French presidential hopeful warns of Britain becoming US vassal state

French presidential hopeful warns of Britain becoming US vassal state

Britain is becoming subservient to a United States that will be extremely difficult to cooperate with judging by President Donald Trump’s “serious and worrying” first acts, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron said on Friday. British Prime Minister Theresa May, who will hold talks with Trump later on Friday, wants a renewal of the “special relationship” […]

France votes to extend state of emergency for fifth time

France votes to extend state of emergency for fifth time

France’s parliament voted early Wednesday to extend a national state of emergency until July 15, after next year’s elections. The security measures, in force since attacks in Paris that killed 130 people in November 2015, are now expected to be approved by the Senate on Thursday. It is the fifth extension of the state of […]

Left in limbo by the state, Paris attacks informant awaits new identity

Left in limbo by the state, Paris attacks informant awaits new identity

More than a year after the Paris attacks, a Frenchwoman who risked her life to supply the security services with valuable intelligence that thwarted future attacks says she feels abandoned by the French state. On January 19, the night editor at French radio station RMC received a very strange phone call. It was a little […]

Trump considers retired General Petraeus for secretary of state

Trump considers retired General Petraeus for secretary of state

Donald Trump is to meet with retired US General David Petraeus on Monday as the president-elect considers him to serve as US secretary of state, reports Bloomberg, citing a source inside Trump’s transition team. In response to speculation on whether he would serve in Trump’s administration, Petraeus told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that, “the […]

North Korean state media call defector ‘human scum’

North Korean state media call defector ‘human scum’

North Korea’s deputy ambassador to Britain, who defected to South Korea this week, is a criminal who had been ordered to return home for questioning, Pyongyang state media said Saturday. The defector, Thae Yong-Ho, had embezzled huge sums of money, raped a minor and spied for South Korea, Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. […]

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US launches air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Libya

US warplanes carried out air strikes on positions of the Islamic State (IS) group in the Libyan city of Sirte for the first time on Monday, the Pentagon and Libya’s unity government announced. “The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh organisation were carried out today, causing heavy losses… in Sirte,” Prime […]

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 […]

Hollande extends state of emergency after Nice attack

Hollande extends state of emergency after Nice attack

At least 84 people were killed after a lorry ploughed into a crowd attending Bastille Day celebrations in the French city of Nice on Thursday night, in what authorities said was terror attack. A lorry ploughed into a crowd of people in the southern French city of Nice at around 11pm local time Thursday night […]

Clinton to face new email probe by US State Department

Clinton to face new email probe by US State Department

The US State Department said Thursday it will reopen its internal investigation into whether Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account and server compromised her handling of classified material. “We will aim to be as expeditious as possible, but we will not put artificial deadlines on the process,” department spokesman […]

Libya’s Sirte struck by three Islamic State group bombings

Libya’s Sirte struck by three Islamic State group bombings

The Islamic State group carried out three suicide car bombings Sunday against forces allied with Libya’s unity government battling to retake the city of Sirte, an official said. “Three explosions from cars driven by Islamic State suicide bombers targeted our forces in Sirte,” Rida Issa, a spokesman for the unity government’s forces, told AFP. “There […]

‘The tide has turned’ in fight against Islamic State group

‘The tide has turned’ in fight against Islamic State group

The Islamic State group caught the world off guard when it conquered vast swaths of territory, including important cities, in Iraq and Syria. Two years later, experts say the tide has finally turned against the jihadist camp. For Iraqi forces, 2016 ushered in the recapture of the Islamic State (IS) group’s headquarters in Ramadi, the […]