France’s Hollande arrives in Iraq to visit troops battling IS group

France’s Hollande arrives in Iraq to visit troops battling IS group

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Baghdad Monday to meet the French forces helping Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group and to hold talks with top officials. Hollande had already visited in 2014 and remains the most prominent head of state to come to Iraq since the launch two and half years ago […]

Foreign nationals counted among Istanbul attack victims

Foreign nationals counted among Istanbul attack victims

Foreigners, including many nationals of Arab countries, were among the dead in the New Year shooting rampage at an Istanbul nightclub, officials said on Sunday. A total of 39 people were killed in the assault at the exclusive Reina club on the shores of the Bosphorus and 65 injured, officials said. Here is a breakdown […]

Greek ambassador to Brazil killed in suspected ‘crime of passion’

Greek ambassador to Brazil killed in suspected ‘crime of passion’

Brazilian police suspect Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis was killed in a “crime of passion,” a source close to the investigation said Friday, as detectives interrogated his wife and a policeman who was reportedly her lover. Amiridis went missing while vacationing with his family in Rio de Janeiro, a picturesque but crime-plagued city where he served […]

2016: The year that Putin got his way

2016: The year that Putin got his way

Russian President Vladimir Putin had an exceptionally successful year, with Moscow making geostrategic gains in Syria, Europe as well as the US in 2016. What a difference a year makes. Back in 2015, things weren’t looking particularly good for Russia. With the country suffering from falling oil prices and sanctions for the annexation of Crimea, […]

Future of Syrian ceasefire remains uncertain

Future of Syrian ceasefire remains uncertain

The fate of a reported nationwide truce for Syria was unclear Thursday, following talks between Moscow and Ankara, despite Turkish state media saying a deal had been reached. The state-run Anadolu news agency said late Wednesday the agreed plan aims to expand a ceasefire in the city of Aleppo to the whole country, but neither […]

US actress Debbie Reynolds dies, a day after daughter Carrie Fisher

US actress Debbie Reynolds dies, a day after daughter Carrie Fisher

Actress Debbie Reynolds, a Hollywood star known for her role in the 1952 classic “Singin’ in the Rain” and the mother of Carrie Fisher, has died at the age of 84, her son announced Thursday. Reynolds was rushed to hospital Wednesday after suffering a possible stroke, a day after the death of her movie star […]

Obama, Japan’s PM pay homage to Pearl Harbor victims

Obama, Japan’s PM pay homage to Pearl Harbor victims

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama made a joint pilgrimage to Pearl Harbor on Tuesday, laying wreaths for the victims of the Japanese aerial attack that prompted the United States to enter World War II. The two leaders stood solemnly in front of a wall inscribed with the names of those […]

Erdogan accuses the West of backing the IS group

Erdogan accuses the West of backing the IS group

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the West was breaking promises in Syria, accusing Ankara’s partners of backing “terror groups” including IS jihadists in the country. At least 37 Turkish soldiers have died in Turkey’s major incursion inside Syria since it was launched in August to back pro-Ankara Syrian fighters battling IS and […]

Israel’s Lieberman dubs French peace meeting new ‘Dreyfus trial’

Israel’s Lieberman dubs French peace meeting new ‘Dreyfus trial’

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday criticised an upcoming Middle East peace conference organised by France, calling it a new “Dreyfus trial” and urged French Jews to move to Israel. Representatives of around 70 countries are due to attend the January 15 conference aimed at restarting long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Israel has strongly opposed […]

Plane carrying Brazil team ran out of fuel before crash, Colombia says

Plane carrying Brazil team ran out of fuel before crash, Colombia says

Colombian aviation authorities said Monday that an airliner that crashed with a Brazilian soccer team aboard had run out of fuel before it could land. The plane, operated by Bolivia-based charter company LaMia, crashed on a wooded hillside near Medellin because the pilot failed to refuel en route and did not report engine failures caused […]

French aid worker Sophie Petronin kidnapped in Mali

French aid worker Sophie Petronin kidnapped in Mali

A Frenchwoman who runs an organisation for malnourished children has been kidnapped in Mali’s restive north, France’s foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday, as French troops joined in the search for the aid worker. Sophie Petronin was abducted in the city of Gao on Saturday, the ministry said, adding that French and Malian authorities were working […]

Trump vows to close foundation to avoid conflicts of interest

Trump vows to close foundation to avoid conflicts of interest

S President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday said he intends to dissolve his controversial philanthropic foundation to avoid any conflicts of interest with his presidency. Trump’s sprawling portfolio of US and overseas business interests and holdings, as well as his Donald J. Trump Foundation, have come under increased scrutiny in the weeks since his election. “The […]

