Matt Hancock warns modern medicine may cease to exist without if superbugs are not tackled

Matt Hancock today warned the rise of deadly superbugs poses a bigger threat than Covid and should be taken as seriously as global warming. The Health Secretary said modern medicine may ‘cease to exist’ unless the ‘silent pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance is urgently tackled. Drug-resistant diseases such as MRSA already kill 700,000 people around the […]

Dozens of Hong Kong former lawmakers charged under national security law

If found guilty of “conspiracy to commit subversion” they could face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Those charged were among 53 people — many prominent former lawmakers, activists and district councilors — who were arrested last month for organizing, planning and participating in a primary election for the city’s democratic opposition last July. […]

These international destinations are open to US tourists

Editor’s Note — CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on February 27. The US State Department advises that travelers consult country-specific travel advisories via their website or consult the CDC’s latest guidance. Before you make any international travel plans, check these sites first and again before you depart. […]

Opinion: Obama and Springsteen’s podcast reveals a key problem

The podcast’s release comes in the midst of a bit of controversy caused by the musician half of the duo (Springsteen’s Super Bowl ad for Jeep had been pulled after news broke that he had been charged with a DWI; that charge has been dropped and the ad returned to airwaves). But even before the […]

Biden doesn’t penalize crown prince despite promise to punish senior Saudi leaders

The choice not to punish Prince Mohammed directly puts into sharp relief the type of decision-making that becomes more complicated for a president versus a candidate, and demonstrates the difficulty in breaking with a troublesome ally in a volatile region. On Friday, Biden’s administration released an unclassified intelligence report on Khashoggi’s death, an action his […]

US court awards $2.3 billion to USS Pueblo crew held hostage by North Korea more than 50 years ago

More than 100 crew members and their relatives filed a suit against North Korea in February 2018 in a federal court under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which allows victims to sue state sponsors of terrorism for torture, hostage-taking, personal injury or death. The award is among the largest sums ever handed out in a […]

Dutch parliament becomes second in a week to accuse China of genocide in Xinjiang

Activists and United Nations rights experts say at least one million Muslims are being detained in camps in the remote western region of Xinjiang. The activists and some Western politicians accuse China of using torture, forced labor and sterilizations. China denies any human rights abuses in Xinjiang and says its camps provide vocational training and […]

Democrats and GOP at odds over scope of commission to investigate Capitol riots

Republicans are balking at a plan put forward by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to create an outside commission with more Democrats than Republicans, and one whose mandate they say would go beyond just the security failures of the January 6 insurrection. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday that Pelosi’s plan […]

Uyghurs in China: What Biden should do about China’s atrocities (opinion)

This genocide — that’s what it is — poses an urgent test for President Joe Biden’s new administration and for the international community. Either the United States and the world will finally go beyond tepid criticism and respond with real action, or we can forget about values, universal rights, and international law. The term genocide […]

Capitol riot: Justice Department is facing a tougher climb trying to keep rioters locked up

The apparent calculus prosecutors are using to determine whether they ask for jail time came to a head twice in court Tuesday, as they argued for the detention of a member of the pro-Trump extremist group the Proud Boys who carried an axe handle wrapped in a flag, and for an alleged conspirator among the […]

Inside a ‘Patriot Party’ rally where Trump loyalists search for a path forward

The idea and, perhaps just as important, the logo, have been circulating on social media since last summer. But after the Capitol riot and swearing-in of President Joe Biden, Patriot Party groups have formed and multiplied, mostly on Telegram, where they share memes, disinformation and commentary in chaotic channels in all 50 states. On February […]

Pablo Hasel protests rock Catalonia for fifth day

Thousands gathered in Barcelona on Saturday, including families and elderly protesters at the city’s Plaça Universitat, where a rally began peacefully. After passing another square, called Plaça Urquinaona, police began beating protesters, Berta Galofré Pons, a 23-year-old political scientist, told CNN. Footage from the Barcelona protests on Saturday shows multiple scuffles between demonstrators and police. […]

Violent protests over rapper’s arrest and accusations of police brutality rock Catalonia for fifth day

Thousands gathered in Barcelona on Saturday, including families and elderly protesters at the city’s Plaça Universitat, where a rally began peacefully. After passing another square, called Plaça Urquinaona, police began beating protesters, Berta Galofré Pons, a 23-year-old political scientist, told CNN. Footage from the Barcelona protests on Saturday shows multiple scuffles between demonstrators and police. […]

