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  • Iran expects progress, if no breakthrough, in nuclear talks with EU, US 1 week ago

    Vienna: Iran does not expect a breakthrough in high-level nuclear talks with the United States and the European Union this week but hopes they will help pave the way for a final deal, its foreign minister said on Tuesday. Mohammad Javad Zarif, quoted by Iran's Fars news agency, was speaking after...
  • Work on 'taming' firms wins Frenchman Jean Tirole economics Nobel October 13, 2014

    Stockholm: 2014 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, Jean Tirole said that he hasn't recouped yet, after winning the acclaimed prize. Tirole is the director of Toulouse School of Economics and the third French laureate in Economic Sciences. Tirole was incredibly surprised when he got the news that he has been awarded the...
  • Pakistan briefs P-5 about security tensions on LoC, IB October 13, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday briefed the envoys of five permanent members of the UN Security Council about the tensions on the LoC and International Border with India. In a statement, Pakistan Foreign Office said Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz briefed the ambassadors...
  • France's Jean Tirole wins the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences October 13, 2014

    Stockholm: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to French economist Jean Tirole "for his analysis of market power and regulation". The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences decided to award The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2014 to Jean Tirole for breathing new...
  • Benzema shines as France beat Portugal 2-1 in friendly October 12, 2014

    Paris: Fernando Santos began his reign at the helm of Portugal with a 2-1 loss at Euro 2016 host France in a friendly while Denmark salvaged a 1-1 draw in Albania in qualifying on Saturday. Striker Karim Benzema scored at Stade de France after only three minutes for his 25th international...
  • French teen girl stopped 'on way to jihad in Syria' October 5, 2014

    A 15-year-old French girl was in police custody on Sunday after she disappeared from her family home in southern France, suspected of wanting to travel to Syria to wage jihad. Assia Saidi was "found on Saturday night by her parents in a bar, near Marseille station, where she had been working...
  • France's Le Pen loses driving license, but says not her fault October 2, 2014

    (Reuters) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Wednesday police had confiscated her driving license for a string of road offences - but insisted they had been committed by someone else. The National Front party leader, who recently called speed detection radars "another tax disguised as a life-saving campaign",...
  • France wants Libyan jihadists on UN blacklist September 26, 2014

    United Nations: France wants the UN Security Council to add Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia to its terror list, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said declaring Libya a "terrorist powderkeg." Active in Libya's second city Benghazi, Ansar al-Sharia is already on the US terror list and the Libyan parliament has also labelled...
  • French tourist beheaded by Algerian jihadist group after France joins US against ISIS September 25, 2014

    Two days after France joined the United States in launching airstrikes on the ISIS militants, an Algerian jihadist group has released a video that appears to show the beheading of a French tourist. ...
  • France to host Switzerland on clay in Davis Cup September 22, 2014

    France will play the Davis Cup final against Switzerland on indoor clay in a bid to thwart Roger Federer's quest for a first win in the team competition. The final will be held at the 27,000capacity Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille from November 2123, under a retractable roof. France is third on...
  • France to face Germany in Davis Cup first round September 18, 2014

    Top seeds France were drawn away to Germany on Thursday in the opening round of the 2015 Davis Cup World Group. France, who comfortably beat champions the Czech Republic to set up a clash against Switzerland in this year's final, will play Germany from March 68. Second seeds Switzerland, who knocked out...
  • Zinedine Zidane could be interested in France coaching job September 16, 2014

    Paris: Former France great Zinedine Zidane, who helped Les Bleus win the 1998 World Cup on home soil, has hinted he could be interested in coaching the national team. "I am ambitious. I am a coach now, and I tell myself 'why not be national coach?'," the Real Madrid young players'...
  • French government faces key confidence vote September 16, 2014

    Paris: The French Socialist government faces a key parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday as the country battles political and economic crises and with President Francois Hollande's popularity at a record low. Prime Minister Manuel Valls will outline the government's work programme in the National Assembly and submit it to a vote,...
  • Unseen Picasso letter with doodles on display in France September 14, 2014

    Quimper (France): A previously unseen letter written by Pablo Picasso, complete with sketches, has gone on display in western France. The letter, to his friend the French poet Max Jacob, comes from a private collection and is displayed at the fine arts museum in the western city of Quimper. Beginning "my dear...
  • Davis Cup: France wrap up Czech Republic 41 to reach final September 14, 2014

    France wrapped up their Davis Cup semifinal tie against holders Czech Republic 41 on Sunday, a day after securing their final spot on home soil. Julien Benneteau lost 64, 63 to Jiri Vesely before Gael Monfils beat Lukas Rosol 57, 64, 75 in the reverse singles at Roland Garros. Richard Gasquet and...
  • India 5th most preferred study destination for MBA students: report September 14, 2014

