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France's Hollande says will not seek second presidential mandate | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

France's Hollande says will not seek second presidential mandate | Reuters

PARIS French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday he would not seek a second term in office in the presidential election in 2017, a surprise move that throws the selection of a Socialist candidate wide open. (Reporting By Brian Love and Ingrid Melander; Editing by Richard Balmforth) #Economy #France #Middle East #science #markets #Entertainment #article
Dutch join push for EU-Turkey accession talks freeze - diplomats | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Dutch join push for EU-Turkey accession talks freeze - diplomats | Reuters

By Alastair Macdonald and Gabriela Baczynska | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS The Dutch government has lent its weight to calls for the EU to freeze Turkey's membership talks, diplomats said on Thursday, raising the prospect of European leaders making such a move at a summit in two weeks.A Dutch suggestion that the Union consider suspending the accession process for six months in protest at President Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown following July's coup attempt was discussed at a weekly meeting of national envoys in Brussels. There will be further consultations before the Dec #France #Middle East #Europe #markets #Turkey #Austria
Iraq's Shi'ite militias could prove bigger test than Mosul | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Iraq's Shi'ite militias could prove bigger test than Mosul | Reuters

By Stephen Kalin | BAGHDAD BAGHDAD In early June, two Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias under the nominal control of the Iraqi government stormed into an Iraqi military airbase north of Baghdad. Driving armoured vehicles and wielding rocket launchers, they took over a building on the base.The Iraqi commander at the base, near the town of Balad, asked the militiamen to leave. But the men ignored him as well as orders from the central government in Baghdad, according to two army officers in the Salahuddin Operation Command, the regional military headquarters.The June standoff grounded four Iraqi F-16 fighter jets and pushed more than a dozen U.S #India #Business #France #Middle East #Iran #Police #Iraq
France, Britain push Syria gas attack sanctions; Russia opposed | Reuters

Updated : Nov 30, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

France, Britain push Syria gas attack sanctions; Russia opposed | Reuters

By Michelle Nichols | UNITED NATIONS UNITED NATIONS France and Britain are pressing to sanction those responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, though Russia says it would not support a United Nations Security Council resolution.An inquiry by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found that Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks and that Islamic State militants had used mustard gas.French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said on Tuesday that a draft resolution "sanctioning those responsible for the use of chemical weapons" was essentially ready and would be circulated to the 15-member council as soon as possible. #Syria #Islam #France #Middle East #United Kingdom #crisis
France working with Britain to draft UN resolution on chemical weapons | Reuters

Updated : Nov 29, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

France working with Britain to draft UN resolution on chemical weapons | Reuters

MINSK France is working with Britain to draft a United Nations resolution on chemical weapons as quickly as possible, the French foreign affairs minister said on Tuesday."We have taken over the drafting (of the chemical weapons resolution) with Britain. We are not giving up," Jean-Marc Ayrault told Reuters head of a meeting to discuss the Ukraine crisis in Minsk. #Syria #France #United Kingdom #Turkey #crisis
Russia says Syrian army Aleppo advance boon not curse for civilians | Reuters

Updated : Nov 29, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Russia says Syrian army Aleppo advance boon not curse for civilians | Reuters

By Andrew Osborn | MOSCOW MOSCOW Russia said on Tuesday that a Syrian army breakthrough in Aleppo had dramatically altered the situation on the ground, allowing more than 80,000 civilians to obtain humanitarian aid after years of being used as "human shields" by rebels.Moscow is helping forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad try to take back full control of the shattered city by providing training, equipment, advice and intermittent air support.On Monday, the Syrian army and its allies announced the capture of a large swathe of eastern Aleppo from rebels in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold."During the last 24 hours, thanks to very well prepared and careful actions, Syrian soldiers were able to radically change the situation," Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian defence ministry, said in a statement. #India #Business #Islam #France #Middle East #markets #crisis
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich extend Frank Ribery's contract until 2019

Updated : Nov 28, 2016

By : AFP

Category : Sports

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich extend Frank Ribery's contract until 2019

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich said Sunday they had extended Franck Ribery's contract by another year to June 2018, giving the Frenchman an 11th season with the German giants. #France #football #Germany #KickingAround #Bayern Munich #Bundesliga #Karl-Heinz Rummenigge #Frank Ribery
High turnout as French conservatives choose candidate to battle far-right for presidency | Reuters

Updated : Nov 27, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

High turnout as French conservatives choose candidate to battle far-right for presidency | Reuters

By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Marine Pennetier | PARIS PARIS Two former prime ministers went head-to-head on Sunday in a runoff vote for France's centre-right presidential nomination, with the victor expected to face a showdown against a resurgent far-right in May.The winner, either Francois Fillon or Alain Juppe, will most likely represent the entire French political mainstream against the National Front's Marine Le Pen, in another test of the anti-establishment anger in Western countries that saw Britain vote to leave the EU and Americans elect Donald Trump as president. Opinion polls show Fillon, a social conservative with a deep attachment to France's Catholic roots, as the clear favourite after stunning his more centrist challenger with a surge in support just before the Nov. #United States #India #France #Russia #French
Ex-PM Francois Fillon tipped to win French right wing primary against Alain Juppe

Updated : Nov 27, 2016

By : AFP

Category : World

Ex-PM Francois Fillon tipped to win French right wing primary against Alain Juppe

Fillon, a career politician and prime minister from 2007-12, has warned that France is "on the verge of revolt" and believes his plan to slash 5,00,000 public sector jobs and business regulations is the tonic the demoralised country needs. #Donald Trump #France #NewsTracker #Paris #Alain Juppe #François Fillon #François Hollande #Marine Le Pen #Manuel Valls #Brexit #French rightwing primary #France unemployment rate
Rebels targeted ethnic Fulanis in Central African Republic town | Reuters

Updated : Nov 26, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Rebels targeted ethnic Fulanis in Central African Republic town | Reuters

By Joe Bavier | ABIDJAN ABIDJAN The United Nations' top genocide official said on Friday he had reports that militia fighters in Central African Republic hunted down and massacred members of the Fulani ethnic group during violence that killed 85 civilians this week.Clashes erupted on Monday in Bria, a town about 600 km (370 miles) northeast of the capital Bangui, between rival rebel groups the Popular Front for the Renaissance of Central African Republic (FPRC) and the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC). In a statement, Adama Dieng, the U.N.'s special adviser on the prevention of genocide, said the FPRC reportedly singled out ethnic Fulani in the town, carrying out house-to-house searches, killing, looting and abducting residents.The UPC is largely composed of Fulani, a group of historically nomadic herders found across West and Central Africa #India #France #Middle East #Crime #Violence #christian