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Where they stand on key issues

Where they stand on key issues

Image copyright AFP Image caption Macron v Le Pen: Some say the contest amounts to free markets v protectionism National renewal is what both the rival French presidential candidates are promising, but they offer very different paths to get there. Liberal centrist Emmanuel Macron – winner of the first round – and nationalist Marine Le […]

French election: 'Unworthy' debate was still great viewing

French election: 'Unworthy' debate was still great viewing

Image copyright EPA Image caption Supporters of Mr Macron watch the debate in a Paris bar After the debate was over, some of the French media commentariat was saying it had been a disgrace. Nothing had been elucidated. It was all mud-slinging. It was unworthy of a presidential election. Maybe. But it didn’t half make […]

Syria refugees in Canada name their baby Justin Trudeau

Syria refugees in Canada name their baby Justin Trudeau

Image copyright Afraa Bilan Image caption Afraa Bilan and sleepy Justin Trudeau take it easy at home When Muhammad and Afraa Bilan arrived in Canada in February last year, they were starting a new life in a completely new country. Originally from Damascus in Syria, they, daughter Naya and son Nael arrived as refugees in […]

Walking in a minefield

Walking in a minefield

Image copyright Alamy The minefields laid in the Falkland Islands were intended to kill or maim British soldiers, but over the last 35 years they have become de facto nature reserves for penguins. For better or worse, however, the time has now come for their home to be demined, reports Matthew Teller. I’m following a […]

Pope Francis angered by America's 'mother of all bombs' name

Pope Francis angered by America's 'mother of all bombs' name

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment the MOAB bomb struck the IS cave and tunnel system Pope Francis has criticised the naming of the US military’s largest non-nuclear explosive ever used in combat as “the mother of all bombs”. “I was ashamed when I heard the name,” the pontiff told an […]

Seamus Ruddy's family have 'mixed emotions' after human remains find

Seamus Ruddy's family have 'mixed emotions' after human remains find

Image caption A forensic tent has been placed at the site where human remains were found in Foret Domaniale, Rouen The family of the Disappeared victim, Seamus Ruddy, have expressed mixed emotions after human remains were found during a new search for him in France. Mr Ruddy, 33, was murdered and secretly buried in 1985 […]

Nigeria Chibok girls: At least 80 freed by Boko Haram

Nigeria Chibok girls: At least 80 freed by Boko Haram

Image copyright AFP Image caption The abduction of the “Chibok girls” triggered a global outcry Islamist militants of the Boko Haram group have released about 80 schoolgirls from a group of 276 they abducted in north-eastern Nigeria three years ago, officials say. The release reportedly came after talks with the government, though few details are […]

Syria safe zones: Fighting 'eases' as plan takes effect

Syria safe zones: Fighting 'eases' as plan takes effect

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syria’s war has devastated the country since it erupted in 2011 Fighting has eased in parts of Syria where a Russian-led initiative to halt the country’s six-year war took effect from midnight, activists say. The deal unveiled by Russia on Thursday to set up four “de-escalation zones” is backed by […]

Stephen Colbert investigated over 'homophobic' anti-Trump joke

Stephen Colbert investigated over 'homophobic' anti-Trump joke

Image copyright John Moore/Getty Images Image caption Late Show host Stephen Colbert has declined to apologise for his monologue US comedian Stephen Colbert is to be investigated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over a joke about President Donald Trump. The body’s chairman Ajit Pai said it received several complaints about the monologue, which some […]

Stephen Fry faces blasphemy probe after God comments

Stephen Fry faces blasphemy probe after God comments

Image copyright PA Police in the Republic of Ireland have launched an investigation after a viewer claimed comments made by Stephen Fry on a TV show were blasphemous. Officers are understood to be examining whether the British comedian committed a criminal offence under the Defamation Act when he appeared on RTE in 2015. Fry had […]