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 ...

Dec 24, 2014

France waves discreet goodbye to 75% super-tax

When President Francois Hollande unveiled a “super-tax” on the rich in 2012, some feared an exodus of business, sporting and artistic talent. One adviser warned it was a Socialist step too far that would turn France into “Cuba without sun.” Two years on, with ...

France's Sarkozy says EU powers must be halved

Nov 23, 2014

France's Sarkozy says EU powers must be halved

The European Union must hand back half of its powers, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Saturday, stepping up his criticism of the 28-nation bloc as he seeks to be elected head of France’s conservative party this week. Just a few weeks after he ...