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Jean Garrigues, Author and political historian

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DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War

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DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War (part 2)

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BUSINESS DAILY

New French economy minister signals changes to 35-hour week

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IN THE PAPERS

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Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Terrorist ransoms: Should governments pay up for hostages?

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Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche star in 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

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UKRAINE

Russian troops have entered Ukraine, says Kiev

“Russian forces have entered Ukraine,” the country’s president declared Thursday, cancelling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council. Reports from separatist rebels to NATO and US officials backed up that assessment.

FRANCE - AVIATION

Air France pilots announce week-long strike in September

The union representing a majority of Air France pilots called on its members to join a strike planned between September 15 and 22, as part of a running dispute with the company over its strategy to compete against low-cost airlines.

FOOTBALL

Platini will not run against Blatter for FIFA presidency

UEFA president Michel Platini (pictured right) ruled himself out of the running for the FIFA presidency on Friday, the Frenchman opting not to oppose incumbent president Sepp Blatter as head of soccer's global governing body.

US - GUN CONTROL

Uzi shooting by 9-year-old rekindles gun debate

The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has intensified a debate over youngsters and guns, with many Americans wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

URUGUAY

Uruguayans sign up to grow marijuana at home

People in Uruguay who want to grow their own marijuana were able to register to do so on Wednesday as the government launched the latest phase in its first-of-its-kind legalisation programme.

USA

Missouri governor appoints black public safety director

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member three weeks after the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer led to violent protests.

IRAQ

Video: Iraqi Christians see no future in an Islamic state

Hailing from Mosul and Qaraqosh, two Iraqi villages that have fallen into the hands of the Islamic State organisation, Christian refugees in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, are torn between fleeing or remaining on their native soil.