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China media blame 'Putin's tiger' for goat slaughter spree — An endangered tiger set free in Russia has killed 18 Chinese goats after crossing the frontier, with Beijing's state media saying on Wednesday that the feline felon had been freed by President Vladimir Putin.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @dannyhakim: UPDATE: The #PutinTiger death toll now stands at 18 Chinese goats. "Dead goats were everywhere" farmer says.…

Nov 26, 2014

UPDATE: The #PutinTiger death toll now stands at 18 Chinese goats. "Dead goats were everywhere" farmer says.…

Algerian army kills suspect in beheading of Frenchman Hervé Gourdel — Text by FRANCE 24 Follow france24_en on twitter Latest update : 2014-11-26 "It emerges from the investigation on the assassination of French national Hervé Gourdel that one of those who committed this murder, ... was killed by the army during an anti-terrorist operation in October," Louh told state news agency APS.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @Rachel_France24: Algerian army kills suspect in tragic beheading of French national Hervé Gourdel #Algeria #France

Qatar's sporting ambitions undented by controversy — Corruption claims and alleged abuse of migrants building facilities for the 2022 World Cup have not dampened Qatar's appetite to become the "world capital" of prestigious sport events. Cleared last week by FIFA of wrongdoing in gaining the right to host the World Cup, the Gulf emirate last Tuesday won the right to organise the 2019 Athletics World Championships.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @Prof_Chadwick: Qatar not going away: "Doha will be the world's capital of sport"… Are labour reforms coming?…

Syrian refugees in Greece demand 'decent' living conditions — About 200 Syrian refugees have been protesting night and day for the past week in front of the parliament building in Athens. They are demanding that the Greek government give refugees and asylum seekers a warmer reception: most of them get no aid for food, housing or medical costs.
Nov 26, 2014

Syrian refugees in Greece demand 'decent' living conditions… via @FRANCE24 (pics by yours trully)

Turkey's Erdogan attacks US 'impertinence' on Syria — ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday slammed US "impertinence" on the Syrian conflict, exposing the extent of strains between Washington and Ankara days after his key meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden.

Song swooning over presidential couple goes viral in China — BEIJING (AFP) - Christmas appears to have come early for China's ruling Communist party after a video literally singing the praises of President Xi Jinping and his wife went viral online. Catchy hit "Uncle Xi loves Mother Peng" -- celebrating the "legendary" romance between Xi and first lady Peng Liyuan -- comes as China's ruling party seeks to burnish Xi's image as a man of the people.

EU unveils €315 billion plan to 'kickstart' economy — New EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled Wednesday an eagerly awaited 315-billion-euro investment plan to "kickstart" the economy, saying it would show the world that Europe was back in business after years of crisis. Juncker said the proposal, which must be approved by European leaders at a summit in December, would mix an investment fund with a scheme to match new projects with private money.

Saudi Arabia’s deadly manholes — An open manhole covered with a chair. Photo posted on . If you visit Saudi Arabia, remember to keep an eye on the ground where it's not uncommon to find uncovered manholes in the streets. The Saudis call them "death holes," because they have recently been the cause of several fatal accidents.

المغرب: الملك محمد السادس يرجئ زيارته إلى الصين "لأسباب صحية" — أجلت الزيارة التي كان سيقوم بها الملك المغربي محمد السادس إلى الصين اعتبارا من الخميس المقبل، بسبب الإصابة بـ"أعراض زكام حاد".
Nov 26, 2014

المغرب: الملك محمد السادس يرجئ زيارته إلى الصين "لأسباب صحية"

Profit at world's top diamond producer falls 44% as ruble plunges — Russia's state-held Alrosa, the world's top diamond producer, said Wednesday its profits fell 44 percent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2014 due to the plunging value of the ruble.
Nov 26, 2014

Sanctions “@FRANCE24: Profit at world’s top diamond producer falls 44% as ruble plunges

French phone-tapping services go on strike — Text by Sébastian SEIBT Latest update : 2014-11-25 On Tuesday, four French companies that execute the vast majority of court-sanctioned electronic surveillance refused all new requests in a row over the future of electronic eavesdropping in France.

Zimbabwe vice president ousted from party post in succession war — Zimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru has been ousted from the ruling party's powerful central committee after being accused of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, state media reported Wednesday.

Paris police in shootout with Cartier robbers — Text by FRANCE 24 Follow france24_en on twitter Latest update : 2014-11-25 The unusual drama in the French capital took place on the iconic Champs-Elysees on Tuesday evening.

Samsung sells defence, petrochemical units for $1.7 bn — Samsung Group announced Wednesday the sale of stakes in four petrochemical and defence affiliates for $1.7 billion as the South Korean giant steps up restructuring efforts ahead of a generational ownership succession. The sale to the Hanwha conglomerate, which has major petrochemical holdings, is expected to be finalised in the first half of next year, Samsung said in a statement.

Tunisia’s Essebsi says ready to form pluralist govt — In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, secular Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi, who received the most votes in the first round of the presidential poll, vowed to form a pluralist government while voicing disdain for the West's obsession with the Islamist Ennahda party.
Nov 26, 2014

After claiming #Marzouki backed by "jihadists", @BejiCEOfficial to F24: "No incompatibility b/w Islam and democracy."…

Nov 25, 2014

THE INTERVIEW - Tunisia’s Essebsi says ready to form pluralist govt via @FRANCE24

MEDIAWATCH - #Ferguson - France 24 — A fresh take on the news big and bizarre in newspapers, on news websites, blogs and social media. We also look at stories about how the media functions and how it's evolving in today's society. From Monday to Friday at 8.45 pm Paris time. He's an Irish journalist with a background in law.

In pictures: Protests across USA at Ferguson ruling — Text by FRANCE 24 Follow france24_en on twitter Latest update : 2014-11-25 From New York City and Chicago to Seattle and Los Angeles, people marched and chanted slogans. The protestors held their hands in the air, yelling "Hands up, don't shoot," a refrain that has become a rallying cry from this latest tragedy to blight the USA.

Tunisia’s Essebsi ‘personifies old regime’, says opponent Marzouki — Tunisia's interim President Moncef Marzouki on Tuesday accused his opponent in the second round of the country's presidential election of offering nothing less than a return to the old regime that set off the country's 2011 revolution.

After Ferguson: What's Broken in America? — Latest update : 2014-11-25 It was a predictable decision followed by a predictable reaction. Riots in Ferguson, Missouri greeted the grand jury's refusal to issue an indictment against the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18 year old black Saint Louis resident last August.