Author: FRANCE24

It had everything you’d find at a film premiere: the red carpet, the stars, the photographers and the celebrity interviews. But Nollywood film “The CEO” had something else — an Airbus A340-300.The film, directed by Kunle Afolayan, got its first airing…

Karim Benzema found himself isolated on Thursday a day after his sensational claims that Didier Deschamps had “bowed to pressure from a racist part of France” by keeping him out of the Euro 2016 squad.Political and sporting figures condemned the accusa…

OPEC failed to agree a new oil production ceiling at a meeting Thursday, its secretary general said, meaning the cartel’s crude will continue gushing.”To come up with a number is very difficult to do. But at this time now the number that we are produci…

Novak Djokovic reached his 30th Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open on Thursday with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych.Djokovic, looking for a first Roland Garros title to complete a career Grand Slam, will be playing in an…

British department store owner BHS is to close with the loss of 8,000 jobs with another 3,000 jobs in danger, administrators said Thursday after failing to find a buyer.

“Philip Duffy and Benjamin Wiles, managing directors of Duff & Phelps (the administrators) have today announced the orderly wind down of the BHS business,” they said in a statement, adding the group’s 163 stores would shut over the coming weeks amid continuing efforts to sell the stores.

New claims for US unemployment insurance fell to a five week low last week, pointing to a tightening jobs market, Labor Department data showed Thursday.Initial jobless claims, a sign of the level of layoffs, dropped by 1,000 to 267,000 in the week endi…

Brazil’s Dani Alves has told Barcelona he intends to leave the club, the Spanish champions confirmed on Thursday.”He has already told us he intends to leave the club,” club director Robert Fernandez said.The 33-year-old international defender is under …

Aid airdrops to besieged areas in Syria are not expected to begin immediately, the United Nations said Thursday, despite urgent calls from France and Britain for deliveries to get started.”As long as the World Food Programme has not yet finalised its p…

The European Central Bank held key interest rates at historic lows Thursday, but made no announcement regarding Greece despite speculation it may offer a helping hand to its cash-strapped banks. Meeting in the Austrian capital instead of its usual home…