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Apollonia, the daughter of Claude Verlon, viewing her father's name on a monument dedicated to journalists killed in war, in October 2014
26/07/2015 - Mali - France

Hollande meets with relatives of RFI journalists killed in Mali

Relatives of the two Radio France Internationale journalists killed in Mali in 2013 met with French President Francois Hollande this weekend to discuss difficulties in the investigation of the ...
The people of the town of Bouar, in the extreme west of the Central African Republic, welcome the French military, December 2013.
07/07/2015 - France - Central African Republic

French officials in Central Africa question children allegedly abused by military

French investigators were on their way Tuesday to the Central African Republic to question children who say they were sexually abused by peacekeepers, a judicial source has told French news agency ...
UN peacekeepers have often been targeted by Tuareg rebels and jihadists in Mali
22/06/2015 - Mali

Mali Tuareg peace deal raises hopes but faces challenges

Activists and analysts in Mali hope that a landmark deal between the government and a Tuareg-led rebel coalition will bring stability to the north, the cradle of several Tuareg uprisings since the ...
Israeli attacks on Gaza, July 2014
15/06/2015 - Israel - Palestine

Israel blocks UN Gaza inquiry as own report declares 2014 conflict legal

Israel has blocked a visit to the Palestinian territories by a UN rights envoy ahead of the publication of a United Nations report on last year's Gaza war that cost the lives of 2,200 Palastinians ...
A family of travellers at Cap d'Agde, France, 9 June 2015.
10/06/2015 - FRANCE

French MPs vote to scrap special identity papers for travelling people

The lower house of France’s parliament voted late Monday in favour of cancelling special travel permits that worked as identity cards for nomadic people known as gens de voyage (travellers).
Climate conference: hopes and doubts
01/06/2015 - Spotlight on France

Climate conference: hopes and doubts

This December, Paris hosts the 21st United Nations climate conference in hopes of deciding what steps the world’s countries will take to fight climate change.
The commander who ordered the murders of RFI journalists Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont has been killed by French special forces in Mali
21/05/2015 - Mali - France

Two jihadist chiefs killed in French raid in Mali

French special forces have killed two jihadist leaders in Mali, including the commander who claimed the execution of two Radio France Internationale journalists in the remote northern town of Kidal ...
A soldier in France's Sangaris operation in the Central African Republic
07/05/2015 - Central African Republic - FRANCE

Central Africa to open case in French soldiers' sex abuse allegations

The Central African Republic (CAR) is to take legal action against French soldiers accused of exchanging paedophile sex for food during the French military operation in the country.

Amnesty International has released a report which found that civilians in Aleppo are suffering “unthinkable atrocities”
05/05/2015 - Syria

UN tries to re-boot Syria talks

The UN's peace envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has announced the start of new consultations in Geneva with regional and domestic players. He hopes the initiative can revive the stalled dialogue on the conflict.

Extension of UN mandate in Western Sahara: the status quo or agreement in sight?
05/05/2015 - Spotlight on Africa

Extension of UN mandate in Western Sahara: the status quo or agreement in sight?

The UN Security Council has voted to extend the mandate of the UN mission in Western Sahara, one of the world’s longest-standing territorial disputes.