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17 opposition activists held in Belarus crackdown: NGO

28 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

A total of 17 opposition activists have been arrested in Belarus as authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko cracks down on opponents following a wave of major protests, a local rights group said Thursday. Vyasna, an NGO that defends...Show More Summary

Defections boost support for centrist presidential hopeful Macron

29 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has announced his support for presidential election frontrunner Emmanuel Macron. This is a major boost for the centrist candidate, who has been increasingly backed by members of the Socialist Party.

Serbia returns precious stolen violin to France

30 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

Nearly two years after it was stolen from a Paris home, a violin worth 300,000 euros, found in Serbia, will soon be back with its owner after it was handed over to French authorities in Belgrade, France's embassy said Thursday. The precious instrument disappeared from a house in Paris in the northern 19th arrondissement in a burglary on June 8, 2015. Show More Summary

Laptop ban creates turbulence for airline profits

A carry-on ban by Washington and London for laptops on flights from some airports will hit the profits of affected airlines, especially the lucrative business class segments of Gulf carriers, analysts said Thursday. Washington decided...Show More Summary

Low-tech London attack is 'new norm', experts say

A man with a car, a knife and murderous intent -- the London attack shows the "new norm" of low-tech terror, experts say. Analysts who have studied similar attacks say their crude nature makes them almost impossible to prevent and easy to copy, posing a major headache for security services. Show More Summary

Anti-immigration politicians link London attack to migrant policy

Marine Le Pen and Polish PM Beata Szyd?o among those calling for tighter borders despite attacker being British Marine Le Pen, the French far-right leader, has joined anti-immigration politicians in linking the London attack to immigration, despite the attacker being British. Show More Summary

French left still split ahead of presidential election

French Defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is the latest member of the current Socialist government to throw his support behind centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. It’s yet another blow to Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon, who has been struggling to convince left-wing voters to support him.

Israel arrests Jewish teen over anti-Semitic threats in US, elsewhere

Israel arrested on Thursday a Jewish teenager accused of making dozens of anti-Semitic bomb threats in the United States and elsewhere, and one to a major airline, following a wide-ranging investigation involving the FBI. The arrestShow More Summary

Fighter turned peacemaker McGuinness laid to rest

Former Irish Republican Army commander turned peace negotiator Martin McGuinness was buried Thursday, his supporters giving him the funeral of an Irish chieftain. McGuinness, who resigned as Northern Ireland's deputy first minister in January, died on Tuesday aged 66. Show More Summary

British MPs back at work but parliament remains a crime scene

Defiant British lawmakers returned to parliament Thursday but outside, the forensic work and eerie absence of people and traffic at one of London's most popular tourist spots was a poignant reminder of the previous day's terror. MPsShow More Summary

Jewish youth arrested in Israel over anti-Semitic threats abroad

A Jewish youth was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of anti-Semitic threats in countries around the world, police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the suspect was "a resident of the south (of Israel) from the Jewish community". Show More Summary

France's Le Pen to visit Moscow Friday

French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will on Friday visit Moscow to meet with lawmakers, Russia's parliament said Thursday. One month before the French presidential vote, the leader of far-right Front National...Show More Summary

Erdogan slams 'pressure' on Turks in Bulgaria ahead of vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back Thursday at what he called "pressure" on the 700,000 Turks in Bulgaria, as tensions mounted between Ankara and Sofia ahead of elections in the EU state. Bulgaria has voiced anger at Turkey's...Show More Summary

Ukraine says 'state terrorism' by Moscow behind murder of Russian ex-MP

A former Russian MP wanted by Moscow for fraud was shot dead in broad daylight in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday in what Kiev branded "state terrorism." Kiev police chief Andriy Kryshchenko confirmed in televised comments that "the identity of the dead man has been established" as former Communist lawmaker Denis Voronenkov. Show More Summary

EU parliament head sets 'red line' on citizens' rights post-Brexit

European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani said securing the rights of millions of EU citizens after Brexit was a "red line" when negotiations begin soon. In an interview with AFP, Italy's Tajani said parliament would be a "protagonist" and hoped to hold its casting vote on a Brexit deal in late 2018 or early 2019. Show More Summary

UN's troubled Syria peace talks restart in Geneva

UN-backed Syria peace talks resumed in Geneva on Thursday, with little hope of a breakthrough and the emboldened regime seen as unlikely to make concessions. The United Nations deputy Syria envoy Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy met government negotiators...Show More Summary

'Mafia tour' in Sicily makes victims' blood boil

A travel agency in Sicily offering a 'mafia tour' has found itself in the firing line after local authorities and relatives of victims slammed it for glorifying organised crime. Easy Trapani lays on half or full-day visits to Mafia museums...Show More Summary

British parliament attack: The victims

Three people were killed in the London terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament -- two members of the public and a police officer. Police said 40 were injured after the attacker ploughed a car along a pavement on a bridge before stabbing the police officer outside the parliament. Show More Summary

French national kidnapped in Chad

A French national was kidnapped on Thursday in eastern Chad, a French military source and a Chadian security source said.  

Emboldened Taliban capture key southern district

Taliban fighters captured the strategic southern district of Sangin on Thursday, officials said, another setback for Afghan forces in opium-rich Helmand province ahead of the spring fighting season. The capture of Sangin, where US and...Show More Summary

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