'Carlos the Jackal' stands trial over 1974 Paris store attack

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Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, 67, dubbed Carlos the Jackal, already serving a life sentence for murdering two French intelligence officers, appeared in court in Paris on Monday accused of lobbing a hand grenade into a crowded Left Bank shopping centre in September 1974, killing two people and wounding 34 others.

Karachi Affair probe blocked by 'lying statements' of French intelligence officers


In May 2002, 11 French naval engineers were murdered in a suicide bomb blast in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. The ongoing French judicial investigation into the massacre, which has become known as the ‘Karachi Affair’, has uncovered strong evidence suggesting it was linked to a secret political funding scam in France. Several survivors of the blast are now engaged in a legal battle to get to the truth as to whether former French intelligence officers have lied on oath about what their agency knew about the links between a wealthy Saudi figure, Ali Ben Moussalem, identified as a key figure in the case and the politicians suspected of corruption. Fabrice Arfi reports.    

France to join in 'acceleration' of air strikes against Islamic State

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President François Hollande told a traditional New Year's meeting with French diplomats that the coalition bombing campaign is to intensify.