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French President François Hollande meets with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at Moscow airport, December 6 2014
26/11/2015 - France-Russia

Hollande's grand anti-IS coalition with Russia compromised by downed jet

French President François Hollande was set to hold talks on Thursday with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to rally his support behind global efforts to forge a grand coalition against Islamic ...
The Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier leaves Toulon on 18 November 2015
22/11/2015 - FRANCE - IRAq - SYRIa

France to step up anti-IS air strikes, top soldier warns no short-term victory

France's Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier was to be operational in the offensive against the Islamic State (IS) armed group Monday, tripling the airforce's capacity for air strikes against the ...
Troops outside the Radisson Blu
20/11/2015 - MALI

Mali hotel siege ends with up to 27 reported dead

No more people were held in the Bamako hotel that was the scene of a seven-hour hostage-taking, Mali's Security Minister Salif Traore announced on Friday afternoon.
A hostage is rushed oiut of the Bamako Radisson Blu hotel
20/11/2015 - MALI - France

Half of Mali hotel hostages freed, reports

At least three people have been killed in the hostage-taking at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako, but 80 managed to escape as special forces stormed the building.
The Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako.
20/11/2015 - MALI

170 held hostage in hotel in Mali capital, Bamako

As many as 170 people were taken hostage by armed men in a hotel in the Malian capital, Bamako, on Friday morning. The hostage-takers shouted "Allahu Akbar!" when they entered the building

Police forces in front of the Radio publique africaine (RPA) in Bujumbura on 26 April 2015
16/11/2015 - BURUNDI

Judge in Bujumbura calls media director to court

The director of the last independent media group in Burundi was called in front of a judge on Monday morning. Short afterwards Antoine Kaburahe left a free man.
A photo of the Rafale warplane, released by the French defence ministry at the start of its military intervention in Syria last September
16/11/2015 - FRANCE-SYRIA

France hits back, striking IS in Syria after Paris attacks

French warplanes pounded the Islamic State group's de facto capital in Syria on Sunday, in the first such strikes since a wave of coordinated attacks killed at least 132 people and injured hundreds ...
The naval base of Toulon
11/11/2015 - FRANCE - SYRIa

France arrests man planning IS-linked attack on naval base

French police have arrested a man who was plotting to attack sailors at the French naval base of Toulon.
French Rafale jets
09/11/2015 - FRANCE - SYRIa

French air strikes hit Islamic State oil depot

French fighter planes carried out an air strike on the Islamic State (IS) armed group in Syria on Sunday night, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday.
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015.
27/10/2015 - CHINA – UNITED STATES

South China Sea: freedom of navigation vs territorial sovereignty

China summoned the US Ambassador in Beijing on Tuesday over what it called an attempt by Washington to militarise the South China Sea, after a US destroyer sailed within twelve nautical miles of ...