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Ukraine's Poroshenko 'open to talks' with pro-Russia rebels

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 21:42
Ukraine’s new president, Petro Poroshenko, signalled on Wednesday he would be ready to hold talks with opponents in eastern Ukraine if pro-Russian separatists agreed to lay down their weapons.

Assad’s sister-in-law among Syrian regime’s fiercest critics

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:02
Majd Jadaan's family has a history of opposing the Assads, Syria's ruling clan. But her life changed when her sister married one of them. She tells FRANCE 24 about her relationship with the Assad family and of her hopes for a Syria without them.

Three former prime ministers to run Sarkozy’s troubled UMP party

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:58
France’s beleaguered opposition party, the right-wing UMP, on Tuesday formally voted to install a trio of former prime ministers to run the party as it struggles to disentangle itself from a string of scandals.

Iraqi city of Tikrit falls to Islamist militants

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 09:01
Islamist insurgents have taken control of the central city of Tikrit, police said on Wednesday, a day after seizing Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul. Half a million Mosul residents have reportedly fled the recent violence.

Analysis: Fallujah, Mosul, Tikrit down - Iraq's perfect storm of crises

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 05:39
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are fleeing following the fall of Mosul and Tikrit to a jihadist group. FRANCE 24's Leela Jacinto examines a crisis that has been brewing across the Iraqi-Syria border and its impact.

Hollande's surprise choice for economic adviser post

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 04:23
Among six new advisers joining French President François Hollande at the Elysée this week is a surprise pick: Laurence Boone, who has been a loud critic of the socialist government while serving as Bank of America's chief economist in Europe.

Half a million flee after Iraqi city of Mosul falls into militant hands

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 03:01
Some half a million people have fled their homes in Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul fearing increased violence after it was seized by Islamic militants this week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday.

Rousseff: Brazil ready for World Cup

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 01:24
Brazil is ready for the World Cup, the country’s President Dilma Rousseff declared Tuesday, just two days before the tournament begins. She went on to rebuke “pessimists” who have criticised the country’s role as host of the event.

Warring S. Sudan leaders agree deadline for new govt

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 00:08
At peace talks on Tuesday, South Sudan’s president (pictured right) and rebel chief (pictured left) agreed a 60-day deadline to form a new transitional government, in a bid to end the country’s bloody civil war.

Obama blasts US gun laws amid spate of shootings

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 18:45
US President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration on Tuesday at the inability by Washington to enact even modest gun control measures, in the aftermath of a rash of shootings across the United States.

France’s electric-company chief faces corruption probe

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 12:59
Paris prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into the chief executive of Electricité de France (EDF), Henri Proglio, for allegedly funnelling some of the public company’s money to his wife, comedian Rachida Khalil.

French National Front drops Jean-Marie Le Pen video blog

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:30
France’s far-right National Front (FN) will no longer publish the weekly video blog of its founder Jean Marie Le Pen, after the outspoken 85-year-old used the platform to make allegedly anti-Semitic remarks.

Nigerian women kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 09:36
Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped at least 20 women from nomadic settlements in the Islamists’ stronghold of Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, residents and Nigerian media said on Tuesday.

Travel chaos as France hit by dual rail and taxi strike

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 09:27
France was hit by a double whammy of transport woes Wednesday, as state rail company SNCF held a major strike on the same day that taxis caused massive disruption in protest over competition from web-based minicab services.

Likud party's Rivlin to replace Peres as Israeli president

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 08:06
The Israeli parliament elected Reuven Rivlin (pictured), a member of the far-right ruling Likud party, to serve as the nation's 10th president when incumbent Shimon Peres steps down in July, the Knesset announced on Tuesday.