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Paris (AFP) - In barely a fortnight, a French Riviera mayor's decision to ban burkinis -- full-body swimsuits -- blew up into a major controversy dividing public opinion at home and abroad.

The Hague (AFP) - Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Friday his candidacy to head the Dutch government for a third succesive term in office, as the countdown moves towards next year's parliamentary …

Laval (France) (AFP) - Heated talks between French farmers and Europe's biggest dairy group Lactalis resumed Friday after Lactalis said it would raise milk prices in a bid to repair relations.

Amatrice (Italy) (AFP) - The first funerals for victims of the devastating earthquake that hit central Italy this week were held Friday as the country prepared for an emotionally charged day of …

Istanbul (AFP) - The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Friday claimed a suicide truck bombing on a police building in Turkey's southeast that killed 11 officers and wounded dozens more.

Debate continues to rage in France over the merits of the burkini, after the Council of State ruled to suspend a ban on the full-body swimsuits.

Istanbul (AFP) - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated the third bridge over the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia in Istanbul, a spectacular project at the heart of his drive …

Paris (AFP) - France's highest administrative court on Friday suspended a controversial ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups.

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