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20/08/2014 - France

Hollande calls conference to address ‘serious situation’ with Islamic State

French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that he will organize an international conference to address the threat posed by Islamic extremists in Iraq.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had urged for Friday's meeting to arm the Iraqi Kurds.
15/08/2014 - France - Iraq - Europe

EU ministers agree to arm Iraqi Kurds

European Union ministers agreed on Friday during an emergency meeting in Brussels to arm the beleaguered Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State militants overruning northern swaths of the ...

12/08/2014 - France

France calls on EU to help Iraq's Kurds

French Foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius calls on the European Union to respond to appeals from Iraq's Kurds for arms to fight Islamic State jihadists, as European envoys meet in Brussels ...

Displaced Yazidi families flee the violence as the walk on the outskirts of Sinjar, west of Mosul, on August 5, 2014.
09/08/2014 - France - Iraq - United States

France, Britain to join humanitarian side of US involvement in Iraq

United States President Barack Obama said on Saturday that France and Britain are ready to join in on its humanitarian effort to help free the thousands of civilians surrounded by Islamist ...

A CHP rally in Adana, southern Turkey, with party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu (2nd left)
09/08/2014 - Interview: Turkey presidential election 2014

Turkey’s secular parties gloomy ahead of presidential showdown with Erdogan

Turkey’s secularist parties are backing an indepent, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, in the country’s first-ever direct election for president, whose first round is on Sunday.

Lawyer Edip Yigit in  Diyarbakir
09/08/2014 - Report: Turkey presidential election 2014

Turkey-Kurd peace process faces uncertain future as Erdogan stands for president

Turkey’s Kurdish minority has high hopes of the peace process started under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is standing for president in Sunday's election.

Christians pray in the Church of Mar Afram in Qaraqush after fleeing Mosul on July 19
07/08/2014 - France - Iraq

First Iraqi Christians arrive in France

The first beleaguered northern Iraqi Christians arrived in France on Thursday after being threatened by the al Qaeda-inspired militant group that has wrested control of the region.

Men sit outside a cafe in Kasimpasa, the home area of Recep Tayyip Erdogan
05/08/2014 - Report: Turkey presidential election 2014

Who supports Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey’s presidential poll and why?

Turkey’s conservative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is fighting to become the country’s first-ever directly elected president. He faces two opponents

22/07/2014 - France - Syria

Suspected jihadists arrested in southern France

French police special operations arrested Tuesday morning three suspected jihadists in southern France.

François Hollande meets Ivorians in Abidjan on Friday
19/07/2014 - France - Mali - Niger - Chad

Hollande in Chad ahead of Sahel anti-jihadi base launch

French President François Hollande was in Chad on Saturday in a visit to prepare the launching of a new headquarters for French forces in the Sahel region.