Assad's warplanes pound IS group targets in Palmyra

Assad's warplanes pound IS group targets in Palmyra

Syrian government aircraft carried out intense strikes Monday against the Islamic State (IS) group in and around the ancient city of Palmyra after its fall to the jihadists, a military source said.


Real Madrid sacks coach Ancelotti after mediocre football season

Real Madrid sacks coach Ancelotti after mediocre football season

Real Madrid have sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti after the world's richest club by income failed to win major silverware this season and, according to local media, Napoli's Rafa Benitez is the favourite to succeed him.


'The Iraqi people are more divided than ever'

'The Iraqi people are more divided than ever'

Iraqi Vice President and former prime minister Ayad Allawi gave an exclusive interview to FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman. Speaking on the sidelines of the regional World Economic Forum conference in Jordan, he discussed the main issues facing Iraq.


'IS group is not most important threat to Iraq'

'IS group is not most important threat to Iraq'

Former US ambassador to Iraq and Syria Ryan Crocker talked to FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman about the situation in Iraq and the rise of the militant Islamic State group.


Regional cooperation lacking in Rohingya migrant crisis

Regional cooperation lacking in Rohingya migrant crisis

In a policy reversal last week, Indonesia and Malaysia offered Rohingya migrants from Burma temporary sanctuary. But other Pacific nations, including Thailand and Australia, say offers of asylum merely encourage human trafficking.


Hundreds die as heat wave bakes parts of India

Hundreds die as heat wave bakes parts of India

Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday.


Novak Djokovic: 'I have grown'

Novak Djokovic: 'I have grown'

France 24's Sports Editor Dan Levy speaks to world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic about the French Open, his amazing form this year, the particularities of fame, and how he has changed as a man and a player.


Expelled leader of May 1968 uprising granted French citizenship

Expelled leader of May 1968 uprising granted French citizenship

Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who was born in France to German parents, has been granted French citizenship nearly 50 years after he was expelled from the country for "disturbing the peace" as a leader of the May 1968 student uprising.


Greece to make debt payments 'for as long as possible'

Greece to make debt payments 'for as long as possible'

Greece will continue paying its debts as long as it is able to, the government said Monday, a day after its ruling leftist coalition narrowly rejected a call by party hardliners to miss its next International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan payment.


Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader goes on hunger strike

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader goes on hunger strike

Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has declared himself on hunger strike and called for a protest march next weekend against Venezuela's socialist government.


Interior minister says Greece risks debt default in June

Interior minister says Greece risks debt default in June

Greece cannot make debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month unless it achieves a deal with creditors, its interior minister said on Sunday, the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default.


'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash dies in car crash

'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash dies in car crash

Mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner whose longtime struggle with mental illness inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind", was killed in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey, state police said on Sunday.


Hezbollah leader vows to fight Islamic State group 'everywhere'

Hezbollah leader vows to fight Islamic State group 'everywhere'

The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement on Sunday defended his group's military engagement in Syria, saying the Islamic State group and other Sunni jihadist groups posed an existential danger in the region and beyond.


Tunisian soldier opens fire on fellow troops at military base

Tunisian soldier opens fire on fellow troops at military base

A Tunisian soldier opened fire on colleagues at a military base in the capital Tunis on Monday, killing an officer and two others and wounding 15 more before being shot dead himself, Tunisian authorities said.


Spanish voters shun old parties for promise of change in local polls

Spanish voters shun old parties for promise of change in local polls

Voters punished Spain's mainstream political parties in local elections Sunday as many people switched their allegiance to new parties that campaigned on a promise of change amid chafing austerity policies, high unemployment and corruption scandals.


Polish president concedes election defeat to conservative challenger

Polish president concedes election defeat to conservative challenger

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda (pictured) in Sunday's presidential election, a result reflecting voters' frustration that Poland's new-found prosperity was not being more evenly shared.


Federer blasts security at French Open after fan's on-court breach

Federer blasts security at French Open after fan's on-court breach

Roger Federer blasted organisers of the French Open on Sunday after a teenage fan breached tight security, racing on court to snap a 'selfie' with the Swiss legend.


Iraqi forces lacked 'will to fight' over Iraq's Ramadi, US says

Iraqi forces lacked 'will to fight' over Iraq's Ramadi, US says

The Islamic State group's takeover of Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said in an interview aired on Sunday.


