France’s prime minister Manuel Valls says the country’s state of emergency will continue “as long as necessary”. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

The number of people in France reported to have become radical Muslims has nearly doubled over the past 11 months, from 4,590 to 8,250, according to a(...)

Officials say an  avalanche in the Deux Alpes resort on Wednesday afternoon hit a group of students from the Saint Exupery school in Lyon and their teacher.  File photograph: Getty Images

An avalanche that struck a school group skiing in the Alps has killed two French high school students and a Ukrainian skier. Officials say the avalan(...)

Iraqi forces secure an area in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, on January 10th, 2016, after retaking the city from Islamic State  group jihadists. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Gunmen detonated suicide vests inside a shopping complex in Baghdad on Monday and a car bomb exploded nearby in an attack claimed by Islamic State tha(...)

Predictions for May: The new Amazon Prime motoring series begins, and the first episode consists entirely of Jeremy Clarkson speaking directly to the camera and “just saying what’s on his mind.” Three international incidents, a dozen lawsuits and one minor war result, along with a vendetta against Clarkson from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Neil Briscoe dusted off his crystal ball to foresee the year ahead - but his predictions are about as likely to arrive as flying cars January Volksw(...)

 Saudi women leave a polling station after casting their votes in the  municipal elections, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: EPA

Saudi Arabians voted 17 women into public office in municipal elections in the conservative Islamic kingdom on Saturday, the first to allow female par(...)

Performers wearing effigies of world leaders (From L) German chancellor Angela Merkel, China’s president Xi Jinping, US president Barack Obama, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and French president Francois Hollande gather for a breakfast organized by Oxfam NGO in Paris, on the eve of the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/ AFP/Getty Images

France has put 24 green activists under house arrest ahead of the United Nations climate talks, using emergency laws put in place following the(...)

France players celebrate scoring the opening goal during the international friendly soccer match against Germany at the Stade de France. Photograph: Ian langsdon/EPA

The full France squad, with the bereaved Lassana Diarra in their number, will travel to London today before the friendly against England at Wembley(...)

Residents inspect the damage caused by two explosions in Beirut’s southern suburbs in Lebanon. Photograph: Hasan Shaaban/Reuters

At least 43 people were killed and more than 240 wounded on Thursday in two suicide bomb blasts in a crowded district in Beirut’s southern suburbs, a(...)

Supporters of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party cheer as they watch the first official results. Photograph:  Ye Aung/AFP/Getty

US president Barack Obama called Burma’s leader Thein Sein to congratulate him on Thursday on the staging of a historic general election, in which dem(...)

A sea of steel helmets before the Feldherrnhalle in Munich, November 8th, 1935, where thousands of recruits gathered to swear an oath of fealty to Germany’s new army flag, which bore the Nazi swastika. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Munich police have come under fire for allowing an anti-Islamic group to hold a rally – and deliver a Nazi-glorifying speech – at the site where Adolf(...)