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(...)

People look at the rubble and damaged cars in front of their house, in the aftermath of violent storms and floods in Biot, southeastern France, on Sunday. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Magnenet/AFP/Getty Images

Flash flooding around the French Riviera has killed at least 16 people, including some trapped in cars, a campsite and a retirement home. Torrents of (...)

Afghan special forces arrive for a battle with the Taliban in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Taliban fighters clashed with Afghan government forces near Kunduz airport on Tuesday, a day after the militants seized control of the northern city (...)

Islamic State (IS) group flag and banner. Photograph:  Marwan Ibrahimmarwan/AFP/Getty

Saudi security forces engaged in a gun battle with two brothers suspected of belonging to the militant group Islamic State, the Interior Ministry said(...)

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, speaks to supporters as he secures victory in the general election in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg)

US and European equity-index futures dropped with Asian stocks and emerging-market currencies as concern global growth is faltering spurred investors(...)

A little girl gestures while arriving at a refugee camp in Opatovac, Croatia on Sunday. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh rescued 125 people off a rubber craft 60 kilometres north east of Tripoli on Sunday. A north-westerly force 5 w(...)