Former US president George H. W. Bush in intensive care

Former US president George H. W. Bush in intensive care

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing, a spokesman said. The 92-year-old former president, who had been hospitalized since Saturday, underwent a procedure “to protect and clear his airway […]

Sarkozy’s former spy chief placed under ‘formal investigation’

Sarkozy’s former spy chief placed under ‘formal investigation’

The former head of France’s DGSI domestic intelligence agency was placed under formal investigation on Wednesday on suspicions of influence peddling. Squarcini was a close ally of former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Bernard “The Shark” Squarcini is suspected of using his police contacts to obtain confidential information about investigations for private clients after he was dismissed […]

Peres was ‘a pathological charmer’, says former advisor

Peres was ‘a pathological charmer’, says former advisor

Ofer Bronchtein, a former advisor to Shimon Peres, gave FRANCE 24 an insider’s account of his working experience with the late Israeli statesman during one of the most hopeful periods in the country’s history. On September 13, 1993, when then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin grasped Yasser Arafat’s hand in the White House Rose Garden, […]

Israel’s former president Shimon Peres dies at 93

Israel’s former president Shimon Peres dies at 93

  Veteran Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, whose distinguished political career spanned almost 60 years and saw him occupy the highest office in the state of Israel, died on Wednesday at the age of 93, his personal doctor said. Peres died at around 3:00 am local time (0000 GMT), Rafi Walden, who is also Peres’s son-in-law, […]

Top commander of former Nusra Front rebel group ‘killed’ in Syria

Top commander of former Nusra Front rebel group ‘killed’ in Syria

The top military commander of the militant group Jabhat Fateh al Sham, the former al Qaeda offshoot in Syria, was killed in an aerial raid that targeted a meeting of the group’s leaders, both the group and rebel sources said on Thursday. The commander Abu Hajer al Homsi, whose alias is Abu Omar Saraqeb, was […]

Shamed ex-minister implicates former French PM in tax fraud case

Shamed ex-minister implicates former French PM in tax fraud case

Former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac on Monday implicated a former French prime minister at the start of a high-profile tax fraud and money laundering case in Paris. Cahuzac, who is on trial for hiding his wealth in tax havens for years, told judges he opened his first secret bank account in Switzerland in 1992 in […]

Mass rally in war-torn Yemen in support of rebels, former president

Mass rally in war-torn Yemen in support of rebels, former president

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis marched on Saturday in support of Shiite Houthi rebels and their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The march in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, was in support of a new combined governing council the rebels and Saleh announced late last month, but which was immediately rejected by the internationally recognized […]

Former US marine shoots three Baton Rouge police officers dead

Former US marine shoots three Baton Rouge police officers dead

Three police officers were shot dead and three others wounded in Baton Rouge on Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was killed by police in the Louisiana capital, sparking nationwide protests. The Baton Rouge suspect, dressed in black and armed with a rifle, was himself shot to death minutes later in a […]

Former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard dies

Former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard dies

Former French Socialist prime minister Michel Rocard, hailed as a “visionary statesman”, died Saturday aged 85 his son Francis told AFP. Rocard served as prime minister for three years from mid-1988 under Francois Mitterrand, a two-term Socialist president who led the country from 1981 to 1995. Mitterrand appointed Rocard to succeed future centre right president […]