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Jul 18, 2014

Egypt renews truce call as Israel intensifies Gaza offensive

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt renewed its call for a truce to end the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza on Friday and France asked Qatar to use its influence with the Palestinian movement to reach a ceasefire.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, speaking at a news conference in Cairo with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius,

Jul 16, 2014

Iran, powers seek to agree terms for extending nuclear talks: diplomats

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers are working to finalize the terms of a likely extension in negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program beyond a July 20 deadline and an announcement may come as early as Friday, Western diplomats said.

Officials from both sides have said it appears the talks will not yield a breakthrough by the self-imposed target date after two weeks of efforts failed to bridge gaps in positions over a deal intended to end a decade-long dispute.

Jul 15, 2014

French soldier killed in Mali suicide bombing

PARIS (Reuters) – A French soldier was killed in the first suicide bombing targeting France’s forces in northern Mali, where local and foreign troops are struggling to restore order after putting down an Islamist insurgency last year, officials said.

The attack came just days before French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was due to visit Mali and President Francois Hollande’s visit to West Africa later this week.

Jul 8, 2014

France says Russia, other powers have differences over Iran talks

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday “differences in approach” between Russia and some of the other five world powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program had appeared in the past few days.

Speaking to parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Laurent Fabius also said none of the major outstanding issues in the talks had been settled and that the United States wanted foreign ministers to join the negotiations in Vienna.

Jul 8, 2014

Kerry, ministers may join struggling Iran nuclear talks -diplomats

PRAGUE/PARIS, July 8 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry and other foreign ministers from the six powers
negotiating with Iran on its nuclear programme may travel to
Vienna soon to join the talks, which have failed so far to
produce a deal, diplomats said on Tuesday.

The possible arrival of the ministers ahead of a July 20
deadline for an agreement should not be seen as proof that
negotiators from Iran, the United States, Britain, France,
Germany, Russia and China are on the cusp of a deal, the
diplomats cautioned.

Jul 8, 2014

France set to prevent jihadists going to fight or train abroad

PARIS (Reuters) – France plans to ban individuals linked to radical Islamist groups from leaving the country in a bid to prevent attacks by militants returning from the Middle East, according to a draft bill set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

France has seen a sharp rise this year in citizens going to join Islamic militants in Syria and now Iraq.

Jun 10, 2014

Iran questions nuclear deal deadline as talks “hit wall”

GENEVA/PARIS, June 10 (Reuters) – Iran questioned whether a
July deadline for a nuclear deal with world powers will be met,
fuelling doubts on the outcome as France spoke out to say talks
on curbing Tehran’s uranium enrichment had “hit a wall”.

Iran’s talks with six major powers on curbing its nuclear
programme in exchange for an end to Western sanctions could be
extended for six months if no deal is reached by a July 20
deadline agreed by all parties, a senior Iranian official said.

Jun 10, 2014

France says Iran talks ‘hitting a wall’; July deadline in doubt

GENEVA/PARIS (Reuters) – France told Iran it must cut back a key part of its nuclear program and Tehran cast doubt on the chances of meeting a July deadline for a deal with world powers, highlighting the major hurdles negotiators still face.

Iran’s talks with six major powers on curbing its nuclear program in exchange for an end to sanctions could be extended for another six months if no deal is reached by a July 20 deadline, a senior Iranian official said.

Jun 10, 2014

France says Iran must budge on centrifuges for talks to succeed

PARIS (Reuters) – Iran must drop its demands to have thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium if it wants a lasting deal with major powers over its disputed nuclear programme, France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Highlighting a big gap in negotiating positions, Laurent Fabius told French radio that Iran should only have a few hundred centrifuges, machines that spin at supersonic speed to increase the concentration of the fissile isotope.

Jun 7, 2014

Putin, Ukraine leader break crisis ice at D-Day event

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER France (Reuters) – The leaders of Russia and Ukraine held their first talks on Friday since Moscow annexed Crimea, airing ways to end their four-month conflict in a brief encounter during commemorations in France of the World War Two D-Day landings.

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought together Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko for a 15-minute meeting before they joined other dignitaries for lunch.