January 13, 2013
France news synopsis
Tens of thousands of people gathered in the French capital on Sunday to voice their opposition to President François Hollande’s controversial “marriage for all” bill, which seeks to extend equal rights to same-sex couples.
Three Kurdish female activists were found shot dead early Thursday inside a Kurdish institute in the heart of Paris. The victims included one of the founders of outlawed militant group the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK).
Air strikes in Mali entered a third day as French forces targeted the northern city of Gao, which is held by regional al Qaeda-linked militant group MUJAO. Soldiers led by the West African bloc ECOWAS are expected in Mali as early as Sunday.