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Former SS Soldier Charged With 70-Year Old Massacre
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A former SS soldier, now an 88 year old man identified only as Werner C, is being charged by German prosecutors for allegedly taking part in a 1944 massacre of 642 people in the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane, during World …

Google Fined Over Privacy In France Google Fined Over Privacy In France

Google has reportedly been fined 150,000 euros ($203,500) by CNIL, France’s data protection watchdog for what it deems to be privacy violations. This is apparently the most they can fine a company, though it can be doubled in the case …

Michael Schumacher’s Helmet Camera Footage Shows Crash

Investigators have had a chance to review footage from the helmet camera that Michael Schmacher’s family handed over last week, and they say that while the former Formula One racer was indeed skiing off course – or off-piste – speed …

Schumacher’s Helmet Camera Given to Investigators

Michael Schumacher’s helmet camera has been given to investigators following a serious skiing accident in the French Alps last week. Authorities are hoping it will answer a host of questions about the fall that ended with the former Formula One …

Boko Haram: Priest Kidnapped in Cameroon Set Free

On Tuesday December 31, the Islamic militia of Boko Haram set free French priest Georges Vandenbeusch following a seven-week captivity. He arrived in France Wednesday, greeted by President Francois Hollande at an air base near Paris. Members of the radical …

Tony Parker Apologizes For Offensive Gesture
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Tony Parker is a French basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs, but he has recently found himself under the spotlight not because of his basketball prowess, but because of an accidental offense off the court. After …

Dieudonne M’bala M’bala: Ban Over Anti-Semitism?
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Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Friday that France is considering banning a comedian who has made a living repeatedly bashing the memory of Holocaust victims. Dieudonne M’bala M’bala has been fined numerous times for hate speech. At one point, he …

Google Adds Ski Slope Imagery To Street View Google Adds Ski Slope Imagery To Street View
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Google announced that it has gathered some new imagery of ski slopes for Street View using its Street View snowmobile. Google introduced the snowmobile back in 2010 when it gathered imagery from Vancouver and Whistler. It’s good to see it’s …

Netflix May Launch In France, Germany Next Netflix May Launch In France, Germany Next

Netflix is looking to expand its operations further into Europe as it has reportedly been talking to officials in France, Germany, and other European countries, seeking information on laws that could affect its operations. Reuters reports: “Netflix wanted information about …

Beaujolais Nouveau Uncorked in 2013

“Cheers! To the Beaujolais!” Every November the party begins: the uncorking of Beaujolais Nouveau. Keeping with tradition, the first bottles of 2013 were uncorked on Wednesday at midnight. By French government decree, they cannot be sold before the third Thursday …

Conehead Skull Found in Multicultural Necropolis
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The site of Obernai in France was occupied by one people or another for the last 6000 years. Now, a series of graves found there date from 4000 years ago to 2000 years ago. These 38 tombs span a fantastic …

Francois Hollande Travels to South Africa

Perhaps in an effort to avert his plunging approval ratings, Francois Hollande, president of France, is currently visiting South Africa. The aim of this trip seems to be multi-fold, with the emphasis being on the creation of an African peace-keeping …

Higgs Boson Team Wins Nobel Prize for Physics

LiveScience and Reuters both report that Peter Higgs of Britain and Francois Englert of Belgium have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for physics yesterday. Their prediction of the Higgs boson’s existence helps to explain how the stars and planets …

Miranda Kerr Steps Out in Paris and Cosmo
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Miranda Kerr is back on the catwalk, walking for Chanel’s 2014 Spring-Summer prêt-à-porter show and Stella McCartney’s Spring 2014 show, during Paris Fashion Week. The 30-year-old wife and mother strutted right alongside models almost 10 years younger, including hot ticket …

French Senate Votes to Ban Child Beauty Pageants

The BBC reported this morning that the French Parliament has voted on a bill that would make beauty pageantry illegal for participants under the age of 16. The vote passed the French Senate 196-146, and the ban will be headed …

Toys “R” Us, UK, to Stop Gender-Based Marketing Toys “R” Us, UK, to Stop Gender-Based Marketing
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Toys “R” Us, UK, this week joined a number of other British retailers in supporting the Let Toys Be Toys campaign with plans to stop explicit gender-based marketing. Toys “R” Us Managing Director Roger McLaughlan said, “We will work with …

Princess Diana: Biopic Star Naomi Watts Takes Heat
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The biopic is simply titled Diana and it premiered Thursday to controversy that probably ought to have been expected. The star portraying the iconic princess of Wales is Naomi Watts, and Watts seems to be catching most of the lightening. …

Massacre Oradour: German Leader Visits WWII Site

The year is 1944, and it is June 10, a Saturday. It is idyllic and serene in Oradour-sur-Glane, or it would be, if the threat of war had not cast its shadow over the small town’s residents. In an instance …

Syria: Latest Global Responses and Developments

After announcing his intentions to intervene militarily in the Syrian crisis, President Barack Obama is working on building support before Congress reconvenes on 9 September and discusses the President’s resolution. In the meantime, other nations and organizations are communicating an …

Ghana: President Mahama’s 2012 Victory Confirmed
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“I’d always known that I was legitimately elected, and I knew that eventually justice will be served,” newly confirmed President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama said in a Friday interview. On Thursday, the Ghanaian Supreme Court upheld Mahama’s victory from …

Intel Report: Syrian Regime Confirmed Chem Agressor
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Recognizing the number of casualties is a moving target, at least 426 children are among the 1,429 people killed in last week’s chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The UN estimates 70,000+ have been killed during the two year conflict as …