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Pakistan mourns 47 killed in air crash, as investigators seek answers | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Pakistan mourns 47 killed in air crash, as investigators seek answers | Reuters

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Asad Hashim | ISLAMABAD ISLAMABAD Pakistan on Thursday mourned the 47 victims of its deadliest plane crash in four years, including a famed rock star-turned-Muslim evangelist, as officials sought to pinpoint the cause of the disaster.Engine trouble was initially believed responsible, but many questions remain, stirring new worries about the safety record of money-losing state carrier Pakistani International Airlines.The ATR-42 aircraft involved in the crash had undergone regular maintenance, including an "A-check" certification in October, said airline chairman Muhammad Azam Saigol."I want to make it clear that it was a perfectly sound aircraft," Saigol said. The aircraft appeared to have suffered a failure in one of its two turboprop engines just before the crash, he added, but this would have to be confirmed by an investigation."I think there was no technical error or human error," Saigol told a news conference late on Wednesday. "Obviously there will be a proper investigation."Grief erupted online soon after flight PK661 smashed into the side of a mountain near the town of Havelian, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, on Wednesday, after taking off from the mountain resort region of Chitral. #United States #Economy #India #France #Middle East #Europe #Austria
Paris faces worst pollution in a decade, traffic restrictions introduced

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : AFP

Category : World

Paris faces worst pollution in a decade, traffic restrictions introduced

Paris was smothered on Wednesday by its worst winter pollution in a decade, with commuters enjoying free public transport and half of all cars ordered off the road to try to clear the air. #London #France #New Delhi #NewsTracker #Paris #Beijing #Brussels #Lyon #François Hollande #Amsterdam #Charles de Gaulle #Anne Hidalgo #Rhone valley
Rebels seek ceasefire with Syrian army closer to retaking Aleppo | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Rebels seek ceasefire with Syrian army closer to retaking Aleppo | Reuters

By Lisa Barrington and Tom Perry | BEIRUT BEIRUT Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw as demanded by Damascus and Moscow.The Syrian army and allied forces have made rapid gains against insurgents in the past two weeks and look closer than ever to restoring full control over Aleppo, Syria's most populous city before the war, and achieving their most important victory of the conflict now in its sixth year.In a statement, the rebels called for talks about the future of the city once the humanitarian situation has been improved, but made no mention of evacuating fighters who are defending an ever shrinking area of eastern Aleppo. Syria and Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have said they want rebels to leave Aleppo and will not consider a ceasefire unless that happens."It's been a tragedy here for a long time, but I've never seen this kind of pressure on the city - you can't rest for even five minutes, the bombardment is constant," a resident said."Any movement in the streets and there is bombardment (on that area) immediately," said the east Aleppo resident contacted by Reuters, who declined to be identifiedRetaking Aleppo would also be a success for President Vladimir Putin who intervened to save Moscow's ally in September 2015 with air strikes, and for Shi'ite Iran, whose elite Islamic Republic Guard Corps has suffered casualties fighting for Assad.The government now appears closer to victory than at any point since 2012, the year after rebels took up arms to overthrow Assad in a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, made more than half of Syrians homeless and created the world's worst refugee crisis.Outside of Aleppo, the government and its allies are also putting severe pressure on remaining rebel redoubts. #Syria #France #Europe #Iran #Iraq #crisis
French President Hollande appoints Bernard Cazeneuve new PM

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : IANS

Category : World

French President Hollande appoints Bernard Cazeneuve new PM

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday appointed incumbent Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve the new Prime Minister to replace Manuel Valls, as the latter has decided to quit the job, authorities said. #World #France #NewsTracker #François Hollande #Bernard Cazeneuve #France PM
Didier Deschamps to pursue Eric Cantona's 'unacceptable' accusations of racism 'to the end' in court

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : AFP

Category : Sports

Didier Deschamps to pursue Eric Cantona's 'unacceptable' accusations of racism 'to the end' in court

