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Rights Group: Afghan Government Should Commute Death Sentence

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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A top human rights group says Afghanistan’s government should commute the death sentence of an Afghan soldier convicted of killing five French soldiers earlier this year. Human Rights Watch said Wednesday France should make a formal request to the Afghan government to commute the sentence. The group noted that France has abolished the death penalty […]

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Nadal Wins Record Seventh French Open

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Rafael Nadal of Spain has captured a record seventh men’s French Open tennis crown, defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in four sets, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Nadal had to wait until Monday to make history in Paris because the match was suspended early in the fourth set Sunday evening because of rain. Nadal broke his […]

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French Open Men’s Final Suspended by Rain Until Monday

Posted June 10th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Rain halted play in the men’s final of the French Open Sunday between six-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain and world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Organizers said the match, already in progress for three hours, would resume Monday at 1:00 pm local time . Nadal was leading Djokovic two sets to […]

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Sharapova Wins First French Open

Posted June 9th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova won her first French Open title with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Sara Errani of Italy on the red clay at Roland Garros in Paris Saturday. Sharapova is now the 10th woman in tennis history to win all four Grand Slam tournaments. She has also captured Wimbledon, the U.S. Open […]

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Vietnam Reduces Blogger’s Sentence

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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A Vietnamese appeals court has cut in half the sentence of a Vietnamese-French blogger. Pham Minh Hoang was arrested in August, 2010 and sentenced to three years in prison for subversion. The appeals court cut the sentence to 17 months, meaning he will be released in January. He will still have to serve three years […]

Cosmetics Heiress Loses Control of Her Fortune

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A French court has decided that one of the world’s richest women, cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and handed control of her business affairs to her daughter and two grandsons. The 88-year-old Bettencourt, whose late father Eugene Schueller founded the giant L’Oreal cosmetics company, is reportedly worth more than $23 billion. […]

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Freed French Journalist Hints Ransom Paid to Taliban

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A French journalist who was freed this week after being held hostage for 18 months in Afghanistan says money and prisoners may have been exchanged to secure his release from the Taliban. France-3 television reporter Herve Ghesquiere told BBC News that officially there was no ransom, but “of course, as he put it,”it was not […]

French Journalists Kidnapped in Afghanistan Return Home

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Two French journalists held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan for 18 months have returned to France after being freed by their captors. France-3 television videographer Stephane Taponier and reporter Herve Ghesquiere were greeted by relatives and French President Nicolas Sarkozy when they arrived Thursday at a military airport near Paris. Looking healthy and jubilant, […]

French Journalists Kidnapped in Afghanistan Return Home

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Two French journalists held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan for 18 months have returned to France after being freed by their captors. France-3 television videographer Stephane Taponier and reporter Herve Ghesquiere were greeted by relatives and French President Nicolas Sarkozy when they arrived Thursday at a military airport near Paris. Looking healthy and jubilant, […]

French Journalists Kidnapped in Afghanistan Return Home

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Two French journalists who were kidnapped in Afghanistan by Taliban insurgents and held for 18 months have returned to France after being freed by their captors. The two reporters for France-3 television, Stephane Taponier and Herve Ghesquiere, arrived Thursday at a military airport near Paris. Their Afghan translator, Reza Din, has also been released. French […]

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