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France Signs Security Agreement With Ivory Coast

Posted January 27th, 2012 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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France has signed an agreement with Ivory Coast to provide security assistance after helping the former French colony during the country’s post election violence. President Nicolas Sarkozy and Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara signed the deal Thursday in Paris, as the Ivorian leader began a three day official visit. The pact calls for French troops […]

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Former Executive of French Implant Company Arrested

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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French police say a former top executive of a defunct breast implant company at the center of a health scandal has been arrested. Officials say Jean-Claude Mas of Poly Implant Prothese was taken into custody early Thursday at his home in southern France. The arrest was made in connection with an investigation into possible charges […]

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Turkey Slams France Over ‘Genocide’ Bill, Armenia Hails Vote

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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An aide to French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the president will sign the Armenian genocide bill into law within two weeks, despite the threat of Turkish sanctions. The French Senate passed the bill Monday making it a crime to deny that the mass killings of Armenians by Turks nearly 100 years ago was genocide. The […]

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France Rules Out Hasty Afghan Withdrawal

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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France is ruling out a hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan after an Afghan soldier shot and killed four French troops last week. French President Nicolas Sarkozy suspended military operations in Afghanistan and said he was considering an early pullout from the country if security conditions are not clearly established following Friday’s attack in eastern Afghanistan. On […]

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Turkey Slams France Over ‘Genocide’ Bill, Armenia Hails Vote

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey has criticized as “discriminatory and racist” a bill passed by the French Senate making it a crime to deny the mass killings of Armenians by Turks nearly 100 years ago were genocide — while Armenia welcomed the vote. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday dismissed the bill as “null and void” and vowed […]

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NATO: Too Early to Determine Taliban Involvement in French Attack

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Officials with the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan say it is too early to tell if the Taliban were behind last week’s killing of four French troops by an Afghan soldier. A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force said Tuesday that past investigations into similar events have found many different reasons for them. The ISAF […]

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French Senate Passes Armenian Genocide Bill, Turkey Outraged

Posted January 23rd, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The French Senate has passed a bill making it a crime to deny that the mass killings of Armenians by Turks nearly 100 years ago were genocide. France’s lower house of parliament passed the bill last month, and President Nicholas Sarkozy is likely to sign it into law. It says anyone who says killings of […]

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France Votes on Genocide Bill, Turkey Warns More Sanctions

Posted January 23rd, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The French Senate has begun debating a bill that makes it illegal to deny as genocide the mass killings of Armenians during Turkey’s Ottoman era nearly a century ago — despite Turkey’s threat of more sanctions. French senators were to vote on the legislation late Monday. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters ahead of […]

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Turkey Urges French Lawmakers to Reject Genocide Bill

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey has urged French lawmakers to reject a bill making it illegal to deny as genocide the mass killings of Armenians during Turkey’s Ottoman era nearly a century ago. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on all French senators Friday to think beyond their political interests. He said passage of the bill would create a […]

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French Judge Seeks Access to Guantanamo

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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A French judge has requested permission from the United States to visit the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to investigate claims by former French inmates that they were tortured. Judge Sophie Clement said Tuesday she wants access to all documents relating to the arrest and transfer of three Frenchmen who were held there. […]

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