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'It's us or them,' France's Fillon says of fight against 'Islamist totalitarianism'

Officers at the scene said they were searching for a potential second assailant, and a police source said an arrest warrant had been issued for a suspect in the shooting who had arrived in Paris from Belgium by train. Bitar's friend Pascale Saad, 42, also from Lebanon, said she was anxious about the effects the attack would have on France's presidential election starting with its first round of voting on Sunday.


French security forces fully mobilised to protect elections after Paris shooting - PM

French security forces fully mobilised to protect elections after Paris shooting - PM

A French policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded in Thursday night's attack in central Paris . Police shot and killed Cheurfi after he opened fire on a police van on Paris' most famous boulevard. Delivery trucks did their early morning rounds. Everything would have seemed normal if not for a row of TV trucks parked along the boulevard that is a must-visit for tourists.


China criticizes North Korea, praises US on nuclear issue

China criticizes North Korea, praises US on nuclear issue

The U.S. detected signs that China had mobilized its bombers for a "a North Korea contingency, ' a U.S. defense official told CNN Thursday". "They don't produce enough food to feed themselves". Russia, which is not directly involved, is also against the nuclear programme but has warned against any unilateral U.S. action against Pyongyang. Hwang told a meeting of ministers, "The North failed in its attempted missile launch on Sunday, but there are worries that it will carry out a ...



Melenchon's working-class rhetoric hits home in French vote

A second suspect handed himself in to Belgian police on Friday. The assailant - a French national with a long criminal record - was shot dead as he tried to make his escape. "It's us or them", he said. However, the support of Fillon in the second round against Le Pen slid to 57% from 58% against 43% for the extreme-right candidate.


Islamic State mufti killed in Mosul air strike

Islamic State mufti killed in Mosul air strike

Issam al-Jibouri, a displaced resident who went by boat to western Mosul to take supplies to needy relatives, said: "We urge more efforts to reconstruct the bridges or bring larger boats". The UN humanitarian office said in February that 217,000 people have fled Mosul since the liberation campaign began in October 2016. Seven soldiers suffered respiratory problems and were treated at a field clinic, the officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.


Iran not living up to 'spirit' of nuclear deal

Iran not living up to 'spirit' of nuclear deal

Iran has so far made no public comments on the latest developments. President Trump warned that Iran is not "living up" to the "spirit" of its global nuclear deal at a press conference on Thursday. Both Iran and Hezbollah are now fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar al Assad's forces. The US has ordered a review of the Iran nuclear deal, although it admits Iran is complying with its commitments.