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Mideast states made 'chilling' use of executions amid pandemic: Amnesty

Paris - States in the Middle East made "ruthless and chilling" use of the death penalty in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic, led by Iran which employed capital punishment as a method of political repression and Egypt which tripled executions, Amnesty Interna...

Chad leader's death deprives West of key security ally

Paris - The death of Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has deprived France and the West of a key security ally in the volatile Sahel region where jihadist groups are gaining in strength, analysts say.

France seeks conspiracy theorist over 8-year-old's kidnapping

Strasbourg - French prosecutors announced Tuesday an international arrest warrant for a leading figure in conspiracy circles who is suspected of helping to organise the kidnapping of an eight-year-old girl that gripped the country last week.

CO2 emissions set to surge, IEA warns

Paris - Climate-changing CO2 emissions are set to surge by the second-biggest amount in history this year as the global economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, the IEA warned Tuesday, days before a major climate summit.

The climate pledges of the world's top emitters

Paris - Under the Paris Agreement on climate, nearly every country will have to drastically reduce their carbon emissions, and they were supposed to submit renewed plans to do so by the end of 2020.

French police warn Macron about rising violence

Montpellier - French police warned President Emmanuel Macron about rising levels of street violence, as he toured crime hotspots on Monday following a string of shocking assaults.

Macron urges law change after Jewish woman's killer avoids trial

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron urged a change in French law after a man who murdered a Jewish woman in 2017 avoided a trial on the grounds he acted in delirium due to drug-taking, in an interview published Monday.

Super League 'spit in the face' opens unprecedented conflict in European football

Paris - Plans for a breakaway Super League announced by twelve of European football's most powerful clubs plunged European football into an unprecedented crisis on Monday as UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin called it a "spit in the face" for supporters.

Kidnapped French girl, 8, rescued in Switzerland

Nancy - An eight-year-old girl was rescued in Switzerland on Sunday, five days after being kidnapped from her grandmother's French home in a "military" style operation with the alleged involvement of her mother.

Covid death toll passes three million as India cases surge

Paris - The global Covid-19 death toll passed three million on Saturday as the pandemic speeds up despite vaccination campaigns, leading countries like India to impose new lockdowns to fight spiralling infection numbers.

Rwandan priest arrested in France for alleged role in genocide

Paris - A Rwandan priest was arrested in France this week on charges of providing, among other things, food to militiamen who massacred members of the Tutsi minority in his church during the 1994 genocide in the African country, authorities said Friday.

Ukraine urges Putin summit, ceasefire after Russia build-up

Paris - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday called for a summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and a new ceasefire, as France and Germany urged Moscow to pull back troops after a build-up on borders raised fears the Kremlin was planning t...

Europe on alert as Russia steps up aggressive spying

Paris - By Didier LAURAS — Three years after the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from the West over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, Moscow's representatives in Europe are coming under scrutiny again following a raft of new spy scandals.

France says 'highly probable' EU won't renew AZ orders

Paris - The European Union is very unlikely to renew its Covid-19 vaccine contracts with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, a French minister said on Friday.

Ukraine-Russian tensions on menu at Paris talks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks on Friday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a show of support for the former Soviet state, which fears a Russian invasion.

France's Covid-19 deaths pass 100,000

Paris - The number of people killed by Covid-19 in France climbed past 100,000 on Thursday, with the virus claiming a further 300 lives in the past 24 hours, the country's health authority said.A day earlier, the death toll stood at 99,805.

Macron says 'mobilisation' key to Notre-Dame rebuild target

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday praised efforts made to rebuild the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, saying continued mobilisation was needed to meet the government's target of restoring the landmark within three years.

PSG and Chelsea wait to discover Champions League semi-final opponents

Paris - Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea will discover their Champions League semi-final opponents on Wednesday as Liverpool host Real Madrid and Manchester City go to Borussia Dortmund in the remaining last-eight second legs.

G7 urges Russia to stop 'provocations,' de-escalate on Ukraine

Paris - The Group of Seven leading economic powers on Monday called on Russia to stop its "provocations" and "de-escalate tensions" following its troop build-up on the border with Ukraine.

One dead, one wounded in Paris hospital shooting

Paris - An unidentified gunman calmly shot dead a man and badly injured a woman outside a Paris hospital on Monday before fleeing the scene on a scooter, police and witnesses said.
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