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Gilberto Rodriguez Leal when he was a prisoner of Mujao
23/04/2014 - France - Mali

France vows to punish Mali's Mujao for hostage's death

The death of French hostage Gilberto Rodrigues Leal will not go unpunished, French President François Hollande declared after Mali-based jihadi group Mujao on Tuesday announced that it had ...

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve
23/04/2014 - France

France to clamp down on Syria jihad networks

France’s government this week launches a plan to stop young people going to fight with jihadi groups against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has called off her visit to Rwanda's genocide commemoration
06/04/2014 - France - Rwanda

France to boycott Rwanda genocide commemoration

France has pulled out of the 20th anniversary commemorations for the Rwandan genocide after Rwanda's President Paul Kagame accused Paris of participating in the 1994 mass killings.

Central African Republic's interim President Catherine Samba-Panza (L) talks with Cameroon's President Paul Biya at the start of the European Union Africa summit in Brussels
05/04/2014 - European Union - Central African Republic - France

Samba-Panza promises CAR reconciliation as Europe prepares to send troops

Europe’s pledge to send a force to the violence-torn Central African Republic (CAR) overshadowed the fourth European Union–Africa summit held in Brussels this week.

Abdullah Abdullah supporters at a rally in Kabul
18/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014

Afghan presidential election 2014 - the big issues

Whoever wins Afghanistan's 2014 presidential election will have more problems to solve than the average president.

Syrian forces take full control of the rebel bastion Yabroud
17/03/2014 - World news explained

Syrian forces take full control of the rebel bastion Yabroud

The Syrian military’s recapture of Yabroud - the last rebel stronghold near the Lebanese border – has dealt the opposition a heavy strategic and symbolic blow.

Jihadis fighting at Aleppo airport
14/03/2014 - France - Syria - Spain - Morocco

France detains seven in crackdown on Syria jihadi networks

Four men and three women have been arrested in France suspected of helping aspiring jihadis, some of them teenagers, to go to fight against Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry after the International Support Group for Lebanon meeting at the Elysee Palace
06/03/2014 - Lebanon - France

Paris meeting pledges aid for Lebanon as Syria refugees flow in

A summit in Paris has promised to help Lebanon with money and military equipment as the conflict in Syria drives more than a million refugees over the border.

Islamist al-Nusra fighters outside Aleppo airport
02/03/2014 - France - Syria

French teenage girl caught heading for Syria jihad

A 14-year-old French girl is in a care home after being stopped at Lyon airport, apparently heading for Syria to wage jihad.

French President François Hollande meets the troops in Bangui
01/03/2014 - France - CAR

French troops in CAR to move outside Bangui, Hollande

France is to deploy more troops outside Bangui, French President François Hollande said on a visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), where he warned of the danger of the partition of ...