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    September 24, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, a Frenchman was murdered by militants linked to the Islamic State in Algeria. Herve Gourdel was kidnapped over the weekend and was killed after the French government refused to halt airstrikes in Iraq. Also, NATO reported a significant drawdown of Russian forces inside Ukraine, but that thousands of troops or special forces are still deployed in or near the country. Continue reading

  • A poster with Herve Gourdel's picture says "come back" at the town hall of Saint-Martin-Vesubie in southeastern France. Gourdel, a 55-year-old mountain guide, was seized on Sept. 21 while trekking in the rugged, heavily forested northern part of Algeria, where al-Qaida is active. Photo by Jean Christophe Magnenet/AFP/Getty Images
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    Herve Gourdel, a 55-year-old mountain guide, was abducted on Sunday as he was hiking the remote Djura Djura mountains of northern Algeria. He was killed by extremists in a video released Wednesday that YouTube quickly pulled off the Internet. Continue reading

  • This photo shows the first French air strikes over Iraq on Friday. Photo by France’s Ministry of Defense
    September 19, 2014   BY  

    French attack planes on Friday destroyed fuel depots and ammunitions on an Iraqi military installation run by the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. Fighter jets accompanied by support planes carried out four airstrikes and managed to destroy the target, the Associated Press reports. French president Francois Hollande said that other operations will continue in the coming days with the goal to “weaken this terrorist organization and come to the aid of the Iraqi authorities.” Continue reading

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    September 15, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, more than 700 immigrants hoping to reach Europe from Africa and the Middle East were killed in two shipwrecks last week. The death toll reportedly equals all migrant deaths for the entire year of 2013. Also, Air France pilots began a week-long strike, grounding more than half of the airline’s flights. Continue reading

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    September 14, 2014  

    Some Jewish citizens in France say there is a rising tide of a new, more dangerous anti-Semitism in the country. In turn, thousands are leaving for Israel and other countries. In an effort to reassure Jewish people in France that they are safe, the government has taken strict measures against anti-Semitic demonstrations. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal reports. Continue reading

  • Photo by Florian Beaudenon
    September 10, 2014   BY  

    At over 6’4″, French photographer Florian Beaudenon has to look down to see much of the world around him. While in the middle of a fashion shoot, the photographer was struck by his bird’s-eye view of his model, seated on a couch, eating Japanese food. He realized that he had created a scenario that rendered the model anonymous, and therefore potentially anyone. So, Baudenon launched a series, “Instant Life,” capturing small moments of happiness in French life. Continue reading

  • July 28, 2014   BY  

    The White House says Obama held a joint call Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH’ oh-LAWND’), British Prime Minister David Cameron and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
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    July 24, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, an Air Algerie flight disappeared in northern Africa with 110 passengers and six crew members on board. The president of Mali said wreckage had been spotted in the country’s northern desert. Nearly half the passengers were French citizens. Also, a lethal injection in Arizona Wednesday night has sparked an investigation into the state’s execution process. Continue reading

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    The flight was carrying 50 French citizens. The provisional passenger list also named 24 people from Burkina Faso, eight Lebanese, four Algerians, two from Luxembourg, one Belgian, one Swiss, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian, one Ukrainian, and one Romanian. Continue reading

  • Goalkeeper Noel Valladares of Honduras scores an own goal, France's second, as he fumbles the ball over the line during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 15, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
    June 16, 2014   BY  

    Line technology is almost a staple now in any sport involving a ball, a line and questionable calls. FIFA, however, has long resisted using goalline technology in their World Cup matches until 2014. A goal – according to FIFA – is scored when the whole ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts, and under the crossbar. Continue reading