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French academic institute expels Russian killer professor

A famous academic associated with ISSEP, a French institute founded by far-right politician Marion Maréchal, admitted to killing and dismembering his 24-year old student lover. He has since been expelled by the institute. Oleg Sokolov, a prominent Russian academic specialising in Napoleonic history, confessed to murdering his young lover and former student Anastasia Yeshchenko and dismembering her body. According to local media, the university professor was drunk and fell into the river as he tried to dispose of body parts. Sokolov told investigators he killed his lover during an argument and then sawed off her head, arms and legs. He was reportedly planning to dispose of her corpse and later publicly commit suicide dressed up as Napoleon. Police discovered the decapitated body of 24-year-old Anastasia Yeshchenko at Sokolov's house. A Napoleon impersonator who called his lover 'Josephine' Both the professor and his deceased lover studied French history and co-authored a ..

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France turns off nuclear reactors following earthquake

Reactors at a nuclear plant in south-eastern France have been switched off to allow inspectors to carry out a safety audit, following Monday's 5.1 magnitude earthquake that injured four people. French state-controlled utility EDF has said reactors 2, 3 and 4 of its Cruas plant – located about 10 kilometres from the epicentre in Le Teil, Ardèche – would remain offline until 15 November. A sensor at the plant was activated during the earthquake, which occurred some 30 kilometres from Tricastin – another nuclear power site that appears to have been unaffected. “The seismic vibration threshold triggered an alarm on only one of the five sensors present on the site,” said the region's prefect, Hugues Moutouh. “No damage to the buildings was found, and the facilities are functioning normally.” France's Nuclear Safety Agency ASN said “no visible damage” had been caused to any nuclear site but that EDF had yet to calculate the exact impact of the earthquake. Read more: France or..

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Bolivia’s Evo Morales flees to Mexico

Former Bolivian leader Evo Morales has left his country to take up political asylum in Mexico – as his supporters and opponents clashed on the streets of the capital, La Paz. Announcing his departure on Twitter late Monday, Morales said it pained him to leave, but that he'd “always be watching” and would soon return with “more strength and energy". Morales also said two of his homes had been attacked by vandals. Mexico's foreign minister confirmed the former president had left on a military plane provided by Mexico. Morales abruptly resigned on Sunday following three weeks of protests over his disputed re-election. He leaves behind a country in turmoil. The military said it had agreed to back up police who have clashed with Morales supporters unhappy with the departure of their country's first indigenous president. Hundreds of supporters had travelled to La Paz from nearby El Alto to protest outside the presidential palace. Jeanine Anez, a senator poised to succeed Moral..

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Packages of pure cocaine wash up on France’s beaches

Mysterious parcels containing more than 750kg of narcotics have been washing up on France's Atlantic coast since last month. French prosecutors said on Sunday that they opened an investigation after finding a "significant amount" of cocaine and other drugs on beaches all along France's western coast. "Suspect packages have been found on all beaches", they said, designating more than 500 kilometres of France's Atlantic coast. 'Particularly' pure cocaine The cocaine is particularly pure and therefore dangerous, said the prosecutor's office in the western city of Rennes. People who come across the packages have been urged not to touch them and contact the police. Some of the packages were marked 'Diamante' or 'Brillante', ('Diamond' and 'Shining' in Spanish). Similarly-labelled packages were reported to have washed up in Florida during hurricane Dorian in September. Reports say that tides started washing up the packages..

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Clashes as Palestinians mark 15 years since death of Yasser Arafat

Thousands of Palestinians marked the 15th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat in the occupied West Bank on Monday. One man was reportedly killed in clashes with the Israeli forces. On November 11, 2004, Mohammed Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini, the man who embodied the Palestinian struggle for statehood for over 40 years, died in a hospital near Paris from a massive hemorrhagic stroke as per the released medical report. His personal doctor Ashraf al-Kurdi and aide Bassam Abu Sharif both believed his death to be the cause of poisoning likely by Israel. But Israeli continue to deny such claims. Legacy of Arafat Most people remember the iconic image of Arafat: a lightly bearded man wearing his keffiyeh scarf - the checkered black and white pattern that has become a symbol of Palestinian nationalism – dressed in a safari suit. He was the man who represented the struggle of Palestinians for statehood through the PLO, the Palestine Liberation Organisation founded i..