Thousands mourn slain Burundi opposition leader, vow intensified protests

Thousands mourn slain Burundi opposition leader, vow intensified protests

Thousands of Burundian activists mourned a murdered opposition leader at his funeral Sunday, vowing to intensify their protests against a bid by the president of the central African nation to seek a third consecutive term.


French Open: Home hopes slim as Djoko looks to break duck

French Open: Home hopes slim as Djoko looks to break duck

The 2015 French Open got underway Sunday with French hopes of a homegrown champion looking slimmer than they have done in years, while Serbia's Novak Djokovic long run of disappointment at Roland Garros could at last come to an end.


Live: Cannes jury announces 2015 Palme d'Or winner

Live: Cannes jury announces 2015 Palme d'Or winner

A week and a half of French Riviera frenzy for the Cannes Film Festival concludes Sunday as the jury announces the 2015 winner of the coveted Palme D'Or, as well as a handful of other prizes. Follow FRANCE 24's live tweets from the ceremony.


Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booed

Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booed

Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by boos for the Russian apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and Russia's anti-gay policies.


Putin enacts law banning 'undesirable' NGOs

Putin enacts law banning 'undesirable' NGOs

Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning "undesirable" non-governmental organisations, the Kremlin said Saturday, in a move condemned by human rights groups and the United States.


Malaysia finds mass graves at suspected human trafficking camps

Malaysia finds mass graves at suspected human trafficking camps

Mass graves at suspected human trafficking detention camps have been found by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering Thailand, the country's home minister said Sunday, with media reports suggesting they could contain hundreds of bodies.


Spain votes in key test for new political forces

Spain votes in key test for new political forces

Spaniards started voting Sunday for mayors and regional leaders in a key test for new protest parties that could herald a historic change in Spain's political landscape ahead of a general election.


From best paunch to wackiest title: Cannes' other awards

From best paunch to wackiest title: Cannes' other awards

Cannes' traditional Palme Dog has gone to Dixie, the four-legged hero of Miguel Gomes's six-hour epic "Arabian Nights". As we wait for the Palme d'Or, here's a few more crucial and trivial awards from the 68th Cannes Film Festival.


Sienna Miller on motherhood, her new movies and Cannes glamour

Sienna Miller on motherhood, her new movies and Cannes glamour

She is an actress most of us know but until recently probably not for the right reasons. When she was in her 20s, her skyrocketing career was driven off course by the tabloids who were obsessed with her love life especially her relationship with Jude Law. So she disappeared and had a baby. Now she i


The Little Prince on the big screen

The Little Prince on the big screen

One of France's best known books has been made into an animated movie for the very first time. The Little Prince isbeing presented at the Cannes Film Festivel. The children's novella is insanely popular, with more than a million copies sold every year. The film which cost a record 70 million, euros


Burundian opposition figure shot dead, witnesses say

Burundian opposition figure shot dead, witnesses say

The leader of a small Burundian opposition party was shot dead on Saturday along with his bodyguard, residents said, the latest violence in a country gripped by weeks of anti-government unrest.


'No' campaigner concedes defeat in Ireland's gay marriage vote

'No' campaigner concedes defeat in Ireland's gay marriage vote

Ireland appeared to have voted to allow gay marriage Saturday in a historic referendum which would see the historically Catholic country become the world's first to make the change after a popular vote.


Shiite militia launches counter-offensive on IS group near Iraq's Ramadi

Shiite militia launches counter-offensive on IS group near Iraq's Ramadi

A convoy of Shi'ite Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces set out from a base near Ramadi on Saturday to advance on areas held by Islamic State, a spokesman said, launching a counter-offensive to reverse stunning gains by the jihadi insurgents.


Two-day truce starts in Burundi after deadly protests

Two-day truce starts in Burundi after deadly protests

Burundian anti-government protesters began a two-day truce Saturday after almost a month of deadly violence triggered by the president's bid for a third term, culminating in a grenade attack on civilians in a busy market.


As 'Macbeth' divides, Cannes ponders wide-open Palme d'Or race

As 'Macbeth' divides, Cannes ponders wide-open Palme d'Or race

Competition screenings at the 68th Cannes Film Festival drew to a close on Saturday with few cheers and a lot more undeserved boos for Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth", summing up the general mood on the Croisette ahead of Sunday's award ceremony.


