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Europe recalls the horror 70 years after Nazi camps liberated

Berlin - Europe on Sunday remembered the atrocities and horror of three concentration camps run by the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War with ceremonies in Germany, Croatia and France.

Over two tonnes of cocaine seized off Scotland

Aberdeen - Nine men have been charged with drug trafficking after the British coastguard seized more than two tonnes of cocaine off the east coast of Scotland, French and British officials said on Sunday.

IS suicide bombers kill four at Iraq-Jordan crossing

Baghdad - The Islamic State group claimed an attack Saturday by French, Belgian and Senegalese suicide bombers on the Iraq-Jordan border that officials said killed at least four Iraqi security personnel.

Thwarted French jihadist brought up on terror charges

Paris - An Algerian jihadist sympathiser arrested in connection with a thwarted attack on a church in France was charged with terror-related murder after five days of police questioning.

Thwarted French jihadist brought up on terror charges

Paris - An Algerian jihadist sympathiser arrested in connection with a thwarted attack on a church in France was charged with terror-related murder Friday after five days of police questioning.

Putin calls on Hollande to mend fences amid Ukraine conflict

Yerevan - President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on French leader Francois Hollande to restore ties after a year of tensions over Ukraine as the two leaders met on the sidelines of genocide commemorations in Armenia.

Turkey 'condemns' Putin comments on Armenia genocide

Ankara - Turkey on Friday condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for referring to genocide during commemorations of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians during World War I.The foreign ministry said "we reject and condemn...

'No decision' on Mistral warships, Hollande says after Putin talks

Yerevan - French President Francois Hollande said Friday after talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that no decision has been reached on settling a row over the sale of two French warships.

Hollande says France to seek UN resolution to destroy migrant boats

Brussels - French President Francois Hollande said Thursday he will seek a UN resolution authorising the EU to destroy boats used by traffickers to send thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe.

Sid Ahmed Ghlam: Scholarship student 'drawn to jihad'

Paris - Would-be jihadist Sid Ahmed Ghlam is a scholarship student who spent his adolescence shuttling between France and Algeria, drawing the attention of the French security services with social network postings expressing his desire to join Islamist militan...

France hunts for accomplices in foiled church attack

Paris - French police were hunting Thursday for possible accomplices to an Algerian student whose plan to attack churches was foiled when his arsenal of weapons was uncovered purely by chance.

France will pay back Russia if warships not delivered: Hollande

Paris - President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that France will reimburse Russia if it fails to deliver two Mistral warships in a deal frozen over the Ukraine conflict.

France summons Indonesian ambassador over citizen on death row

Paris - France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius summoned the Indonesian ambassador on Wednesday to discuss the case of a Frenchman facing the death penalty for drug offences, a government spokesman told AFP.

France says 'imminent' church attack foiled in Paris

Paris - An IT student allegedly planning a church attack in France has been arrested, the country's interior minister said Wednesday, just over three months after Paris was hit by a jihadist killing spree.

Returning to Turkey, in search of a lost Armenian past

Istanbul - "My grandparents were killed here. My mother escaped with her two brothers," said Gerard Bodigoff, 70, as he made his first visit to Turkey and the land of his ancestors.

French police end Germanwings debris recovery in Alps

Digne - French military police said Monday they had wrapped up an operation to recover debris from the crash site in the Alps where a Germanwings plane smashed into the mountainside, leaving 150 people dead.

Ex-Italian premier Enrico Letta quits parliament

Rome - Former Italian prime minister Enrico Letta announced Sunday he will resign from parliament for a job heading up the international affairs school at the elite Sciences-Po university in Paris.

French far-right patriarch Le Pen leaves hospital

Paris - The elderly founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has been discharged from hospital after a short stint for a heart problem, a source close to the former party leader said Sunday.

France, Russia negotiating solution to frozen warship deal: Hollande

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Sunday that negotiations with Moscow were under way to find a solution to a dispute over the sale of two Mistral warships, frozen over the Ukraine crisis.

French customs seize record 2.25 tonnes of cocaine in Caribbean

Paris - French customs agents have seized 2.25 tonnes of cocaine, their largest haul ever, from a sailboat in the Caribbean, the government said Saturday.

Replica of French general's historic US independence ship sails again

La Rochelle - A replica of the 18th century ship that took a French general on his voyage to become a hero of the American war of independence set sail again Saturday, cheered off by thousands of well-wishers and President Francois Hollande.

Teenagers suspected of hacking Belgian and French websites

Brussels - Two teenagers are suspected of having hacked the websites of Belgian and French newspapers earlier in the week, prosecutors said Friday."The regional unit of computer crime managed ...

Polish man charged over rape and murder of French nine-year-old

Paris - A 38-year-old Polish man was charged Friday with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in northern France that has shocked the country.

France's Le Pen replaced by granddaughter after family feud

Paris - The granddaughter of France's historic far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was officially named on Friday as his replacement in regional elections, following a bitter family feud within the National Front party he founded.

Hollande to meet Putin in Armenia on April 24: President's office

Paris - French President Francois Hollande will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Armenia on April 24, a source in his office said on Friday.

French PM launches action plan against 'unbearable' racism

Cr - France's prime minister announced Friday the government would pour 100 million euros into a major anti-racism and anti-Semitism action plan devised in the aftermath of the deadly Paris jihadist attacks.

Holocaust descendants in US sue France's railway over 'genocide'

Washington - Descendants of Holocaust victims have filed a US lawsuit claiming France's national railway seized the property of tens of thousands of Jews and others sent to Nazi concentration camps.

Mourners join memorial service for Germanwings crash victims

Cologne - Grieving relatives joined political and religious leaders Friday at a sombre German memorial service for the victims of last month's Germanwings crash in the French Alps, blamed on a depressed co-pilot.

Thieves score 5 mn euros in jewels in Paris smash-and-grab

Paris - French police were on Thursday hunting a trio of thieves who made off with a handbag containing five million euros' worth of Chanel jewels in a smash-and-grab on the highway between Paris and Charles De Gaulle airport.

Top French court overturns ban on 'racist' cakes

Marseille - France's top administrative court on Thursday overturned a ban on the display in a pastry shop of "racist" cakes in the shape of a naked man and woman coated in dark chocolate.
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