TOUR DE FRANCE
Saturday's "Grand Depart" takes place at the picturesque tourist resort of Mont Saint-Michel, before finishing 188km later at Utah Beach, made famous as one of the main sites of the Normandy Landings during World War II.
"The worrying thing for the government is that a lot of people (25%) say they vote for minor parties and Independents"
Libyan pro-unity government forces said they seized a key central district of the Islamic State jihadist group's coastal bastion of Sirte on Friday.
Polls closed in Australia's most populous states where Saturday's national elections are expected to be won or lost, with the outcome between conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull and Labor challenger Bill Shorten too close to call.
Usain Bolt confirmed suffering a grade one hamstring tear at Jamaica’s Olympic trials on Friday but the star sprinter expects to secure his place at the Rio Games by proving his fitness at the London Anniversary Games later this month.
Wales and unsung hero Hal Robson-Kanu completed a stunning fightback to beat Belgium 3-1 in Euro 2016 on Friday and reach their first major tournament semi-final.
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At least 20 people were killed in an upscale Dhaka restaurant where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage Saturday morning, Bangladeshi army officials said.
Gunmen attacked a restaurant in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Friday night, taking hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces, authorities said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.
A ban on plastic bags distributed at cashiers in French shops came into force Friday, as the country makes the environmentally-friendly shift to recyclable and reusable biodegradable bags.
A short warm up sets up the main event.The 22 teams competing in this year's tour de france 'parade' through the French village of 'Sainte Mere Eglise'. Some 20-thousand cycling fans have come to see them start t he race. But the party atmosphere is somewhat restrained. SOUND UP Messieurs - a cheval!"SONORE 1 (homme francais, 16 secs)la france est touche par les manaces qu'on connait. donc, dans le cadre de ces menaces de ce qu'on peut etre confrontre, nottament pour les evenements sportifs ou des epreuves en tout cas qui permettent un afflux massive de populations, il y a toute une disposition operationnelle qui requit pour assurer la securisation de ces personnes. France has been hit by a number of threats, which is the reality what we're dealing with.Especially when there are sporting events -- or any time when you have mass crowds gathered -- there's a whole operation we have to put in place to keep people safe. SONORE 2 (homme francais, 12 secs)Nous avec les chevaux ca nous permit de passer partout ou pe une voiture de gendarmerie ne passe pas. on peut aller dans la foule. cela passe plutot bien."By horse riding we can go all over the place, to places where cars can't.We can roam freely among the crowds.It works well."not only are thousands of police officers here __the country's anti-terror unit is at the event for the first time ever. Over the course of the race, it's estimated some 12 million people will be on the sidelines,....to cheer the riders on.
ISRAEL- PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Israel should stop building settlements, denying Palestinian development and designating land for exclusive Israeli use that Palestinians seek for a future state, the Middle East peace "Quartet" said Friday in an eagerly awaited report.
Animal rights groups have called for tighter monitoring and control of France’s fresh meat industry, after two disturbing videos emerged on Wednesday showing the mistreatment of animals in slaughterhouses.
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Winger Hatem Ben Arfa joined French champion Paris Saint-Germain from Nice on a two-year-deal on Friday, becoming new coach Unai Emery's first signing.
Saudi Arabia will introduce electronic identification bracelets for all pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi media said on Thursday, as part of a safety drive a year after the annual Islamic rite suffered its deadliest disaster in a generation.
Internet access in Cuba, the least connected country in the Americas, remains severely restricted in the wake of the lifting of the US embargo. The government is now taking steps to try and get the country online.
Austria's Norbert Hofer won Friday another shot at being elected the European Union's first far-right president after a court dramatically annulled May's closely fought election result because of irregularities.