A Moroccan man looks at the cover of a daily newspaper showing portraits of the two French investigative journalists who have been charged in Paris with trying to blackmail the king of Morocco

French journalists charged with bid to blackmail Morocco king

AFP News Two French investigative journalists were charged with blackmail for demanding two million euros ($2.2 million) from the king of Morocco not to bring out a book purportedly containing damaging revelations about the monarch, legal sources said Saturday. Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet were working on a book about King Mohammed VI, which is due for release early next year. The Moroccan…

  • Haitians walk in the mud on Route Nationale 1 while a machine cleans the road after a mudslide caused by the rains from Tropical Storm Erika in Montrouis, Haiti, on August 29, 2015

    Tropical storm Erika broke up as it raked across Cuba, drenching the drought-parched island in heavy rain after killing at least 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center later called off all coastal watches and warnings and said the storm had "dissipated" -- a relief for …

  • Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that he did not want to see his ruling Workers' Party lose power after 12 years

    Brazil's popular ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva declared that he is returning to the bruising political frontlines to defend his successor, the embattled Dilma Rousseff. On Friday he said that he did not want to see his ruling Workers' Party lose power after 12 years. Let's see if our rivals give our beloved Dilma …

  • Supporters of the CDP Party arrive for a party congress on July 11, 2015 in Ouagadougou

    Burkina Faso's Constitutional Council provisionally cleared 16 candidates for presidential elections in October, but declared the nominee of ousted president Blaise Compaore's party ineligible. Eddie Constance Konboigo, head of Compaore's Congress for Democracy and Progress party, was among six candidates barred from running, …

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  • Photo released by the presidential press office showing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (R) during a visit to a shelters in Villa del Rosario, Colombia, where Colombians deported by Venezuelan authorities are lodged on August 29, 2015

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos visited a tense border city amid an escalating row with neighboring Venezuela that triggered deportations and the exodus of thousands of Colombians back home. "I am here to make sure our fellow Colombians get the services they need," Santos said as he began the tour of Cucuta, a …

  • File picture shows a Frontex vessel  loaded with intercepted migrants arriving at the Greek port of Kos

    A 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said. "A serious incident occurred off the island of Symi when a yacht carrying 70 migrants from Turkey's western shores tried to illegally enter (Greek waters)," the marine ministry said in a statement. …

  • Performers from 'Gallery of the Streets' dance along the repaired levee wall in the Lower Ninth Ward during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana

    New Orleans remembered the dead and celebrated its painstaking comeback from disaster, a decade after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the "Big Easy" leaving devastation and chaos in its wake. New Orleans was plunged into a nightmarish scene of death and looting after Katrina barreled her way through and government help …

  • At a virtual reality expo, VR comes in many forms

    A few inches above the floor, a man is suspended from a swing-like apparatus pretending he's flying over a mountain. Around the corner, a woman is defending herself against a horde of zombies with a make-believe ...

  • Guatemalans celebrate the advice from the congressional commission of inquiry to revoke the presidential immunity of President Otto Perez, in Guatemala City on August 29, 2015

    A legislative committee on Saturday recommended that Guatemalan President Otto Perez be stripped of his immunity and face prosecution for a multimillion-dollar corruption scheme he allegedly led. Perez has been left increasingly isolated since UN investigators accused him of running the massive fraud at the national customs …

  • Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy (bottom, 3rd from R) and Baher Mohamed (center, 2nd from R), talk to the press during their trial in Cairo on August 29, 2015

    An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera reporters to three years in prison on Saturday, in a shock ruling that sparked international condemnation. Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were in court for the verdict, while Australian journalist Peter Greste was tried in absentia after being deported …

  • Police are looking for a suspect seen on gas station video footage and they released photos of the man and his car on Twitter

    The prime suspect in the "cold-blooded assassination" of a Texas sheriff's deputy was charged with murder Saturday, a day after the officer was gunned down from behind and shot multiple times at close range allegedly because he was a policeman. The fatal shooting prompted an emotional reaction from local officials, who …

  • Anti-racism protesters sit behind a banner reading "Refugees Welcome" during a rally on August 29, 2015 in Dresden

    Thousands of people took to the streets of the German city of Dresden on Saturday to send a message of welcome to refugees, after a string of violent anti-migrant protests in the region. Police said 1,000 people joined the protest, which was called by the Anti-Nazi Alliance, while organisers put the numbers at 5,000.  …

  • Fed Vice Chair Fischer keeps open possibility of Sept. hike

    Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer left the door open Saturday for a Fed rate increase in September, saying the factors that have kept inflation below the central bank's target level have likely ...

  • A Lebanese protester wears a mask and a national flag on her head during a mass rally on August 29, 2015 at the iconic Martyrs Square in Beirut

    Tens of thousands of protesters from across Lebanon staged a mass rally in downtown Beirut Saturday against a political class they accuse of corruption and failing to provide basic services. Waving Lebanese flags, men, women and children flooded iconic Martyrs Square which sat on a Christian-Muslim dividing line during …

 

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