Jan 16, 2014

Hollande's reforms find favor in Germany

Germany on Wednesday welcomed the beleaguered French president’s “courageous” plan to spur the economy as a rapprochement toward its own approach, but analysts were skeptical about real change. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a Social Democrat in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-left “grand coalition,” said ...

Jan 15, 2014

Kuwait, U.S. pledge $880 million in aid to conflict victims

Kuwait’s emir said Wednesday that the gulf nation is pledging $500 million to alleviate the suffering of Syrians affected by the country’s civil war. Sheik Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah made the announcement at the start of an international fundraising conference in Kuwait. Last year’s donor ...

Jan 13, 2014

First lady Trierweiler hospitalized 'for a rest'

Valerie Trierweiler, the partner of French President Francois Hollande, was hospitalized after he was reported to be having an affair with an actress, officials said Sunday. Aides to the first lady said she had been admitted on Friday “for a rest and to undergo ...

Once veiled, French affairs feed tabloids

Jan 13, 2014

Once veiled, French affairs feed tabloids

by Agnes C. Poirier

On Friday morning, I woke up as my usual French self. Then, from under the duvet, I reached for my smartphone and learned from Twitter that the French edition of Closer magazine had published pictures purportedly revealing an affair between President Francois Hollande and ...

Cannibalism, looting reported in CAR

Jan 12, 2014

Cannibalism, looting reported in CAR

Deadly violence, including reports of cannibalism and widespread looting, erupted Saturday in the capital of the Central African Republic after the resignation of its ex-rebel president, who left for Benin the same day. Michel Djotodia arrived in Porto-Novo, the capital of Benin, after stepping ...

| Jan 12, 2014

Africa witnesses violent, deadly start to 2014

by Jason Straziuso

The death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome. One estimate says nearly 10,000 people have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare, while in neighboring Central African Republic combatants in Muslim-vs.-Christian battles have reportedly beheaded children. Sub-Saharan Africa has ...

French struggle to save eroding D-Day harbor

Jan 12, 2014

French struggle to save eroding D-Day harbor

Looking out at the English Channel from France’s Lower Normandy beaches, there is little reminder today of the harbor built after the D-Day landings of tens of thousands of Allied soldiers that took the Germans by surprise in 1944. Just a handful of large ...

French comedian's gesture divides a nation

Jan 12, 2014

French comedian's gesture divides a nation

by Kim Willsher

On Jan 12, 1944, the Gestapo occupying the French city of Bordeaux despatched its Jews, who had been rounded up and imprisoned in their own majestic synagogue, to the death camps. Fast-forward exactly 70 years and a photograph shows a group of youngsters standing ...

Central African Republic president, prime minister step down

Jan 11, 2014

Central African Republic president, prime minister step down

Michel Djotodia, the rebel leader who seized control of Central African Republic only to see the desperately poor country tumble toward anarchy and sectarian bloodshed that left more than 1,000 people dead, agreed to resign Friday along with his prime minister, regional officials announced. ...

Hollande having affair with actress: magazine

Jan 10, 2014

Hollande having affair with actress: magazine

French magazine Closer on Friday said President Francois Hollande is having an affair with actress Julie Gayet, promising to back its claim with photographs after months of swirling rumors. The weekly tabloid’s website said its Friday print edition would feature seven pages of revelations ...