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Egypt dissolves political wing of Muslim Brotherhood

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 05:36
An Egyptian court on Saturday dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, dealing a crippling blow in the campaign to crush Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement.

Israel, Hamas ramp up strikes, defying international peace efforts

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 03:11
Israel launched more than 20 aerial attacks in Gaza on Saturday, killing five Palestinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel as the conflict entered a second month, defying international efforts to negotiate an extended truce.

US drops more aid to Iraqis fleeing ISIS surge

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:37
The US airdropped Saturday more aid to thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians threatened by the advance of the militant Islamist group ISIS, who now call themselves Islamic State, in an effort to stem a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Canadian hospital isolates patient with Ebola-like symptoms

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 01:05
A patient back from Nigeria who showed symptoms of fever and flu -- possible signs of Ebola -- was put in isolation in a Toronto-area hospital, Canadian health officials said late Friday.

US warns Russia that aid-delivery to Ukraine would be viewed as invasion

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 18:42
Any bid by Russia to deliver humanitarian aid into Ukraine would be viewed as an invasion, the United States said on Friday, warning that Moscow voiced similar concerns for civilians before its brief 2008 war with Georgia.

Swedish politician claims to be former French president's lovechild

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 17:05
A young Swedish politician who is standing in next month's election is claiming to be the illegitimate son of France's longest serving president Francois Mitterrand.

Nigeria declares state of emergency over Ebola

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:29
Nigeria's president on Friday declared a national state of emergency over the deadly Ebola virus which has killed around 1,000 people, mostly in West Africa.

In pictures: 10 key figures to look out for in Ligue 1 this season

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:35
With a new season for France’s top flight Ligue 1 getting underway Friday, August 8, FRANCE 24 takes a look at 10 of the key figures likely to make their mark on this year’s championship.

Didier Drogba retires from international football

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:31
Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba announced his retirement from international football Friday after 12 years of playing for his country, scoring 61 goals in 108 appearances.

US warplanes strike ISIS fighters in Iraq

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:05
The US has begun air strikes on Islamic militants in Iraq, the Pentagon said Friday, a day after President Barack Obama authorised an aerial bombing campaign on jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS or ISIL).

Former Lebanese PM Hariri in surprise return from exile

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 02:12
Lebanese former prime minister Saad Hariri arrived in the Lebanese capital of Beirut Friday after a three-year self-imposed exile. His surprise move followed growing calls for his return as Lebanon's Sunnis confront a leadership gap.

Video: Russia food ban a ‘nightmare’ for French farmers

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 00:56
French food trader Jean Selverro will lose €200 million a month because of Russia’s import bans on food from the European Union, announced this week. Normally, 90 percent of his apples and pears are exported to Russia.

Obama authorises air strikes on ISIS to prevent 'genocide'

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:55
US President Barack Obama on Thursday authorised air strikes on jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS or ISIL) to prevent a “genocide” on Iraqi minorities. Air drops of humanitarian aid have already begun in northern Iraq.

Air strikes, rocket fire resume as Gaza ceasefire ends

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:22
The Israeli military said Friday it had resumed strikes on targets “across Gaza” in response to Hamas rocket fire from the enclave soon after a three-day truce came to an end at 5am (GMT).

UN condemns recent attacks on Iraqi minorities, calls for international action

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:25
Following an emergency meeting held at France’s request, the United Nations Security Council called for urgent international action to support the Iraqi government in fighting Islamic State fighters and delivering aid to displaced civilians.

Hamas threatens to renew fighting if truce talks fail

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:13
A spokesman for Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, warned Thursday of renewed fighting with Israel if talks in Cairo to extend a 72-truce in Gaza collapsed.

France pledges ‘support’ for forces fighting ISIS in Iraq

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:43
France on Thursday pledged “support” for forces battling Islamic militants in Iraq amid growing Western concern over continuing advances by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS or ISIL).

French women held in Georgia for paracetamol possession

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:15
Two French women have been held in Georgia after they were found with Dafalgan (the French brand name for paracetamol) containing codeine, a painkiller readily available in French pharmacies on prescription.

Mali’s mercurial jihadist leader targets France in rare video

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:52
Flanked by the requisite Kalashnikov and black Salafist flag, reclusive Malian diplomat-turned jihadist leader Iyad Ag Ghali targets France and French interests in the region in a rare video statement this week.

Fears that tiger mosquito could spread dengue in France

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:15
Doctors on the French Riviera have treated 17 people for dengue fever and chikungunya this year, amid fears that a decade-long invasion of Asian tiger mosquitoes in the region could spread the tropical diseases.