Sep 21, 2014

French criminal arranges his own funeral to escape justice

A French criminal came up with a cunning plan to escape the long arm of the law by announcing his own funeral, which both the police and his unsuspecting grandmother attended. The 26-year-old, wanted for a long list of offenses including fraud and theft, ...

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. strikes jihadist training camp in Iraq; France to join air war

U.S. warplanes hit an Islamic State group training camp in Iraq Thursday in their first strike not directly supporting Iraqi or Kurdish forces as France announced it will join the air war. The jihadists posted their latest video of a Western hostage, British journalist ...

Sep 18, 2014

France to receive first Ebola patient

France on Wednesday prepared to receive its first Ebola patient, as the World Bank warned the spiralling epidemic is threatening economic catastrophe in West Africa. Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, said a female volunteer had contracted the killer virus while ...

Sep 17, 2014

Holy smoke: Vatican car seized with cocaine, cannabis

The Vatican was left red-faced Tuesday after it emerged that a car bearing its diplomatic plates had been stopped in France with 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of cocaine on board. The car — which also contained 200 grams (7 ounces) of cannabis — belonged ...

Hollande says 'no time to lose' in fighting Islamic State

Sep 15, 2014

Hollande says 'no time to lose' in fighting Islamic State

The leaders of France and Iraq on Monday urged swift action against Islamic State militants, with President Francois Hollande warning there was “no time to lose” as he opened an international conference to shore up an anti-jihadist coalition. “The fight of the Iraqis against ...

Sep 12, 2014

Suspected French jihad recruiter arrested in Paris

French authorities have arrested a man suspected of being one of the top recruiters of young jihadis for the civil war in Syria, the Interior Ministry said Thursday, describing him as “a particularly dangerous individual.” Mourad Fares, 30, was arrested Wednesday night at Paris’ ...

France shocks host Spain to make World Cup semifinals

Sep 11, 2014

France shocks host Spain to make World Cup semifinals

France upset Spain 65-52 in front of its stunned fans in the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup on Wednesday. After dominating its first six games and blowing out France by 24 points in the group phase, Spain appeared to be the main candidate ...

France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

Sep 11, 2014

France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

France’s foreign minister said Wednesday his country is ready to take part in airstrikes against extremist fighters in Iraq if needed. Laurent Fabius called for international mobilization against “this transnational danger that could reach all the way to our soil.” He spoke in Paris ...