Rédoine Faïd, notorious French gangster, wants his day in court – on his terms

Rédoine Faïd, the infamous armed robber who twice broke out of French jails, is staging a hunger strike and did not appear in court Thursday for the opening of his appeal of his conviction for a 2011 armoured-car robbery near Arras, France.

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French jihadists are active in Battle of Idlib in Syria, FRANCE 24 reports

French jihadists are fighting in the Battle of Idlib against the Syrian regime. They are following orders from the French jihadi recruiter Omar Omsen, who claimed independence from the Islamic State (IS) group and al Qaeda.

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Fire breaks out at Paris's Gare de Lyon train station during protests over Congelese singer

Paris police reported a fire Friday near the Gare de Lyon train station, which was partially evacuated amid violent protests against a Congolese singer due to give a concert nearby.

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Bangladesh: The police’s dirty war on drug yaba

The government of Bangladesh has declared war against yaba, a cheap synthetic drug that is ravaging Asia. But the police act with impunity: according to eye-witnesses, dealers are killed on sight while the executions look like accidental “crossfire shootings”. Our correspondent went to investigate this dirty war on yaba with law enforcement and meets with families of the victims.

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WHO upgrades global risk of coronavirus spread to maximum level

The UN health agency on Friday upgraded the global risk from the new coronavirus to its highest level, saying the continued increase in cases and countries affected was “clearly of concern”.

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