intense heat wave killed more than 120 people over the weekend in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi, officials said on Monday, as the electricity grid crashed during the first days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.