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Sep 28, 2012

China says Iran nuclear talks at “crucial stage”

NEW YORK, Sept 27 (Reuters) – China said on Thursday that
the disagreement over Iran’s nuclear program had reached “a new,
crucial stage,” calling for Tehran to begin a new round of talks
with world powers, something a U.S. official said could happen
at some point.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi made the comment after
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a speech drawing
a “red line” for Iran’s nuclear program on Thursday, despite a
U.S. refusal to set an ultimatum, saying Tehran will be on the
brink of a nuclear weapon in less than a year.

Sep 19, 2012

France gives initial green light to EU fiscal pact

PARIS, Sept 19 (Reuters) – French President Francois
Hollande’s Socialist-led government kickstarted ratification on
Wednesday of a European Union budget discipline pact it
grudgingly accepts as the next step out of the euro zone debt
crisis.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s cabinet gave initial
approval to the fiscal compact agreed in March by Hollande’s
predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy and 24 other European leaders, which
requires euro zone countries to slash their public deficits or
face sanctions such as fines.

Sep 18, 2012

Only a minority involved in anti-U.S. protests: Saudi prince

PARIS (Reuters) – Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, billionaire nephew of Saudi Arabia’s king, said on Tuesday only a minority were involved in violent anti-U.S. protests over a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad and Islam was too strong to warrant such an uproar over the matter.

Known for his investments in some of the world’s top firms including Citigroup, Alwaleed told Reuters in an interview that reforms in his homeland, the world’s top oil exporter, were not going fast enough and that Arab states must learn lessons from Arab Spring revolts to avoid being swept by more violence.

Sep 10, 2012
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Jihadists join Aleppo conflict to fight for Islamic state in Syria, French surgeon says

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(Civilians walk near a destroyed building after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet launched a bomb in the city of Aleppo September 3, 2012. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal)

Foreign Islamists intent on turning Syria into an autocratic theocracy have swollen the ranks of rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad and think they are waging a “holy war”, a French surgeon who treated fighters in Aleppo has said.

Sep 10, 2012

Syrian defector Tlas opposes foreign intervention

PARIS, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Brigadier General Manaf Tlas, one
of the most senior defectors from President Bashar al-Assad’s
rule, said on Monday he was against any foreign intervention in
Syria as it would not be able to bring down the government.

Tlas, who fled Syria in July to France, where his sister,
widow of a billionaire Saudi arms dealer, resides, added that he
had managed to escape Syria with the help of French special
forces.

Sep 10, 2012

Syria general Tlas opposes foreign intervention

PARIS (Reuters) – Brigadier General Manaf Tlas, one of the most senior defectors from President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, said on Monday he was against any foreign intervention in Syria as it would not be able to bring down the government.

Tlas, who fled Syria in July to France, where his sister, widow of a billionaire Saudi arms dealer, resides, added that he had managed to escape Syria with the help of French special forces.

Sep 9, 2012

France’s Hollande vows to revive economy in 2 years

PARIS, Sept 9 (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande
on Sunday promised to turn the country’s stagnant economy round
by 2014 and set himself a year-end deadline to ready labour
market reform.

The pledge, made to the nation in a prime time television
interview, comes four months into his presidency as tumbling
ratings and talk of inertia have forced him to become more
proactive on the economy.

Sep 9, 2012

UK survivor of France shooting out of coma: prosecutor

PARIS (Reuters) – The seven-year-old British girl who survived a gun attack in the French Alps last week that saw her father and mother shot dead in their car is out of a coma and will be questioned by police as soon as she is able, the French prosecutor said on Sunday.

French and British police continued their search of the family home in Surrey near London of Saad al-Hilli, the Iraqi-born British driver who was shot twice in the head along with his wife, an older woman and a passing cyclist on Wednesday.

Sep 9, 2012

British girl who survived France shooting out of coma – prosecutor

PARIS (Reuters) – The seven-year-old British girl who survived a gun attack in the French Alps last week that saw her father and mother shot dead in their car is out of a coma and will be questioned by police as soon as she is able, the French prosecutor said on Sunday.

French and British police continued their search of the family home in Surrey near London of Saad al-Hilli, the Iraqi-born British driver who was shot twice in the head along with his wife, an older woman and a passing cyclist on Wednesday.

Sep 8, 2012

French hostages kidnapped in Niger by al Qaeda appear in video

PARIS (Reuters) – Four French men kidnapped by al Qaeda militants in northern Niger almost two years ago appeared in a video on Saturday appealing to French President Francois Hollande and their employers to continue negotiations to secure their release.

The seven-minute video, posted on a Mauritanian news website, shows the four men – Pierre Legrand, Daniel Larribe, Thierry Dole and Marc Ferret – looking healthy and kneeling in a desert setting with armed men in traditional Bedouin clothing and turbans standing over them carrying kalashnikov rifles.