7yr delay on pesticide reduction goal - France

2015-01-30 18:30

France, the European Union's biggest agricultural producer, has delayed a target to halve pesticide use to 2025 from 2018 after plans to curb their deployment failed.

Bulgaria extradites man over Paris attacks

2015-01-29 19:23

A French judicial official says a Frenchman wanted in connection with deadly terrorist attacks in Paris has been extradited from Bulgaria.

Top comics festival honours Charlie Hebdo in France

2015-01-29 12:43

One of the world’s leading comics festival is set to open in France under tight security as it dedicates this year’s event to the murdered cartoonist of Charlie Hebdo.

7 million visitors to Eiffel Tower in 2014

2015-01-27 22:44

Paris' Eiffel Tower received a recording-breaking 7 million visitors last year.

Montpellier beat Toulouse

2015-01-25 17:46

Four-time European club champions Toulouse have failed to make the quarter-finals after being beaten by Montpellier .

Hollande: Invest in green economy

2015-01-23 22:30

Hollande has called for investments in the green economy and a pact for addressing poverty.

French union, employer talks fail

2015-01-23 12:45

French trade unions and employer groups have failed to reach an agreement in a final bid to spur job creation in a moribund market.

France: Social media must help stop violence promotion

2015-01-23 06:31

France has appealed for an international legal framework that would make social network providers share responsibility for the use of their platforms to spread messages promoting violence.

Paris attacks may dent tourism industry

2015-01-22 10:30

Deadly attacks in Paris could have a lasting impact on tourism, which delivers 7% of France's GDP, if anti-France protests lead wealthy Arabs to shun the city.

Alstom shares jump

2015-01-21 19:00

Shares in Alstom have jumped more than 3% after it confirmed its annual performance targets, with an 11% increase in transport sales in the last quarter.

Shabaab urge more jihadi attacks in Europe

2015-01-21 14:44

Somalia’s Shabaab militants, al-Qaeda’s main affiliate in Africa, has urged supporters in Europe to follow the example of Islamist gunmen who carried out attacks in Paris.

Europe, France to unveil anti-terror plans

2015-01-21 08:26

French and European officials are set to unveil details of anti-terror measures to counter threats of new attacks and strengthen co-operation in the wake of deadly shootings in Paris.

Paris to sue Fox News for reports on Muslim 'no-go zones'

2015-01-20 22:17

The city of Paris says it plans to sue US chain Fox News for reports that there are "no-go zones" in the French capital that police and non-Muslims avoid.

4 to face possible charges over Paris attacks

2015-01-20 13:09

Four men will appear before a judge in France to face possible charges of providing support to one of the Paris Islamist attackers, the prosecutors' office says.

France charity worker kidnapped in CAR

2015-01-19 23:10

A French charity worker has been abducted in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic.

Anti-Charlie protesters burn French flag in Afghanistan

2015-01-19 14:09

Hundreds of people in eastern Afghanistan demonstrated Monday against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, burning a French flag and calling for the government to cut diplomatic relations with France.

Thousands join Russian rally against 'vulgar' Charlie

2015-01-19 12:46

Tens of thousands of people have staged a rally in Russia's Chechnya region against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which have been described by the region's leader as ‘vulgar and immoral’.

Manhunts, death threats as Europe on high terror alert

2015-01-19 05:58

Europe is on high alert as the suspected mastermind of a jihadist cell in Belgium remains at large and jittery authorities blocked anti-Islamist rallies in Germany and France following threats.

Attacks challenge lone wolf terrorist theory

2015-01-18 19:48

The attacks in Paris and the radical Islamist cell dismantled in Brussels have challenged the idea of the "lone wolf" terrorist who works alone, analysts say.

Anonymous burial for terrorist behind France attacks

2015-01-17 22:34

City officials in Reims say one of the terrorists responsible for attacks last week that killed 17 people has been buried in the eastern French city.

French news sites blocked

2015-01-16 18:21

Access to several French news sites have been blocked resulting in security experts raising questions about possible Islamist hacking.

Belgium terror: No links to Paris attacks

2015-01-16 12:11

Belgian authorities have said there are no indications that two suspects killed in an anti-terrorism sweep in Verviers are linked to last week's attacks in Paris.

Niger bans Charlie Hebdo over Mohammed cartoon

2015-01-16 09:22

Niger has banned distribution of Charlie Hebdo in the mainly Muslim country, with the government 'vehemently' condemning the cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in the latest issue of the French weekly.

#JeSuisCharlie creator seeks to shield slogan from money-makers

2015-01-15 22:22

They were three little words that circled the globe, and now the graphic designer who coined the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie is seeking to legally protect the phrase from commercialisation.


