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Jordanian air strike 'kills female US hostage', IS group says

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:01
A statement allegedly from Islamic State group militants says that an American female hostage was killed in Jordanian air strikes outside the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the group’s main stronghold.

Yemen's Houthi rebels dissolve parliament

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:50
The Houthi rebels who seized control of the Yemeni capital Sanaa last month said in a televised announcement Friday that they were dissolving parliament and forming an interim presidential council to rule for a two-year term.

Egypt in talks to buy France’s Rafale fighter jet

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:25
French hopes of finding a foreign buyer for the flagship Rafale fighter jet bounced back on Thursday as France’s leading business daily said Paris was in advanced talks with Cairo over a €6 billion deal.

In pictures: Semi-final chaos casts pall over Africa Cup

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 05:19
Equatorial Guinea was revelling in widespread praise for having organized Africa’s flagship football tournament with just two months’ notice, until rioting at Thursday’s semi-final between the hosts and Ghana ruined the party.

TransAsia flight’s engines failed before crash in Taiwan

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 04:49
Both engines on the TransAsia flight that crashed into a river in Taiwan’s capital Taipei earlier this week, killing 35 people, failed shortly after takeoff, investigators said on Friday.

Obama and Dalai Lama attend prayer breakfast separately

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:05
US President Barack Obama warmly acknowledged the Dalai Lama but did not meet directly with him at a religious event in Washington on Thursday closely watched by China.

Hollande and Merkel in Russia to push Ukraine peace plan

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:45
French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday are presenting a new plan for ending the Ukraine conflict to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, a day after Kiev gave its tentative support for the proposal.

Violence halts Africa Cup semi-final

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:42
The Africa Cup of Nations semi-final resumed after a break of over 30 minutes on Thursday as most of the crowd were forced from the stands amid violent scenes after missiles rained down from angry Equatorial Guinea fans.

How do you say ‘austerity’ in German? You don’t

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 15:36
Across Europe, the word “austerity” immediately brings to mind its chief proponent, Berlin. But the term is almost unknown to Germans.

‘Colonial wounds’ to blame for Paris attacks, artist says

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 15:03
Should there be a limit to artistic expression?

‘Dodo the Pimp’ takes centre stage at Strauss-Kahn trial

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:41
A trial in which former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is accused of involvement in an illegal prostitution ring swung between the comic and the tragic Thursday, as a convicted pimp and sex workers traded contradictory and disturbing evidence.

Syria launches air strikes after 'Islam Army' targets Damascus

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:12
Syrian air strikes killed at least 57 people Wednesday in Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The strikes targeted Army of Islam rebels who launched rockets into Damascus earlier in the day, killing at least five.

Top al Qaeda cleric 'killed by US drone strike' in Yemen

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:52
Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen announced on Thursday that one of its top clerics was killed in a U.S. drone strike last month in the country’s south.

'Do your duty' in Africa, Hollande tells world powers

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:02
French President François Hollande called on the international community on Thursday to fulfil its "duty" to take action against Islamist extremists in Africa, saying that France could not go it alone.

Hollande, Merkel to travel to Ukraine and Russia with peace plan

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:02
French President François Hollande announced on Thursday that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Ukraine later in the day for talks on ending the country’s ongoing crisis, before heading to Russia on Friday.