Biden administration prepares new rules placing stricter enforcement parameters on ICE

The new guidance was prompted by an executive order signed by President Joe Biden shortly after taking office and marks a return to Obama-era immigration enforcement measures based on a priority system instead of the more aggressive approach taken under the Trump administration. The draft memo establishes strict parameters for ICE officers, particularly in the […]

Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul accused of passing classified information

Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 14:27 Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul is accused of contacting “unfriendly” states and providing classified information, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister told AFP Saturday, after the campaigner’s trial was transferred to a terrorism court. Hathloul, 31, was arrested in May 2018 with around a dozen other women activists just weeks before the […]

Saudi Arabia says end to diplomatic rift with Qatar is ‘within reach’

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 08:10 Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday a resolution to a bitter dispute with Qatar seemed “within reach” after Kuwait announced progress towards ending a row that Washington says hampers a united Gulf front against Iran. The United States and Kuwait have worked to end the dispute, during which Saudi […]

Afghan government, Taliban reach deal to conduct peace talks

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 18:33 Afghan government and Taliban representatives said on Wednesday they had reached a preliminary deal to press on with peace talks, their first written agreement in 19 years of war and welcomed by the United States as a chance to halt the violence. The agreement lays out the way forward for discussion but is considered a […]

At least 110 farmers dead in Nigeria after suspected jihadist attack

Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 18:28 At least 110 people were killed in a weekend attack on farm workers in northeast Nigeria blamed on jihadists, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country said on Sunday, making it the deadliest raid on civilians this year. The attack, in a state gripped by a jihadist insurgency for more than […]

French authorities charge four more students over beheading of Samuel Paty

Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 10:58 Four teenage students have been charged in France over the killing of Samuel Paty, a judicial source said Thursday, including three for allegedly pointing out the teacher to his murderer.  Three other pupils were charged with complicity earlier this month over the beheading last month of Paty, who had shown […]

Swiss stabbing suspect ‘linked to jihadism inquiry’

Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 14:15 A woman arrested for a knife attack in a Swiss department store was linked to a 2017 jihadism investigation and spent time in a psychiatric clinic, police said on Wednesday. The 28-year-old was held on Tuesday after allegedly trying to strangle one woman with her bare hands and stabbing another […]

Two hurt in suspected terror incident at supermarket in Swiss city of Lugano

Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 03:59 A Swiss woman attacked two other women in a supermarket in southern Switzerland on Tuesday, regional police said, adding that “terrorist motives” could not be excluded. Police in Switzerland‘s Italian-speaking Ticino region said they had been alerted to a stabbing in a department store in the city of Lugano shortly before 2:00 […]

The new leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb will aim to ‘keep entrenching in local dynamics’

Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 19:19Modified: 23/11/2020 – 19:43 Five months after the killing of Abdelmalek Droukdel by French forces in northern Mali, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has announced that Abu Ubaïda Yussef al-Aanabi, the head of the group’s “Council of Dignitaries”, is its new leader. Aanabi responded to questions from FRANCE 24 in […]

American hero recalls tackling Thalys train attacker

Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 19:27 One of three Americans acclaimed as heroes for tackling an alleged Islamic State gunman aboard a Paris-bound train testified at the man’s trial Friday that he tried to kill him. Alek Skarlatos told the Paris court that he yanked a pistol from the attacker’s hand, turned it on him and […]

Macron blames Russia and Turkey for bolstering anti-French sentiment in Africa

Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 15:22 President Emmanuel Macron accused Russia and Turkey of seeking to promote anti-French sentiment in Africa by funding people who whip up resentment against France in the media, in an interview published Friday. “We must not be naive on this subject: many of those who speak, who make videos, who are […]

Ex-US soldier who foiled Thalys train attack hospitalised ahead of Paris trial

Issued on: 19/11/2020 – 16:33 An American who had been scheduled to appear as a star witness at the trial in Paris of an Islamic State operative was hospitalized Thursday in the French capital, casting doubt on whether he would still be able to testify about his role in the dramatic capture of the gunman […]

French court rules against Clint Eastwood testifying in Thalys train attack trial

Issued on: 18/11/2020 – 16:09 A French court has ruled that Clint Eastwood cannot testify during the trial of a suspected Islamist gunman, whose attack on a high-speed train was thwarted by three Americans, who later played themselves in a movie by the U.S. actor and director.  The trial of Moroccan national Ayoub el Khazzani, […]

