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Is Chavism on its way out in Venezuela?

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 07:51
Just three years after the death of iconic Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, his successor Nicolas Maduro is floundering. Not only is the country mired in a crippling economic crisis, Maduro was also hit by an unprecedented electoral setback in December and is now locked in a power-sharing administration with the opposition.

Welfare policy change leaves reknowned French ape expert in homeless shelter

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:55
She is one of the world’s leading primatologists who spent her time in the jungles of Sumatra. But a loophole in the French welfare system means that 85-year-old Francine Neago now finds herself in a homeless shelter in the Paris suburbs.

French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Rivette dies at 87

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:06
Filmmaker Jacques Rivette, one of the leading lights of French New Wave film movement of the 1960s who revelled in cinematic improvisation, died Friday aged 87.

Reality check: Barbie gets a body makeover

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:36
Barbie, long the stereotypical blue-eyed blonde bombshell, has been given a makeover. The iconic doll will now be available in three new body types – tall, petite and curvy.

French economy sees fastest growth in four years

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:12
France’s struggling economy recorded its biggest annual growth for four years in 2015 at 1.1 percent, according to provisional figures released Friday, though the country still lags behind many of its eurozone neighbours.

Bank of Japan stuns markets with negative interest rate

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:58
The Bank of Japan unexpectedly cut a benchmark interest rate below zero on Friday, stunning investors with another bold move to revive the economy as volatile markets and slowing global growth threaten its efforts to beat deflation.

One French, one British journalist arrested in Burundi police raid

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:56
A British and a French journalist were arrested in the Burundian capital Bujumbura while reporting on gunmen opposed to the government in the troubled central African country, police said Friday.

Syria peace talks kick off without key opposition figures

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:56
A UN-led push to chart a way out of Syria's tangled civil war got off to a shaky start Friday, with only representatives of Bashar al-Assad's regime attending the first day of supposed peace talks in Switzerland.

US Republican rivals chide Trump for Iowa debate no-show

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 20:44
US Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz chided front-runner Donald Trump for skipping their televised debate on Thursday, thanking his rivals for “showing up” in Iowa four days before the first nominating contest.

Saudis should ‘take initiative’ to defuse tensions with Iran, Rohani tells FRANCE 24

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:55
In an interview Thursday with FRANCE 24, Le Monde and France Culture, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said restoring diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia was a priority, but that it was up to Riyadh to take the initiative.

Rohani hails ‘new chapter’ in Iran-France relations

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 13:51
Iran and France share a responsibility in the fight against terrorism, French President François Hollande said Thursday, speaking during a landmark visit to Paris by President Hassan Rohani that was dominated by trade and business deals.

‘Pearl of Kashmir’ sees fragile tourist revival

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 12:10
Peace is slowly returning to Srinagar, in Indian-administered Kashmir. For more than twenty years, this city of the Himalayas, nicknamed "the pearl of Kashmir" or "the Asian Switzerland", was plagued by violence and a separatist insurgency supported by neighbouring Pakistan, killing tens of thousands of people and scaring away tourists.

Man arrested at Disneyland Paris with two handguns

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:48
French police arrested a man carrying two handguns at the Disneyland Paris amusement park outside Paris on Thursday, an interior ministry official said.

Zika ‘spreading explosively’, up to four million cases expected: WHO

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:33
The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the Zika virus to affect between three million and four million people, a disease expert said Thursday. WHO will decide Monday if the outbreak should be declared an international health emergency.

Belgium's neighbours fret over reboot of ageing nuclear reactors

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:09
Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg have raised concerns over two ageing Belgian nuclear reactors recently brought back to life after being shut down for more than two years over safety concerns.

France, Iran announce €23 billion Airbus deal

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 06:53
Iran agreed on Thursday to buy 118 Airbus aircraft worth approximately €23 billion ($25 billion), according to a memorandum of understanding signed during a visit to France by Iranian President Hassan Rohani.

Ex-Ivorian leader Gbagbo pleads not guilty to crimes against humanity at ICC

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 04:19
Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo pleaded "not guilty" to four charges of crimes against humanity at the start of his long-awaited trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on Thursday.

Botched training exercise causes bomb scare at Paris airport

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 02:44
A security exercise gone wrong saw tempers flare at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris after fake explosive devices were discovered by FedEx workers in a ripped package, sources said Thursday.

Sweden to expel ‘up to 80,000’ failed asylum seekers

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 01:46
Sweden intends to expel up to 80,000 failed asylum seekers, the interior minister said Wednesday, the latest move by EU states to tighten their borders in the face of the migrant crisis.

Gbagbo trial gets underway at International Criminal Court

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 21:55
Five years after 3,000 people died in post-election unrest in Ivory Coast, former president Laurent Gbagbo goes on trial Thursday charged with crimes against humanity, as supporters and foes hope to finally uncover the truth behind the crisis.