Jan 5, 2017

Kishida leaves for France to attend security talks

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday left Japan for France, where he is set to attend “two plus two” talks involving the countries’ foreign and defense ministers in which they are likely to discuss China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region. After France, Kishida ...

French-Swiss aid worker abducted in Malian city of Gao

Dec 26, 2016

French-Swiss aid worker abducted in Malian city of Gao

A French-Swiss aid worker has been kidnapped in the city of Gao in northern Mali, and French and Malian authorities are working together to rescue her, the French foreign ministry said on Sunday. Sophie Petronin, who runs a nongovernmental organization that helps children suffering ...

French police search for man after Japanese woman goes missing

Dec 24, 2016

French police search for man after Japanese woman goes missing

A 21-year-old Japanese university student is missing in France, and local police are trying to ascertain the whereabouts of another foreign student in connection with her disappearance, local authorities and media said Friday. Narumi Kurosaki, a Tokyo-born student at the University of Tsukuba in ...

Dec 22, 2016

Argentina finishes year atop FIFA world rankings

Lionel Messi’s beaten Copa America finalist Argentina ends the year at the top of FIFA’s world rankings while France, defeated in the Euro 2016 final, was named “mover of the year.” Argentina finishes 2016 out in front of archrival Brazil to inherit the “team ...

Australia formally inks mega-deal to buy French submarines

Dec 20, 2016

Australia formally inks mega-deal to buy French submarines

Australia on Tuesday signed a mega-deal to purchase a fleet of next-generation submarines from France, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hailing the vessels’ “cutting-edge technology.” French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian inked the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) in Adelaide that will see French shipbuilder DCNS ...