‘Legitimising’ violence? Macron takes on the Anglo-American press

Even as France grapples with concurrent health, economic and security crises, President Emmanuel Macron has taken time out of his busy schedule to criticise the English-language press for its coverage of his fight against “Islamist separatism”, accusing British and US media of “legitimising violence”. In November 2016, just days before officially launching his run for the Élysée Palace, Emmanuel Macron lamented the French habit of reviving painful […]

Suspect in 2015 Thalys train attack foiled by passengers goes on trial in Paris

Issued on: 16/11/2020 – 14:34 The trial of a suspected Islamist terrorist accused in the 2015 foiled attack of a high-speed train in France opens Monday in Paris.  Ayoub El Khazzani boarded the Amsterdam-Paris Thalys train on August 21, 2015, and launched his would-be attack moments after the train crossed the Belgian border into France. […]

BE do të jetë e plotë vetëm kur vendet e Ballkanit Perëndimor të bëhen pjesë e saj

Kancelari i Austrisë Sebastian Kurz, ka deklaruar se Bashkimi Evropian do të jetë i plotë vetëm kur të gjitha vendet e Ballkanit Perëndimor t’i bashkohen BE-së. Këtë deklaratë Kurz e ka dhënë në Twitter, pas një bashkëbisedimi me kryeministrin e Shqipërisë Edi Rama. “Sapo kisha një videokonferencë të mirë me kryeministrin e Shqipërisë dhe kryetarin […]

Pompeo arrives in France at start of awkward Europe and Middle East tour

Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 15:48 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in France Saturday at the start of a seven-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East, a trip that is certain to be awkward since all the countries on his schedule have congratulated Joe Biden over his victory in the US presidential race […]

Senior al Qaeda commander’s killing exposes ‘deep divisions’ between French and Malian authorities

France on Friday announced the killing of Bah Ag Moussa, a top commander of an al Qaeda-linked militant group, during an operation in northeastern Mali. Ag Moussa was allegedly responsible for several attacks against Malian and international forces in recent years. But what are the implications of his death for the security situation on the […]

November 13, 2015: The story of the survivors

France is marking five years since the Paris terrorist attacks of November 13, when 130 people lost their lives in a series of coordinated attacks across the city. We speak with Guillaume Denoix de Saint Marc, Founder and President of the French Association for Victims of Terrorism, about how those who survived that terrible night are coping, […]

Five years on: Papers reflect on November 13 Paris attacks and ongoing terror threat

IN THE PRESS – Friday, November 13, 2020: We take a look at how the press is covering the fifth anniversary of the November 13 Paris terror attacks. From Emmanuel Macron being seen as the sole EU defender against radical Islam to the view that his policies are scandalous and perverse, the press is divided on the issue […]

France pays silent tribute to victims on fifth anniversary of Paris attacks

Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 11:47 In silence and mourning, France marked five years since 130 people were killed by Islamist extremists who targeted the Bataclan concert hall, Paris cafés and the national stadium in a series of coordinated attacks. The night of carnage on November 13, 2015, which saw 130 people killed and 350 wounded, was […]

France says it has killed senior al Qaeda operative in Mali

Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 08:24 French forces have killed Bah ag Moussa, a military leader of al Qaeda’s North Africa wing, during an operation in northeastern Mali, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Friday. The former Malian army colonel, also known as Bamoussa Diarra, was a right-hand man of Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of Mali‘s most […]

Saudi prince vows ‘iron fist’ as IS group claims attack on Western diplomats

Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 08:00 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledged Thursday to strike extremists with an “iron fist”,  after a bombing against a gathering of Western diplomats was claimed by the Islamic State group. The bomb blast struck a World War I commemoration at a non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah on Wednesday, just two […]

Five years on, Parisians remember how the November 13 terror attacks unfolded

It started out as a Friday night much like any other – Jean-Christophe was meeting up a new love interest in town, Kavita was celebrating her boyfriend’s 43rd birthday and Sam was attending a funk gig – but the evening would turn into a night of sheer terror, as a group of jihadist commandos descended […]

EU launches LGBT rights plan to counter rising homophobia in eastern member states

Issued on: 12/11/2020 – 20:58 The European Union’s executive Commission launched its first strategy to protect the rights of LGBT people on Thursday, a challenge to right-wing governments in Poland and Hungary that have become increasingly homophobic in the past year. The Commission said LGBT people were facing growing discrimination in Europe, even as most […]

