For those of you wishing to be more familiar with international news as you prepare for travel, I can recommend the Mhz network. If you have a station in your area that broadcasts it, and/or a cable company that carries it, there are a large variety of shows available. Many are in the native language of the country, but others, such as France 24 and Deutsche Welle are in english but with each country's take on the news. You can also find a very interesting twist on events with the Russian RT network.
France 24 has been particularly useful in getting the story on the latest problems in Paris. Here is their website if you wish more information.
MHz Networks: Programming for a Globally Minded Audience