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Populariser of yoga BKS Iyengar dies, aged 95

B.K.S. Iyengar, the yoga guru who helped take the ancient Indian spiritual practice to the rest of the world, has died aged 95, his website says.

Islamic State makes true on 'blood' threat, killing US journalist James Foley

Photo: Manu Brabo shows James Foley who reported in the Middle East for five years. IMAGE SOURCE www.theage.com.au

Ruth Pollard Just hours after the US announced it would begin air strikes on militants in the north of Iraq, a propaganda video from the Islamic State emerged online with the warning: “We will drown you in...

Cash-strapped France scrambles to sell state property

1143 Fifth Avenue in New York, which is being sold by the French state.

Henry Samuel Strapped for cash and struggling to keep its dizzying debt in check, France is scrambling to sell its state-owned property as never before.

France and Germany mark 100 years since the outbreak of WW1

French President Francois Hollande and German President Joachim Gauck commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Herv Asquin France and Germany have marked 100 years since the outbreak of World War One during an emotional memorial service in a border town where 30,000 men lost their lives.

France crusades against frozen, microwaved foods

The French government is fed up with substandard food.

Food lovers may put France on a pedestal, but microwaved or pre-packaged dishes have become so common in restaurants that authorities are introducing a new "homemade" label for chefs cooking meals...

France's Sarkozy hit by new phone tap leak

Silvio Berlusconi of Italy has a word in Nicolas Sarkozy's ear during a meeting of European leaders in Paris to discuss the global financial crisis in October 2008.

A corruption scandal surrounding former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has deepened further with fresh leaks of telephone conversations.

Euthanasia decision in France tears apart Victor Lambert's family and nation

Vincent Lambert and his mother in hospital in Reims, France, last year. A European court has blocked a decision to allow Mr Lambert's life support to be turned off.

Cecile Azzaro The European Court of Human Rights has blocked a landmark decision by a French court to allow a man in a vegetative state to have his life support turned off, igniting a debate across France on...

Roma teen victim in France father of two in Romania

Roma child.

Monica Matei Abandoned as a child, the Roma youth left for dead by Paris vigilantes has a young family of his own back home.

France's Nicolas Sarkozy says influence-peddling accusations 'grotesque'

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012. Mr Sarkozy is under investigation for

Dan Bilefsky Hours after being put under formal investigation in a corruption and influence-peddling case, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy lashed out at the prosecution, saying again that he is innocent...

Adventurers led Australians to Tour de France as World War I loomed

Tour de France.

Rupert Guinness When a strapping dairy farmer named Don Kirkham and a diminutive tinsmith Iddo "Snowy" Munro set off for the 1914 Tour de France, they unknowingly planted a seed for generations of Australian riders.

Jean-Marie Le Pen: 'Ebola virus could solve France's immigration problem'

Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder and honorary president of France's far-right Front National party, in Marseille.

Henry Samuel The deadly Ebola virus could solve France's immigration problems ''in three months'', Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France's far-right Front National party, said.

France arrests four over suspected Syrian jihadist ring

Marine Pennetier French police arrested four people on Monday suspected of ties with Islamist groups fighting in Syria.

Roma teen attacked: the images that will shock France

A French gendarme

Scott Sayare and Maia de la Baume A teenage Roma boy lay in a coma in a hospital here Tuesday after being abducted from a shantytown and beaten last week, apparently in retaliation for what his assailants thought were thefts he...

Attack on Roma teen stuns France

Scott Sayare In Paris The brutal assault of a 16-year-old Roma boy, who was beaten nearly to death and thrown into a supermarket trolley, was ''unjustifiable'', said French President Francois Hollande.

France sentences Rwandan over 1994 genocide

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A French court has sentenced a former Rwandan army captain to 25 years in prison over the 1994 genocide, in a landmark ruling just weeks before the massacre’s 20th anniversary.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: MH370 search 'far, far harder' than Air France AF447 investigation

Brazilian Navy sailors pick a piece of debris from Air France flight AF447 out of the Atlantic Ocean, some 1,200 km  northeast of Recife, Brazil.

Henry Samuel Investigators seeking the missing Malaysia Airlines plane face a "colossal task" that is "far, far harder" than the two-year search for an Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic, the man who...

Parents investigated in France for child neglect

French officials are investigating a couple of Indian origin after finding three young boys confined in appalling conditions in a suburban Paris flat.

France's far right makes local gains

French far-right party National Front president Marine Le Pen.

Dominique Vidalon France's anti-immigrant National Front scored gains in first-round town hall elections on Sunday and took control of a former Socialist bastion as voters punished President Francois Hollande and his...

France's far right to ban Muslim school lunch options

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said the party would prevent schools from offering special lunches to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections.

France to shun Rwanda genocide ceremony after accusations of involvement in massacre

As Rwandans took part in events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the country's genocide, France said it had cancelled plans to attend Monday's official ceremony, following accusations of French...