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France’s far-right congratulates Vox party’s strong showing in Spain’s election

Spain's general election has left it in a state of political uncertainty for the coming months as the latest polls reflect a widening political divide between those on the left and those on the right. Sunday's national vote concluded with a growing presence of the far-right in parliament - a first in decades in Spain - and no party with a clear mandate to govern. The elections were called by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, with the hopes of gaining enough support to form a government after he failed to do so in April's snap election. But the move proved a miscalculation by Sanchez leaving the country visibly divided. Left vs Right The Prime Minister's left-of-centre Socialists won most seats, but fell short of a majority in the 350 seat chamber. That means if selected to form a government, Sanchez will need to make coalitions and deals across the board if his party wants to have some say in governing the country. Party secretary Jose Abalos said on Monday that Sanchez..

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Klaus IT launches New Development Centre In Bangalore

Bengaluru based Klaus IT Solutions Private Limited, a leading Engineering and IT Solutions provider has launched a development centre at HSR Layout, Bengaluru with 200-seaters capacity. Being a technology company, the main objective of setting up the development centre is to have a dedicated centre for all projects that would be consolidated in one unit. The centre reinforces Klaus IT’s commitment to further develop its business operations in India. The company provides services and solutions to Fortune 500 companies across diverse industries like Avionics, Automotive, BFSI, Healthcare and Industrial Automation. The company currently employs around 1300 employees in the country and plans to double its headcount in the next two years. From being an IT Solutions Provider, Klaus IT diversified to other significant domains such as software development, maintenance & support, testing & validation, professional and other ancillary services. The company is a Tier 1 partner for several Indian ..

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French jihadists to be arrested on arrival if deported from Turkey

Turkey is preparing to deport 11 French citizens, mostly women, who joined the Islamic State in Syria. The French government says they will be arrested as they leave the airplane. The Turkish government said on Monday that 11 foreign Islamic State terrorists “of French origin” were being prepared for deportation. The jihadists to be deported were mostly women, a source working on the case said. Terrorists from Ireland, Germany and Denmark were also in line, while an American terrorist fighter had already been expelled to the USA. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu claimed last week to have nearly 1,200 foreign IS members in custody. "There is no need to try to escape from it, we will send them back to you. Deal with them how you want," Soylu told Western powers. Western countries have been refusing to repatriate their citizens who joined the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Some of them have been stripped of their citizenship, a move likely to complicate the deportation process fur..

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France honours post-1963 war dead in 11 November ceremonies

French President Emmanuel Macron marked traditional Armistice Day ceremonies with the inauguration of a monument to 549 soldiers who have died in France's military operations abroad in the period following the Algerian War. Macron marked the 101st anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One with an inauguration of a memorial in Paris's André-Citroën Park on Monday. The monument bears names of 549 soldiers, including two women, who died in combat or as a result of wounds or illness in 17 theatres of operation of the French armed forces outside of France since 1963. Names include those of 141 soldiers who died in Lebanon, 129 in Chad, 85 in Afghanistan and 78 in the former Yugoslavia. The most recent is that of Corporal Ronan Pointeau, who died during an attack in Mali on 2 November. The memorial also features a sculpture depicting six soldiers, including five men and one woman from the air, sea and land forces, carrying an invisible coffin. “Representing the coffin a..

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March against Islamophobia attracts support from France’s far-left

More than 10,000 people marched on Sunday in Paris denouncing 'Islamophobia' and racism in France. The goverment and most political parties stayed away from the event, excepting the far left. The demonstrations against Islamophobia were called by a number of individuals and organisations, including the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF). The march followed an attack last month on a mosque in the south western French city of Bayonne, where an 84-year-old man shot and wounded two men. In Paris, protesters held placards denouncing attacks on Islam. The question of the veil The Muslim veil was a particularly sensitive theme, with a number of women taking part wearing traditional Muslim veils. Some even had veils bearing the blue, white and red colours of the French flag. The debate over the veil and the question of radicalisation has been revived in France, a country which has faced several jihadist attacks in recent years. "We want to be heard, not pushed to edge o..

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