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Italian opera star Marcello Giordani dies, aged 56

Rome - The opera world paid tribute Sunday to Italian tenor Marcello Giordani, who died of a heart attack at his home in Sicily. He was 56.Only last month, he had been playing the role of Calaf in Puccini's opera Turandot at two open-air theatres in Sicily.

Family bid final farewell to Chirac in home village

Sainte-f - Former French President Jacques Chirac's family bade him a final farewell Saturday at an intimate ceremony in the southwestern village where he grew up.

French bid farewell at coffin of ex-president Chirac

Paris - Thousands of people on Sunday queued in Paris to bid a final farewell to France's former president Jacques Chirac, fondly remembered as a charismatic giant of domestic and international politics despite a mixed legacy.

French bid farewell at coffin of ex-president Chirac

Paris - Thousands of people on Sunday queued in Paris to bid a final farewell to France's former president Jacques Chirac, fondly remembered as a charismatic giant of domestic and international politics despite a mixed legacy.

French queue to remember Chirac ahead of national mourning

Paris - Mourners gathered at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday to pay their respects to former president Jacques Chirac, whose death unleashed a flood of tributes to a charismatic but complex giant of French politics.

Frenchman arrested after wife's body found in suitcase in car boot

Lyon - A man was on Sunday arrested in the French Alps after his wife's body was discovered in a suitcase in the boot of his car as his two young children sat in the back seat, a source close to the case said.

State funeral for Tunisia's Essebsi as new polls loom

Tunis - Thousands of Tunisians on Saturday attended the funeral of president Beji Caid Essebsi as the North African nation gears up for snap elections as early as September to defend the democratic gains of the Arab Spring.

Tunisia mourns, advances polls after death of president

Tunis - Tunisia is gearing up for snap elections as early as September following the death of president Beji Caid Essebsi, amid uncertainty over who could step forward to run the North African country.

Tunisia prepares for polls after death of president

Tunis - Tunisia has less than two months to organise snap elections following the death of president Beji Caid Essebsi, amid uncertainty over who could step forward to run the North African country.

Electro star Philippe Zdar dies in fall from Paris window

Paris - Electro star Philippe Zdar, one half of the cult French house duo Cassius, has died after falling from a window in Paris -- two days before his latest album is released, his agent said.

Lorry driver in fatal Paris scooter crash was on drugs: prosecutors

Paris - The driver of a lorry involved in a deadly collision with an electric scooter in Paris was under the influence of drugs, prosecutors said on Thursday, as the man was set to appear in court ahead of his possible charging.

German tourist swept to her death in Corsica

Marseille - A German tourist was swept to her death as she walked along a beach in southern Corsica on Sunday as high waves battered the French Mediterranean island, officials said.

Bernard Dargols, French GI who fought at Omaha Beach, dies at 98

Caen - Bernard Dargols, the only French soldier to fight in an American uniform as Allied forces stormed the coast of Normandy at Omaha Beach in a battle heralding the end of World War II, has died aged 98, the Caen Memorial war museum said Tuesday.

Third night of anti-police violence in France's Grenoble

Grenoble - Rioters in the French city of Grenoble set fire to 65 cars and targetedsecurity forces with fireworks and Molotov cocktails, officials said Tuesday, after a third night of violence sparked by the death of two teenagers during a police chase.

John McCain, unbridled titan of American politics

Washington - John Sidney McCain III had but one employer throughout his iconic and tempestuous career: the United States of America.It was a family tradition.

McCain and Trump: no love lost

Washington - One of John McCain's final wishes, as he struggled against a devastating brain cancer, could not have been more clear: He made it known that he did not want Donald Trump to attend his funeral. The two men never pretended to like each other.

John McCain, unbridled titan of American politics

Washington - John Sidney McCain III had but one employer throughout his iconic and tempestuous career: the United States of America.It was a family tradition.

Exiled Syrian actress who took on Assad buried in France

Dourdan - May Skaf, a prominent Syrian actress and activist who emerged as a fiercely outspoken critic of President Bashar al-Assad's regime after the uprising began in 2011, was buried Friday in France, where she had fled after being freed from prison.

Baron Empain, survivor of brutal 1978 kidnapping, dies at 80

Apo - Leading Franco-Belgian industrialist Baron Edouard-Jean Empain, whose brutal kidnapping in France in 1978 made headlines, has died at the age of 80, a relative said.

Award-winning Bosnian Roma actor dies penniless

Sarajevo - Bosnian Roma actor Nazif Mujic, who won a Silver Bear acting award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013, has died aged 48, following a harrowing descent into extreme poverty despite his film success.

Burkina filmmaker Ouedraogo dead at 64

Ouagadougou - Burkinabe filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo, a towering figure in African cinema, died Sunday at the age of 64, the national film makers guild announced in a statement.

Thousands of Romanians pay final respects to king Michael

Bucharest - Thousands of Romanians paid their last respects to beloved former king Michael, who died last week aged 96, in front of his coffin at the Royal Palace in Bucharest on Thursday.

Cubans march in memory of Castro

Havana - Tens of thousands of Cubans held up portraits of Fidel Castro and waved flags as they marched to the revolutionary leader's tomb on Monday to mark a year since his funeral.

Ex-judge in 1984 French child murder case found dead

Le Mans - The French magistrate who first investigated the still unsolved 1984 murder of a four-year old-boy has been found dead just weeks after a dramatic development in the case.
 

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