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Shells land in Russia as eastern Ukrainians flee fighting

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 03:55
Moscow complained of a "dangerous escalation" on Sunday after Russian authorities reported casualties caused by shells fired from Ukraine, where government troops are on the offensive against rebels holed up in the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Rival Libyan militias exchange heavy fire at Tripoli airport

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 01:30
Islamist militias attacked the rival Zintan group that controls Libya's international airport in Tripoli on Sunday, triggering fierce clashes that halted flights. Tensions run high as Libya awaits the results of contentious elections.

Iraqi parliament resumes session on key appointments

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 00:29
Iraq's fractious parliament is due to meet on Sunday under heavy pressure to set differences aside and make progress towards a new government to help counter the offensive by ISIS militants. The UN has warned of "chaos" if no agreement is found.

Germany vs Argentina - history and genius clash in World Cup final

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 23:40
With Brazil out, Sunday’s World Cup final may not be the game the hosts wanted to see, but with two behemoths of world football in Germany and Argentina facing off at the legendary Maracana, it is a match more than worthy of the biggest stage.

Israeli navy attacks Hamas base as tanks line up along Gaza border

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 23:23
Israeli navy commandos clashed with Hamas gunmen during a raid on the coast of the Gaza Strip on Sunday, while the army moved more tanks and troops along the border with the Palestinian territory.

Holland beat hosts Brazil 3-0 to finish third in World Cup

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 16:18
Brazil's already traumatic World Cup ended with more pain on Saturday, as they lost 3-0 to a superior Holland in the third-place play-off at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia.

Afghan presidential candidates agree to full vote audit, Kerry says

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 13:09
US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Saturday that the two candidates in Afghanistan’s disputed presidential run-off have agreed to a full audit of every single ballot cast in the vote.

UN Security Council calls for Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 10:46
The UN Security Council called for a ceasefire in hostilities between Israel and Palestinians on Saturday, expressing its deep concern over the welfare and protection of civilians on both sides of the conflict.

France’s Kadri wins eighth stage at Tour de France

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 10:15
Blel Kadri became the first French rider to win a stage at this year’s Tour de France on Saturday, claiming victory after a breakaway as the race entered the Vosges Mountains.

French court lifts mayor’s ban on Muslim hijab at beach

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:09
A French court on Saturday suspended municipal by-laws banning religious symbols from a public beach in the Paris suburb of Wissous, under which two mothers wearing Muslim headscarves had been refused access.

Hamas and Israel sustain fire despite missed targets

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:09
Israel has been shelling Gaza for a fifth day, vowing no let-up in its air campaign on militants that has left more than 120 Palestinians dead. Two Israelis have been reported seriously injured.

Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 03:41
Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal New York punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died.

Kerry holds all-night talks with Afghan presidential rivals

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 01:14
US Secretary of State John Kerry was to hold a second day of talks with Afghanistan's feuding presidential hopefuls on Saturday, seeking a deal to "clean up the tally" after disputed elections.

Putin revives old Cuban flame and eyes Latin American minerals

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 00:16
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Soviet Union's Cold War ally Cuba on Friday, launching a tour that will see him cozy up to Latin America amid newly frayed relations with the West.

Ukraine promises retaliation after rebel assault

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:25
Ukraine has vowed to make pro-Russian rebels pay after losing 23 servicemen in clashes across its separatist east on Friday, while Russia proposed a UN resolution demanding a ceasefire to Europe's deadliest conflict in decades.

Netanyahu resists international pressure to stop air strikes on Gaza

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:50
Despite international criticism of Israel’s recent air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he would not bow to pressure to end the offensive, pledging instead to carry on.

The third-place playoff: the World Cup game no one wants to play

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:54
Holland and Brazil, beaten semi-finalists, will meet Saturday for a chance to claim third place in the 2014 World Cup - a prize neither side is keen to play for.

Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting drops extradition appeal

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:54
Mehdi Nemmouche, the Frenchman suspected to have carried out the deadly shooting at Brussels’ Jewish Museum in May, has dropped an appeal against his extradition to Belgium, his lawyer said on Friday.

French ‘Civic Service’ eyes massive expansion amid huge demand

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:25
The French government is seeking to expand its “Civic Service” programme for young people that was on Friday described as “a victim of its own success”.

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:19
In the wake of the 9/11 terror attack, questions have been asked about the tactics used in former US president George W. Bush's "War on Terror". Extraordinary rendition saw many suspects flown to other countries where beatings and torture were used to extract information and confessions. Our report features a man whose life has been shattered by this process. He was arrested, tortured, imprisoned for almost a decade... for something he did not do. He reveals his story to France 24.