Leaders see horror of French Alps crash as probe gathers pace

Mar 26, 2015

Leaders see horror of French Alps crash as probe gathers pace

Investigators on Wednesday made the first breakthrough in the probe into the crash of an airliner in the French Alps, as President Francois Hollande vowed everything would be done to explain the tragedy that killed 150 people. Officials from the BEA crash investigation agency ...

France swings to the right as Europe retrenches

Mar 24, 2015

France swings to the right as Europe retrenches

France, long the land of the left, is making a right turn. The top two parties in weekend local elections were the conservative UMP and the far right National Front. And even the governing Socialists are adopting traditionally rightwing policies: reducing labor protections, expelling ...

EU extremely wary about Ukraine peace deal, cease-fire

Feb 13, 2015

EU extremely wary about Ukraine peace deal, cease-fire

European Union leaders expressed caution Thursday about the peace deal hammered out for eastern Ukraine, saying the cease-fire must be respected before any scaling back of sanctions against Moscow can be considered. “It will be very important for us to continue to keep up ...

Ceasefire agreed on for eastern Ukraine

Feb 12, 2015

Ceasefire agreed on for eastern Ukraine

The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks said on Thursday. The deal, reached after all-night negotiations in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, included a cease-fire that would ...

World leaders unite in condemning 'heinous' killing of Goto

Feb 1, 2015

World leaders unite in condemning 'heinous' killing of Goto

World leaders condemned the killing of a Japanese hostage after the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing his beheading. “The United States condemns the heinous murder of Japanese citizen and journalist Kenji Goto by the terrorist group ISIL,” U.S. President Barack Obama ...

Hollande's popularity soars after French jihadi attacks

Jan 20, 2015

Hollande's popularity soars after French jihadi attacks

Once France’s most unpopular postwar president, Francois Hollande has experienced a dramatic surge in approval ratings over his widely praised response to the Islamist attacks in Paris. An opinion poll carried out by the Ifop polling company showed Hollande’s ratings jump by a massive ...

Hollande vows at police funeral France 'will never yield'

Jan 13, 2015

Hollande vows at police funeral France 'will never yield'

President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday that France will “never yield” to terror in an emotional tribute to three police officers shot dead in an Islamist killing spree, as four Jews gunned down in the attack were buried in Israel. The national anthem La Marseillaise ...