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French police bust major Marseille drug ring

Marseille - French police said Friday that they had smashed a major drug trafficking ring in the southern city of Marseille, a key hub in the trans-Mediterranean cannabis and cocaine trade where several people are killed each year in turf wars.

Escaped lion shot dead at Belgium zoo, sparking criticism

Apo - Belgian police have been criticised for shooting dead a young lioness at a zoo on Thursday after it escaped from its enclosure.

'Hero' Malian saves child, 4, in spectacular Paris rescue

Paris - A young Malian man was hailed a hero on Sunday after he sprang into action to save a four-year-old child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony by single-handedly scaling the facade of the building and hauling the youngster to safety.

Two killed in Marseille shooting

Marseille - Two more violent deaths occurred overnight in the southern French city of Marseille, known for its turf wars for control of the drug trade, officials said Saturday.

Tariq Ramadan loses appeal for release ahead of rape trial

Paris - Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, detained in France over rape allegations by four women, has lost an appeal for early release ahead of his trial, the Paris appeals court said Tuesday.

Ex-French leader Sarkozy faces ruling on campaign finance trial

Paris - Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy faces a hearing Wednesday on whether he must stand trial on charges of illicit financing of his failed 2012 presidential campaign, one of several legal inquiries which have dogged the rightwing politician since he l...

Rape suspect Tariq Ramadan loses bid for release ahead of trial

Paris - The Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who is being held in France over rape allegations by three women, has lost his bid for early release ahead of trial, his lawyer told AFP.

Suspicious behaviour near Macrons' holiday home prompts two arrests

Lille - Two drunken men were arrested near the holiday home of French President Emmanuel Macron overnight after their suspicious behaviour caught the attention of security forces, police said Thursday.

France arrests 14 over vicious New Year's attack on police

Paris - Twelve men and two women were arrested Tuesday over a brutal attack on two officers called to a New Year's Eve party in a Paris suburb, an assault that shocked France after a video of the female officer's beating circulated on social media.

Four artworks vanish from French parliament

Paris - Four works of art have vanished from the walls of France's national assembly, parliamentary officials said Wednesday, prompting a police investigation to track them down.

Dean charged after clashes at French college, protests spread

Montpellier - The dean of a university in the southern French city of Montpellier has been formally charged, a prosecutor said Thursday, after being accused of abetting a violent attack on students protesting education reforms that have sparked demonstrations at cam...

French vegan guilty of terror charge over dead butcher comment

Foix - A French vegan activist was handed a suspended prison term on Thursday for condoning terrorism after writing on Facebook that "justice" had been served when a butcher was killed during an Islamist attack last week, a legal source said.

Jewish grandmother murdered in Paris flat: 'She didn't believe in evil'

Paris - A Jewish grandmother found murdered in her Paris apartment was an "admirable woman" who had escaped the Nazi round-up of Jews in the city more than 70 years ago, her family said.

France and the challenge of tracking 20,000 suspected extremists

Paris - The latest attack in France by a gunman who was known to be a potential threat has led to renewed focus on how the country keeps track of suspected Islamist extremists.

The secretive UK army lab where poisons are hunted and made

London - A secretive British army base, which identified the nerve gas used to poison a Russian ex-spy earlier this month, has for years been fuelling conspiracy theories with its pioneering research into chemical and biological weapons.

The secretive UK army lab where poisons are hunted and made

London - A secretive British army base, which analysed the nerve gas used to poison a Russian ex-spy this weekend, has for years been fuelling conspiracy theories with its pioneering research into chemical and biological weapons.

Israeli police grill Netanyahu on new fraud case

Jerusalem - Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife for several hours on Friday over corruption allegations that threaten the right-wing premier's long tenure.

French MP receives racist death threat

Paris - A French MP elected under President Emmanuel Macron's party revealed on Wednesday she had received a letter containing racist death threats.

Bone discovery revives century-old French murder mystery

Morlaix - For nearly a century the case of Guillaume Seznec, accused of killing his business partner even though no body or weapon was ever found, has fascinated France as one of the country's most notorious legal mysteries.

French minister Darmanin denies second sex abuse claims

Lille - French Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin denied Thursday that he had used his political position to ask for sexual favours, saying a second complaint from a woman this week was a "slanderous accusation".

Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan charged with rape: legal source

Paris - Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has been charged with rape, a judicial source said, following claims by two women that he assaulted them in French hotel rooms in 2009 and 2012.

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan to face French judge

Paris - Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan will face a French investigating magistrate Friday after two days of questioning over claims by two women that he raped them in French hotel rooms in 2009 and 2012.

Kurz says Austria bears 'responsibility' for Holocaust

Vienna - Austria's conservative chancellor Sebastian Kurz, slammed by critics for forming a ruling coalition with the far right, marked Holocaust Day on Saturday by recalling his country's "historic responsibility" in the genocide of Jews during World War II.

Three arrested over attempted arson on Swedish synagogue

Stockholm - Police in Sweden on Sunday arrested three people over a failed arson attempt at a synagogue in the country's second largest city, Gothenburg.

France opens murder probe over missing family

Rennes - The disappearance of a family of four nearly two weeks ago, leaving behind a home "frozen in time", has prompted a murder probe in a case that has stumped the nation.
 

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