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A US-based foundation bought 24 Native American artefacts sold Monday at a controversial Paris auction and will return them to the tribes from which they originated. The auction went ahead despite a request from the US embassy to halt the sale.
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The French president arrived in the Central African Republic on Tuesday amid a French-led mission in the restive country and immediately praised the two French soldiers slain overnight who he said, “gave their lives to save the lives of others.”
Uruguay's Senate voted to legalise marijuana Tuesday, becoming the first nation in the world to oversee its production and sale. "The war against drugs has failed," said one senator, calling the bill an "unavoidable response" to that failure.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday refused opposition calls to resign before snap elections in February as protest leaders announced the creation of a parallel government and said the premier should be charged with "insurrection".
US President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro on the sidelines of a memorial service for South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Tuesday that brought together nearly 100 world leaders.
US House and Senate negotiators reached a tentative budget deal on Tuesday to avoid a January 15 government shutdown. Senate Democrat Patty Murray and House Republican Paul Ryan unveiled the deal after weeks of closed-door negotiations.
Olympiakos Piraeus and Bayer Leverkusen reached the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, with either Juventus or Galatasaray set to join them after their match in Istanbul was abandoned because of a snowstorm.
Around 100 heads of state and thousands of South Africans gathered to honour Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in a Johannesburg sports stadium Tuesday. Look back over FRANCE 24’s live blog of the event.
French forces killed 19 Islamist militants during an operation in northern Mali on Tuesday, according to a military source.
Representatives from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have signed a deal to better manage water in the region, create new fresh water through desalination and build infrastructure that could help save the shrinking Dead Sea.
City authorities in Edmonton, Alberta, have unveiled a new hijab-style headscarf as part of its police uniform for Muslim women officers. Not all Canadian provinces, notably French-speaking Quebec, want to follow suit.
A French court has sentenced Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), to four years in prison on aggravated fraud charges. PIP sold breast implants prone to rupture and filled with industrial-grade silicone to some 300,000 women.
A court in France ruled on Monday that electronic cigarettes qualify as tobacco products and as such can only be sold by licensed tobacconists under French law, threatening to put specialist e-cigarette sellers across the country out of business.
In nixing Nelson Mandela's funeral as too costly, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proves he is not the smug, petty, vindictive, waffling, in-your-face insulting man he seems. He's something worse, says Haaretz's Bradley Burston.
European air and defence company EADS, the parent company of Airbus, unveiled plans on Monday to cut 5,800 jobs, mainly from its defence and space divisions, as it seeks to become more competitive.