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Jun 2, 2015

Allies back Iraq plan against Islamic State, Baghdad calls for more help

PARIS (Reuters) – Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes on Islamic State backed Iraq’s plan on Tuesday to retake territory from the jihadist movement after being accused by the Iraqi premier of not doing enough to help Baghdad roll back the insurgents.

Around 20 coalition ministers met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris in part to persuade his Shi’ite Muslim-led government to repair relations with Iraq’s Sunni minority to strengthen its campaign against the Sunni Islamic State.

Jun 2, 2015

Sink or sell? Russia spat leaves France with warships to spare

PARIS (Reuters) – For sale: two French-built helicopter carriers, tested by Russians. Buy now for only 1.2 billion euros($1.33 billion). Shipping extra.

Tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine have blocked a deal in which Moscow was to buy the ships, leaving Paris trying to negotiate a face-saving compromise and work out CAwhat to do with two unwanted warships.

Jun 2, 2015

Iraq PM says allies not doing enough to counter Islamic State

PARIS (Reuters) – Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday accused the international coalition fighting Islamic State of not doing enough to tackle the group, and said important members such as Saudi Arabia are not curbing the flow of foreign fighters to his country.

Western and Middle Eastern countries in the coalition are meeting this week in Paris. Part of their agenda is to persuade the Iraqi government to repair its relationship with Iraq’s Sunni minority.

Jun 2, 2015

Anti-Islamic State allies to press Iraq to court Sunni minority

PARIS (Reuters) – Ministers from Western and Middle Eastern countries fighting Islamic State will tell Iraq on Tuesday to be more inclusive of its Sunni minority as they reassess their strategy against the jihadists after major setbacks.

The meeting in Paris, which about 20 ministers from countries including Saudi Arabia and Turkey will attend, will focus on helping Iraq reverse its biggest military defeat in nearly a year – the fall of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province, just 90 km (55 miles) west of Baghdad.

May 28, 2015

North Korean nuclear, missile experts visit Iran-dissidents

PARIS, May 28 (Reuters) – An exiled Iranian opposition group
said on Thursday that a delegation of North Korean nuclear and
missile experts visited a military site near Tehran in April
amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear
programme.

The dissident National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
exposed Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy
water facility at Arak in 2002. Analysts say it has a mixed
record and a clear political agenda.

May 28, 2015

French foreign minister to visit Israel, Palestinian territories as part of efforts to revive peace talks

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister said on Thursday he would travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories in June, aiming to press ahead in getting an international consensus for a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set parameters for peace talks.

“We are for a two-state solution. We need to ensure Israel’s security that’s obvious. There is no peace and security without justice for the Palestinians, but let’s be frank justice hasn’t been given to the Palestinians,” Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio.

May 28, 2015

Iran, North Korea forging ballistic, nuclear ties: dissidents

PARIS (Reuters) – An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday a delegation of North Korean experts in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles visited a military site near Tehran in April amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program.

The dissident National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) exposed Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy water facility at Arak in 2002. But analysts say it has a mixed track record and a clear political agenda. Iran says allegations of nuclear bomb research are baseless and forged by its enemies.

May 27, 2015

France warns Iran over nuclear deal as deadline nears

ANKARA/PARIS (Reuters) – France warned on Wednesday it was ready to block a final deal between Iran and the six major powers unless Tehran provided inspectors access to all installations, including military sites.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last week ruled out international inspection of Iran’s military sites or access to nuclear scientists under any nuclear agreement. Iran’s military leaders echoed his remarks.

May 26, 2015

Fabius hopes Paris climate talks can reverse Copenhagen failure

PARIS (Reuters) – A breakthrough international accord to curb global warming is within reach but major hurdles still loom including resistance to a legally binding accord, France’s foreign minister said in an interview with Reuters.

Senior officials from almost 200 nations will meet from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris to try to rise above the collapse of the last global climate-change conference in Copenhagen in 2009 and nail down an elusive final agreement.

May 19, 2015

France recall veteran flyhalf Michalak for World Cup

PARIS (Reuters) – Experienced Toulon flyhalf Frederic Michalak was the surprise inclusion in France coach Philippe Saint-Andre’s provisional squad for this year’s World Cup.

Michalak, who was recalled with fellow flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc, was dropped after last year’s tour to Australia, but returns for his third World Cup.