Uzbekistan reinforces its tight grip on election and country

Uzbekistan reinforces its tight grip on election and country

Uzbekistan is holding a presidential election on Sunday that is going largely unnoticed abroad. The successor to the late president, Islam Karimov, who held power for more than a quarter century, has already been chosen, and the authorities refuse to grant visas to foreign journalists. Our reporter Elena Volochine went to this central Asian country […]

Scandal in Seoul: South Korean President Park offers to resign (part 1)

Scandal in Seoul: South Korean President Park offers to resign (part 1)

The blurring of lines between business and politics can grab headlines in Zuma’s South Africa or Trump’s America, but look to South Korea for a corruption scandal with a religious sect at the heart of it all. After weeks of mass protests, President Park Geun-hye has offered parliament the chance to let her resign over […]

India: Female mediators help combat violence against women

India: Female mediators help combat violence against women

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we bring you a report from India. In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, the situation is alarming – rape cases have almost doubled in two years. But with the help of a local NGO, 70 women, often themselves victims of domestic violence, have […]

Pakistan accuses India of deadly bus shelling in Kashmir

Pakistan accuses India of deadly bus shelling in Kashmir

At least nine people were killed and seven others wounded in cross-border fire which hit a Pakistani bus in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest deadly skirmish between India and Pakistan. The incident came a day after India said three of its soldiers had been killed by Pakistani troops and threatened “retribution”, […]

Power plant collapse kills scores in eastern China

Power plant collapse kills scores in eastern China

At least 40 people have died and others are still trapped after a platform under construction at a power plant’s cooling tower in eastern China’s Jiangxi province collapsed on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said. The accident happened in Fengcheng at around 7 a.m. (2300 GMT) and rescuers were on the scene, Xinhua said. The […]

Japan PM has ‘great confidence’ in Trump after meeting

Japan PM has ‘great confidence’ in Trump after meeting

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he believes Donald Trump is a leader in whom he can have great confidence after meeting with the president-elect Thursday. Abe, who became the first world leader to meet with Trump since his election, was seeking reassurances over the future of U.S.-Japan security and trade relations. He described the […]

IS group claims deadly bombing at remote Pakistan shrine

IS group claims deadly bombing at remote Pakistan shrine

At least 52 people died and more than 100 others were injured Saturday in a bomb blast at a remote Sufi shrine in Pakistan, officials said, with the Islamic State group claiming the attack. The blast hit worshippers participating in a ceremony at the shrine of the Sufi saint Shah Noorani, some 750 kilometres (460 […]

Deadly explosion hits largest US base in Afghanistan

Deadly explosion hits largest US base in Afghanistan

An explosion at a U.S. airfield in Afghanistan early Saturday killed four people, the head of international forces in the country said. U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson said another 14 people were wounded in the attack inside Bagram Air Field. He said the blast was caused by an “explosive device,” without providing further details. The […]

British PM Theresa May pushes post-Brexit trade deal with India

British PM Theresa May pushes post-Brexit trade deal with India

Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain would become the ultimate free trade champion as she laid the groundwork Monday for a potential post-Brexit deal with India, the world’s fastest growing major economy. In her first bilateral trip outside Europe since taking office in July, May said Britain would not “turn its back on the world” […]

Senior al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan killed in US drone strike

Senior al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan killed in US drone strike

The US military confirmed Friday it had killed Al-Qaeda’s emir for northeastern Afghanistan during an air strike last month, in a major blow to the group as it seeks to re-establish safe havens in the country. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook described the assault that killed Farouq al-Qahtani as a “precision strike” and said it took […]

Iranians weigh their fate under Clinton or Trump

Iranians weigh their fate under Clinton or Trump

As the 2016 US presidential campaign hurtles from scandal to scandal, Iranians have been carefully monitoring a race that could well affect their lives in the next four years. A giant mural on a building in downtown Tehran displays a modified US flag, the stars replaced by skulls and the stripes by falling bombs. Washington […]

Malaysia Airlines MH370 jet in ‘death dive when it vanished’, says report

Malaysia Airlines MH370 jet in ‘death dive when it vanished’, says report

A report into missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 by the Australian safety investigator leading the search supports its view that the aircraft descended rapidly after running out of fuel with no human intervention, the agency said on Wednesday. Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 passengers and […]

