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Mladic 'not a monster', defence tells UN judges

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Former Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was "not a monster" and should be acquitted of genocide and war crimes, his defence argued Friday, insisting the prosecution had failed to prove his role in the Bosnian war. Once dubbed "the...Show More Summary

Lyon's Fête des Lumières returns for 2016 amid tight security

With an increased security presence, the city’s annual festival of lights has been opened by France’s new prime minister, a year after it was cancelled following the Paris attacks Lyon’s festival of lights has been opened by France’s...Show More Summary

Fourteen facts you didn't know about the streets of Paris

How well do you know Paris? Here are fourteen facts about the streets of the City of Light - from the longest street to the shortest... and the most expensive on the Monopoly board.

As EU treaty turns 25, Juncker warns against going it alone

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday warned countries not to go it alone in the wake of Brexit, as he marked the 25th anniversary of a summit that produced the Maastricht treaty. Speaking in the Dutch town where EU...Show More Summary

US Pentagon chief reassures Afghans ahead of Trump era

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter sought to reaffirm US commitment to Afghanistan on Friday, as uncertainty lingers over President-elect Donald Trump's strategy on America's longest war in the face of a resilient Taliban insurgency. Carter...Show More Summary

Soldier found alive two weeks after chopper crash in Indonesia

A soldier aboard a military helicopter that crashed in remote Indonesian jungle more than two weeks ago has been found alive, an army spokesman said Friday. Yohanes Syahputra was found late Thursday by villagers on Borneo island in an exhausted state, army spokesman Sabrar Fadhilah told AFP. Show More Summary

Syria army pounds Aleppo rebels as Russia vows no let-up

Syrian government artillery pummelled fast-shrinking rebel territory in Aleppo on Friday as key regime backer Russia vowed no end to the bombardment while opposition fighters remain in the battleground city. The United Nations voiced...Show More Summary

Austria marathon election hatches word of the year

It was long, ugly and plagued with scandals. Austria's recent marathon election not only tested voters' patience but also produced the word of 2016 on Friday: "Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung", or "the delay in the repetition of the presidential run-off". Show More Summary

Paris to get fresh air this weekend, but pollution could return

The cloud of pollution that has hovered over Paris all week should drift off at the weekend but is likely to return next week due to the weather conditions.

UN voices fear that hundreds missing after fleeing east Aleppo

The UN human rights office voiced concern Friday that hundreds of men may have gone missing after fleeing eastern Aleppo into government-controlled parts of the city. "While it's very difficult to establish the facts in such a fluidShow More Summary

French press review 9 December 2016

French papers runs out of breathe as atmospheric pollution in France worsens.

Anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders guilty of discrimination

Anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders was Friday found guilty of discrimination by a Dutch court, but acquitted on a charge of hate speech for his 2014 comments about Moroccans. In their verdict, the judges said "the inflammatory character...Show More Summary

Nearly 400 migrants storm border at Spain's Ceuta

Nearly 400 migrants forced their way through a fence between Morocco and the tiny Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Friday, slightly injuring two police officers, authorities said. They stormed two entry points in the tall fence that surrounds the enclave, in an assault that also injured three migrants, local authorities told AFP. Show More Summary

US fast food giant opens burger battle with 'McDo' on Champs-Elysées

US burger giant Five Guys has taken the fight to McDonald’s and Burger King on Paris’s most famous street by opening its biggest restaurant in the world.

Bomb in Egypt capital kills six

A bomb next to a police checkpoint killed six people in Cairo on Friday, state media and officials said. State television reported that the bombing occurred in the Talibiya district in the west of the capital next to a police checkpoint. Show More Summary

France blames Brexit for stumbling growth forecasts

France's central bank trimmed its growth forecasts for 2016 and 2017 on Friday, citing a deterioration in the global economy and Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Buzz Aldrin discharged from New Zealand hospital

US moonwalker Buzz Aldrin was discharged from a New Zealand hospital Friday, a week after he was evacuated from the South Pole after a health scare. "Bye bye New Zealand! Hope to see you again," his manager Christina Korp tweeted with a photo of a relaxed Aldrin sitting in an aircraft. Show More Summary

3,000 evacuated after WWII bomb found near Paris

Thousands were forced to leave their home in a town near Paris after construction workers uncovered a 500-kilogramme bomb.

Heavy Syrian army shelling hits rebel Aleppo: monitor

Syrian government artillery bombarded the fast-shrinking rebel enclave in the heart of Aleppo on Friday despite its ally Russia's announcement of a new humanitarian pause, a monitor said. Air strikes halted on Thursday evening following...Show More Summary

Hong Kong's unpopular leader says will not run again 

Hong Kong's unpopular leader Leung Chun-ying said Friday that he would not run again for office and would step down at the end of his term in July, citing family reasons. Leung said that he was taking the decision out of "responsibility as a father and a husband" and that it was not to do with his performance as leader. Show More Summary

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