Strauss-Kahn: a powerful man undone by sex

2015-01-30 13:17

Power can be a heady aphrodisiac and Dominique Strauss-Kahn had plenty of it. But eventually his power, apparently used to feed his voracious sexual appetite, would prove his undoing.

Police arrest Indian editor over Charlie Hebdo

2015-01-29 14:57

Police have arrested editor of a Mumbai newspaper for reprinting a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammed from satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Police quiz child who backed Charlie Hebdo attackers

2015-01-29 11:09

An 8-year-old boy from the south of France who claimed to support the men who attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has been detained and questioned by police for defending terrorism.

France plans labour reform bill

2015-01-26 10:00

The French government will use legislation to reform rules on worker representation after talks between trade unions and employer groups ended without agreement.

Charlie Hebdo circulation tops 7 million

2015-01-24 16:05

Circulation of the "survivors'" issue of Charlie Hebdo, published after the attack on the satirical weekly's office, is set to top seven million.

French court upholds stripping citizenship in terror case

2015-01-23 13:30

France's top court has upheld the government's decision to strip citizenship of a Franco-Moroccan man who was convicted of terrorism-related crimes.

Kashmir shutdown over Charlie Hebdo's cartoon

2015-01-23 11:33

Businesses and shops have closed in Kashmir due to a strike called by separatists and religious parties protesting the publication of a caricature of Muhammad in the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo.

France takes radical Islam battle into schools

2015-01-22 17:27

France has announced new measures aimed at helping schools combat radical Islam, racism and anti-Semitism in reaction to deadly Islamist attacks two weeks ago.

France seeks new WRC home as funds fail

2015-01-22 09:31

The French motorsport federation says October's 2015 French Rally is in peril unless local authorities cough up some cash.

Four men charged in connection with Paris attacks

2015-01-21 15:54

Four men were charged with belonging to a terrorist organisation in connection with a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, prosecutor Francois Molins told a press conference.

AirAsia jet’s climb mirrors Air France disaster

2015-01-21 13:09

Analysts say AirAsia Flight QZ8501 climbed too fast before stalling and plunging into the sea, drawing ‘striking’ similarities between the Java Sea accident and the 2009 crash of an Air France jet.

White House chief of staff takes blame for Paris snub

2015-01-20 22:34

The White House chief of staff is taking the blame for not having a top-level official at an anti-terror solidarity rally earlier this month in Paris.

5 Russians held on suspicion of planning attack

2015-01-20 20:43

Five Russians from Chechnya have been detained in southern France on suspicion of preparing an attack, local prosecutors say.

Loeb, Elena ready to rock Monte Carlo

2015-01-20 10:35

Citroen's big-time rally boys will be at Monte Carlo 2015 in a Total Abu Dhabi DS3 WRC for a one-time outing to promote the DS launch.

Police reconsider their arms to counter terror

2015-01-19 20:45

With the deaths of the 3 French officers during three days of terror in Paris, European law enforcement agencies are rethinking how police should be armed.

Internet fuels Charlie Hebdo conspiracy theories

2015-01-19 13:41

Could the Charlie Hebdo attack have been a secret service operation, or perhaps an anti-Muslim plot? The wildest conspiracy theories found their way onto the Internet within hours of the Paris bloodbath.

Dozens held at Niger demo after deadly cartoons riots

2015-01-19 07:32

Police in Niger have fired tear gas and arrested dozens at a banned opposition protest, a day after deadly riots over a depiction of the Prophet Mohammed in French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Sensational Bath stun Toulouse

2015-01-18 20:08

Bath produced a stunning display to maintain their hopes of reaching the European Champions Cup knock-out rounds.

French truckers plan blocks as wage talks loom

2015-01-18 19:00

French truck drivers plan on blockages to disrupt traffic on key roads starting from Sunday evening as union members say they are preparing for a tough fight.

Paris police arrest 12 linked to shootings

2015-01-16 19:05

French police have arrested 12 suspects for helping militant Islamist gunmen in last week's killings in Paris.

French post office hostage-taking ends

2015-01-16 16:21

An armed man who earlier took several hostages at a post office northwest of Paris has surrendered with no one hurt.

Pakistan parties set to protest Muhammad cartoon

2015-01-16 12:36

Pakistani cities are preparing for nationwide protests against the printing of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a French magazine, as a faction of the Taliban denounced the journalists involved as 'filthy blasphemers'.

France faces hacker blitz after attacks

2015-01-16 12:06

Almost 20 000 websites in France have come under a ttack from hackers in the aftermath of attacks by jihadist gunmen that killed 17 people.

'Pope's Charlie Hebdo comments do not justify attack'

2015-01-16 08:19

Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith, in comments that the Vatican later says did not mean justifying the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Kerry: I want to give big hug to Paris

2015-01-15 22:09

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he is not travelling to France to apologise for the failure to send an official to the unity march, but rather to give "a big hug to Paris".

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