‘Afghan girl’ from National Geographic cover arrested with fake papers in Pakistan

‘Afghan girl’ from National Geographic cover arrested with fake papers in Pakistan

An Afghan woman immortalised on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers. The haunting image of Sharbat Gula, taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry in the 1980s, became the most famous cover image in the magazine’s […]

Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says ‘goodbye’ to US

Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says ‘goodbye’ to US

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his “separation” from the United States on Thursday, declaring that it had “lost” and he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks. Duterte made his comments in China, where he is visiting with at least 200 business people to pave […]

Iraq’s Mosul offensive ‘ahead of schedule’, Pentagon says

Iraq’s Mosul offensive ‘ahead of schedule’, Pentagon says

Iraqi forces are “ahead of schedule” in an offensive aimed at retaking Mosul and dealing a death blow to the Islamic State group, but the battle will be difficult and protracted, the Pentagon has said. The start of the long-awaited assault raised deep concerns for hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in Iraq’s second-largest city, […]

Several dead in Burma after armed men clash with troops

Several dead in Burma after armed men clash with troops

Twelve people have died in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state in clashes between armed men and troops, state media reported Wednesday, in a sharp escalation of violence in the restive region. Four soldiers and one attacker were killed on Tuesday when hundreds of men wielding pistols and swords assailed troops in Pyaungpit village, in […]

Iranian lawmakers introduce bill to cut down on executions

Iranian lawmakers introduce bill to cut down on executions

Close to 150 Iranian lawmakers this week signed a bill to significantly reduce the number of people the Islamic Republic executes on drug trafficking charges, but the reform is already facing stiff opposition. Iran continues to be among the countries that execute the highest number of their own citizens. Tehran put at least 977 people […]

World powers pledge $15 billion in aid to Afghanistan

World powers pledge $15 billion in aid to Afghanistan

World powers raised $15 billion for Afghanistan on Wednesday to fund the country over the next four years, while the European Union said it won support to revive a stalled peace process after almost 40 years of conflict. With the government in Kabul facing a resurgent Taliban 15 years after U.S. forces helped oust the […]

Afghan Taliban ‘seizes control of central Kunduz’

Afghan Taliban ‘seizes control of central Kunduz’

Taliban fighters have seized control of most of central Kunduz, a Taliban spokesman told FRANCE 24, a year after the militants briefly overran the northern Afghan city. The Taliban has taken over central Kunduz but government forces were still in control of the city’s airport, a spokesman for the group told FRANCE 24’s expert on […]

Taliban launch assault on Afghan city of Kunduz

Taliban launch assault on Afghan city of Kunduz

Taliban fighters mounted a coordinated assault on the northern city of Kunduz overnight, attacking from four directions and entering the city itself, a senior city police official said. Sheer Ali Kamal, commander of the 808 Tandar police zone in Kunduz said the attack began at around midnight (1930 GMT Sunday) and fighting was still going […]

Philippines’ Duterte shuns Hitler comparison but ‘willing to kill millions’

Philippines’ Duterte shuns Hitler comparison but ‘willing to kill millions’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte does not want to be branded another Hitler but he is willing to kill three million people in his crime war, his spokesman said Saturday. Duterte has faced international condemnation after on Friday likening his anti-drugs crackdown, which has left more than 3,000 dead, to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s efforts to […]

India signs deal to buy 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets

India signs deal to buy 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets

India signed a formal agreement Friday to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault for a reported 7.9 billion euros ($8.8 billion), one of its biggest defence deals in decades. India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian signed the agreement at a ceremony in New Delhi after years of […]

More than a dozen Indian soldiers killed in rebel attack in Kashmir

More than a dozen Indian soldiers killed in rebel attack in Kashmir

Militants attacked an Indian army brigade headquarters near the de factor borde with Pakistan on Sunday, killing 17 soldiers in one of the most deadly attacks in the northern region of Kashmir in a quarter-century-old insurgency. Four “fidayeen” – or commando-style gunmen willing to fight to the death – were confirmed killed after penetrating the […]

Scores dead and missing in wake of severe flooding in North Korea

Scores dead and missing in wake of severe flooding in North Korea

The death toll from severe flooding in a North Korean border region has risen to 133 with another 395 missing and tens of thousands left homeless, the UN said. Some 107,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the area along the Tumen River, it said in a statement received Monday and citing […]

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