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French police officer 'will not have died in vain': President Macron

President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday hailed a police officer who sacrificed his life in an Islamist attack as a symbol of the “French spirit of resistance” and urged the nation to be vigilant in the face of an “insidious” jihadist threat.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/28 23:08:41

Spring cleaning

Bath and North East Somerset Council employees brush algae and sludge from the Roman lead-lined floor of the Great Bath as it is drained of 250,000 liters of hot natural thermal spa water as part of spring cleaning, at the historic Roman Baths on Tuesday in Bath, England. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2018/3/28 21:58:40

French politics affect march to honor Jewish murder victim

France's far-right National Front and far-left France Unbowed movement said they would take part in a march on Wednesday to honor a Holocaust survivor killed in a suspected anti-Semitic attack, despite calls by a Jewish group for them not to attend.
Source: Reuters | 2018/3/28 21:23:40

Putin declares national mourning for shopping mall fire victims

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a decree declaring Wednesday a day of national mourning for the victims of a major fire in a mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, which killed at least 64 people.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/28 10:19:19

Russia's strategic missile force launches massive drills

Russia's Strategic Missile Force has begun large-scale command-and-staff exercises in the Urals, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/28 10:12:29

Portuguese gov't defends decision not to expel Russian diplomats

Portugal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva on Tuesday defended the government's decision not to expel Russian diplomats.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/28 9:56:50

Mass grief

People hold portraits of relatives as they gather to pay their last respects to the victims of a fire in a multi-story shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometers east of Moscow, on Tuesday. The blaze on Sunday killed 64 people, many of whom were children. Russian officials said fire exits were blocked and an alarm system was turned off in the shopping center, CNN reported. Photo: AP
Source: AP | 2018/3/27 23:48:40

Heartless crime

This AFP TV video frame grab shows a photo of Mireille Knoll, surrounded by heart-shaped cutouts and a police notice on the door of her apartment in Paris on Tuesday after she was found dead in her apartment on Friday by firefighters called to extinguish a blaze.Two people have been charged with the murder of Mireille, who was stabbed and then set alight in a crime being treated as anti-Semitic, a judicial source said.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/27 23:13:41

Britain hails 'turning point' after Russian spy expulsions

Britain Tuesday hailed the mass expulsion of more than 100 suspected Russian diplomats around the world as a "turning point" for the West's attitude toward Russia, as Moscow warned it would retaliate against "loutish behavior."
Source: AFP | 2018/3/27 23:13:40

Ex-Catalan leader may face extradition

A German court has kept former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in custody pending possible extradition to Spain to face "rebellion" charges, as fresh demonstrations blocked several main roads in the Spanish region on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/27 22:53:40

NATO withdraws accreditation of 7 Russian diplomats

NATO on Tuesday decided to withdraw the accreditation of seven staff at the Russian Mission to NATO in response to the row over the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain on March 4.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/27 22:49:14

Turkey, EU fail to reach 'concrete solutions or compromises' after talks

The EU on Monday said it failed to reach any "concrete solutions or compromises" with Turkey in talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeking to repair tattered relations.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/27 22:48:40

Fire 'criminal negligence': Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said "criminal negligence" was to blame for a Siberian mall fire that killed at least 64 people, including 41 children, after they found themselves trapped in the inferno because of locked doors.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/27 22:43:40

EU gives FB two weeks to answer scandal questions

The European Union has given Facebook two weeks to answer questions raised by the scandal over personal data harvested from the social network, according to extracts of a letter obtained by AFP on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/27 22:33:41

Why Yuri Gagarin's death is still shrouded in mystery

Yuri Gagarin, feted as a Soviet national hero for being the first man ever in space, was killed in a plane crash 50 years ago, but the details of his death still remain shrouded in mystery.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/27 20:08:40

STX France delivers world's biggest cruiseliner to Royal Caribbean

STX France, a shipbuilding company of the French branch of STX Europe, has delivered the world's biggest cruiseliner, the Symphony of the Seas, to US Royal Caribbean International, local media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/27 17:27:15

Criminal negligence led to Kemerovo shopping mall fire: Putin

Criminal negligence and slovenliness are among the causes for the tragedy of Kemerovo shopping mall, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting during his visit Kemerovo on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/27 16:06:07

Russian shopping mall fire claims 64 lives, criminal probe underway

A total of 64 people have been confirmed dead in a major fire that broke out at a four-storey shopping mall in Kemerovo city in southwestern Siberia on Sunday, the Russian Investigative Committee said on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/27 11:53:07