    While an MBA degree continues to maintain its charm among the students, the reputation of the educational system is the most important factor which helps any prospective student decide a preferred study destination. A recent report on prospective students survey by the mba.com reveals that India gained itself a place in...
  • France beat Czech Republic to qualify for Davis Cup final September 14, 2014

    JoWilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet put France back in the Davis Cup final by winning the doubles and ending the twoyear reign of the Czech Republic on Saturday. Tsonga and Gasquet, who won their singles on Friday, gave Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek a rare doubles defeat in Davis Cup, 67...
  • France bristles as Netflix advances in Europe September 13, 2014

    Paris: Netflix is tapping into six new markets on Monday hoping to gain a big subscriber base around Europe, but is facing a frosty welcome in France. Wellestablished French competitors are trying to head off a Netflix wave, the government wants oversight and the cinema industry wants Netflix to invest...
  • Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek to play doubles against France in Davis Cup September 13, 2014

    Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek hope to extend their winning partnership in the Davis Cup as twotime defending champion Czech Republic changed their doubles lineup in a bid to overturn a 20 deficit against France in their semifinal. Berdych and Stepanek, who boast a 151 winning record together in the competition,...
  • France lead Czech Republic 20 in Davis Cup September 12, 2014

    Paris: France closed in on their first Davis Cup final since 2010 after Richard Gasquet and JoWilfried Tsonga gave the hosts a 20 lead over twotime defending champion Czech Republic in the semifinals on Friday. Opening on Roland Garros center court, Gasquet stormed to a 63, 62, 63 win over Tomas...
  • Roger Federer leads Switzerland's Davis Cup challenge September 11, 2014

    Having coming up short in his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title, Roger Federer is quickly turning his focus to the Davis Cup a trophy still missing from his collection. The former topranked player leads Switzerland against Italy in Geneva this weekend as his country bids to reach the...
  • No discrimination in France against any community: Ambassador September 9, 2014

    Amritsar: French Ambassador to India Francois Richier on Tuesday said that there is no discrimination against any community in his country. "There is no discrimination in France as at present most of Sikhs are working at prime positions in my country with beard and 'turban' (head gear)," Richier said addressing...
  • Ribery could face threematch ban if doesn't answer France call up, says Platini September 8, 2014

    UEFA president Michel Platini has warned Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery that he could be banned for three matches at club level under FIFA rules if he doesn't answer a call up for France. Platini tells Bild am Sonntag magazine "Ribery can't just decide himself whether he plays for France or...
  • Germany win, Portugal lose in Euro qualifiers September 8, 2014

    London: Two months after winning the World Cup, Germany opened their 2016 European Championship campaign with a 21 victory over Scotland on Sunday, while Portugal and Greece both slumped to defeats in their qualifying matches. Thomas Mueller scored both Germany's goals a difficult backward header in the 18th minute and...
  • Kerry, Hagel urge coalition against Islamic State September 5, 2014

    Newport, Wales: America's top diplomatic and defense leaders pressed a core coalition of 10 nations to summon the willpower to go after the Islamic State group in Iraq militarily and financially, and said they must build a plan by the time the UN General Assembly meets in about two weeks. In...
  • French man jailed for phoning and texting his ex 21,807 times, 73 times a day! September 5, 2014

    A 33yearold French man was sent to prison on Thursday after phoning and texting his exgirlfriend 21,807 times, admitting that, with hindsight, "it was stupid". The unnamed defendant, who had made the calls to demand the woman thank him for fixing up their flat, was given a 10month sentence six...
  • Spain's rebuilding off to bad start after 10 loss to France September 5, 2014

    Paris: Spain's rebuilding following their shambolic World Cup got off to a bad start, failing even to manage a shot on target as France coasted to a 10 win in their friendly on Thursday. France had an effort from Karim Benzema ruled out for offside early in the second half and...
  • France suspends delivery of warship to Russia September 3, 2014

    Paris: France is suspending the delivery of a hulking warship to Russia amid security concerns about Moscow's actions in neighbouring Ukraine, President Francois Hollande's office said on Wednesday. The announcement comes a day before the start of a NATO summit and after months of pressure on France from allies to suspend...
  • Finally, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get married in France; spokesperson confirms the wedding August 28, 2014

    New York: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Correns, France, a spokesman for the couple says. Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a...
  • IMF's Christine Lagarde put under investigation in French fraud case August 27, 2014

    Paris: IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates for alleged negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister. Lagarde was questioned by magistrates in Paris this week for a fourth time under her existing status as a witness in...