“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.
WEST AFRICA - EBOLA
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday in a bleak assessment of the deadly disease.
FRANCE 24's Adam Pletts talks to Iraqi Sunnis torn between fear of Islamic State fighters and a deep distrust of Baghdad's Shia-dominated government and military.
FRANCE - AVIATION
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.
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.
FRANCE - SYRIA
French President François Hollande said Thursday that the West should not consider Syria’s Bashar al-Assad as a partner in the fight against terrorism but as an ally of the Islamic extremists wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS
Turkey's outgoing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to be sworn in as president on Thursday to extend his more than decade-long domination of the country.
US - GUN CONTROL
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.
FRANCE - SIERRA LEONE
The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.
In his first interview with the French press, François Hollande's new economy minister Emmanuel Macron has targeted one of French workers’ most cherished rights: the 35-hour work week.
Eastern Ukraine separatists acknowledge the presence of 3,000 Russian "volunteers" in their ranks as they gain ground in their battle against government forces.
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.
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.
Shirley Sotloff (pictured), the mother of an American journalist held hostage by Islamic militants who have threatened to kill him, pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors.
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.
Unemployment in crisis-hit France hit a new high in July, official statistics published Wednesday showed, in another blow for the deeply unpopular President François Hollande.
A new UN probe into the human rights situation in war-torn Syria has painted a picture of almost-medieval barbarity, including public executions, amputations, lashings and mock crucifixions in jihadist-controlled areas.