Feb 18, 2015

Charlie Hebdo jihadis believed to have met night before attacks

French investigators believe they have established that the jihadis who struck Paris last month were in direct contact before the attacks, a security source said Tuesday. Phone records appear to show that Cherif Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly met the night before they started three ...

Feb 18, 2015

France tracking over 400 people believed to be in terror sleeper cells

France is tracking hundreds of people that are believed to belong to sleeper cells for terror organizations such as al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, the country’s top security official said on Monday. In an interview with reporters, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve laid out ...

Feb 18, 2015

France summons Indonesia ambassador over death row citizen

France summoned the Indonesian ambassador on Tuesday to voice its “extreme concern” over a French citizen sentenced to death on drug charges in Indonesia. “The minister expressed France’s firm opposition to the death penalty in all locations and all circumstances,” the office of Foreign ...

Feb 18, 2015

France issues warrants for UBS managers in tax fraud case

French judges on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for three former managers at Swiss bank UBS over allegations it helped customers hide money from the taxman in Switzerland. The three managers, one of whom was in charge of wealth management in Europe, are based in ...

Feb 18, 2015

British warship monitors Russian naval vessel through Channel

A British warship shadowed a Russian frigate through the English Channel on Tuesday, taking over monitoring from French surveillance on the frigate’s voyage northward. HMS Argyll, a navy ship maintained at high-readiness, deployed a Lynx helicopter and used sensors to locate and monitor the ...

Feb 17, 2015

Prostitutes in Strauss-Kahn sex trial withdraw damages claim

Lawyers for the four prostitutes who participated in sex parties organized for Dominique Strauss-Kahn said Monday they were giving up their claim of damages, saying it would be too hard to prove the pimping charge against the former IMF head. Strauss-Kahn, 65, is accused ...

Danish Jews' affection for their country runs deep

Feb 17, 2015

Danish Jews' affection for their country runs deep

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s calls for Jews to move to Israel after attacks in Paris and Copenhagen may strike a chord with thousands of French Jews, but it will likely fall on deaf ears in Denmark. While French Jews are moving to Israel at ...

Feb 16, 2015

France to ink controversial jet sale to Egypt

Paris and Cairo were poised Monday to sign a multibillion-euro deal for the first foreign sale of the Rafale fighter jet despite concerns by human rights activists about the sale. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was to travel to the Egyptian capital Monday ...

Feb 16, 2015

Hundreds of graves vandalized at Jewish cemetery in France

Hundreds of graves have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, in what the president called an “odious and barbaric” anti-Semitic act against French values. The vandalism comes at a time of growing insecurity among French Jews and amid general religious tensions ...

Feb 13, 2015

French TV, radio stations rapped for Charlie Hebdo attacks coverage

France’s major TV and radio networks were formally rapped by the French broadcast regulator Thursday for serious “breaches” in the way they covered last month’s Charlie Hebdo attack and subsequent bloody events. The warnings were issued for: showing two of the Islamist gunmen walking ...

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 ...