Five years after Paris attacks, France back on highest security alert

Issued on: 12/11/2020 – 09:46 Five years after a squad of jihadist killers carried out France’s deadliest peacetime atrocity, the country is again on its highest security alert following a spate of attacks blamed on Islamist radicals. The night of carnage on November 13, 2015 saw 130 people killed and 350 wounded when Islamist suicide […]

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers resign as Beijing moves to quash opposition

Issued on: 11/11/2020 – 12:11 Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition lawmakers said on Wednesday they will resign in protest against the dismissal of four of their colleagues from the city assembly after Beijing gave local authorities new powers to further curb dissent. The Chinese parliament adopted a resolution earlier in the day allowing the city’s executive to […]

France calls for ‘rapid and coordinated’ European front against terrorism

Issued on: 10/11/2020 – 18:28 French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday urged a “rapid and coordinated” European response to terror attacks that have plagued the continent in recent years. Such a response should focus on “the development of common databases, the exchange of information or the strengthening of criminal policies,” he said after hosting a […]

France’s Macron congratulates Biden in first phone call to US president-elect

Issued on: 10/11/2020 – 19:53Modified: 10/11/2020 – 20:00 French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday held his first telephone talks with Joe Biden since the Democrat was elected the next president of the United States, his Elysee Palace office said.  The talks between Biden and Macron, who sought to form a solid working relationship with outgoing […]

A look at Biden’s foreign policy agenda

US President-Elect Joe Biden’s approach to diplomacy is diametrically opposed to that of the outgoing Donald Trump, known as he was to levy undiplomatic salvos at foreign leaders via social media. But one shouldn’t expect a wholesale revamp in substance when the veteran Democrat takes office in January. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at […]

Three men go on trial over deadly 2017 van attack in Barcelona

Issued on: 10/11/2020 – 09:40 Spain’s High Court will on Tuesday open the trial of three suspected Islamist militants linked to a 2017 attack in Barcelona which killed 16 people — Spain’s deadliest in over a decade. A single attacker drove a rented van into crowds on Barcelona’s central Las Ramblas boulevard, causing 16 deaths, including that of two children, […]

Macron to host Austria’s Kurz ahead of EU talks on terror response

Issued on: 09/11/2020 – 14:04 French President Emmanuel Macron will host the Austrian chancellor for talks on Tuesday before a video summit with other EU leaders to discuss a joint response to recent terrorist attacks carried out by radical Islamists. Macron and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will be joined in a phone call by the leaders of […]

French minister Darmanin thanks Algeria for ‘cooperation’ against extremism

Issued on: 08/11/2020 – 17:05 French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Sunday praised his country’s “cooperation” with Algeria against extremism, during a visit to France’s North African former colony. His visit came after a string of deadly jihadist attacks in France. Darmanin arrived in the capital Algiers on Saturday after a tour of several Mediterranean […]

World leaders congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for election victory

World leaders on Sunday cheered Joe Biden’s election as US president as a chance to enhance cooperation on climate change, the coronavirus and other problems after four years of President Donald Trump’s rejection of international alliances. While Trump refused to accept the results of the election, Western and Asian allies expressed hope for a fresh start […]

Opposition officials in Ivory Coast say authorities have arrested opposition leader N’Guessan

Issued on: 07/11/2020 – 17:27 Authorities in Ivory Coast have arrested opposition leader Pascal Affi N’Guessan as part of a growing crackdown on those who challenged the president’s re-election to a third term, opposition party officials said Saturday. N’Guessan was arrested in Akoupé, a city northeast of Abidjan, on his way to Bongouanou, his ancestral […]

French PM pays tribute to victims of church attack in Nice

Issued on: 07/11/2020 – 12:49 Nine days after a terrorist wielding a knife killed three people at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice, French Prime Minister Jean Castex presided over a national tribute to the victims of the attack. The October 29 murders were a blow to a nation already on edge after the murder of […]

France holds talks with Tunisia on returning Islamic extremists after Nice church attack

Issued on: 06/11/2020 – 20:17 Tunisia is willing on certain conditions to take back its nationals expelled from France, the interior minister said Saturday, after talks with his visiting French counterpart on measures against Islamist radicalisation. The former French colony is “prepared to receive any Tunisian”, Taoufik Charfeddine said at the end of a visit […]

Macron urges Europe to strengthen border controls after terror attacks

Issued on: 05/11/2020 – 16:13 Europe must rethink its open-border Schengen area, including a more robust protection of the zone’s external frontiers, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, after a spate of Islamist attacks in France and Austria. The tighter controls were needed to curb clandestine immigration, said Macron, adding that the criminal gangs illegally trafficking migrants into […]

