Briton goes on trial in France for trying to smuggle Afghan child into UK

By Ingrid Melander and Pauline Mevel BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France, Jan 14 : Former soldier Rob Lawrie goes on trial in France today for trying to smuggle a four-year-old Afghan girl into Britain at her father’s request. The 49-year-old British father-of-four faces up to five years in jail and a 30,000-euro (32,500 dollar or 22,500 pounds) fine […]

France begins one-year commemorations of Charlie Hebdo attack

Paris, Dec 31 : Charlie Hebdo will release one million copies of a special issue on January 6, the eve of the first anniversary of the jihadi attack on the French weekly magazine that claimed 12 lives. Financial director of the satirical publication Eric Portheault revealed that the edition, which will have 32 pages, instead […]

Putin orders military in Syria to take tough action to threats

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin today ordered his forces in Syria to take tough action against any threats, speaking two weeks after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in the war-torn country. “I order you to act as tough as possible,” he told a defence meeting in televised remarks. “Any targets threatening the Russian grouping or […]

Danger of chemical attack in France: PM

Paris:┬áPrime Minister Manuel Valls on Thursday warned that France could face chemical or biological attack from terrorist groups. Valls made the announcement while addressing the French parliament ahead of a vote to extend by three months the state of emergency imposed after the bloody November 13 terror attacks in Paris, BBC reported. Meanwhile, Belgian police […]

Merkel confident of deal with Britain on its EU membership

BERLIN:┬áGermany wants to respond to Britain’s proposals to reform the 28-member European Union in a constructive spirit, Chancellor Angela Merkel said today, adding that she was confident a solution could be found. “I spoke with him by telephone yesterday,” Merkel said of British Prime Minister David Cameron. “I know of the demands, so what is […]