World Bulletin / News Desk
French President Francois Hollande has asked former foreign minister Hubert Vedrine to review France's membership of NATO's integrated military command, his office said on Wednesday, echoing unease about its place in the alliance's inner circle.
Hollande has in the past expressed reservations about France's 2009 return to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's integrated command, a move approved by his conservative predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, who was one of the most pro-American presidents France has had in decades.
Hollande also asked fellow Socialist Vedrine, who opposed France's return to NATO's inner circle, to review France's relationship with the United States over the next decade. Vedrine is to report back by the end of October.
General Charles de Gaulle withdrew French forces from NATO's command in 1966 at the height of the Cold War and forced the alliance's headquarters to relocate from Paris and Fontainebleau the following year in protest at what he saw as U.S. hegemony in Europe.
Historic mosques in Deir ez-Zor have become targets due to the tombs inside them.
Analysts said his move was a big blow to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
A Palestinian child was killed and 25 people were injured in Israeli attacks in the beleaguered Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
Thousands of Pakistani riot police took up position to defend a key diplomatic and political enclave of the capital
'Shoot me now. Kill me now,' robbery suspect responded when officers ordered him to drop the knife
In a statement issued following an emergency meeting with aides, Hadi vowed to take "firm legal action" against the rallies
Rights activists in Saudi Arabia have complained that the government has also used its security crackdown to target peaceful dissidents, something the authorities deny.
The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease has killed nearly 1,300 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and has also affected Nigeria.
The fighting in eastern Ukraine has taken a heavy human toll. The United Nations says an estimated 2,086 people, including civilians and combatants, have been killed in the four-month conflict.
Putin will be accompanied at the talks by Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko and Kazkahstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev. The EU team will be headed by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Navi Pillay urged U.S. authorities to investigate allegations of brutality and examine the "root causes" of racial discrimination in America.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press called the police intimidation of journalists in Ferguson "unwarranted" and "unthinkable."
The Syrians, including 20 children and 10 women, were stopped in the village of Oued Laâlemga near the Libyan border
India said it would not attend talks involving the foreign secretaries of the two countries, which had been set to take place on Aug. 25 in Islamabad
Among those arrested were 100 "high-level organizers and backbone members", state news agency Xinhua said
Baghdad is now trying to turn the tide after the Kurds said they had taken the dam, easing fears that the militants could cut off electricity and water supplies