Pas sulmit terrorist, Policia e Vjenës del me një njoftim të rëndësishëm për qytetarët

Pas sulmeve terroriste që ndodhën me 2 nëntor në kryeqytetin austriak, Policia e Vjenës ka dalë me një njoftim të rëndësishëm për qytetarët. Në njoftim thuhet se Zyra Shtetërore për Mbrojtjen e Kushtetues dhe Luftës kundër Terrorizmit ka krijuar një linjë telefonike dhe email adresë, hapur 24 orë në ditë nga sot. Ky veprim erdhi […]

Islamic State group claims responsibility for Vienna terrorist attack, without providing evidence

Issued on: 03/11/2020 – 19:47Modified: 03/11/2020 – 19:50 The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for an attack in Vienna that killed at least four people, without providing evidence, in a statement from the group’s Amaq News Agency posted on Telegram. The group’s statement was accompanied by a picture of a bearded man, named “Abu […]

French Muslim leaders call anti-French boycott ‘unjustified’

Issued on: 03/11/2020 – 08:51 Several French Muslim leaders on Monday condemned calls for boycotts of French goods in Muslim countries as “unjustified” and accused those leading the charge of “using Islam for political gain”. “There are times when we must show solidarity with our country which has suffered unjustified attacks in the past weeks,” […]

France’s schools reopen with national homage to slain teacher Samuel Paty

Issued on: 02/11/2020 – 11:37 French schools reopened Monday for the first time since the beheading of a teacher who opened a class debate on free speech by showing students caricatures of the prophet of Islam, in mourning and under tight security for a national homage. Samuel Paty was killed on Oct. 16 outside his school […]

French police say six people now in custody over deadly church stabbing in Nice

Issued on: 01/11/2020 – 11:26Modified: 01/11/2020 – 11:40 Two more men were arrested in connection with a knife attack that left three dead at a church in Nice, bringing the number of people in custody to six as investigators look at the suspected assailant’s last known contacts, a French police source said. The latest arrests […]

France’s Charlie Hebdo trial suspended after suspect tests positive for Covid-19

Issued on: 01/11/2020 – 07:08 The primary suspect in a trial over the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre has tested positive for coronavirus and the court has been suspended until Wednesday, lawyers said. Ali Riza Polat is accused of having helped the killers of 12 people in the 2015 attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, a […]

Third man detained over deadly church stabbing in Nice

Issued on: 31/10/2020 – 10:14 A third man has been detained for questioning in connection with the knife attack on a church in the southern French city of Nice that left three people dead, a legal source said Saturday. The man, 33, was present during a police search late Friday at the home of a […]

‘Islam is being hyper-politicised in France, but Muslims are not in the debate’

The resurgence in attacks by radical Islamists on French soil has rekindled fierce debates on Islam, secularism and discrimination in France, home to Europe’s largest Muslim population. But Muslim voices are largely kept out of the conversation. On October 2, the day President Emmanuel Macron unveiled his plan to fight “Islamist separatism” in France, the […]

A day after the fatal church attack in Nice, here’s what we know so far

Issued on: 30/10/2020 – 19:42Modified: 30/10/2020 – 19:43 A knife attacker who killed three people, cutting the throat of two, inside a church in Nice on the French Riviera on Thursday is a young Tunisian migrant from Sfax who arrived in Europe only last month, according to French prosecutors.  The killings came two weeks after […]

France on maximum alert after deadly church stabbing in Nice

Issued on: 30/10/2020 – 08:14 France has been placed on maximum security alert following Thursday’s deadly attack by a knife-wielding man at a church in the southern city of Nice. The suspect, who was shot and hospitalised in a critical condition, has been identified as a 21-year-old Tunisian man who arrived in Europe just days before […]

Why has Nice become a target for terrorism in France?