US Senate blocks bill to end NSA mass surveillance

US Senate blocks bill to end NSA mass surveillance

The US Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming NSA intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans' telephone records.


Colombia peace talks in crisis as FARC ends ceasefire

Colombia peace talks in crisis as FARC ends ceasefire

Peace talks to end Colombia's five-decade conflict were plunged into fresh crisis Friday after FARC guerrillas suspended their unilateral ceasefire in response to a government air strike that killed 26 rebels.


Romero beatification can 'help El Salvador grow closer'

Romero beatification can 'help El Salvador grow closer'

The beatification of Salvadoran Archbishop Romero on Saturday is expected to draw around 300,000 people to San Salvador's main square, but the event is also a reminder of deep divisions in the small Central American country.


UN accuses S. Sudan fighters of shelling base

UN accuses S. Sudan fighters of shelling base

South Sudanese government tanks backed by helicopter gunships have pushed back rebels from a key oil town, state television showed on Friday, as the UN accused both sides of targeting one of its bases sheltering civilians.


Twin grenade attack hits Burundi capital as protesters defy police crackdown

Twin grenade attack hits Burundi capital as protesters defy police crackdown

Attackers hurled twin grenades into a crowd in Burundi's capital late Friday, killing three people, the latest in almost month of deadly violence triggered by the president's bid for a third term.


Newly re-elected Cameron starts EU reforms push

Newly re-elected Cameron starts EU reforms push

Prime Minister David Cameron launched his bid to recast Britain's relationship with the EU Friday, warning of "ups and downs" before a straight in or out referendum by the end of 2017.


Depardieu sweats it out in 'Valley of Love' as Cannes endures 'Chronic' pain

Depardieu sweats it out in 'Valley of Love' as Cannes endures 'Chronic' pain

French cinema icons Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu reunite on screen after 35 years in Guillaume Nicloux's sweltering "Valley of Love", while Tim Roth excels as a palliative care worker with a terrible burden in Michel Franco's "Chronic".


Eiffel Tower reopens after staff protest over pickpockets

Eiffel Tower reopens after staff protest over pickpockets

Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower on Friday reopened after staff working at the popular landmark staged a near one-day walkout to protest a steep increase in pickpockets targeting the plethora of tourists.


Robots, teddies and tiny drink buddies: It's Japan in Cannes!

Robots, teddies and tiny drink buddies: It's Japan in Cannes!

A trip to the Japanese pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival offers a welcome break from the packed screenings and red carpet circus. Here are just a few treats from the land of cuteness.


A year after coup, Thai opposition resists junta rule

A year after coup, Thai opposition resists junta rule

On May 22 last year, Thailand's military seized control of the country after months of protests against the democratically elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra. Since then, coup leader and now Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ruled the nation with an iron fist.


Uber under threat as French court backs limits on unlicensed taxis

Uber under threat as French court backs limits on unlicensed taxis

France's highest administrative court on Friday backed restrictions on unlicensed taxi services in a decision that will hit US start-up Uber and could see its services eventually ruled illegal.


French law to force supermarkets to donate unsold food

French law to force supermarkets to donate unsold food

French MPs on Thursday voted unanimously in favour of a new law that will outlaw the destruction of unsold food products, forcing large supermarkets instead to donate them to charities or for use on farms.


IS group seizes last Iraq border crossing held by Syrian regime

IS group seizes last Iraq border crossing held by Syrian regime

The Islamic State (IS) group has seized the last border crossing between Syria and Iraq held by the Syrian government, a monitoring group said Thursday, a day after IS militants captured the city of Palmyra in a major blow to Damascus.


Aishwarya Rai: The Queen of Bollywood

Aishwarya Rai: The Queen of Bollywood

She was thrust into the international area when she won Miss World 20 years ago.Soon after she was propelled into Indian cinema where she became a superstar. She has been coming to the Cannes Film Festival for more than a decade. Aishwarya Rai speaks to Eve Jackson about returning to the silver scre


Merkel, Hollande and Tsipras meet in Riga to speed up debt talks

Merkel, Hollande and Tsipras meet in Riga to speed up debt talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande held talks late on Thursday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, hoping to speed up the resolution of Greece's debt crisis on the sidelines of an EU summit in Riga.


