Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a zoo in northern France, a boost for a sub-species of which only about 700 remain in the wild, the head of the zoo said Tuesday.
FRANCE - BELGIUM
France on Tuesday handed over to Belgium a French-Algerian man suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting in May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.
LIBYA - FRANCE
France was evacuating its nationals from Libya on Tuesday amid increasing lawlessness and unrest, a government source said, after similar moves by other European nations.
Pressure is mounting on France to ban a far-right Jewish group, described as violent and extreme by critics, following its involvement in clashes at a pro-Palestinian protest in Paris and the jailing of two of its supporters over a bomb plot.
Rwanda’s National Volcano Park, home of the endangered mountain gorilla, has actively recruited former poachers to work in the booming ecotourism trade.
President Hamid Karzai’s powerful cousin, a close ally of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was killed on Tuesday in a suicide bomb attack at his home, the governor’s office in the southern province of Kandahar said.
Argentina's government said Monday it will make another effort to reach a deal with U.S. creditors ahead of a looming deadline that risks sending the country into its second default in 13 years.
ISRAEL - GAZA STRIP
Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City early Tuesday, in the heaviest bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
USA - RUSSIA
The United States and the European Union agreed on Monday to escalate sanctions against Russia in the wake of the downing of a passenger jet over East Ukraine. Washington has accused Moscow of violating a Cold War era arms control treaty.
A huge fire engulfed Libya’s biggest fuel storage facility in the capital city of Tripoli on Monday. Authorities have called for international assistance in fighting the blaze.
Millions of Muslims across the globe will mark the end of Ramadan with the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr this week. But for many in Gaza, Iraq, Syria Libya, Nigeria and elsewhere, this year’s festivities have been tainted by violence and fear.
THE HAGUE - RUSSIA
An international court on Monday ordered Russia to pay Yukos shareholders just over $50 billion in damages for the expropriation of the now-defunct oil giant.
Antoine Griezmann, one of France’s most promising football stars, is ready to sign a transfer deal with Atletico Madrid following his impressive campaign with Les Bleus at the World Cup in Brazil.
ISRAEL - GAZA STRIP
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned of a lengthy military operation in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired mortars from the enclave, killing four people in the Jewish state.
French leaders have announced they are adopting added measures to help Iraqi Christians, with support growing in France for the religious minority being run out of their homeland in northern Iraq by ISIS jihadists.
MOROCCO - FRANCE
Moroccan police arrested a French citizen of Algerian origin near Tangiers at the weekend on suspicion of recruiting men to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight for al Qaeda, authorities said.
French movie-maker Luc Besson’s new action-packed sci-fi thriller “Lucy” topped the US box office at the weekend, collecting $44 million in ticket sales. In the film, Scarlett Johansson plays the role of a woman who has a super-powered brain.
The Liberian government on Sunday closed most of its border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people across West Africa.
In the first major pro-Israeli demonstration in France since hostilities erupted in the Gaza Strip earlier this month, thousands of people took to the streets of Marseille on Sunday, chanting “Israel has the right to defend itself.”
Patriotic crowds had been massing for hours outside newspaper offices in Vienna when Emperor Franz Joseph’s proclamation of war against Serbia - only later recognised as the start of World War I - finally came on the evening of July 28, 1914.
One hundred and sixty kilometres from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, a French tradition has been exported to east Africa as merlot, syrah and chardonnay grapes grow in vineyards sprawling out across the countryside.
AIR ALGÉRIE FLIGHT AH5017
Flags flew at half-mast from government buildings across France on Monday in honour of the victims of Air Algérie Flight AH5017, which crashed last week in northern Mali with 118 people on board, 54 of them French.
Weeks after separatist rebels were driven from their former stronghold of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine, the city’s residents are still coming to terms with the aftermath of the fighting.
ISRAEL - GAZA STRIP
The UN Security Council on Monday called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza to allow for urgent aid to reach civilians as the conflict between Israel and Hamas entered its third week.
The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Monday in many countries around the world, including Gulf states and France.