Issued on: 29/10/2020 – 17:13 France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the country was going on emergency alert after three people were killed in the southern city of Nice on Thursday. This is not the first terrorist attack that has coincided with a major religious or national holiday in the French Riviera city. Nice Mayor […]

Saudi man arrested after stabbing guard at French consulate in Jeddah

Issued on: 29/10/2020 – 12:55 A Saudi citizen wounded a guard in a knife attack at the French consulate in the port city of Jeddah on Thursday, said the French embassy in Saudi Arabia. The attacker was arrested immediately after the attack. The French embassy in Saudi Arabia said the consulate in Jeddah was subject […]

LIVE: Three people killed, several hurt in knife attack at church in Nice

A man wielding a knife on Thursday killed three people and injured several others in an attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice in southern France. A suspect has been arrested in the attack, which Nice’s mayor has described as an act of terrorism. Follow our liveblog below for real-time updates. Source link

Two killed, several injured in knife attack in Nice

Issued on: 29/10/2020 – 10:06Modified: 29/10/2020 – 10:07 An attacker with a knife killed two people and wounded several others at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, French media and police said, in an incident the city’s mayor described as terrorism.  Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the knife attack had […]

Hong Kong teen activist charged with secession

Issued on: 29/10/2020 – 05:26 A former leader of Hong Kong pro-independence group Studentlocalism was charged on Thursday with secession, money laundering and conspiracy to publish seditious material, the latest person to be targeted under a new national security law. Tony Chung, 19, who was denied bail, was arrested on Tuesday under the contentious legislation […]

Tunisians call for prosecution of lawmaker who condoned French teacher’s murder

Issued on: 26/10/2020 – 14:57 Dozens of Tunisian artists and intellectuals have signed a petition calling for the country’s judiciary to prosecute a lawmaker who justified the gruesome killing of French teacher Samuel Paty by an Islamist radical. Signatories of the petition accused Tunisian lawmaker Rached Khiari of “condoning terrorism” in a social media post […]

Pakistan summons French envoy, Morocco slams Prophet cartoon as crisis spirals

Issued on: 26/10/2020 – 10:43 Pakistan on Monday summoned the French ambassador in Islamabad, a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan accused French President Emmanuel Macron of attacking Islam by defending the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Morocco has also condemned the caricatures. The Pakistani foreign office on Monday confirmed that it summoned the […]

Dinner off as Italy closes restaurants early in virus crackdown

Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tightened nationwide coronavirus restrictions Sunday after the country registered a record number of new cases, despite opposition from regional heads and street protests. Cinemas, theatres, gyms and swimming pools must all close under the new rules, which come into force on Monday and run until November 24. Restaurants and bars […]

US allies, rivals react to Trump-backed Sudan-Israel normalisation

Issued on: 24/10/2020 – 15:18 Sudan and Israel agreed Friday to normalise relations, in a US-brokered deal to end decades of hostility that was widely welcomed but stirred Palestinian anger. The announcement makes Sudan, technically at war with Israel since its 1948 foundation, the fifth Arab country to forge diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. […]

Sudan, Israel agree to normalise diplomatic relations with US help

Issued on: 23/10/2020 – 18:32 Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday to normalise relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, making Sudan the third Arab country to set aside hostilities with Israel in the past two months. U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking re-election on Nov. 3, sealed the agreement in […]

Teacher’s gruesome murder triggers hunt for appeasers who ‘disarmed’ French secularism

The horrific murder of history teacher Samuel Paty has reignited a longstanding debate on the application of France’s cherished secular principle of “laïcité”, leading to virulent accusations that parts of the establishment have caved in to radical Islamists undermining the French Republic’s core values. Among the long list of terrorist attacks to have struck France in […]

French PM seeks new law to improve protection of civil servants against threats

Issued on: 23/10/2020 – 15:40 French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday his government would introduce legislation to improve protection of public servants against threats. France has cracked down on Islamist militants after the October 16 decapitation of schoolteacher Samuel Paty, who was killed by a Chechnya-born 18-year-old man angered at Paty’s use of […]

Anger at beheading of French teacher ‘must not override rule of law’

An escalating crackdown on groups suspected of aiding or abetting Islamist extremists has prompted accusations that the French government is riding roughshood over legal protections in the wake of the gruesome murder of 47-year-old teacher Samuel Paty last week. President Emmanuel Macron has promised to intensify a clampdown on Islamist radicalism in France, days after Paty was murdered […]

French prosecutors charge seven, including two teens, over teacher Samuel Paty’s killing

Issued on: 22/10/2020 – 04:32 Two teenagers accused of pointing out French teacher Samuel Paty to his killer who beheaded him were on Wednesday charged with complicity in terrorist murder, prosecutors said, as the nation paid homage to the slain educator. “We will not give up cartoons,” President Emmanuel Macron earlier told a solemn ceremony […]

