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François Bourdillon

France launches nationwide probe into baby deformations

France has launched a nationwide probe into incidents of babies being born with either missing or malformed arms after abnormal rates of deformations were detected in several regions of the country, a top public health official said on Wednesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Moscow

Italy’s premier praises ‘robust’ economy on Russia visit

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday boasted of the “robust” Italian economy during a visit to Moscow as his government is crossing swords with Brussels over Rome’s 2019 budget.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini speaks during a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Milan, Italy, August 28, 2018. REUTERS-Massimo Pinca

Migrants: France’s Nathalie Loiseau likens Italy’s Matteo Salvini to Pontius Pilate

French European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau on Wednesday said Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was behaving “like Pontius Pilate”, over his position on migrants.
Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger: My biggest regret was staying at Arsenal for 22 years

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said that staying at the club for nearly 22 years may have been the biggest mistake of his career.
Notorious French criminal Redoine Faid had been serving a 25-year jail sentence - Shutterstock

French minister says won’t resign over helicopter jailbreak

France’s justice minister on Wednesday ruled out resigning after a notorious robber was broken out of prison by helicopter, despite a recent warning that the convict was on the verge of trying to escape.

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam justifies 2015 killings

The suspected sole surviving gunman from 2015 attacks in Paris has come close to admitting his role in the carnage in a rare statement to investigators in which he justified the killings, reports said on Friday.
German NGO ship Lifeline

German’s migrant ship may dock in Malta

France said Tuesday that “a European solution seems to be emerging” for the humanitarian ship Lifeline, stranded at sea with 234 migrants on board, and it may be allowed to dock in Malta.

Adrien Rabiot hits out at ‘immature’ label amid France squad strife

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has stated his "regret" at the "caricature of me as a young, immature player" and defended his decision to tell France coach Didier Deschamps he is unwilling to be a reserve for the World Cup squad.

German Supreme Court rules ad blockers are legal

Germany’s Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a case brought by Axel Springer seeking to ban a popular application that blocks online advertising, in a landmark ruling that deals a blow to the publishing industry.

Zinedine Zidane fights for future in PSG Champions League tie

Zinedine Zidane inspired France to World Cup glory as a player, but his extraordinary career has to a large degree been defined by the Champions League.

French prime minister defends 350,000-euro private flight

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe defended on Wednesday his decision to charter a private aircraft at a cost of 350,000 euros ($415,000) to bring him and a delegation back from Tokyo earlier this month.

African refugees reach France in resettlement initiative

The first group of African refugees benefiting from a new initiative bringing those deemed to be especially vulnerable directly to Europe arrived in France on Monday.

Turkey must not ‘misuse’ Interpol in writer’s case – Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she was glad a Spanish court had ordered the conditional release of a Turkish-German writer wanted by Ankara and warned Turkey not to "misuse" Interpol to pursue its critics.

Macron backpedals on creating First Lady status

French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to backpedal on the issue of creating an official First Lady position for his wife amid attacks from left-wing opponents and a petition against the move, officials and reports said.

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Martin Fayulu

Two dead at rally for DR Congo opposition candidate

Two supporters of a Democratic Republic of Congo opposition presidential candidate were killed in clashes with police at a rally on Tuesday, a local human rights organisation said, as tensions rise just 12 days before a crucial election.

Kashim Shettima: APC will emerge victorious in 2019

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno and Chairman, APC South-West Reconciliation Committee says the party will bring on board all members to achieve victory in 2019 general elections.
Boko Haram

Boko Haram, ISIS designated ‘entities of particular concern’

The United States has announced the designation of the Boko Haram terrorist group as an entity “of particular concern”.
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Nwankwo Kanu challenges Flying Eagles to display Nigerian spirit against Ghana

Ex-Super Eagles skipper Kanu Nwankwo has counselled the Flying Eagles to display the Nigerian spirit in their win or burst WAFU U20 Cup of Nations tie with The Black Satellites of Ghana in Lome, Togo today.
Solomon Ogbeide

Solomon Ogbeide: Lobi Stars ready to dump Gor Mahia out of Champions League

NPFL champions Lobi Stars manager Solomon Ogbeide says his side have everything in place to excel in the Caf Champions League this season.