Dozens killed in attacks amid political unrest in DR Congo

Dozens killed in attacks amid political unrest in DR Congo

Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 34 civilians over the weekend, the army and local activists said, and the violence stoked concerns over political instability. Attacks have surged across the country in the past week alongside violent protests over President Joseph Kabila’s failure to step down at the end of his […]

From love life scandal to terror attacks: the defining moments of Hollande’s presidency

From love life scandal to terror attacks: the defining moments of Hollande’s presidency

Francois Hollande’s presidency has been overshadowed by an unprecedented wave of jihadist attacks, violent protests over labour reforms and revelations about his messy private life. Following are some of the defining moments of his mandate which began in 2012 and which he confirmed Thursday would be his last. Three major terror attacks Since January 2015, […]

A year after Paris attacks, former neighbours of terrorists feel forgotten

A year after Paris attacks, former neighbours of terrorists feel forgotten

A year after the deadly November 13 Paris attacks, people who lived near the terrorists say they lost everything in the ensuing police operation and have been forgotten by the authorities. Five days after the coordinated attacks – which included a mass shooting at the Bataclan concert hall and left 130 people dead across the […]

‘Be patient with us’: the heartfelt cry of survivors of the November 13 Paris attacks

‘Be patient with us’: the heartfelt cry of survivors of the November 13 Paris attacks

The association Life for Paris, which is made up of 700 victims of the November 13 attacks, has organised a day of commemoration for the one-year anniversary this Sunday. France 24 met volunteers and survivors ahead of the big event. “I can’t wait for Monday,” sighs Serge, 41, who is a volunteer with Life for […]

Al Shabaab launch three attacks in Kenya, Somalia

Al Shabaab launch three attacks in Kenya, Somalia

Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group rammed a military base with a suicide truck bomb, shot dead an intelligence officer and killed 12 people in a Kenyan border town in a series of strikes over 24 hours, the militants said on Tuesday. The group, which once ruled much of Somalia, wants to topple the Western-backed government […]

Several killed in Central African Republic as militia attacks refugees

Several killed in Central African Republic as militia attacks refugees

Fighters from Central African Republic’s largely Muslim Seleka militia attacked refugees in the country’s remote north on Wednesday, stabbing or hacking to death 13 people before U.N. peacekeepers repelled them, killing at least 10, officials said. Several people were also wounded in the attack targeting Kaga Bandoro, a town of dirt roads and thatched mud […]

Amnesty accuses Sudan of ‘horrific’ Darfur chemical weapons attacks

Amnesty accuses Sudan of ‘horrific’ Darfur chemical weapons attacks

  Rights group Amnesty International on Thursday accused Sudanese government forces of killing scores of civilians, including many children, in suspected chemical weapons attacks in a mountainous area of war-torn Darfur. More than 30 such attacks are believed to have been carried out on several villages as part of a massive military campaign against rebels […]

UN’s Ban Ki-moon appalled by ‘chilling’ attacks on Syria’s Aleppo

UN’s Ban Ki-moon appalled by ‘chilling’ attacks on Syria’s Aleppo

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday said he was appalled by the “chilling” upsurge in fighting in Aleppo and warned that the use of advanced weaponry in Syria’s battleground city could amount to war crimes. Ban cited reports of air strikes involving the use of incendiary weapons, bunker buster bombs and other powerful munitions in […]

Inquiry finds Syrian government, IS group responsible for chemical weapons attacks

Inquiry finds Syrian government, IS group responsible for chemical weapons attacks

Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks and Islamic State militants used sulfur mustard gas, an inquiry by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog found Wednesday, according to a report seen by Reuters. The year-long U.N. and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inquiry – unanimously authorized […]

Attacks, strikes and floods decimate Paris tourism

Attacks, strikes and floods decimate Paris tourism

Tourism in the Paris region suffered a severe setback in 2016 following a wave of terrorist attacks, strikes and severe flooding that cost the French capital around 750 million euros in lost revenue, officials said Tuesday. The Champs Elysées in Paris is normally packed with tourists at this time of year. But this month however, […]

Thai police say attacks targeting tourists are connected, one arrest made

Thai police say attacks targeting tourists are connected, one arrest made

A series of bombing and arson attacks in southern Thailand that killed four people and wounded dozens was orchestrated by a single person, Thai police said on Sunday, while a man has been arrested in relation to one of the attacks. Blasts on Thursday and Friday targeted some of Thailand’s best-known tourist resorts, just days […]

Lawyers for US-based Turkish cleric fear attacks on his life

Lawyers for US-based Turkish cleric fear attacks on his life

Lawyers for US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen said on Friday they feared attacks on his life following Turkey’s demands that he be extradited to face allegations that he ordered a failed coup against the government last month. His lawyers said they expect Gulen, who has denied any involvement in the July 15 coup attempt, will […]

