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France‘s National Front renamed “National Rally”

France‘s National Front renamed “National Rally”

LYON – Members of France‘s far-right National Front party voted to change its name to the "National Rally" on Friday, in a bid to shed a brand associated by many voters with racism and anti-Semitism and facilitate alliances with other parties. Speaking at a party meeting in Lyon, leader Marine […]

by August 22, 2018
UN Resolution calling for protection of Palestinians fails

UN Resolution calling for protection of Palestinians fails

WASHINGTON — When the Trump administration demanded a UN Security Council vote on Friday meant to counteract a Kuwaiti resolution condemning Israel, the Israelis saw the birth of a new diplomatic strategy that it hopes becomes the norm. Under the plan, Israel would no longer face hostile votes at the […]

by August 21, 2018
S.Korean official says North suggests joint celebration of 2000 summit

S.Korean official says North suggests joint celebration of 2000 summit

SEOUL – North Korea suggested during high-level talks on Friday that the two Koreas hold a joint celebration of the anniversary of a historic 2000 inter-Korean summit this month in the South, an official in Seoul said. Officials, politicians and private sector members from both sides should take part in […]

by August 21, 2018
Pakistan‘s ‘disqualified‘ ex-foreign minister allowed to contest election

Pakistan‘s ‘disqualified‘ ex-foreign minister allowed to contest election

KARACHI, Pakistan – Former Pakistani foreign minister Khawaja Asif will be allowed to contest a July 25 general election after the Supreme Court on Friday overturned his disqualification from politics, in a boost to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. Asif, a staunch ally of ousted prime minister and […]

by August 21, 2018
Security forces prep for Ramadan prayer in Jerusalem

Security forces prep for Ramadan prayer in Jerusalem

Police were taking security measures in and around Jerusalem‘s old city for the third Friday prayer of Ramadan, according to the Police Foreign Press Spokesperson‘s Unit. Hundreds of security personnel were patrolling Jerusalem as tens of thousands of people make their way toward the city.

by August 21, 2018
N.Korea, U.S. talks heading in right direction, envoy says

N.Korea, U.S. talks heading in right direction, envoy says

SEOUL – Talks between the United States and North Korea are heading in the right direction, said a US envoy who led preparatory talks with North Korea for a possible summit between the two countries. "We believe that we are moving in the right direction to the ongoing series of […]

by August 21, 2018
Russia considers foreign ministers‘ meeting on Ukraine in June

Russia considers foreign ministers‘ meeting on Ukraine in June

MOSCOW – The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine may meet to discuss Ukraine in June, TASS news agency reported on Friday, citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin. The four countries have worked in the so-called Normandy format group to try to end the crisis in eastern […]

by August 21, 2018
Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from German zoo

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from German zoo

BERLIN – Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escaped from a German zoo on Friday after flooding caused by storms eroded fences, allowing them to break out, mass-selling daily Bild and other local media reported. The police encouraged people living near the zoo in Luenebach, in western Germany, to […]

by August 21, 2018
OECD chief: Italy in ‘safe hands‘ with Cottarelli

OECD chief: Italy in ‘safe hands‘ with Cottarelli

OECD chief: Italy in ‘safe hands‘ with Cottarelli Angel Gurria, the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, has told FRANCE 24 that Italy‘s economy is in “safe hands” with Carlo Cottarelli as prime minister. Cottarelli, a former IMF economist, has been tasked with forming an interim government, […]

by August 21, 2018
EU, others vow swift riposte as Trump kicks off trade war

EU, others vow swift riposte as Trump kicks off trade war

EU, others vow swift riposte as Trump kicks off trade war © Stephanie Lecocq/Pool/AFP | European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom (C) speaks with US trade representative Robert Lighthizer (L) as they arrive for talks after Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum, March 10, 2018, in Brussels. The world‘s largest […]

by August 21, 2018