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Obama urges Congress to approve $6bn Ebola war chest

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 23:06
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged lawmakers in Washington to aprove a $6 billion war chest to help the fight against Ebola, warning that the deadly disease could not be beaten without additional funding.

Iran has launched airstrikes in Iraq, Pentagon says

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 21:05
The US Department of Defence said on Tuesday that Iran has launched airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State group in eastern Iraq.

Is the woman detained in Lebanon Baghdadi’s wife?

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 14:37
Shortly after Lebanese security officials on Tuesday said the military had detained "a wife and child" of Islamic State (IS) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, there were conflicting reports about the identities of the detainees.

Israel's Netanyahu sacks key ministers, calls for snap elections

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:54
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called for early elections as he fired two key ministers in his coalition government over a policy dispute.

French legislators vote in favour of recognising Palestinian state

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:09
French lawmakers voted on Tuesday in favour of recognising Palestine as a state, following similar moves in Britain and Spain as European countries try to restart the stalled Middle East peace process.

Kenya announces security shakeup after new deadly attack

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:42
Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants killed 36 non-Muslim workers at a quarry in northeast Kenya on Tuesday, prompting the president to change his top security officials to tackle a relentless wave of violence.

Hong Kong Occupy founders urge activists to retreat from centre

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:28
The founders of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central civil disobedience movement on Tuesday called on pro-democracy activists to retreat from the city centre over fears of violence, just hours after a student leader had called on supporters to regroup.

French TV ‘proves’ Coco Chanel spied for the Nazis

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:03
A French historian on Monday produced “documentary evidence” that celebrity dress designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel worked as a Nazi spy during the Second World War.

Video: Europe is Palestinians ‘only hope for a two-state solution’

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:53
France’s parliament on Tuesday was voting on a controversial bill to recognise Palestinian statehood. FRANCE 24 asked John Whitbeck, a lawyer and former advisor to the Palestinian negotiators, to explain the significance of the legislative move.

France-India Rafale jet fighter deal back on track

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 02:28
The French and Indian defence ministers have agreed to overcome any differences and finalise the sale of 126 fighter jets to India in a deal worth an estimated 12 billion euros, the Indian defence ministry said on Monday.

Lebanon detains IS group leader’s wife and child

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 02:21
Lebanon’s army has detained Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wife and one of his children, Lebanese security officials said on Tuesday.

UN cuts food aid to 1.7 million refugees from Syria

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 00:12
A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday.

FBI warns of 'destructive' malware in wake of Sony attack

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 20:38
The FBI warned US businesses on Monday that hackers have used malicious software to launch a destructive cyber attack in the United States, following a devastating breach last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Obama pledges to tackle police distrust after Ferguson

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 18:41
US President Barack Obama made a forceful pledge on Monday to address the “simmering distrust” between police and minority communities as he requested $263 million for the federal response to the civil rights upheaval triggered in Ferguson, Missouri.

Video: Ramallah welcomes French vote on Palestinian statehood

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 15:39
On the streets of Ramallah in the West Bank, most Palestinians are not aware of the French parliamentary vote on the recognition of Palestine set for Tuesday. But when told about the vote, the move gets a warm welcome.

ICC upholds Congolese warlord Lubanga’s conviction

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 10:39
Appeal judges at the International Criminal Court on Monday upheld the conviction of Congolese war criminal Thomas Lubanga and confirmed his 14-year prison sentence, bringing to a close the permanent war crimes court’s first case.

AIDS: No ready cure, but eradication 'on the horizon'

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 09:41
Scientists and activists have said eradicating AIDS is feasible, even if no cure for the infection has been found yet, as long as HIV prevention continues to grow worldwide.

Video: NGOs squeezed as donors ‘tire’ of fight against HIV

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 05:46
The fight against HIV in South Africa has changed drastically in the past 20 years, but remains a top priority. On World AIDS Day, FRANCE 24 takes a look at how the epidemic is being confronted in one of the planet’s worst affected countries.

Angry French bosses take to the streets of Paris

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 04:32
Angry workers taking to the streets in mass protests are not an uncommon sight in France. But this week, it’s the turn of the bosses to brave the cold December air in indignation at “policies that have suffocated businesses for the last 30 years”.

Sarkozy calls for UMP unity after narrow leadership win

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 01:35
France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy made an impassioned call for an end to the infighting at the heart of his UMP party, a day after he was elected as party chairman and head of France’s main centre-right opposition group.