ALGERIA - FRANCE
A video showing a French national kidnapped in Algeria was released on Monday by a group linked to the Islamic State (IS). The hostage called on French President François Hollande not to intervene in Iraq.
It gives new meaning to the phrase "European Union".
A French national was kidnapped in a mountainous region of Algeria over the weekend, the French Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday. The French tourist has been missing since Sunday evening, when he was hiking with his Algerian friends.
France insisted Monday it was not spooked by a call for Muslims to kill citizens of countries fighting the Islamic State group, as Western nations scramble to prevent a surge in lone-wolf terrorism.
Ugandan MPs have been inundated with complaints that many condoms on sale in the East African nation are too small, warning the problem is a blow to the fight against AIDS.
The road to Hassan al-Sham, a strategic village on the dusty plains between the northern Iraqi cities of Mosul and Arbil, bears witness to the heavy fighting between Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish peshmerga fighters.
The marriage certificate sealing the union between one of history’s favourite lovebirds, Napoléon and Joséphine, has been sold at a Paris auction for a massive €437,000, more than four times the asking price.
FRANCE - GERMANY
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls denied his country was “sick” in a visit to Berlin Monday as he pledged to push ahead with economic reforms that German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised as "impressive".
CUBA - SIERRA LEONE
Cuba is joining the fight against Ebola by sending a 165-strong army of doctors and specialists to West Africa. Despite decades of financial hardship, the communist country remains at the forefront of the world’s medical expertise and know-how.
One year after a branch of al Qaeda laid siege to a shopping mall in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, an astonishing number of crucial questions remain unanswered.
The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Turkey in the past four days escaping the advancing militants from the Islamic State group now totals approximately 130,000, Turkey's deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday.
Air France expects to operate 41 percent of its flights on Monday as a pilots strike over cost cuts and plans for the company's budget Transavia unit enters its second week.