Kerry: France-Iran business trip 'not helpful'

2014-02-05 12:59

US Secretary of State John Kerry has told his French counterpart a trip to Iran by French business executives is "not helpful" and gave the impression that Tehran was open for business as usual.


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Syria chemical attack a 'provocation': Russia

2013-09-18 08:01

Russia has insisted that a chemical attack in Syria was a ‘provocation’ by opponents fighting Syria President Bashar Assad’s government, highlighting tensions between the West and Moscow.

France hails Syria deal as step forward

2013-09-14 14:06

France has welcomed a deal between Russia and the United States on destroying Syria's chemical weapons as an "important step forward" and said that talks in Paris would focus on its implementation.

Europe urges US to await UN's Syria report

2013-09-07 21:30

European foreign ministers have urged the US to delay possible military action until UN inspectors report their findings.

Niger attackers had inside help - France

2013-05-28 22:15

France's foreign minister says that the attackers who carried out double suicide bombings on a military camp and a strategically important uranium mine in Niger had help on the inside.

Car bomb targets French Embassy in Libya

2013-04-23 19:31

A car bomb has targeted the French Embassy in the Libyan capital, wounding two French guards and a Libyan teenager.

France will not submit to hostage-takers

2013-02-20 17:03

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says France would not give in to "terrorists" after the kidnapping of seven members of a French family in northern Cameroon.

Paris talks to focus on Libya security

2013-02-10 22:15

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says talks between top Libyan officials and Western diplomats in Paris this week will focus on continued security problems.

France defends Algeria

2013-01-20 21:22

France's foreign minister has defended Algeria's handling of a hostage crisis at a desert gas plant, saying the death toll in an assault on the hostage-takers was "very high" but authorities had faced an "intolerable situation".

US, Russia tit-for-tat over Syria

2012-06-13 22:33

Washington and Moscow have traded accusations over arming the rivals in the Syrian conflict, as Damascus said it had "cleansed terrorists" from Al-Haffe, a Sunni enclave feared to be the target of a new massacre.


Fabius: France will increase troops in CAR

2013-10-13 22:04

France will boost its troops presence in the Central African Republic by year-end as part of a forthcoming UN resolution, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said.

Italy migrant death toll reaches 194

2013-10-07 08:00

Divers are plumbing calmer seas off the Italian island of Lampedusa to recover the corpses of would-be asylum seekers who died when their boat capsized within sight of land.

West vows to increase backing for Syrian rebels

2013-09-16 13:04

Britain, France and the United States have agreed to step up their backing for rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad.

UN report on Syria likely to come Monday: France

2013-09-12 13:01

A report by United Nations inspectors probing an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria will "probably" be published on Monday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says.

France: 4 000 Hezbollah militia in Syria

2013-05-29 22:40

France says its intelligence services believed there were as many as 4 000 guerrillas from Lebanon's Hezbollah militia fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's army.

France wants Hezbollah tagged terrorists

2013-05-23 21:38

France has joined the push for the EU to declare the militant group Hezbollah a terrorist organisation, switching tack amid frustration with Hezbollah's support for Syria's military.

French photographer killed in Syria

2013-02-25 22:42

A 38-year-old French freelance photographer has become the 23rd journalist killed in fighting in Syria after he died of shrapnel wounds sustained days earlier.

Millitary operations in Mali winding down

2013-02-19 22:10

Mali's Prime Minister Diango Cissoko says that major military operations against Islamist rebels in the country are coming to an end.

French troops to quit Timbuktu

2013-02-04 22:19

French airstrikes have targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Mali, as French forces plan to hand control of Timbuktu to the Malian army this week.

Response to Syria WMD use would be big

2012-09-03 21:57

Any use of chemical or bacterial weapons by government forces in Syria would trigger a "massive and lightning fast" response from the West, the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says.

France - Syria plan should be obligatory

2012-06-13 19:18

France plans to ask the United Nations Security Council to make UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's Syria ceasefire plan mandatory.

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