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Body of Frenchman slain by jihadists flown home from Algeria

- The body of a French tourist who was kidnapped and beheaded by jihadists in Algeria last September was flown to Paris after a brief ceremony in Algiers on Monday.

Ten go on trial in France for 'exploiting' frail L'Oreal heiress

Bordeaux - Ten people close to France's richest woman Liliane Bettencourt go on trial Monday charged with exploiting the frail L'Oreal heiress in an explosive drama that began with a family feud and put a president in the court's crosshairs.

Body of slain French hostage to be flown home from Algeria

Algiers - The body of a French tourist who was kidnapped and beheaded by jihadists in Algeria last September is to be flown home on Monday, a source close to the case told AFP.

Six skiers killed in avalanche in French Alps

Grenoble - Rescue workers on Sunday found the bodies of six skiers who went missing a day earlier after being carried away by an avalanche during a trek in the Queyras mountain range in the French Alps, police said.

Kurds urge respect for Muslim prophet in Turkey rally

Diyarbakir - Tens of thousands of Kurds staged a protest Saturday in Turkey's southeast against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoon portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed.

France charges father with inciting his children to jihad

Lyon - A father-of-three, suspected of bombarding his children with violent images glorifiying jihad, has been charged with "inciting acts of terrorism", prosecutors in southeastern France said on Saturday.

Post-attack Charlie Hebdo weekly circulation tops 7 million

Paris - Circulation of the "survivors'" issue of Charlie Hebdo, published after a deadly attack on the French satirical weekly's Paris office, is set to top seven million, the distributor said Friday.A total of 6.

Belgium hunts accomplice of suspected Jewish museum killer

Brussels - The Belgian authorities are looking for a possible accomplice to Mehdi Nemmouche, who has been charged with killing four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels last year, the prosecutor's office said Friday.

Paris gunman Coulibaly buried near capital

Cr - One of the three jihadist gunmen who waged attacks in Paris this month was buried Friday near the capital, police sources said, after his country of origin Mali refused to accept his body.

A promising life in France given up for jihad

Schiltigheim - He had a promising graphic designer job, plans to be a wedding videographer and was a star sportsman in his French town. So how did Youssoup Nassoulkhanov end up in an Islamic State group video praising the Paris attacks?

Anti-Muslim acts soar in France since Paris attacks

Paris - The number of anti-Muslim incidents in France has soared since the Paris attacks, with 128 such acts registered over two weeks, almost the same amount as all 2014, a watchdog said Friday.

French PM raises eyebrows again with 'settlement policy'

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls created a stir on Thursday when he called for a "settlement policy" to fight against the "ghettoisation" of neighbourhoods with strong immigrant populations.

Equality, fraternity? France's immigrant youth not convinced

Paris - Two weeks after the jihadist attacks that rocked France, the banner extolling free speech on the gates of Honore de Balzac high school in northern Paris is looking a little worse for wear.

Thousands protest against Charlie Hebdo in Karachi

Karachi - Thousands of people marched through Pakistan's largest city on Thursday in the country's biggest protest yet against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

France needs to monitor 3,000 with jihadist links: PM

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday that the authorities have to monitor nearly 3,000 people involved in "terrorist networks", as he unveiled measures to combat jihadism after the Paris attacks.

France charges four men with helping Paris gunman: Prosecutor

Paris - France has formally charged four suspects with assisting one of the Islamist gunmen who carried out the Paris attacks, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Syrian group hacks French newspaper's Twitter account

Paris - A group of pro-Syrian regime hackers briefly took over the Twitter account of France's Le Monde newspaper early Wednesday, tweeting several messages including one reading "Je ne suis pas Charlie".

Turkey's porous Syria border no barrier for jihadists

Ankara - On grainy Istanbul airport security footage, she is shown entering the country like any tourist. A week later, she is in Islamic State-controlled Syria, without ever being apprehended.

Paris to sue Fox News for reports on Muslim 'no-go zones'

Paris - The city of Paris said Tuesday it plans to sue US chain Fox News for reports that there were "no-go zones" in the French capital that police and non-Muslims avoid.

France's far-right hopes radical leftists win in Greece

Athens - The leader of France's far-right National Front (FN) said Tuesday she hopes the radical left-wing Syriza party will win Greece's general election.

Belgium seeks two men after anti-terror raid

Madrid - Belgian authorities are hunting for two men on the run after a jihadist cell was broken up in Belgium last week, with the search focusing on Spain and France, a source close to the investigation in Spain said Tuesday.

'Nothing' the same after attacks, Paris mayor says as de Blasio visits

Paris - "Nothing will ever be as before", Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Tuesday as her New York counterpart paid an express visit of solidarity to the French capital recently hit by jihadist attacks.

Over 1,000 protest against Charlie Hebdo in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek - More than 1,000 people in the Muslim Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan protested on Tuesday against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France.

New Ukraine talks to dampen flare-up in fighting

Berlin - The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are set to meet Wednesday in Berlin in a bid to stem fresh fighting in Ukraine, Germany said.

Bulgaria to extradite 'old friend' of Charlie Hebdo attackers

Haskovo - A Bulgarian court ruled Tuesday that a Frenchman who admits knowing the Charlie Hebdo attackers but denies being an Islamic extremist could be extradited to France following an arrest warrant issued by Paris.

Five Russians held in France on suspicion of planning attack

Montpellier - Five Russians from Chechnya have been detained in southern France on suspicion of preparing an attack, local prosecutors said on Tuesday.

France suffers 'social, ethnic apartheid': PM

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday that the recent Islamist attacks in Paris highlighted what he called social "apartheid" in a deeply divided society."These last few days have emphasised many of the... challenges we have to face.

French aid worker kidnapped in Central African Republic

Bangui - Two aid workers, including a 67-year-old French woman, were kidnapped on Monday in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, the French government said.

Hollande's popularity soars after French jihadist attacks

Paris - Once France's most unpopular post-war president, Francois Hollande has experienced a dramatic surge in approval ratings over his widely-praised response to the Islamist attacks in Paris.

Anti-Muslim incidents soar in France in wake of Paris attacks

Paris - The number of anti-Muslim incidents in France has soared since the Islamist attacks in Paris two weeks ago, an organisation that tracks Islamophobia said Monday.
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