Africa gets energy access fund

Electrical equipment giant Schneider has set up a fund to finance projects aimed at boosting access to energy in sub-Saharan Africa, the French group said Monday.

Hamas seeks to mend ties with Iran

After years of strained relations over the Syrian conflict, Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is looking to mend ties with Iran

Bangladesh holds man in US blogger death

Bangladesh authorities announced they had arrested a radical Islamist Monday over last week's machete murder of an atheist American blogger, accusing him of being behind earlier death threats on social media.

'Priceless' China artefacts stolen

Thieves have broken in to the fabled Fontainebleau castle south of Paris and stolen 15 or so "priceless" Chinese artefacts in a lightning raid, French authorities said.