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Far left on the front lines: The Westerners joining the Kurds' fight in Syria (Part 1 of 2)

Far left on the front lines: The Westerners joining the Kurds' fight in Syria (Part 1 of 2)

Fighters from France, Britain, Greece and beyond have joined Kurds in their battle against Turkish troops in Syria’s Afrin. Often identifying with the far left, these volunteers have set off to fight,
The business of war: Russian mercenaries in Syria

The business of war: Russian mercenaries in Syria

A paramilitary chief who serves as a contact for Russians who want to become mercenaries in Syria discusses the grim business of making war for profit. He spoke to FRANCE 24 only on condition of
French prime minister unveils new deradicalisation programme

French prime minister unveils new deradicalisation programme

The French government unveiled new deradicalisation plans on Friday, including isolating extremists within prisons and opening centres dedicated to reintegrating former radicals into society.
'Never Again': The students pushing for US gun control

'Never Again': The students pushing for US gun control

Many of the students who survived a horrific February 14 high school shooting in Florida have become activists demanding changes to US gun laws. Their campaign could well mark a turning point for an
EU doubles Sahel force funding amid urgent appeal from African leaders

EU doubles Sahel force funding amid urgent appeal from African leaders

European leaders on Friday doubled their funding for a force tackling jihadists in the Sahel, but African leaders warned the money must come quickly if it is to be effective.
French far-right decries choice of mixed-race Joan of Arc in Orléans

French far-right decries choice of mixed-race Joan of Arc in Orléans

The French city of Orléans has for the first time named a mixed-race teenager to play folk heroine Joan of Arc for annual festivities, prompting a torrent of racist abuse from far-right social media
Scandal-hit Australian deputy PM resigns

Scandal-hit Australian deputy PM resigns

Australia's scandal-hit deputy leader Barnaby Joyce announced Friday he was quitting and moving to the backbench amid claims of sexual harassment and controversy over an affair with a now-pregnant
Mueller files more charges against ex-Trump aides in Russia probe

Mueller files more charges against ex-Trump aides in Russia probe

Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business
Teachers warn of 'arms race' in schools as Trump, NRA suggest more guns are the solution

Teachers warn of 'arms race' in schools as Trump, NRA suggest more guns are the solution

President Donald Trump and America's powerful gun lobby on Thursday cast citizens with weapons as a solution to shootings, as it emerged an armed deputy was on campus during a deadly Florida rampage
Hopes for Syria ceasefire fade as Russia opposes UN deal

Hopes for Syria ceasefire fade as Russia opposes UN deal

After two weeks of negotiations, Russia on Thursday told the UN Security Council that there was still no agreement on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, dimming hopes of international action to halt the
Anger, confusion as Nigerian authorities offer conflicting accounts of missing schoolgirls

Anger, confusion as Nigerian authorities offer conflicting accounts of missing schoolgirls

The governor of Nigeria's Yobe state told residents of the village of Dapchi in person on Thursday that 76 of their schoolgirls who were reported to have been rescued from Islamist Boko Haram
Niece of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen key speaker at US conservative summit

Niece of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen key speaker at US conservative summit

A young politician who was the rising star of France's far-right National Front until she left politics is stepping into the limelight on the other side of the Atlantic, appearing Thursday as a
Oxfam suspended from Haiti pending sex scandal probe

Oxfam suspended from Haiti pending sex scandal probe

Haiti suspended Oxfam Great Britain's authorisation to operate for two months on Thursday pending an inquiry into misconduct by staff.
French court denies Tariq Ramadan’s bid to be released on health grounds

French court denies Tariq Ramadan’s bid to be released on health grounds

A French court on Thursday dismissed a bid by Tariq Ramadan, the prominent Islamic scholar detained on rape charges, to be released on health grounds, legal sources said.
Leading Turkish human rights defender sentenced for Twitter post

Leading Turkish human rights defender sentenced for Twitter post

A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, one of the country’s leading human rights advocates, to two-and-a-half years in jail for a 2016 Twitter post advocating peace.
UN calls Eastern Ghouta ‘hell on earth’ ahead of vote

UN calls Eastern Ghouta ‘hell on earth’ ahead of vote

The Syrian regime rained rockets and bombs on Eastern Ghouta Thursday, killing another 36 civilians as international pressure mounted to stop the carnage in the rebel-held enclave.
Paris mayor to appeal after court halts plans for car-free riverside promenade

Paris mayor to appeal after court halts plans for car-free riverside promenade

A Paris court has cancelled one of Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s most emblematic – and controversial – urban planning measures, the pedestrianisation of the Right Bank in the heart of the French capital.
Ford's US director steps down after internal investigation

Ford's US director steps down after internal investigation

Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday that Raj Nair, its president for North America, was leaving the company immediately after an internal investigation found his behavior was "inconsistent with the
Are the French rude, or is it a big misunderstanding?

Are the French rude, or is it a big misunderstanding?

The French (and in particular Parisians) don't have a reputation for being the most polite people in the world, with tourists often complaining about how rude they can be. And yet, etiquette is taken
'It's a jungle': Living on the street in the City of Light

'It's a jungle': Living on the street in the City of Light

A tally of homeless people in Paris last week counted at least 3,000 people sleeping rough in the capital. The French government is being criticised for not sticking to its promise of finding shelter