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FRANCE

Paris bans new Gaza protest scheduled for Saturday

Paris police Friday banned a pro-Palestinian march due to be held in the French capital on Saturday, the third demonstration against Israel’s Gaza offensive to be outlawed in and around the city in a week.

ISRAEL - GAZA STRIP

French lawyer files complaint against Israel at ICC

A French lawyer said on Friday that he had filed a complaint on behalf of the Palestinian justice minister at the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing Israel’s military of having carried out “war crimes” in the Gaza Strip.

UKRAINE

Ukraine names acting PM after Yatseniuk's shock resignation

Ukraine's cabinet on Friday selected deputy PM Volodymyr Groysman to serve as acting premier after the shock resignation a day earlier of Arseny Yatseniuk (pictured), who served as premier since the February ouster of president Viktor Yanukovich.

AVIATION

French families grieve for Algerian plane crash victims

There were scenes of shock and grief at French airports after the crash of the Air Algérie plane as relatives and friends awaiting passengers on connecting flights from Algeria received news of the disaster.

AVIATION

Live: ‘No survivors’ from Algerian plane crash, says Hollande

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

BNP to pay $80 million for defrauding Dept of Agriculture

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.

AVIATION

Wreckage of Algeria plane found in Mali

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

Protest against Gaza offensive turns deadly in 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.

ISRAEL

US, European agencies lift travel restrictions to Tel Aviv

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

Deadly strike on UN shelter in 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.

ISRAEL - GAZA STRIP

No end to fighting until Israel ends Gaza blockade, Hamas says

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.

IRAQ

At least 60 killed in attack on prison convoy near Baghdad

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.

AVIATION

Air Algérie jet crashes in Mali

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.

AFGHANISTAN

Two foreign women shot dead in western Afghanistan

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

Ceasefire agreed for 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.

MIDEAST – MEDIA

Can Jew-kissing-Arab selfie give peace a viral chance?

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?

BANKING

France charges Swiss bank UBS with tax fraud

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.