French volunteer pair in 20s found slain on isle off Madagascar

Aug 22, 2016

French volunteer pair in 20s found slain on isle off Madagascar

Two young French volunteers found dead on Sunday on an island off the northeast coast of Madagascar were likely murdered, authorities said. Local Mayor Bessaou Ismak Ado Crophe on the resort island of Sainte Marie told AFP both bodies showed signs of head trauma, ...

Heath grabs gold in 200-meter single kayak sprint

Aug 20, 2016

Heath grabs gold in 200-meter single kayak sprint

When the Olympic title holder in the men’s 200-meter single kayak sprint didn’t qualify for the Rio games another Briton stepped in. Liam Heath beat Maxime Beaumont of France in a furious sprint Saturday to keep the gold medal in British hands. Heath completed ...

U.S. runs past France, will face Spain in final

Aug 19, 2016

U.S. runs past France, will face Spain in final

It’s rare to see the U.S. women’s basketball team struggle during the Olympics. Then again, they’ve had Sue Bird running the show for over a decade. With the starting point guard sidelined with a knee injury, the Americans were out of sorts for a ...

Aug 17, 2016

Tesla investigating Model S inferno during France test drive

Pioneering U.S. electric car firm Tesla said Tuesday it was probing an incident in which one of its Model S sedans caught fire while undergoing a test drive in France. “We are working with the authorities to determine the circumstances of the incident and ...

'Islam for Dummies': IS recruits have poor grasp of faith

| Aug 16, 2016

'Islam for Dummies': IS recruits have poor grasp of faith

The jihadi employment form asked the new recruits to rate their knowledge of Islam on a scale of one to three. And the Islamic State group applicants, herded into a hangar somewhere at the Syria-Turkey border, turned out to be overwhelmingly deemed ignorant. The ...

Beach clashes lead to third French burqini ban

Aug 16, 2016

Beach clashes lead to third French burqini ban

A mayor on the French island of Corsica on Monday announced the nation’s third ban on burqinis, following weekend clashes allegedly sparked by a row over the full-body Islamic swimsuit. The announcement by the mayor of the village of Sisco follows similar prohibitions in ...

Aug 14, 2016

Brexit may be delayed until 2019, report says

Britain’s departure from the EU could be delayed until late 2019 as civil servants struggle with the task and French and German elections may hold up the start of exit negotiations, a report said Sunday. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has indicated that it ...

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

Aug 14, 2016

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

The sight of a large, lumbering horse pulling a plow through a vineyard may seem like a time warp, but hundreds of French winegrowers have returned to the centuries-old practice. “It’s a picture postcard image,” said oenologist Gilles de Revel, adding that the renaissance ...

Four dead as wildfires race toward Marseille, rage across Portugal

Aug 11, 2016

Four dead as wildfires race toward Marseille, rage across Portugal

Fires whipped by high winds ravaged swaths of southern France and Portugal on Wednesday, killing at least four people, burning scores of homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands, including tourists. In France, multiple fires formed a column marching toward the Mediterranean port city ...