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EQ Guinea President’s Son Wanted in France

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A French judge has issued an arrest warrant for the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president, after the son refused to be interviewed about corruption charges. Teodorin Obiang has previously denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer, Olivier Pardo, told VOA Friday that his client is not subject to arrest because of his post in Equatorial Guinea’s government. […]

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France Auto Giant Announces Thousands of Jobs Cuts

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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French auto giant PSA Peugeot Citroen issued a statement Thursday that it plans to cut 8,000 jobs jobs in its domestic division because of earning losses earlier this year and its dismal outlook on the shrinking market. Unions opposing the job cuts are reported to be planning protests later Thursday. France’s largest auto maker says […]

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Probe Finds Human Error In 2009 Air France Crash

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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French investigators have found that a combination of human error and technical malfunction caused the fatal 2009 crash of an Air France jet flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. Investigators Thursday said the Airbus 330 spun out of control at a very steep angle and was impossible to set right once it started to […]

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France Arrests Web Administrator Suspected of Terrorist Ties

Posted July 3rd, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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French authorities say they have arrested the administrator of an extremist website who is suspected of playing a role in recruiting and financing for al-Qaida and other terrorist groups. The French prosecutor’s office said the Tunisian national, who lives in the French city of Toulon, was being questioned Tuesday. The prosecutor said there is evidence […]

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Hostages at Toulouse Bank Freed, Suspect Detained

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A gunman who took four hostages in a bank in Toulouse, France, has been arrested and his captives freed, after a six-hour standoff with police. Police say the suspect was slightly injured in the efforts to free the hostages, but the hostages, all CIC bank employees, were unharmed. Two of the hostages, both women, were […]

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Hostages at Toulouse Bank Freed, Suspect Detained

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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A gunman who took four hostages inside a bank in Toulouse, France, has been arrested and his captives freed. Police say the suspect was slightly injured in their efforts to free the hostages, but the hostages themselves were unharmed. The police statement came soon after gunshots were reported in the area of the bank. The […]

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Gunman Takes Hostages at Toulouse Bank

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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A gunman holding hostages inside a bank in Toulouse, France, has released at least one of his four captives. Police say the released hostage is a woman. They say talks are underway with the gunman to arrange the release of the hostages still inside the bank. Authorities say they are trying to establish communications with […]

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Gunman Takes Hostages at Toulouse Bank

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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French police say a gunman has taken four hostages inside a bank in the southern city of Toulouse. Authorities say they are trying to establish communications with the hostage-taker, who reportedly fired a shot. No injuries have been reported. The neighborhood around the bank, which is near a school, has been cordoned off. One media […]

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Officials: Al-Qaida Leader Detained in Pakistan

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Pakistan say an al-Qaida leader has been detained near the country’s border with Iran. Pakistani authorities said Wednesday that Naamen Meziche, a French national of Algerian origin, was captured during a raid near Quetta — the capital of Baluchistan province. They said he was arrested while trying to flee the country, but provided […]

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French Socialists Win Majority in Parliamentary Vote

Posted June 17th, 2012 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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French President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party has taken a solid majority in Sunday’s runoff parliamentary elections. Partial polling results show the Socialists’ bloc taking up to 320 seats in the 577-member National Assembly, well above the 289 needed for a majority. The conservative UMP party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy was expected to win at […]

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