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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.
The French Ministry of Defence released a photo of the hostage being rescued in Mali on 6 April
06/04/2015 - Mali - France - Netherlands

French forces rescue Dutch hostage in the north of Mali

French special forces have rescued a Dutch train driver taken hostage nearly four years ago in Mali by Al-Qaeda’s north African arm in an operation that killed several jihadists.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko at a welcome ceremony for the delivery of 10 Humvee vehicles from the US on 25 March 2015
30/03/2015 - Interview: Ukraine

US training Ukraine troops will anger Moscow, analyst

Some 290 US paratroopers are to start training Ukrainian troops next month, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Monday.
Egypt's Coptic Christians, politically divided
26/03/2015 - International report

Egypt's Coptic Christians, politically divided

Egypt's Christian community has often borne the brunt of political and sectarian tensions since the 2011 revolution. Christians in Egypt are said to number at least 10 million.
La Terrasse restaurant in Bamako after the attack that left five dead
12/03/2015 - Mali - France

Slow progress in Mali restaurant attack inquiry as Tuaregs debate peace deal

The inquiry into the attack on a Bamako restaurant that killed five people, including French national Fabien Guyomard, was making slow progress five days after it took place.
Troops posted at the Eiffel Tower in Paris
12/03/2015 - France

Troops to stay on French streets in post-Charlie Hebdo attacks terror alert

France is to keep 10,000 troops on its streets, maintaining a public military presence instituted after January’s Charlie Hebdo attacks.
The Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier, currently stationed off Bahrain
08/03/2015 - France - US - Iraq

US, French military chiefs meet in Gulf to review anti-IS air strikes

The US’s and France’s top military officers were to meet on France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf on Sunday to review the air war on the Islamic State (IS) ...
The submarine L'Inflexible off Brest in eastern France
08/03/2015 - France

Drone flies over French submarine communications centre

A drone was spotted flying over a sensitive naval communications centre near Paris on Saturday night, adding to official concern over dozens of mysterious drone-flights in areas where they are ...
French President François Hollande and Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg give a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, 2 March 2015.

Hollande and counterparts agree to boost Ukraine monitoring

France, Germany and Russia have agreed with Ukraine to intensify international monitoring efforts at ten of the most sensitive sites in the east of the country, Ukraine said Tuesday, a day after ...

French press review 24 February 2015

The French military dominate two of this morning's front pages, but the stories could hardly be more different.