Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron, 39, elected France’s youngest President

Macron has becomes not only France’s youngest-ever president but also one of its most unlikely. French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country’s youngest president ever on Sunday, strengthening France’s place... Read more »
Australia Chooses French Design for Future Submarine

Australia and France seal AU$50 billion submarine deal

The new submarines are part of Australia’s new defence strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia and France have inked an agreement for a French defence contractor to build 12 cutting-edge submarines. The... Read more »
France to bans all plastic dishware starting in 2020

France to ban all plastic dishware starting in 2020

France becomes the first country to ban plastic plates and cutlery PARIS — France has become the first country in the world to ban plastic plates, cups and utensils, passing a law... Read more »

France’s top administrative court suspends burkini ban

French Highest court to decide whether swimsuit should be banned at beaches as activists and rights groups take up the issue. France’s top administrative court has overturned a town burkini ban amid... Read more »
The Thani family arrived in Wellington on Friday to start their new life here. Rawad, 5, walks with his mum, Amena, and 3-year-old sister, Naba, while dad Wael carries son Salim, 2.

World’s six richest countries host only 9% of world’s refugees

Poorest nations shouldering responsibility for world’s refugees The world’s six wealthiest countries host less than 9% of the world’s refugees, according to a new Oxfam report. While the United States, China, Japan,... Read more »
At least 84 killed in 'monstrous' terror attack on holiday crowd in Nice, France

At least 84 killed in terror attack on Bastille Day holiday France

A driver of a lorry (truck) deliberately hit people while celebrating Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, killing at least 84, including many children NICE, (France) — An attacker killed at least 84 people... Read more »
Portugal spoil France's party with extra-time win in EURO 2016

Euro 2016: Portugal stuns France 1-0 to claim first European Championship title

Portugal shrugged off an early injury to Cristiano Ronaldo to claim a first-ever major tournament trophy thanks to Éder’s 109th-minute strike. PARIS (France) – A thundering out-of-the-blue shot by substitute Eder gave... Read more »
Euro 2016 hosts France meet Portugal in the tournament's finale on Sunday night.

France face Portugal in the Euro 2016 final

Euro 2016 hosts France meet Portugal in the tournament’s finale on Sunday night Antoine Griezmann scored twice Thursday as France beat world champions Germany 2-0 to seal a place in the Euro... Read more »
Supporters of the ‘Stronger In’ Campaign react as results of the EU referendum are announced at the Royal Festival Hall in London on June 24, 2016. ─ AFP

European leaders in shock as Britain votes to go

“In a free and democratic process, the British people have expressed their wish to leave the European Union. We regret this decision but respect it.” The historic decision by Britons to leave European... Read more »
EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashes in Mediterranean

EgyptAir flight carrying 66 people crashes in Mediterranean Sea

EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo vanishes over sea; Investigators ‘rule out’ nothing An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew crashed in the Mediterranean sea early... Read more »
G7 Foreign Ministers walk together after placing wreaths at the cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan on Monday.

G7 leaders call for ‘world without nuclear weapons’ in Hiroshima declaration

The foreign ministers of the world’s most advanced economies visited a war memorial for the 140,000 victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of the Japanese city. HIROSHIMA (Japan) – The Group of... Read more »

Bill Gates top Forbes 2016 billionaires list

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is still ranked the world’s richest person with an estimated net worth of $75 billion, $4.2 billion less than last year, according to Forbes magazine’s 2016 list of... Read more »
American Airline

Major Airlines issue travel advisories, offer refund amid Zika virus concerns

Airlines are offering refunds to passengers who have booked flights to central and south American countries caught up in the Zika virus outbreak The mosquito-borne Zika virus is spreading so quickly through... Read more »
Paris attacks highlight selective grief and outrage of Western world

No to ISIS, No to Imperialism – Solidarity with the Paris Victims

The November 13 attacks in Paris: the terror of the Islamic State, the state of emergency in France, our responsibilities By Pierre Rousset and François Sabado November 13 represents a change in... Read more »
Protecting forests can mitigate the effects of worldwide climate change, indigenous leaders Tom B.K. Goldtooth of Bemjdji, Minnesota, left, and Gloria Hilda Ushiqua-Santi of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest stress at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in LeBourget, France, Tuesday. The conference continues until next week. (Photo: AP)

Paris Climate Conference 2015: Crime against Communities

A broad alliance of leaders from communities on the frontline of the climate crisis have traveled to Paris to speak out against the proposed global climate agreement, saying that it falls far short of... Read more »
ustralia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull delivers his speech at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.

Australia rejects fossil fuel pledge at Paris Climate Conference 2015

Australia ‘isn’t daunted by climate challenge’ but will spend $1 billion to help its Pacific neighbours build climate resilience PARIS (France) – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia will not be “daunted”... Read more »
World leaders due in Paris for major climate change conference

World leaders due in Paris for major climate change conference

Nearly 150 world leaders are expected to descend on Paris for the start of the U.N. climate change summit that starts Monday in the French capital with the aim of reaching a... Read more »
Two women cry as they pay tribute to the victims of Paris attacks at the Place de la Republique in Paris, France, November 27, 2015. Photo: Eric Gaillard Reuters

France holds memorial two weeks after Paris attacks

France paid homage today to those who died in terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago. The names of the 130 people killed were read at a national memorial service at a... Read more »
Paris attacks highlight selective grief and outrage of Western world

Multi-headed hydra ISIS has to be eliminated after Paris attack

By Yasmeen Aftab What will be the impact of Paris attack on French involvement in the Middle East? France in September this year started air raids on militant jihadis from ISIS in Syria. France... Read more »
Paris' famed Notre Dame Cathedral was in lockdown after terrorist attacks across the city killed more than 100 people. EPA/Ian Langsdon

Paris attacks: why Islam and Christianity are twin religions of war and peace

By Philip Almond, The University of Queensland — Questions are being raised as to the role of religion in deadly attacks in Paris that killed more than 100 people. Specifically, is Islam a religion... Read more »
19-year-old Hobart woman Emma Grace Parkinson was shot in the Paris attacks. Picture: AAP/FacebookSource:AAP

Australian shot in Paris recovering from attack

Emma Parkinson, the Tasmanian teenager who was injured in the Paris terror attacks, has undergone surgery in Paris after being shot while attending a rock show at the Bataclan concert hall. The... Read more »
Paris attacks highlight selective grief and outrage of Western world

Paris attacks highlight selective grief and outrage of Western world

We need solidarity and compassion for the victims of terrorism everywhere not just Western world By Chris Graham (for NewMatilda) As France enters yet another period of mourning, Lebanon is just emerging from... Read more »
The “sails” of the Sydney Opera House are illuminated in the colors of the French flag on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. At least 120 people have been killed and over 200 are injured in Paris following a series of terrorist acts in the French capital on Friday night.

Australia expresses solidarity with Paris attack victims

Australia’s landmarks lit up with tricolour to show solidarity with France Australian landmarks light up with colours of the French flag on Saturday night in solidarity with the people of France after... Read more »
French special forces evacuate people, including an injured man holding his head, as people gather near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Paris Terror Attacks: 130 people feared dead, hundreds injured

At least 130 people were killed in a wave of simultaneous attacks on Friday evening in Paris, in the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II. Gunmen and bombers attacked... Read more »