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Alive, presumed dead – French pensioner forced to prove he is still living
A French pensioner has had to prove he is alive after being denied a refund by a state health insurance firm on the grounds that he was in fact dead. The 68-year-old then had to endure a bureaucratic nightmare to show he was still living.

22.08.2014 10:49

UK PM lobbied to ramp up military spending amid deep public spending cuts
Prime Minister David Cameron should pledge to increase state spending on Britain’s armed forces for a full five years, according to a pressure group of military experts and retired commanders.

21.08.2014 08:55

Ebola crisis: Air France crews call for flight cancellations
The union behind Air France has launched a petition to immediately stop flights to Ebola-hit countries until the virus is under control, as fears flare up over the largest epidemic the world has ever seen.

20.08.2014 06:57

‘Some progress reached’: Berlin talks yield no quick fix for Ukraine crisis
The second round of talks in Berlin over the Ukrainian crisis has brought no immediate results. However, the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France said “some progress” had been made on important issues.

17.08.2014 17:18

France to supply weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq
France is to join the club of Western nations directly assisting Iraqi Kurds. Paris said the Kurds are in “urgent need” of support to fight against the radical Islamic State group.

13.08.2014 10:40

​Jewish group demands renaming French village called ‘Death to Jews’
Expressing its shock and outrage after discovering that a tiny French village is still bearing a medieval name La Mort aux Juifs or ‘Death to Jews’, a Jewish group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has urged the French interior minister to rename it.

12.08.2014 20:16

​Send them to the UK: French port struggles to tackle immigration crisis
More riot police have been drafted to the French port of Calais as law enforcers try to deal with a resurgence in the numbers of migrants wanting to go to the UK. 51 people have been hurt in clashes over the last 24 hours alone.

05.08.2014 13:36

France's Hollande urges action on 'massacres' in Gaza
French President Francois Hollande has described Israel’s killings in Gaza as “massacres” and called for action to end the violence. This comes a day after an IDF airstrike hit another UN-run school, leaving 10 civilians dead.

04.08.2014 10:23

Twilight of the Empire: 10 facts about Russia in WWI
With a century passed since the beginning of World War I, a memorial has been inaugurated in Moscow to honor the 2 million lives the conflict cost Russia. But what was WWI to the country, which saw its military campaign collapse amid the 1917 revolution?

01.08.2014 18:39

BNP Paribas suffers $5.8bn loss after record US fine
France’s biggest bank reported a heavy loss in the second quarter after accepting a nearly $9 billion fine for violating US sanctions against Iran, Cuba, and other “blacklisted” countries.

31.07.2014 08:30

Anti-Semitic attacks soar across Europe amid Israel’s operation in Gaza
Jewish communities around the world are getting to grips with a recent upswing in anti-Semitic incidents after the latest Israeli-Hamas conflict. These have included physical assaults, firebombing of synagogues and calls for violence against Israelis.

30.07.2014 14:17

Thousands rally against Gaza strikes in London, Paris, Dublin, Tel Aviv
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have marched across London to protest Israel's Operation Protective Edge, carrying signs reading “Gaza: End the siege.” Rallies also took place in France, Ireland and Israel as the Palestinian death toll surpassed 1,000.

26.07.2014 14:50

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