Murderer of teacher paid students to identify him, says French prosecutor

Issued on: 21/10/2020 – 16:52 The 18-year-old Chechen who beheaded a French teacher for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics class paid students in front of the school to identify him, anti-terrorism public prosecutor Jean-François Ricard told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday in which he unveiled details of the investigation.   Ricard also confirmed that […]

Seven people brought before a judge over beheading of French teacher

Issued on: 21/10/2020 – 11:28 Seven people, including two minors, were handed over to a judge overnight for the opening of a judicial investigation and possible indictments in last week’s murder of French teacher Samuel Paty, an official from the anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office said. Samuel Paty was beheaded on October 16 in broad daylight outside his school in […]

France to pay respects to beheaded teacher with ceremony at Sorbonne

Issued on: 21/10/2020 – 05:00 France will pay tribute Wednesday to a history teacher beheaded in a quiet Paris suburb as President Emmanuel Macron promised to intensify a clampdown on Islamist extremism. Police have carried out dozens of raids, while the government has ordered the six-month closure of a mosque and plans to dissolve a […]

France to dissolve pro-Hamas group involved with French teacher killing

Issued on: 20/10/2020 – 20:18 French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday the dissolution of a pro-Hamas group active in France, accused of being “directly implicated” in the murder of teacher Samuel Paty. Speaking days after Paty was beheaded last Friday, the French leader said that “actions will be stepped up” against Islamist extremism. The […]

French teacher’s killer sent message to parent angry over Prophet Mohammad cartoons

Issued on: 20/10/2020 – 16:13 The man who beheaded a French teacher for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in class had sent a message to one of the schoolchildren’s parents who had complained about the images days before the attack, a police source told Reuters on Tuesday. The source told Reuters that it was […]

Age of intolerance? Outrage in France after beheading of schoolteacher

Issued on: 19/10/2020 – 20:05 Is nothing sacred? Since the 19th century, France has sent out public schoolteachers to the four corners of the country with a mission to embody the values of the Republic. To behead a social studies teacher over Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet in the carefully controlled context of a civics class on […]

Morales says intends to return to Bolivia after ally claims election victory

Issued on: 20/10/2020 – 06:05 Exiled former president Evo Morales on Monday signaled his intention to return to Bolivia after his leftist heir Luis Arce’s sweeping presidential election victory. Arce, a former economy minister under Morales, claimed victory in Sunday’s election after exit polls suggested a crushing triumph over centrist rival Carlos Mesa. Mesa conceded […]

Trump to remove Sudan from state terrorism sponsors blacklist

Issued on: 20/10/2020 – 04:42 President Donald Trump announced on Monday the United States would remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism as soon as Khartoum sets aside the $335 million it has agreed to pay to American victims of militant attacks and their families. The deal could also set in motion steps by Sudan toward […]

French NGOs take Twitter to court for failing to moderate hate speech

French NGOs took Twitter to court in Paris on Monday morning, accusing the social media giant of not doing enough to tackle hate speech online. Four French NGOs – SOS Racisme, SOS Homophobie, the Union of Jewish Students of France and J’accuse – filed suit against Twitter on May 11. A Paris court began hearing […]

Additional police operations under way over beheading of French teacher

Issued on: 19/10/2020 – 10:38 French police on Monday raided the homes of dozens of suspected Islamist militants three days after the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the interior minister said. The raids came a day after tens of thousands of people took part in rallies […]

Thousands gather in Paris to pay respects to murdered teacher

“We are all Samuel. We are teachers too. And we don’t want to be killed just for doing our job,” a protester said on Sunday as thousands gathered in Place de République in Paris, in solidarity with Samuel Paty, the teacher who was beheaded in a northwestern Paris suburb on Friday. A sea of banners reading […]

France to rally in solidarity of beheaded teacher in Paris suburb

Issued on: 18/10/2020 – 07:19 Rallies in dozens of cities across France were expected Sunday in a show of solidarity and defiance following the decapitation of a teacher outside his school for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The beheading of history teacher Samuel Paty in a Paris suburb Friday has sparked outrage in […]

French prosecutor speaks to media about teacher’s beheading near Paris

Issued on: 17/10/2020 – 14:48 France’s anti-terror prosecutor is due to update the press on details of the investigation into Friday’s gruesome beheading of a teacher in a Paris suburb. Watch the press conference live at 3pm Paris time (GMT+2). French police were questioning nine people in custody on Saturday after a suspected Islamist sympathiser […]