Grand jury indicts all six Baltimore officers over death of Freddie Gray

Grand jury indicts all six Baltimore officers over death of Freddie Gray

A grand jury has brought charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in police custody, Baltimore City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby told a news conference on Thursday.


Mother of French terror victim seeks to open minds

Mother of French terror victim seeks to open minds

Latifa Ibn Ziaten is the mother of one of the seven people killed by Mohamed Merah, the "Toulouse gunman", in 2011. After the tragedy, this grieving mother created an NGO named after her son, Imad. She has since been travelling across France, delivering a message of peace.


French car maker Renault may reconsider investment in Turkey amid strike

French car maker Renault may reconsider investment in Turkey amid strike

Renault could reconsider investment in Turkey after a labor dispute has stopped production at its Turkish joint venture Oyak Renault, the French car maker's head of Eurasia said on May 21, as quoted by Reuters.


Cannes films tackle war-weariness with martial arts and Tamil Tigers

Cannes films tackle war-weariness with martial arts and Tamil Tigers

Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-Hsien startles with a ravishingly beautiful reinvention of the martial arts genre, while Cannes habitué Jacques Audiard delivers half of a good movie on Tamil refugees leaving one war in Sri Lanka only to find another in France.


Pete Docter's mind-blowing 'Inside Out'

Pete Docter's mind-blowing 'Inside Out'

Pete Docter's delightful animated movie "Inside Out" is set inside the mind of a little girl called Riley. The story follows her emotions after her family moves to the big city – it makes you cry, it makes you laugh, and it makes you gasp at the inventiveness of its creators, who spoke to FRANCE 2


Video: Iraqi refugees struggle to flee Ramadi violence

Video: Iraqi refugees struggle to flee Ramadi violence

Iraqi refugees from the besieged city of Ramadi are angry with both the Islamic State fighters who have overrun the city and the Iraqi authorities, who are preventing many families from fleeing towards Baghdad.


Bin Laden's 'bookshelf' focused on France, conspiracy theories

Bin Laden's 'bookshelf' focused on France, conspiracy theories

Osama bin Laden's English-language reading list included books by journalists and conspiracy theorists as well as a "surprising" number on France that suggest he may have planned to target the French economy, US officials said Wednesday.


Deadly bombing at UN compound in South Sudan

Deadly bombing at UN compound in South Sudan

Four civilians were killed on Tuesday when two mortar bombs exploded inside a UN compound in the town of Melut in South Sudan's Upper Nile state, as rebel forces and government troops battled for control of a strategic oil hub.


US takes 'hard look' at Iraq strategy after fall of Ramadi

US takes 'hard look' at Iraq strategy after fall of Ramadi

The United States is taking an "extremely hard look" at its strategy in Iraq after Islamic militants captured the town of Ramadi, a top US official said Wednesday.


Late-night legend David Letterman signs off after 33 years

Late-night legend David Letterman signs off after 33 years

After 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-night show, US talk-show veteran David Letterman is signing off.


IS group seizes control of Palmyra as Syrian forces withdraw

IS group seizes control of Palmyra as Syrian forces withdraw

Syrian pro-government forces withdrew from the ancient city of Palmyra on Wednesday after militants from the Islamic State (IS) group entered its neighbourhoods in large numbers, Syrian state television said.


Banks hit by record fines for rigging currency market and interest rates

Banks hit by record fines for rigging currency market and interest rates

US and British regulators fined six major global banks nearly $6 billion Wednesday for rigging the foreign exchange market and Libor interest rates.


UN announces Yemen talks as Iran agrees to ship inspection

UN announces Yemen talks as Iran agrees to ship inspection

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday announced talks between warring Yemeni parties in Geneva on May 28 to end over seven weeks of war, as Iran agreed for international inspections of an aid ship sailing to Yemen.


Paris Saint-Germain becomes world's best-paid sports team

Paris Saint-Germain becomes world's best-paid sports team

French champions Paris Saint-Germain pay their players higher salaries than any other team in world sport, according to figures published on Wednesday.


China to spend billions as it seeks Latin American inroads

China to spend billions as it seeks Latin American inroads

China and Brazil have unveiled multi-billion dollar trade, finance and investment deals as Premier Li Keqiang kicked off his first official trip in Latin America this week.


