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Mali's new prime minister, Moussa Mara
06/04/2014 - Mali

Mali government resigns as president replaces prime minister

Mali's President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita has replaced prime minister Oumar Tatam Ly with urban planning minister Moussa Mara.

Syrian air raids hit Lebanese border
21/03/2014 - World news explained

Syrian air raids hit Lebanese border

Latest reports from Syria say government forces have launched air raids right up to Lebanon's border town of Arsal.

Gul Agha Sherzai
17/03/2014 - Afghanistan presidential election 2014 - the candidates

Gul Agha Sherzai - candidate with controversial past

Gul Agha Sherzai, 58, a Pashtun from the Barakzai tribe, he was born Mohammad Shafiq, became rich as a mujahedin commander fighting the Soviet occupation and has been dogged by accusations of ...

Syrian forces take full control of the rebel bastion Yabroud
17/03/2014 - World news explained

Syrian forces take full control of the rebel bastion Yabroud

The Syrian military’s recapture of Yabroud - the last rebel stronghold near the Lebanese border – has dealt the opposition a heavy strategic and symbolic blow.

Women and children in war zones in Syria
14/03/2014 - World news explained

Women and children in war zones in Syria

Tomorrow is the third anniversary of the start of the war in Syria. The violence has created a refugee crisis in Syria with no end to the conflict in sight.

Russian troops in the frontier town of Kertch
05/03/2014 - Ukraine - France - US- European Union

Lavrov, Kerry meet in Paris as France threatens Ukraine crisis sanctions on Russia

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius has threatened "significant measures" against Russia over tensions in Ukraine.

The rising threat of war between Ukraine and Russia sent investors scurrying for relative safety, gold bars in Munich, 3 February 2014.
03/03/2014 - France - Ukraine

French markets plunge amid Ukraine fears

French stocks dipped 2.51 per cent on Monday as fears of conflict between Ukraine and Russia sent investors fleeing to safe assets like gold or the Yen.

Armed servicemen wait in Russian army vehicles outside a Ukranian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava
02/03/2014 - France - Ukraine - Russia

France pressures Putin over Ukraine military intervention

France has suspended its preparations for the forthcoming G8 summit - to be held in Sochi- and called on other countries to do the same, following the Russian parliament's authorisation of ...

Congolese soldiers from the MISCA peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic
16/02/2014 - France - Central African Republic

EU to start sending troops to Central African Republic next month

Several European Union countries will start deploying troops to the Central African Republic next month, according to France’s junior minister for European affairs.

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimhas apologise for the collapse of the latest round of Syria peace talks in Geneva.
15/02/2014 - France - Syria - Switzerland

France blames Syrian regime for peace talks collapse

The French foreign minister has blamed the Syrian regime for blocking progress at talks aimed at ending the country’s three year civil war.

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