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Paris Stabbing Suspect Admits He Was Trying to Target Charlie Hebdo: Report

The 18-year-old Pakistani currently being held by French police for attacking two people with a meat cleaver has reportedly admitted that he had wanted to target those working at Charlie Hebdo in revenge for the satirical magazine republishing cartoons of the Muslim prophet, Mohammed. 0…

Record cases in France as restrictions renewed

France reported a record for daily coronavirus infections on Thursday, one day after the government announced new restrictions on bars and restaurants in major cities which have provoked an outcry from local politicians and business owners. Figures from Public Health France showed that 16,096 people…

Charlie Hebdo Director Forced to Flee Home Due to Threats

The Human Resources director of Charlie Hebdo has been forced to flee her home after receiving death threats as the trial for the January 2015 terror attack against the French satirical magazine continues. 0…

Airbus touts hydrogen-powered ZEROe concepts

Is it a bunch of hot air, or will it one day be the standard way to travel? Airbus has announced plans for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft models that run on hydrogen and could take to the skies by 2035, The Guardian reported.…

US-led coalition encircling China’s sea ambitions

MANILA – After a series of tit-for-tat muscle-flexing exercises, the United States is now taking the next strategic step vis-à-vis China by building a coalition of allies to contain China’s naval ambitions. While the Donald Trump administration has struggled to solicit maximum diplomatic support from…

Jump in France’s Daily COVID-19 Death Toll Tied to Unreported Hospital Cases

PARIS—A sudden jump in France’s daily death toll from COVID-19 stems from previously unreported cases in one hospital near Paris, according to statements by health authorities. The health ministry reported on Friday that the total number of deaths from COVID-19 increased by 154 to 31,249,…

Lebanon on a precipice between war and peace

BEIRUT — Squeezed between Israel and Iran, faced with rising emigration of its fractured Christian community, and wracked by a widening wealth gap between a corrupt elite and increasingly desperate poor, Lebanon is being ripped apart. Whether those stresses break into a new era of…

The Fall’s Best Movies Are About American Soul-Searching

David Byrne has long been a master of perfectly designed worlds. The 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, with his band Talking Heads, captured how carefully he stages his shows, bringing in band members one by one to emphasize how each contributes to the harmonies…

Mafia sweep results in 46 arrests in France, Italy

The battle against organized crime in Europe continued with another massive police raid on the continents Nearly 600 French and Italian police took part in cross-border raids Tuesday targeting the fearsome ‘Ndrangheta mafia and French organized crime groups, resulting in 46 arrests, officials said. The…

France’s air force makes a starry name change

A new name, a new raison d’être. The French Air Force is aiming high, very high. On Sept. 11, it became the French Air and Space Force, completing a process initiated by President Emmanuel Macron in July 2019 when he announced the creation of a…

Scenes From the 2020 Tour de France

The 107th Tour de France cycling race—delayed more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic—began in Nice on August 29, as 22 teams of riders started their journey through central and southern France in 20 stages. The entire tour covers a distance of 3,484…

European powers weigh wading into South China Sea

Major European powers are weighing how to step up their presence in China’s adjacent waters, including the contested South China Sea, as tensions rachet up in what some see as the dawning of a new Cold War. For European powers like Britain and France, the…

Released Today: The Atlantic’s THE AMERICAN CRISIS from Simon & Schuster

The past four years have been among the most turbulent in U.S. history—and would have been so even without a global pandemic and waves of nationwide protest against police violence. How did we get here? Today The Atlantic and Simon & Schuster release The American…

WHO says virus death toll in Europe to rise

The World Health Organization expects Europe to see a rise in the daily number of Covid-19 deaths in October and November, the head of the body’s European branch said on Monday. “It’s going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more…

COVID Beds Fill up as Virus Pressure Builds in Marseille

MARSEILLE, France—French Prime Minister Jean Castex warned Friday that virus situation was “obviously worsening” in the country. “For the first time in many weeks, we are noting a substantial increase in the number of hospitalized people,” Castex said. All five intensive care beds dedicated to…

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