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Le Pen in Lebanon for first head of state meeting

France’s far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Monday met for the first time with a foreign head of state, holding talks in Beirut with Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun. “We discussed the long and fruitful friendship between our

Meet the ‘silent sheikh’ who hasn’t spoken since 1990

More than 25 years ago, Sudanese Sheikh Bashir Mohammed Bashir decided to no longer talk and he’s been dubbed the silent sheikh since then. Bashir communicates with people by writing down what he wants to say on paper. He participates

One dead, 27 hurt in Belgium train derailment: officials

One person died and 27 were injured, three seriously, when a train derailed Saturday shortly after leaving a station east of Brussels, officials said. The train carrying 85 passengers derailed four minutes after leaving Louvain bound for the North Sea

Read French presidential candidate Macron’s controversial Algeria comments

French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron faced a storm of criticism from his right-wing opponents over his comments condemning France’s colonial past in Algeria, and on Thursday he refused to back down. On a visit to Algiers on Tuesday Macron said

Turkey arrests Frenchman suspected of helping plan New Year nightclub attack

Turkish authorities have arrested a Frenchman suspected of helping plan a New Year’s Day shooting in an Istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. The man, a 22-year-old French citizen of Turkish descent,

French militant Rachid Kassim ‘killed in Mosul’

French militant Rachid Kassim, suspected of inspiring several attacks in France, was targeted in a coalition air strike near the Iraqi city of Mosul, but his death is not yet confirmed, the Pentagon said Friday. Earlier in the day, several

France thwarts attack, arrests ISIS supporting teen

Anti-terrorism forces arrested four people Friday in southern France, including a 16-year-old girl, and uncovered a makeshift laboratory with the explosive TATP and other ingredients for fabricating a bomb. France’s top security official said the raid thwarted an “imminent attack.”

Fire at French nuclear plant takes reactor off grid, ‘no associated risk’

A fire caused an explosion at EDF’s Flamanville nuclear power plant in northern France on Thursday, leading the utility to take a reactor offline, but there was no associated nuclear risk, EDF and a local government official said on Thursday.

Regional party chief urges Fillon to drop French presidential bid

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon faced mounting pressure from his own conservative camp to withdraw from the race on Saturday, as a senator from The Republicans party warned it could split if he refused to bow out. Senator Bruno Gilles,

Soldier shoots knife attacker near Louvre in Paris: police

A soldier shot and seriously injured a man who tried to attack him with a knife on Friday near the Louvre museum in Paris, sources say. The individual cried out “Allahu Akbar” and police believe he wanted to carry out

Islam amid France’s elections

Nahla Chahal

By : Nahla Chahal It is believed one of the reasons Allan Juppé was unable to win the nomination of France’s political right in the upcoming May election, was his yielding position on the issue of Islam in France, or

US, Western allies launch war games near Iran waters

The US and four other allied navies have begun a three-day maritime exercise in international waters next to the Iranian shoreline. The exercise includes navy participants from the UK (which is leading the exercise), France and Australia. “The exercise is

French beauty crowned Miss Universe

Iris Mittenaere

Miss France was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in a made-for-television spectacle free of last year’s dramatic mix-up but with a dash of political controversy as the finalists spoke out on the refugee crisis and other hot-button global issues. Iris

France’s scandal-hit Fillon: ‘Leave my wife out’ of election

French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon on Sunday hit back at allegations he paid his wife 500,000 euros ($540,000) for a suspected fake job, telling a packed rally his critics should “leave my wife out” of the election. “If someone wants

Jubeir: Optimistic after contact with Trump cabinet

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that Saudi-US relations are strong in all areas and that his country would respect the decision of the American people. He also said he looks forward and “optimistic” on cooperating with

France puts three suspects under investigation over Kardashian robbery

The Paris prosecutor has placed three people suspected of involvement in the armed robbery of US reality television star Kim Kardashian under formal investigation, the prosecutor’s office said on Thursday. A spokesman for the office said the three were being

Swiss Muslim girls must take swimming classes with boys: Europe court

Muslim parents in Switzerland cannot refuse to send their daughters to mixed school-run swimming lessons, Europe’s rights top court ruled Tuesday, responding to a challenge by a Turkish-Swiss couple who argued the classes violated their beliefs. The European Court of

French aid worker kidnapped in Mali

A Frenchwoman who runs an aid group has been kidnapped in Mali’s restive north, the French foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday. Sophie Petronin was abducted in the city of Gao on Saturday, the ministry said, adding that French and Malian

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