A series of powerful gas blasts killed at least 24 people and injured up to 271 in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, overturning cars and ripping up roads, officials said Friday.
Argentina’s bond and stock markets and peso currency dropped on Thursday after Latin America’s No. 3 economy defaulted for the second time in 12 years, after the failure of last-ditch talks with holdout creditors.
ISRAEL - GAZA STRIP
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip starting on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.
Around 4,000 people gathered in Paris on Sunday to show their support for Israel, in the first such event in the French capital since the recent military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Israel is facing growing international criticism over the its bloody military offensive in the Palestinian territory of Gaza, but the Jewish community in France says it is the victim of growing intimidation.
Pro-Israeli groups are gathering in front of the Jewish state’s Paris embassy on Thursday, in the first such event in the French capital since the recent military offensive in the Gaza Strip began more than three weeks ago.
Air France ground staff have called for a strike at French airports from 1am local time on Saturday, August 2, until midnight to call for better work conditions and salaries, increased flight security and to oppose the use of subcontracters.
FRANCE - AFRICA
France has unveiled the broad outlines of a new military operation to combat al Qaeda-linked extremists in Africa. Discover the multi-country military enterprise known as Operation Barkhane with FRANCE 24’s interactive map.
On a Friday evening on July 31, 1914, a 29-year-old French nationalist by the name of Raoul Villain arrived at a north Paris café, pulled a pistol from his pocket and fired two shots at a diner, striking his target twice in the head.
Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma on Thursday declared a state of emergency as the country scrambles to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 700 people across West Africa.
International experts reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday after Kiev announced a 24-hour halt to its offensive on pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine to allow investigators to access the site.
EU - RUSSIA
The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered Russia to pay the former shareholders of now-defunct oil giant Yukos almost €1.9 billion ($2.5 billion), just days after a Hague court ordered Russia to pay $50 billion in compensation.
Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency to tackle the worst ever outbreak of Ebola and will call in security forces to quarantine epicentres of the deadly virus, President Ernest Bai Koroma said in a statement.
ISRAEL - GAZA STRIP
Israel mobilised 16,000 more army reservists Thursday to bolster operations against militants in Gaza as the US said there was little doubt that Israeli artillery was behind the shelling of a UN school this week, calling it "indefensible".
ISRAEL - GAZA STRIP
It is one of Israel’s stated objectives in its current operation in the Gaza strip: destroying the network of tunnels used by Hamas militants to cross the border into Israeli territory and carry out attacks on civilians and soldiers.
Rescuers continued a desperate search despite heavy rains on Thursday for the victims of a landslide in western India that buried dozens of homes, with fears the death toll could reach 150.
HEALTH - WEST AFRICA
Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.
A sharply divided House of Representatives approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority.
Talks aimed at averting Argentina’s second default in 13 years ended in failure Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with US hedge fund creditors it dismissed as “vultures.”
Israel on Wednesday pressed ahead with its' Gaza offensive, saying it was 'days' from achieving its' core goal of destroying all of Hamas' cross-border tunnels, despite widespread international alarm over the soaring Palestinian death toll.
Russia remained defiant Wednesday faced with the threat of tougher Western sanctions over the separatist insurgency in east Ukraine, warning that the measures would end up hurting the United States and the European Union as much as they do Russia.
Nigeria’s northern city of Kano was the site of yet another deadly bomb attack this week, after a fourth female extremist blew herself up at a college, killing six people.
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS
Women should not laugh out loud in public, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said in a speech this week, lamenting the alleged prevalence of “moral corruption” in Turkey.
A French national suspected of fatally shooting four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels was charged on Wednesday with committing "murder in a terrorist context", the Belgian prosecutor's office said.
US gross domestic product (GDP) grew at a 4.0 percent rate in the second quarter, the Commerce Department announced Wednesday, beating expectations as private investment and consumer spending appeared to be on the rebound.