Russia announced Saturday it will expel 23 British diplomats and halt the activities of the British Council in response to London's "provocative" measures over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin, set to be re-elected for yet another presidential term on Sunday, has spent much of his latest six-year mandate trying to increase Moscow’s influence in the Middle East. Experts call it a winning diplomatic strategy.
Vladimir Putin is virtually assured of being re-elected on Sunday despite his mediocre economic record. But that does not trouble the Russian president, who considers the economy merely one tool in his overall strategy for wielding power.
On Sunday, Russians head to the polls for a presidential election. It's a contest that holds no surprises, with Vladimir Putin assured of winning a fourth term in office. Six years ago, however, his re-election was greeted by the largest wave of protests in post-Soviet Russia. But the authorities chose to respond with force. Today, the weakened opposition has little chance of rallying people again. Our correspondents report.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Paris on Friday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, who has called for a major reform drive to reinvigorate the European Union. Watch FRANCE 24 live for all the latest news from their talks.
Together with many other partners, including the United States, Canada and Norway, the European Union has implemented a policy of non-recognition and sanctions regimes, targeting people and entities that have promoted Russia's illegal annexation.
Kosovo is Europe’s youngest nation. Last month, it celebrated the tenth anniversary of its independence. But the small Balkan country, which has an Albanian majority and Serbian minority, has never fully recovered from the 1998-99 war, which ended with its declaration of independence from Serbia. Today, with widespread poverty, high unemployment, endemic corruption and a mass exodus of its population, Kosovo is struggling to build a future for itself.
Google has paid tens of millions of euros to develop an influential network of friendly European academics, a from Campaign for Accountability (CfA) said on Friday. "Google's academic influence programme in Europe has gone beyond funding existing academic institutions, as it does in the US," it said. "Europe is both a key market for Google, and the most organised and effective source of opposition to Google's expansion plans".
Niger has temporarily stopped all evacuations from Libya detention centres under an EU funded programme because so few are being resettled to Europe. Many of those that have been evacuated are pregnant, with some asking for HIV testing.
Angela Merkel - who started her fourth term as Germany's chancellor earlier this week - is wasting no time on big issues like eurozone reforms. On Friday she is meeting Emmanuel Macron where the two will seek common ground.
The sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the target of a French arrest warrant for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to beat up a worker at her Paris apartment, legal sources said Thursday.
Intended to move the new German government in a more conservative direction and win back voters from the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), new interior minister Horst Seehofer has picked up one the AfD slogans, saying in a Bild interview that "Islam doesn't belong to Germany". The former Bavarian leader rejected in the interview criticism that Merkel's new government, inaugurated on Wednesday, doesn't include any politicians with an immigrant background.
North Korea's foreign minister landed Thursday in Sweden for talks with foreign minister Margot Wallstrom, prompting speculations of a possible summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un on Swedish soil. Visiting Washington last week and Berlin on Friday, Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven told TT news agency that "if the main actors want Sweden to play a role then we are ready to do that."