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Bashar al-Assad on France 2 television
21/04/2015 - Syria - France

Assad claims contacts between Syrian, French intelligence services

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Monday that his regime's intelligence services are in contact with France's in a French TV interview, while accusing France and the US of supporting ...
Migrants arriving in Italy after being rescued on 20 April 2015
20/04/2015 - European Union

UN calls on Europe to act to end migrant drowning tragedies

Europe can prevent further tragedies like the deaths of 700 migrants in the Mediterranean on Sunday, a UN refugee agency official has told RFI, as European foreign and interior ministers met in ...
The Lebanese army going to fight Al-Nusra last year
20/04/2015 - FRANCE - Lebanon - Syria - Saudi Arabia

First delivery of Saudi-funded French arms arrives in Lebanon

Lebanon on Monday took delivery of the first French weapons in a 2.8-billion-euro Saudi-funded programme to beef up its army, faced with incursions from armed Islamist groups fighting in ...
Combat between Assad's army and IS fighters in Idlib, Syrie, on 28 March 2015.
17/04/2015 - Syria

Syrian volunteers demand action to stop barrel bombs

While the United Nations Security Council has vowed to take action against those behind deadly chemical weapons in Syria, members of the Syrian Civil Defense volunteers tell RFI that the grim ...
John Kerry, US Secretary of State, after talks in Madrid on 14 April 2015 on nuclear deal with Iran
15/04/2015 - IRAN - US

High stakes as US domestic politics hit Iran nuclear talks

There are more benefits to the deal with Tehran on its use of nuclear energy than meet the eye. As the pace of negotiations accelerates, it is worth considering why.

Pope Francis celebrates mass for the victims of the Armenian genocide on 12 April 2015
12/04/2015 - Turkey - Armenia - Vatican

Armenians welcome Pope's genocide statement, Turkey protests

Turkey summoned the Vatican ambassador to Ankara on Sunday after Pope Francis used the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (R) and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve present the latest intelligence bill earlier this month
12/04/2015 - FRANCE

France to strengthen spies' powers in new anti-terror law

The French government intends to keep information on people charged with acts of terrorism on file for 40 years.
The site of a bombardment, which reportedly killed three women and three children, at Bait Rejal village west of Yemen's capital Sanaa earlier this month
12/04/2015 - FRANCE - Saudi Arabia - Yemen

France's Fabius in Saudi Arabia to back Yemen bombing campaign

France Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius visited Saudi Arabia on Sunday to show France's support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.
A Saudi border guard near the Yemen border
10/04/2015 - Pakistan

Pakistan parliament's no to military involvement in Yemen no surprise, analyst

Pakistan's parliament on Friday voted to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its military coalition against Zaydi Shia Houthi rebels.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius addresses a UN Security Council meeting, which debated the issue of minorities in Syria and Iraq, on 27 March 2015.
06/04/2015 - France - Iraq - Syria

France taking lead on protecting Iraqi and Syrian Christians

France has been re-establishing its historical role of protecting Christian minorities in the Middle East.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program  in Washington on April 2, 2015

US Congress could block Iran nuclear deal, analyst

The deal agreed this week on Iran's nuclear capacity has been welcomed by US Barack Obama but it may be blocked by the US Congress.
Situation Room at the White House during the Iran nuclear talks
03/04/2015 - Iran-US

Iran nuclear agreement not universally welcomed

On Thursday, Iran and the Five Permanent Members of the UN and Germany, the so-called P5+1, reached a framework agreement on Tehran’s nuclear programme.
Iran and world powers have reached a preliminary nuclear deal in Lausanne, Switzerland after months of negotiations.
03/04/2015 - NUCLEAR

Nuclear deal framework reached in Switzerland; more work ahead

US, European and Iranian leaders are hailing Thursday's framework for a nuclear accord as a historic breakthrough, while the Israeli prime minister has denounced it.

Shiite fighters launch a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of al-Alam March 8, 2015.
02/04/2015 - Syria - Iraq

Foreign fighters joining armed Islamists surges to all-time high, report

The number of foreign fighters joining armed groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda has reached a new high of 25,000 people, hailing from 100 different countries, according to a new UN ...
French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius in Lausanne for nuclear talks with Iran
01/04/2015 - IRAN

Not enough progress made in Iran nuclear talks, Fabius

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday said that not enough progress has been made to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear programme.