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Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, a leader of the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda (AQAP) in a still from a social media website, which purports to show Al Qaeda in Yemen claiming responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack
31/01/2015 - France - Yemen

Al-Qaeda in Yemen declares France enemy number one

The spiritual leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) says France has become the top enemy of Islam.
Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke
28/01/2015 - Report: Somalia

Somalia’s prime minister names new cabinet as Shebab deserter calls for peace

Somalia’s Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke has named a new cabinet, a few weeks after a previous cabinet was rejected and dissolved only days after being named.
The French president with a group of Auschwitz survivors and youths, Paris, 27 Jan.
27/01/2015 - France

Hollande moves to reassure French Jews on Auschwitz anniversary

President François Hollande declared to French Jews on Tuesday that “France is your homeland”, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Abrivado district in Lunel from where six men, aged 18 to 30, have left for Syria.
27/01/2015 - France

Five arrested in anti-jihadist operation in France

At least five people were arrested during an anti-jihadist operation early Tuesday near Montpellier in southern France.

Kobane siege triggers clashes in Turkey's Kurdish southeast
27/01/2015 - International report

Kobane siege triggers clashes in Turkey's Kurdish southeast

The siege of the mainly Kurdish city of Kobane in Syria by the armed group which calls itself Islamic State, was the trigger in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast for deadly ...
Comic strip books are enjoying a boom in France
26/01/2015 - France

Tight security at Angoulême international comic and cartoon festival after Charlie terrorism

The annual Angoulême international cartoon and comic strip festival, which opens on Thursday, will be held under tight security this year, in the wake of the terrorist attacks at French ...

French weekly magazines review 25 January 2015

Forgive me if you've been fed more than enough of this already, but "le plat du jour" - the dish of the day - in most of the French weeklies is again Islamist extremism, Jihadists and ...

French press review 24 January 2015

Sunday's general election in Greece excites a lot of coverage in this morning's French newspapers.

The SYL hotel after Thursday's blast
23/01/2015 - Report: Somalia

Five dead after al-Shebab bombs Mogadishu hotel ahead of Erdogan visit

Somalia’s al-Shebab armed Islamists have claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday, a day before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...
France's Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
22/01/2015 - France

French values key to fight against radical islamism, Hollande tells teachers

In a bid to combat radical islamism following the recent terrorist attacks, French schools are being asked to do more to help young people understand the fundamental values and principles of the ...