May 4, 2016

Retired Japanese exec, 51, embarks on solo trans-Atlantic race

Hiroshi Kitada embarked from Plymouth for New York on Monday as the first-ever Japanese skipper to attempt the Transat, a 3,000 mile (5,650 km) solo trans-Atlantic race. The 51-year-old former company boss with a spirit of adventure is aboard a Class40 12-meter single hull ...

Abe, Hollande agree to strengthen anti-terror cooperation

May 3, 2016

Abe, Hollande agree to strengthen anti-terror cooperation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Francois Hollande have confirmed that their two countries will step up cooperation in combating terrorism. They also shared concern during their meeting in Paris about China’s ongoing militarization of the South China Sea, while agreeing on the ...

May 2, 2016

No TTIP if agriculture is threatened: France

France will reject the ambitious TTIP trans-Atlantic trade pact if it endangers the future of French agriculture, President Francois Hollande warned Sunday. “We in France have to defend a certain number of principles” and be “extremely vigilant as it is the future of agriculture ...

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

Apr 30, 2016

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

In 2014, a blossoming friendship between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe looked to have all but sewn up a $40 billion submarine deal. Then French naval contractor DCNS hatched a bold and seemingly hopeless plan to crash the party. ...

Apr 29, 2016

Nigeria, France forces to cooperate closer in fight against Boko Haram

Nigeria and France on Thursday signed an agreement on closer military cooperation, including intelligence-sharing, to strengthen the fight against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region. Nigerian Defense Minister Mansur Dan Ali said the agreement was evidence of a “growing partnership” between Abuja and ...