Cannes festival hails Chinese great leap and Caine-Keitel bromance

Cannes festival hails Chinese great leap and Caine-Keitel bromance

"Mountains May Depart" confirms Chinese director Jia Zhangke's status as poet of the sublime and the grotesque, while Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel excel in Paolo Sorrentino's uneven "Youth".


Paris to host international talks on IS group in June

Paris to host international talks on IS group in June

France will host a high-level meeting of the international community on combating the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) group next month in Paris, the country's foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, said on Wednesday.


Key jihadist linked to French journalists' murders killed in Mali

Key jihadist linked to French journalists' murders killed in Mali

French special forces have killed two "terrorist chiefs" in Mali, the defence ministry said Wednesday. The jihadist leaders include Abdelkrim al-Targui, who has been linked to the 2013 kidnapping and murders of two French journalists in Mali.


Burundi postpones parliamentary elections until early June

Burundi postpones parliamentary elections until early June

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza on Wednesday signed a decree to postpone parliamentary elections for a week from May 26 until early June.


'Youth', starring Michael Caine, divides audiences at Cannes

'Youth', starring Michael Caine, divides audiences at Cannes

Eve Jackson brings you the latest from the Cannes Film Festival, including Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth" with Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda and Rachel Weisz and Jia Zhang-Ke's "Mountains May Depart", which reflects on the speed at which China is evolving.


High-heels 'ban' kicks up fuss at Cannes film festival

High-heels 'ban' kicks up fuss at Cannes film festival

The Cannes film festival on Tuesday was temporarily distracted by a rumour run wild: red carpet sentinels were shutting out women who ignored "Croisetiquette" requiring them to wear high-heels to film premieres.


Zidane's son leads France to Euro 2015 U17 football finals

Zidane's son leads France to Euro 2015 U17 football finals

French goalkeeper Luca Zidane, the son of France's legendary midfielder Zinedine Zidane, was a hailed a hero on Tuesday when he helped secure his national team a spot in the Euro-2015 U17 finals.


Israel's prime minister calls off segregating West Bank buses

Israel's prime minister calls off segregating West Bank buses

Israel's prime minster has overruled his defense minister and called off a proposed plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses.


Italian police arrest Tunisia museum attack suspect

Italian police arrest Tunisia museum attack suspect

Italian police have arrested a Moroccan man suspected of involvement in the March 18 attack on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis that left 22 people dead, a police official said Wednesday.


Indonesian fishermen rescue hundreds of stranded migrants

Indonesian fishermen rescue hundreds of stranded migrants

A flotilla of Indonesian fishermen rescued more than 430 migrants who were stranded at sea and brought them to safety on Wednesday, the latest in a stream of migrants to reach shore in a growing humanitarian crisis confronting Southeast Asia.


Palestinian shot dead after ramming Israeli police

Palestinian shot dead after ramming Israeli police

Israeli police on Wednesday shot dead a Palestinian man after he rammed his car into a group of officers standing by the side of the road in east Jerusalem, lightly wounding two of them.


After string of deadly clashes, Obama moves to demilitarise US police

After string of deadly clashes, Obama moves to demilitarise US police

US President Barack Obama on Monday barred police from using certain military hardware that has come under the spotlight amid the police's deadly crackdown on protesters demonstrating against their treatment of black men.


Mother of US reporter held in Syria pleads for his release three years on

Mother of US reporter held in Syria pleads for his release three years on

The mother of Austin Tice, a freelance reporter who went missing in Syria more than 1,000 days ago, made an emotional plea on Tuesday for his release.


Taliban claims deadly bombing at Afghan justice ministry

Taliban claims deadly bombing at Afghan justice ministry

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a bomb attack outside Afghanistan's justice ministry that killed at least five people on Tuesday, vowing to kill more "slave" judges and prosecutors.


Netanyahu agrees to Israeli-Palestinian 'match for peace' amid football row

Netanyahu agrees to Israeli-Palestinian 'match for peace' amid football row

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday Israel would consider "certain" measures to help Palestinian football after Palestinian officials asked to get the Israeli association thrown out of world governing body FIFA.


Cannes review: 'Mediterranea' brings plight of African migrants to big screen

Cannes review: 'Mediterranea' brings plight of African migrants to big screen

The Cannes Film Festival goes topical with a stark exploration of illegal immigrants' perilous journey from North Africa to Europe.