Jun 4, 2014

World prepares final salute to D-Day heroes

They are on their way again. Seventy years on, the dwindling band of D-Day survivors are making what, for all but a few of them, will be one last pilgrimage to the beaches of Normandy. At the time, many of them were too young ...

Young Cousteau to live underwater for month

Jun 2, 2014

Young Cousteau to live underwater for month

Like viewers worldwide, Fabien Cousteau was entranced by his grandfather Jacques’ films about marine life and human exploration underwater. Now he is adding to his family’s sea stories with a 31-day underwater expedition in the Florida Keys. Cousteau dove Sunday to Aquarius Reef Base, ...

Jun 2, 2014

Tokyo, Hanoi unite on defense ties

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and his Vietnamese counterpart, Gen. Phung Quang Thanh, agreed Sunday to strengthen defense cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East China and South China seas. “We need to send a joint message among parties ...

Suspect in Jewish museum killings went to Syria

Jun 2, 2014

Suspect in Jewish museum killings went to Syria

A suspected French jihadist who spent time in Syria is under arrest, suspected of shooting three people dead at a Jewish museum in Belgium, prosecutors said Sunday, crystallizing fears that European radicals will parlay their experiences fighting overseas into terrorism back home. When Mehdi ...

May 27, 2014

France's white-collar workers face stress, even suicide, at the office

France’s white-collar workers are facing an increasing number of “brutal” psychological risks in the workplace, critics say, citing workplace pressure and harassment. Despite its famously generous labor laws, France is also witnessing depression, long-term illnesses, professional burnout and even suicide among its service sector ...

Le Pen escapes father's shadow

May 26, 2014

Le Pen escapes father's shadow

As a schoolgirl, Marine Le Pen was teased that she must be a fascist because her father was one. It is a charge the former lawyer who heads France’s far-right National Front (FN) has worked hard to shake off in the political playground. And ...

Far-right, Euroskeptics surge in EU vote

May 26, 2014

Far-right, Euroskeptics surge in EU vote

Far-right and Euroskeptic parties made sweeping gains in European Parliament elections Sunday — triggering what one prime minister called a political “earthquake” by those who want to slash the powers of the European Union or abolish it altogether. Voters in 21 of the EU’s ...

May 24, 2014

Jealous man castrates and kills French mayor, self

A jealous man castrated and murdered the mayor of a hamlet in northern France whom he suspected of having an affair with his girlfriend, officials said Friday. Mayor Dominique Leboucher, 55, was brutally stabbed in the neck by a 39-year-old electrician, the prosecutor of ...

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

May 23, 2014

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

Cash-strapped France will have to trim back about 1,300 rail platforms at a cost of $68 million because new trains on order are too wide. France’s secretary of state for transport, Frederic Cuvillier, called it a “tragically comical,” “mind-boggling” mix-up, blaming a lack of ...

French rogue trader arrested after soul-seeking odyssey

May 19, 2014

French rogue trader arrested after soul-seeking odyssey

A Frenchman convicted of one of history’s biggest trading frauds returned home to serve prison time after a legal saga that captured the national imagination. He also made a pilgrimage to the pope and pleaded for presidential clemency. Former Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel ...