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Algerian forces kill commander of Islamic State affiliate behind French murder - source
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Algerian forces kill commander of Islamic State affiliate behind French murder - source | Reuters

ALGIERS Algerian soldiers have killed two Islamist militants including one who security sources said was a senior commander with an Islamic State-allied group that kidnapped and beheaded a French tourist two years ago.Troops killed the two suspects, known by the names of Abu Doujana and Abderrahmane, in an ambush in Oued Zehour in Skikda region east of the capital on Thursday, the defence ministry said in a statement published by APS state news agency.A security source said Abu Doujana was a leader of Jund al Khalifa, a splinter al Qaeda group that had allied itself with Islamic State. It was blamed for beheading Frenchman Herve Gourdel in a remote mountain area in September 2014. Bombings and attacks are rarer in Algeria since it ended its decade-long 1990s war with armed Islamists

Rafale deal: French Defence Minister to arrive in India on Thursday night
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Rafale deal: French Defence Minister to arrive in India on Thursday night

French Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian will arrive on Thursday night for signing of the Euro 7.8 billion deal on Friday for 36 Rafale jets which will come equipped with latest missiles and weapon system, giving IAF a cutting edge over arch rival Pakistan.

Frenchman fails to hitch a ride in New Zealand, throws 'hissy fit' and pleads guilty to criminal damage
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Frenchman fails to hitch a ride in New Zealand, throws 'hissy fit' and pleads guilty to criminal damage

A French hitchhiker who flew into a rage after spending four days unsuccessfully trying to thumb a ride out of a small New Zealand town pleaded guilty to criminal damage on Tuesday.

Fiery crash of hot air balloon kills 16 in central Texas
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Fiery crash of hot air balloon kills 16 in central Texas | Reuters

LOCKHART, Texas A hot air balloon burst into flames over central Texas on Saturday after apparently striking power lines and plunged into a field, killing all 16 people aboard in one of the deadliest such accidents on record, police and eyewitnesses said. The Federal Aviation Administration said the fiery crash occurred at about 7:40 a.m

French government faces criticism of security after church attack
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French government faces criticism of security after church attack | Reuters

PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France France's Socialist government fended off criticism of its security record on Wednesday in the wake of revelations that one of the assailants who slit the throat of a priest at a church altar was a known would-be jihadist under police surveillance. President Francois Hollande met interfaith leaders in an effort to promote national unity. But his predecessor and potential opponent in a presidential election next year, Nicolas Sarkozy, said the government must take stronger steps to track known Islamist sympathisers

Democrats begin formal nomination of Clinton in historic vote
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Democrats begin formal nomination of Clinton in historic vote | Reuters

PHILADELPHIA Democrats began the formal process of nominating their White House candidate on Tuesday in a vote that will end with Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman chosen as the presidential nominee of a major U.S.

'Paul Pogba is a player that Real Madrid would love to have': Raul Gonzalez
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'Paul Pogba is a player that Real Madrid would love to have': Raul Gonzalez

Spain and Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez believes his former football club would love to sign French midfield sensation Paul Pogba, who has been heavily linked with a move out of Serie A giants Juventus.

Iran summons French ambassador over dissident meeting in Paris
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Iran summons French ambassador over dissident meeting in Paris | Reuters

DUBAI Iran summoned the French ambassador on Tuesday to protest about a meeting held in Paris by Iranians in exile who seek the overthrow of the Islamic Republic. The rally was held on Saturday by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the political wing of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq Organisation (MKO), a group that waged armed struggle against the Iranian government after the 1979 revolution and assassinated dozens of its top officials. The MKO sided with Saddam Hussein during Iraq's war with Iran in the 1980s but fell out of favour with Baghdad after he was toppled by the U.S.-led invasion in 2003