Libyan plane hijackers surrender in Malta

Libyan plane hijackers surrender in Malta

A hostage drama at the Malta International Airport ended Friday when hijackers, who diverted a Libyan passenger plane with 118 people on board, surrendered after releasing all passengers and crew. The hijackers had been searched and taken into custody, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Twitter hours after an Afriqiyah Airways plane landed in […]

Israel rejects UN settler vote, announces diplomatic retaliation

Israel rejects UN settler vote, announces diplomatic retaliation

Israel lashed out at US President Barack Obama over a UN Security Council resolution passed Friday demanding it halt settlements in Palestinian territory, while vowing it would not abide by it. “Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms,” a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office […]

Berlin truck attack suspect killed in shootout in Milan

Berlin truck attack suspect killed in shootout in Milan

The suspect behind Monday’s Christmas market attack in Berlin has been killed in a shootout in Milan, Italy’s interior minister said Friday. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for all the latest developments. The suspect in the Berlin truck attack was killed in a shootout in a suburb of the northern Italian city of Milan on […]

US intended to allow passage of UN draft critical of Israel

US intended to allow passage of UN draft critical of Israel

The United States intended to allow the UN Security Council to approve a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, two Western officials said on Thursday, a major reversal of US practice of protecting Israel from such criticism. Egypt, which had proposed the draft resolution, abruptly put off a vote that had been scheduled […]

French mayor to be tried for Muslim ‘problem’ comments

French mayor to be tried for Muslim ‘problem’ comments

A far-right French mayor will be tried on hate charges over comments that include a claim the number of Muslim students in his city was a “problem”, a judicial source said Wednesday. Robert Menard, who is an ally of France’s anti-immigrant National Front party, will face a charge in a Paris court of incitement to […]

UN agrees to set up panel for Syria war crimes cases

UN agrees to set up panel for Syria war crimes cases

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday agreed to set up a panel to gather evidence on war crimes in Syria, taking a first step toward prosecuting those responsible for atrocities in the nearly six-year war. A resolution on establishing the investigative mechanism was adopted in the 193-nation assembly by a vote of 105 to 15, […]

German authorities slammed as manhunt continues

German authorities slammed as manhunt continues

  German authorities were under fire Thursday after it emerged that the prime suspect in Berlin’s deadly truck attack, a rejected Tunisian asylum seeker, was known as a potentially dangerous jihadist. German prosecutors have issued a Europe-wide wanted notice for 24-year-old Anis Amri, offering a 100,000-euro ($104,000) reward for information leading to his arrest and […]

After Trump victory at Electoral College, world views collide

After Trump victory at Electoral College, world views collide

Donald Trump will become the 45th US president next month, after prevailing Monday at the Electoral College amid nationwide protests at state capitals. FRANCE 24 spoke to electors and insiders with divergent views of where the country is headed. On January 20, Republican Donald J. Trump will raise his right hand, place his left on […]

Dozens killed in massive blast at Mexican firework market

Dozens killed in massive blast at Mexican firework market

A massive explosion gutted Mexico’s biggest fireworks market Tuesday, killing at least 29 people and injuring 70, authorities said. The conflagration, in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec, set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts and a sent a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital city. The market had been packed with […]

DR Congo opposition leader calls for peaceful resistance amid Kabila protests

DR Congo opposition leader calls for peaceful resistance amid Kabila protests

Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi called on the Congolese people to peacefully resist President Joseph Kabila after Kabila stayed in power on Tuesday despite the expiration of his constitutional mandate. Gunfire could be heard in several districts of Kinshasa early on Tuesday as demonstrators demanded that Kabila step down after his mandate expired at midnight, and […]

Russian ambassador to Ankara killed in gun attack

Russian ambassador to Ankara killed in gun attack

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot dead at the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara on Monday by an off-duty policeman who shouted “don’t forget Aleppo” as he pulled the trigger. The attack happened at the Cagdas Sanatlar Merkezi, a major art exhibition hall in the Cankaya district of Ankara where most […]

Verdict upheld for elderly French couple who hid Picasso works in garage

Verdict upheld for elderly French couple who hid Picasso works in garage

A French court on Friday upheld the two-year suspended sentences of Pablo Picasso’s former electrician and his wife, who kept 271 of his artworks stashed in their garage for almost 40 years. Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danielle were convicted last year of possessing stolen goods and for hiding the works from Picasso’s heirs. […]