Paris attacks ‘accomplices’ arrested in Austria

Paris attacks ‘accomplices’ arrested in Austria

France on Friday filed terror charges against two suspected members of the same Islamic State (IS) group cell that massacred 130 people in Paris last November, a judicial source told AFP. The 29-year-old Algerian Adel H. and the 35-year-old Pakistani Mohamad U. were charged with “criminal conspiracy with terrorists”, the source said of the men […]

 Merkel rejects calls to reverse refugee policy after attacks

 Merkel rejects calls to reverse refugee policy after attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday “firmly” rejected calls to reverse her welcoming stance towards refugees following a series of brutal attacks in the country. Merkel told reporters that the assailants “wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need”. “We firmly reject this,” she said. Merkel, […]

Attacks across Europe: ‘Terrorists are not mentally ill’

Attacks across Europe: ‘Terrorists are not mentally ill’

Several of the perpetrators of recent attacks in Europe, from Nice to this weekend’s suicide bombing in Germany, have been reported to suffer from psychiatric problems. Yet for Dr. Samuel Leistedt, mental illness does not explain their actions. Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the man who killed 84 people at the end of Bastille Day celebrations in […]

Brother of IS group recruit wants heroes of Nice attacks to be rewarded

Brother of IS group recruit wants heroes of Nice attacks to be rewarded

A 20-year-old man from the north of France has launched an online petition to award the Legion of Honor, the country’s highest award, to the three men who tried to stop the Bastille Day attack in Nice. Many in France are, of course, thankful to those who were willing to risk their own lives to […]

French state faces lawsuits over failure to thwart terrorist attacks

French state faces lawsuits over failure to thwart terrorist attacks

Several victims of the July 14 truck attack have said they plan to sue the French state and the municipality of Nice amid criticism of the authorities’ failure to prevent the latest deadly attack on French soil. French authorities have faced fierce criticism since Tunisia-born Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a 19-tonne truck along Nice’s packed sea-front […]

US releases 28 long-classified pages of 9-11 report

US releases 28 long-classified pages of 9-11 report

The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Friday released 28 pages of the official report on the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States that had been classified for 13 years. The United States probed links between the Saudi government and the 9/11 attacks, finding multiple suspicions but no proven ties, documents declassified Friday […]

French authorities identify real leader of Paris attacks, report says

French authorities identify real leader of Paris attacks, report says

French authorities say they have identified the commander of the Nov. 13 Islamist militant attacks on Paris and know that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, cornered and killed days later by police, played a lesser role. Newly published official documents cite testimony by Bernard Bajolet,France’s head of external security, to a closed-door parliamentary inquiry into France’s anti-terrorism activities […]

Bomb attacks kill scores in central Baghdad

Bomb attacks kill scores in central Baghdad

  At least 120 people were killed in two separate bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Sunday morning, Iraqi officials said. In the deadliest attack a car bomb hit Karada, a busy shopping district in the centre of Baghdad, killing at least 115 people and wounding near 200, according to police and hospital officials. The […]

Why the father of a Paris attacks victim is suing Facebook, Twitter, Google

Why the father of a Paris attacks victim is suing Facebook, Twitter, Google

Reynaldo Gonzalez, the father of the only American to have died in the November 13 Paris attacks, is suing Google, Twitter and Facebook for providing “material support” to the Islamic State (IS) group, according to a suit filed June 14 in California. Gonzalez’s daughter, Nohemi, was one of 130 people killed in a group of […]

Belgian police arrest 12 suspected of planning new attacks

Belgian police arrest 12 suspected of planning new attacks

Twelve people suspected of planning new attacks were arrested in Brussels on Friday and Saturday after police carried out about 40 house searches across Belgium, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement. It said a total of 40 people had been questioned after the raids.

UN looks to extend Mali mission despite deadly attacks on peacekeepers

UN looks to extend Mali mission despite deadly attacks on peacekeepers

As the UN prepares to vote on extending its Mali mission for another year, officials blame equipment shortages and intelligence failures for a surge in Islamist attacks that has made MINUSMA the UN’s most dangerous active operation. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Security Council to approve 2,500 extra troops and police for the […]

Six months after Paris terror attacks, victims’ families want answers

Six months after Paris terror attacks, victims’ families want answers

    Investigating judges are scheduled to field questions from around 1,000 people over three days in the French capital as the government tackles the complicated task of distributing financial compensations and revealing victims’ autopsies. On Tuesday, they will meet with the families of those killed near the Stade de France sporting arena and outside […]