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April 5 2014

From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sat Apr 5 2014, 14:37:40

France said Saturday it will not attend commemorations to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide after President Paul Kagame (pictured) renewed accusations that Paris participated in the 1994 mass killings.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sat Apr 5 2014, 14:05:05

Millions of Afghans defied threats by the Taliban to vote in the country's landmark presidential elections Saturday, with turnout exceeding expectations.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sat Apr 5 2014, 12:13:02

France's Vivendi group said on Saturday it would accept a bid from fibre-optic network operator Numericable for its SFR mobile phone business over a rival offer from telecom firm Bouyges, in a deal worth more than €17 billion.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sat Apr 5 2014, 10:32:44

Emmanuel and Vestine seem like any other Rwandan couple raising a family in a modest house in the capital of Kigali. But one of them is a survivor of the 1994 genocide and the other, one of its perpetrators.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sat Apr 5 2014, 10:12:26

Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Saturday once again accused France of participating in the Rwandan genocide, days ahead of the 20th anniversary of the mass killings that saw the death of at least 800,000 people.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sat Apr 5 2014, 08:46:41

Born in Spain and naturalised French at the age of 14, Anne Hidalgo has made history by becoming the first woman mayor of Paris, her new role confirmed on Saturday by a vote of city councillors.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sat Apr 5 2014, 06:30:09

Despite Taliban attacks, Afghans lined up on Saturday to cast their ballots in the country's historic presidential election.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sat Apr 5 2014, 05:13:26

Armed men kidnapped two Italian priests and a Canadian nun overnight in northern Cameroon, Italy's foreign ministry and media reported on Saturday.

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April 4 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Apr 4 2014, 22:35:41

It's Bra Hugh's birthday today. Well into his seventies, Hughie as his friend Dizzy Gillepsie used to call him, demonstrates no interest in laying off from touring. To celebrate, we'll bump a bit of "I Am Not Afraid"; or maybe tap into his Hedzoleh Sounds era; or perhaps go buckwild to some Union Of South Africa (alongside Caiphus Semenya and Jonas Gwangwa). Who knows, we might even cruise past his electronic stuff in the eighties; Techno Bush maybe. By the time Sunday comes, we'll be cold chilling with him and his old buddy Larry Willis on their "Friends" album.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Fri Apr 4 2014, 21:20:52

US fast food giant McDonald's said on Friday it that had closed its restaurants in Crimea, prompting fears of a backlash as a prominent Moscow politician called for all of the US fast food chain's outlets in Russia to be shut.

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