French President François Hollande said Friday there were no survivors from the Air Algérie plane that went down with 118 people on board in Mali early Thursday. One of the black boxes of flight AH 5017 from Burkina Faso to Algeria has been located.
BANKING - USA
A US court entered an $80 million judgment against French bank BNP Paribas for defrauding a programme designed to protect US exporters, the Justice Department said Thursday. BNP agreed in June to pay $8.9 billion for violating US sanctions.
The wreckage of an Air Algérie plane that disappeared early Thursday with 116 people on board on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria has been found in Mali, according to French officials.
ISRAEL - WEST BANK
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian protester and wounded about 200 others on Thursday after clashes erupted as several thousand people demonstrated in the occupied West Bank against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, Palestinian medics said.
An Air Algérie flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria with 116 people on board vanished from radar over northern Mali early Thursday. French aviation expert Pierre Duval explains why it is highly unlikely the plane was hit by a missile.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Vincenzo Nibali demonstrated yet again on Thursday that he has no serious rivals in the Tour de France, after powering to victory in the final mountain stage.
Shortly after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ended its ban on American flights in and out of Tel Aviv on Thursday, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) also said it had lifted its advisory against air travel to the city.
ISRAEL - GAZA STRIP
At least 15 people were killed and 200 wounded Thursday after Israeli forces shelled a UN-run school being used as a shelter in the northern Gaza Strip, the Gaza health ministry said.
An Air Algérie flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria with 116 people on board vanished from radar over northern Mali early Thursday. Paris says 51 French nationals were among the passengers.
Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been named the new president of Iraq following a parliamentary vote.
ISRAEL - GAZA STRIP
Flights to Tel Aviv resumed Thursday as US Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up regional talks and headed to Cairo to push for a ceasefire in Gaza. Hamas's exiled leader has vowed no end to the fighting unless Israel ends its eight-year blockade.
Suicide bombers and gunmen mounted an attack on a security convoy that was transferring convicts from a prison north of Baghdad, police said Thursday, sparking fierce clashes with security forces that left at least 60 dead.
The wreckage of an Air Algérie plane that disappeared early Thursday with 116 people on board en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria has been found in Mali, according to French officials.
Two Finnish women were shot and killed by unknown gunmen while riding in a taxi in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, local officials said. The attack came the same day that a market bombing in Afghanistan's north killed six people.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Representatives from the Central African Republic's interim government, civil society and different armed groups meeting Wednesday in Brazzaville agreed on a ceasefire, but there has still been no agreement on thorny issues such as disarmament.
Pope Francis met privately on Thursday at the Vatican with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was commuted in June.
MIDEAST – MEDIA
A photograph of an Arab-American woman kissing her Jewish boyfriend has boosted a social media campaign under the hashtag #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies. But can love on the web bring peace on the ground?
France charged UBS with tax fraud on Wednesday for allegedly helping French clients hide money in Switzerland, judicial sources said. The Swiss bank is also suspected of using dual accounts to hide the flow of capital into Switzerland.
Antoine Vayer believes he can measure when leading cyclists are cheating even without testing them. He also believes that what he is seeing suggests the sport is winning its war against doping.
Arizona inmate Joseph Wood reportedly gasped over 600 times before succumbing to a lethal injection on Wednesday, adding yet another flawed execution to a recent series that has raised questions about the death penalty in the United States.
ISRAEL - GAZA STRIP
Israel faced new pressure on Wednesday as US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders and UN rights chief Navi Pillay said there was "a strong possibility" that Israel was committing war crimes in Gaza.
Low-cost airline Ryanair must repay about 9.6 million euros in illegal state aid it received from the French government for its operations at several regional airports, the European Commission said on Wednesday.
Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of Paris once more on Wednesday to march against Israel’s military assault on the Gaza Strip, the first authorised demonstration since a July 13 rally ended in clashes.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Poland’s Rafal Majka climbed to his second victory in the Tour de France on Wednesday, after winning the 17th stage, a 124.5km ride from Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary.
The conflict raging in Gaza has spilled over into France, with pro-Palestinian rallies descending into violent clashes. The director of a prominent think tank tells FRANCE 24 the problem has been brewing on French soil for decades.