New President Ibrahim Raisi takes reins as Iran faces host of challenges
Iran’s new ultraconservative President Ibrahim Raisi takes power on Thursday with the country facing an economy battered by US sanctions, a grinding health crisis and thorny negotiations on the 2015 nuclear deal.
French parliament approves law requiring Covid pass for restaurants, travel starting in August
The French parliament approved a bill early Monday that will require a health pass for access to restaurants, bars, trains and planes from the beginning of August. All venues accommodating more than 50 people already require proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test, including museums, cinemas and swimming pools.
Haitian police arrest foreign commandos in Moïse assassination plot but masterminds still at large
A heavily armed commando unit that assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was composed of 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans, authorities said on Thursday, as the hunt went on for the masterminds of the killing.
Xi says no more 'bullying' China at celebration for centenary of Communist Party
President Xi Jinping hailed China's "irreversible" course from humiliated colony to great power at the centenary celebrations for the Chinese Communist Party on Thursday, in a speech reaching deep into history to remind patriots at home and rivals abroad of his nation's -- and his own -- ascendancy.
G7 to distribute 1 billion Covid jabs globally by 2023, Johnson says
G7 leaders will agree to expand global Covid vaccine manufacturing to provide at least one billion doses to the world through sharing and financing schemes, Britain said Thursday.
David Petraeus: US troop withdrawal 'is not going to end the endless war in Afghanistan'
In an interview with FRANCE 24, General David Petraeus, former commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and former CIA director, reacted to the recent decision of US President Joe Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan. "I do fear that two to three years from now we are going to look back and regret the decision to withdraw the remaining 3,500 US troops," he told our Washington correspondent Sonia Dridi. "This is not going to end the endless war in Afghanistan; it is going to end the US and the coalition involvement in that war militarily."
Abducted Westerners killed in eastern Burkina Faso, security sources sa
Two Spanish citizens and an Irish national who were abducted by gunmen in eastern Burkina Faso have died, senior Burkina Faso security sources said on Tuesday.
‘Painfully earned justice’: Americans, world leaders react to Chauvin conviction
Politicians, rights activists and family members and even world leaders reacted with jubilation and relief Tuesday as sacked Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who died when the officer knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes last year.
Chadian President Idriss Deby dies on frontline after 30 years in power
Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has died on the battlefield after three decades in power, the army announced on state television on Tuesday.
Ukraine's Zelensky says open to four-way talks with Putin to ease tensions with Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for a summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to ease tensions with Moscow following talks in Paris on Friday.
Britain's Prince Philip, the Queen’s ‘strength and stay’, dies at 99
Britain’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99 after seven decades at the heart of public life as consort to Queen Elizabeth II.
Israel's Netanyahu in court for corruption trial as coalition talks ramp up
Israel's legal and political dramas converged Monday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in court for his corruption trial as the president launched talks to help form a government.
ICC appeals court upholds acquittal of Ivorian ex-president Gbagbo
International Criminal Court appeals judges have upheld the acquittals of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and former minister Charles Ble Goude on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence.
Piers Morgan storms off his own show after weatherman calls him out for ‘diabolical’ Meghan Markle rants
Piers Morgan can give it, but he can’t take it.
Senegalese opposition leader's supporters call for three days of protests
Supporters of Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko have called for three more days of protests starting Monday following violent demonstrations last week that threatened to erode the country's reputation as one of West Africa's most stable democracies.
US carries out air strikes targeting ‘Iranian-backed’ militias in Syria
The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a US service member and other coalition troops.
Facebook to lift ban on Australia news and pay local media companies
Facebook said Tuesday it will lift a contentious ban on Australian news and pay local media companies for content, after a last-gasp deal on pending landmark legislation.
French firm Sanofi to help produce 100 million doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
Sanofi will fill and pack millions of doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from July in an effort to help meet the huge demand for the U.S. drugmaker's shots.
US President Joe Biden: A return to 'normalcy'?
Vice-president under Barack Obama and a senator for 36 years, Joe Biden is a political figure familiar to most Americans. To many, he may lack the charisma of the previous Democratic president, but after a tumultuous four years in US politics, is he the steady pair of hands the nation needs?