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Teddy Riner, France’s unstoppable judo champion

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 06:25
French judo heavyweight Teddy Riner claimed his sixth consecutive world championship this weekend in Russia, confirming his current dominance in the over 100kg division. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at the man who has become a legend, aged just 25.

Ukrainian forces retreat from Luhansk airport after clashes

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 04:19
Ukrainian forces have been ordered to retreat from the main airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk after clashes with a Russian tank battalion, Ukrainian military sources said on Monday.

Anti-government protesters storm Pakistan's state TV

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 01:04
Hundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan's government briefly seized the state broadcaster on Monday, intensifying the political crisis gripping the nuclear-armed nation.

PSG trounce Saint-Etienne 5-0 with Ibrahimovic hat trick

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 00:27
Paris Saint-Germain moved into second place in the French league on Sunday by drubbing Saint-Etienne 5-0 at home.

Rescue efforts under way after French apartment block blast

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 23:21
Rescue workers searched overnight for two people still missing after an explosion ripped through an apartment building in a Paris suburb, killing at least six people and reducing half of a residential building to rubble.

Iraqi forces free Armeli in biggest victory over IS militants since June

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 23:09
Iraqi forces aided by US air strikes have broken through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli, where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies.

Tension rises in Hong Kong as Beijing rejects open elections

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 11:19
Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong's financial hub to a standstill after China's parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony's next leader in 2017.

Israel appropriates large tracts of West Bank land

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:48
Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war.

French police stop 'teenage jihadist and recruiter'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 08:54
French police stopped a 16-year-old girl from boarding a flight to Turkey at Nice airport on Saturday on suspicion that she was on her way to join an Islamist militia in Syria, the Interior ministry said.

Putin calls for 'statehood' talks on eastern Ukraine

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 08:30
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday sharply raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by mentioning statehood for the country's restive east, as fighting involved navy ships on the Azov Sea for the first time.

French PM vows to safeguard 35-hour work week at Socialist rally

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 08:09
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged on Sunday that he would not dismantle the 35-hour working week in a bid to reassure the party’s core voters, amid concerns about the government’s direction and open party infighting.

Kidnapped Yazidi women 'sold to Islamists' in Syria

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 06:38
Dozens of Yazidi women who were kidnapped in Iraq by militants from the Islamic State group have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and then sold to the jihadists as "wives", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday.

EU mulls Russia sanctions as Kiev warns of 'full-scale war'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 02:50
The European Union threatened Russia with new trade sanctions if Moscow fails to start reversing its action in Ukraine, but sharp divisions among leaders at a summit in Brussels left the timing of any measures uncertain.

Algerian diplomats held by Islamists are freed in Mali

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 01:29
Two Algerian diplomats who were kidnapped in Mali in April 2012 by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) were freed on Saturday, the Algerian foreign ministry announced.

Filipino UN troops escape Islamists in Golan Heights

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 00:32
All the Filipino UN peacekeepers trapped by Islamist militants in the Golan Heights are now safe after they slipped away under cover of darkness and made it to a nearby UN encampment, military sources in the Philippines said Sunday.

US aid drops begin in besieged Iraqi town of Amerli

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 23:40
The US military on Saturday began air drops of humanitarian aid at Baghdad's request on the Iraqi town of Amerli, where thousands of ethnic Turkmen Shiites have been cut off from food, water and medical supplies by Islamist fighters.

Opposition protesters clash with Pakistani police outside PM's house

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:47
Scores of people were injured in clashes between police and opposition protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad Saturday, officials said, with the toll expected to rise as fighting continues.

Dozens of UN peacekeepers still held by Syrian jihadists

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:21
Some of the Filipino blue helmets surrounded by militants linked to al-Qaeda on the Syrian side of the border with Israel in the Golan Heights were evacuated amid gun battles on Saturday, but others remain trapped.

EU leaders choose Tusk and Mogherini for top jobs, discuss Russia sanctions

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 12:23
Polish Prime Minister Donald tusk became president of the European Union's Council and Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini was appointed as diplomacy chief at a summit in Brussels on Saturday.

Egypt sentences Brotherhood leader Badie to life

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:16
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison after religious authorities rejected the death penalty, in one of many trials of Islamists since their removal from power.