Multiple drones spotted over Paris landmarks; police puzzled

Feb 24, 2015

Multiple drones spotted over Paris landmarks; police puzzled

Paris police say they spotted at least five drones flying over the French capital overnight, and an investigation is under way into who was flying them and why. France’s BFM television reported that they were seen flying over the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum ...

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Feb 24, 2015

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Indonesia’s president said on Tuesday the planned execution of 11 convicts on death row, most on drugs charges, would not be delayed. He warned foreign countries not to intervene in Jakarta’s right to use capital punishment. President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to the ...

Feb 24, 2015

France seizes passports of would-be jihadis

Six French citizens have had their passports confiscated and 40 more will be banned from leaving the country as Europe cracks down on would-be jihadis planning to travel to Syria and Iraq. This is the first time France has resorted to the measure since ...

Feb 23, 2015

France bans six people from traveling to extremists in Syria

France has barred six people from leaving the country because they wanted to join extremists in Syria, the first such travel ban under a new law aimed at keeping French radicals from gaining violent experience abroad. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says some 40 others ...

French aircraft carrier begins Iraq operations

Feb 23, 2015

French aircraft carrier begins Iraq operations

France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has started military operations against Islamic State in Iraq, a French army source said Monday. “The carrier and its naval group has officially started missions as part of its Chammal operation in Iraq,” the source said, referring to ...

Ex.-N. Ireland cop apologizes for Paris Metro racism incident

Feb 23, 2015

Ex.-N. Ireland cop apologizes for Paris Metro racism incident

A former police officer and Chelsea fan on Sunday apologized for his involvement in an alleged racist incident involving football supporters on a Paris Metro train. Footage posted online last week showed supporters blocking a man, named as Souleymane S., from boarding a Metro ...

Huge spring tides draw crowds to French Atlantic coast

Feb 22, 2015

Huge spring tides draw crowds to French Atlantic coast

France kicked off nearly a month of exceptionally large spring tides Saturday as tourists flocked to coastal areas to witness spectacularly high water levels ahead of the “tide of the century” on March 21. Thousands of people took advantage of the school vacation period ...

In citadel of romance, Parisians flock to libertine sex clubs

Feb 20, 2015

In citadel of romance, Parisians flock to libertine sex clubs

It’s Valentine’s Day in the world’s most romantic capital and as some couples cozy up in restaurants around Paris, others furtively slip through a purple tinted door for a night of sexual titillation at a libertine club. One by one, accountants, engineers, businessmen and ...

Feb 18, 2015

Charlie Hebdo jihadis believed to have met night before attacks

French investigators believe they have established that the jihadis who struck Paris last month were in direct contact before the attacks, a security source said Tuesday. Phone records appear to show that Cherif Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly met the night before they started three ...