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Anti-Gaddafi fighters regroup after heavy losses

NTC fighters regrouped on Friday for a new assault on Moamer Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte, remaining upbeat despite suffering heavy losses the previous day at the hands of the toppled tyrant’s forces. The fighting comes as Gaddafi’s spokesman warned that “thousands” of loyalists were ready to battle the National Transitional Council…

Iran slams Sarkozy over nuclear remark: report

TEHRAN — Iran urged French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday not to make comments based on “unrealistic information,” after Paris called for tougher sanctions over Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme. “As stated repeatedly, Iran’s nuclear activity is completely peaceful and International Atomic Energy Agency reports have confirmed it,” state television quoted…

High pressure with Germany-France talks

PARIS (Reuters) – The leaders of France and Germany meet for high-pressure talks on Tuesday to discuss what further measures they can take to shore up investor confidence in the euro zone following a dramatic market sell-off last week. President Nicolas Sarkozy andGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel are under pressure to show financial markets they are in agreement on doing…

World leaders search for response to U.S.-Euro debt crisis

World leaders searched Sunday for answers to a global debt crisis, hoping to head off a massacre on markets spooked by an unprecedented US rating downgrade and Europe’s swelling malaise. France and Germany called for full implementation of measures agreed at a eurozone summit in July to safeguard the single…

Former French minister charged with rape

PARIS — A former French minister and mayor with the ruling party has been charged with rape after accusations he sexually assaulted women working for him at city hall, prosecutors said Wednesday. Georges Tron, formerly a junior civil service minister from President Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party, is facing charges of…

Internet bosses woo world leaders at ‘e-G8′

PARIS (AFP) – The world’s most powerful Internet and media barons gather in Paris on Tuesday in a show of strength to leaders at the G8 summit, amid international rows over online access, copyright and regulation. Top executives from online giants like Google, Facebook and Microsoft will tout the economic…

Italy says 1,000 killed in Libya unrest

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s increasingly desperate attempts to crush a revolt against his four-decade rule have killed as many as 1,000 people and split Libya, Italy’s Foreign Minister said on Wednesday. As countries with strong business ties to Africa’s third largest oil producer scrambled to evacuate their citizens, and…

EU bids to frame Facebook ‘right to be forgotten’

New rules will affect the EU’s entire 500 million population — the same number as Facebook’s free subscriber list — when formal legislative proposals emerge from a two-month public consultation launched by Reding in Brussels. “The protection of personal data is a fundamental right,” said the Luxembourg commissioner, who recently…

French worker strike shuts down oil refineries, strangles airport fuel stocks

French workers poured onto the streets Saturday to defend their right to retire at 60, as rolling strikes shut down oil refineries and threatened to leave Paris airports without fuel. High school students bolstered nationwide protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to increase the minimum retirement age to 62, and Finance…

France’s constitutional watchdog endorses veil ban

French Constitutional Council endorses ban on Islamic face veils, removing key hurdle France’s constitutional watchdog on Thursday endorsed a divisive law forbidding face-covering Islamic veils anywhere in public, but expressed concern about applying it in places of worship such as a mosque. The decision of the Constitutional Council removes a…

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