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McDonald’s closes Crimea branches

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:20
US fast food giant McDonald's said on Friday it that had closed its restaurants in Crimea, prompting fears of a backlash as a prominent Moscow politician called for all of the US fast food chain's outlets in Russia to be shut.

Far right mayors may insist on pork in school cafeterias

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:42
France’s newly elected far-right mayors will re-instate school cafeteria menus featuring pork in the cities they govern, the National Front party’s leader, Marine Le Pen, announced on Friday.

George W. Bush unveils his paintings of world leaders

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:32
Former President George W. Bush unveiled his portraits of world leaders including Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin, which will be featured in an exhibit opening at his presidential library in Dallas on Saturday.

Schumacher has 'moments of consciousness', agent says

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:23
Michael Schumacher now has "moments of consciousness and awakening", his spokeswoman said Friday, a hopeful sign of progress more than three months after the Formula One legend had a devastating ski accident in France.

Anelka blames French PM’s Jewish wife for Dieudonné ban

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 03:26
French footballer Nicolas Anelka has courted fresh controversy in France, saying Prime Minister Manuel Valls moved to ban shows by the inflammatory comic Dieudonné in January under pressure from his Jewish wife.

Foreign journalists shot in Afghanistan: one dead, one critical

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:04
A man dressed in a police uniform shot two female AP journalists in Afghanistan on Friday, killing one and critically wounding the other, police sources said. The attack comes a day before the country votes in presidential elections.

Search for missing Malaysian airliner goes underwater

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:15
The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 shifted underwater on Friday, with a high-tech US Navy “black box” locator deployed for the first time as the remaining battery life of the plane's cockpit data recorder dwindled.

Algeria's Bouteflika makes rare appearance in talks with Kerry

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:30
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika met with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, discussing better security cooperation in the Maghreb region in one of his longest appearances since suffering a stroke a year ago.

US army names Fort Hood shooter as Ivan Lopez

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 18:44
The soldier suspected of shooting dead three people before killing himself at Fort Hood has been identified as Ivan Lopez, the base commander said Thursday, adding that Lopez may have had an argument with colleagues before the shooting.

Israel scraps Palestinian prisoner release in blow to peace talks

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:10
Israel has cancelled plans to release Palestinian prisoners and has called for US-sponsored peace talks to be reviewed, an official said Thursday.

Sade’s original ‘120 Days of Sodom’ returned to France

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:51
The original scroll on which notorious French writer Marquis de Sade penned “The 120 Days of Sodom”, his racy novel about murder, pedophilia and sexual perversion, has been returned to France after a prolonged legal dispute.

Turkey lifts Twitter ban

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 09:08
Turkey ended its two-week-old ban on Twitter Thursday, a day after the country’s Constitutional Court demanded an end to the blocking of the site, an official in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said.

Chad to withdraw troops from Central African Republic

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:45
Chad is to withdraw its troops from the African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad's foreign ministry announced Thursday.

The scars World War I left on French Canadians

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:44
As part of ongoing events to mark the centennial anniversary of WWI, France’s defence ministry is organizing an international conference on the Great War’s impact on the French-speaking community of Canada.

Yanukovich 'issued criminal order' to fire at protesters

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:02
Deposed president Viktor Yanukovich "issued the criminal order" to fire at protesters in Kiev during a February surge in unrest that claimed nearly 90 lives, said Ukraine's acting interior minister, Arsen Avakov, on Thursday.

Video: Kenyan Muslims issue warning over cleric killings

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:45
The Muslim community in southern Kenya has threatened mass protests if the government does not make progress on the spate of murderers targeting Muslim clerics in the next three days.

Pakistan's Musharraf survives new assassination attempt

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 01:12
Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is currently on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off along a route on which his convoy was due to pass early on Thursday, police said.

Chile rocked by 7.6-magnitude aftershock

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 21:31
The US Geological Survey says a powerful 7.6-magnitude aftershock has rocked Chile’s northern coast, a day after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake in the area killed six people.

Palestinians seek to join international treaties

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:37
The Palestinian Territories made official requests to the United Nations on Wednesday to join 15 international conventions and treaties after Israel failed to release a number of prisoners on Tuesday.

Deadly shooting at Fort Hood army base in Texas

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 18:10
A US soldier killed three people and wounded 16 before turning the gun on himself Tuesday at Fort Hood military base. Fort Hood was also the scene of a November 2009 shooting in which a US major opened fire at the base, killing 13.