For a teacher in France, a lesson on freedom of expression was followed by death

Issued on: 17/10/2020 – 11:54Modified: 17/10/2020 – 11:56 The middle school teacher knifed to death on the street of a Paris suburb on Friday showed his teenage students a cartoon lampooning the Prophet Mohammed as part of a class on freedom of expression earlier this month, parents said. Nordine Chaouadi told Reuters he was the […]

Nine people detained over beheading of French teacher in Paris suburb

Issued on: 17/10/2020 – 09:19Modified: 17/10/2020 – 09:20 The man suspected of beheading a French teacher who had shown pupils cartoons of the prophet Mohammed was an 18-year-old born in Moscow and originating from Russia’s southern region of Chechnya, a judicial source told AFP on Saturday. Five new people were detained, bringing to nine the […]

France opens terror probe after teacher beheaded in Paris suburb

Issued on: 16/10/2020 – 19:37 A man armed with a knife on Friday beheaded a middle school teacher in front of his school in a suburb of Paris, police said, in an attack that was being treated as terrorism. The suspected attacker was shot dead by a police patrol a few streets away. France‘s anti-terror prosecutor said […]

Bolivia to choose new president after year of post-Morales upheaval

Bolivia votes in the first round of presidential elections on Sunday – 12 months after disputed polls sparked mass protests and the downfall of the country’s controversial leftist leader Evo Morales. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at the Latin American country’s year of turbulence. The frontrunners are centrist ex-president Carlos Mesa and Luis Arce, […]

Paris court jails man for 28 years for 2017 hammer attack at Notre Dame Cathedral

Issued on: 14/10/2020 – 18:41 A Paris court on Wednesday jailed an Algerian man for 28 years after convicting him of attempted terrorist murder for attacking police guarding Notre Dame Cathedral with a hammer in 2017, crying: “This is for Syria!” The assault by Farid Ikken, now 43, outside one of France’s most-visited monuments came […]

Recovery from grief is a slow, difficult process for families of terrorism victims

Grief is a natural reaction to the death of a loved one, but in cases of tragic or unexpected loss, that sadness can stretch out, affecting day-to-day functioning and reducing quality of life. Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) is a condition characterized by intense longing for the deceased, and by severe and persistent emotional pain. People […]

The behind-the-scenes negotiations to free Sophie Pétronin

Issued on: 09/10/2020 – 11:18Modified: 09/10/2020 – 11:19 Former hostage Sophie Pétronin arrives home in France on Friday after nearly four years in captivity in Mali. FRANCE 24’s expert on jihadi terrorism, Wassim Nasr, talked to FRANCE 24 about the negotiations to free her. Negotiations to free the hostages began in April, a little less […]

FBI arrests militia members over alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor

Agents foiled a stunning plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, authorities said Thursday in announcing charges in an alleged scheme that involved months of planning and even rehearsals to snatch her from her vacation home. Six men were charged in federal court with conspiring to kidnap the governor before the Nov. 3 elections […]

Paris trial grills ‘repentant’ jihadist who mentored Charlie Hebdo killers

After weeks of harrowing accounts of the shootings and the enduring trauma for survivors, the trial of the January 2015 Paris attacks took a step back at the weekend to hear testimony from Farid Benyettou, a self-taught preacher whose quest to dispatch young jihadists to Iraq would come back to haunt France a decade later. […]

Trial opens for suspect in failed 2015 Islamic State bombing of French church

Issued on: 05/10/2020 – 11:52Modified: 05/10/2020 – 11:54 A 29-year-old Algerian man went on trial in Paris on Monday, accused of killing a woman and trying to blow up a church near Paris, in a failed 2015 attack that investigators say was orchestrated by Islamic State extremists in Syria. According to investigators, Sid Ahmed Ghlam had to […]

Exclusive: We would not accept US drone strikes inside Kenya, President Kenyatta warns

Issued on: 01/10/2020 – 21:07 In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 while on an official visit to France, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta discussed the main challenges facing him. Asked about the fight against terror, the Kenyan leader denied reports that the US military has sought authorisation to carry out drone strikes inside Kenya. He stressed […]

Paris knife attack suspect charged with attempted ‘terrorist’ murder

Issued on: 30/09/2020 – 08:39 A man who wounded two people in a meat cleaver attack in Paris last week has been charged with “attempted murder with relation to a terrorist enterprise,” French anti-terrorist prosecutors told AFP on Tuesday. A judge also placed the man – who has identified himself as 25-year-old Pakistani-born Zaheer Hassan […]