France coach Didier Deschamps insisted Eric Cantona's accusations of racism concerning his selection choices will be pursued to the bitter end in court. #France #football #KickingAround #Karim Benzema #Marseille #Eric Cantona #Euro 2016 #Hatem Ben Arfa #Didier Deschamps #Mathieu Valbuena
U.N. identifies 41 Burundi, Gabon troops accused of abuse in C.Africa | Reuters

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.N. identifies 41 Burundi, Gabon troops accused of abuse in C.Africa | Reuters

By Michelle Nichols | UNITED NATIONS UNITED NATIONS An internal United Nations inquiry has identified 25 peacekeepers from Burundi and 16 from Gabon accused of sexual abuse and exploitation in the Central African Republic in 2014 and 2015, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday. "Responsibility for further investigations lies with Burundi and Gabon," Dujarric said, adding that the U.N #Economy #Business #France #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #lifestyle
Russia says to start talks with U.S. on Aleppo rebel withdrawal | Reuters

Updated : Dec 05, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Russia says to start talks with U.S. on Aleppo rebel withdrawal | Reuters

By Ellen Francis, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Maria Kiselyova | BEIRUT/MOSCOW BEIRUT/MOSCOW The Russian government said on Monday it would start talks with Washington on a rebel withdrawal from Aleppo this week as Russian-backed Syrian forces fought to seize more territory from rebels who are struggling to avoid a major defeat. The latest army attack, which saw fierce clashes around the Old City, aims to cut off another area of rebel control in eastern Aleppo and tighten the noose on opposition-held districts where tens of thousands of people are trapped.Advances in recent weeks have brought Damascus, backed militarily by Russia, Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah, closer to recapturing Syria's second largest city before the nearly six-year war and a prize long sought by President Bashar al-Assad.The rebels are now reduced to an area just kilometres across.While Assad's allies have in the past year turned the battle in his favour, Western and regional states backing the rebels have been unwilling or unable to prevent a major defeat for groups who have fought for years to topple the Syrian leader.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said talks with the United States on the withdrawal of rebels would begin in Geneva on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. There was no immediate comment from Washington, which has backed some of the rebels."Those armed groups who refuse to leave eastern Aleppo will be considered to be terrorists," Lavrov told a news conference #France #Russia #markets #United Kingdom #Iraq #fighting #graphics
Morocco arrests suspected militant involved in French plot | Reuters

Updated : Dec 04, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Morocco arrests suspected militant involved in French plot | Reuters

By Aziz El Yaakoubi | RABAT RABAT Moroccan authorities have arrested a suspected militant accused of acting as an intermediary between Islamic State commanders and a cell dismantled by French authorities last month, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.France said late last month it had foiled a possible attack after detaining seven people, including some who had been in the ranks of Islamic State in Syria."For his mission (the suspect) met Islamic State messengers on the Turkish-Syrian border and he received instructions ... to pass on to the group that has been arrested on French soil," the Moroccan ministry said in a statement.The suspect was supposed to travel to France via Germany using a forged passport, the ministry added. It gave no details about the suspect but a security source told Reuters he was a Moroccan national who lived in Spain. #Islam #France #Middle East #Africa #Iraq #French
Marine Le Pen victory in France would be 'body blow' to Europe: David Cameron

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : AFP

Category : World

Marine Le Pen victory in France would be 'body blow' to Europe: David Cameron

Britain's former PM David Cameron said Saturday the election of France's Marine Le Pen would be a "big body blow" for Europe, saying he hoped for the victory of a mainstream party. #France #TheySaidIt #David Cameron #Britain #Marine Le Pen
France's Hollande says will not seek second presidential mandate | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

France's Hollande says will not seek second presidential mandate | Reuters

PARIS French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday he would not seek a second term in office in the presidential election in 2017, a surprise move that throws the selection of a Socialist candidate wide open. (Reporting By Brian Love and Ingrid Melander; Editing by Richard Balmforth) #Economy #France #Middle East #science #markets #Entertainment #article