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Christophe de Margerie: Total’s mustachioed maverick

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:30
Asked in 2010 if oil companies were right to make deals with the world’s despots and dictators, Christophe de Margerie, the boss of Total who died in a plane crash in Russia Monday night, gave a typically unequivocal answer: “bloody right.”

'Criminal negligence' behind crash that killed Total CEO

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 06:04
Russian investigators said Tuesday that "criminal negligence" was behind the plane crash that killed the CEO of French oil giant Total when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport.

Pistorius sentenced to five years over Steenkamp killing

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:22
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for fatally shooting his girlfriend on Valentine's Day of last year and to three years suspended for a firearms offence.

IS jihadists launch new offensive on Syria's Kobane

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:12
Islamic State group militants launched a fresh assault on the Syrian city of Kobane late Monday, a day after the US military began air-dropping weapons to the Kurdish fighters defending the besieged town near the Turkish border.

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 23:05
Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose beautifully made evening wear was beloved by US first ladies, has died at 82, US media reported Monday.

CEO of French oil giant Total killed in Russian plane crash

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:02
The CEO of French oil giant Total SA, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, the company said in a statement.

In photos: the French bookshop seducing New York

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:54
Five years after New York’s last French bookstore closed its doors, the city’s francophones and francophiles are celebrating the opening of a charming new French bookstore on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Sweden on alert amid hunt for mystery 'foreign' submarine

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:05
The Swedish navy stepped up its hunt Monday for a suspected foreign submarine in its waters with fingers pointing at Moscow in a throwback to the Cold War.

UK and Canada race to develop first Ebola vaccine

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:44
News that vaccines to fight Ebola are being developed on both sides of the Atlantic has grabbed global media headlines as the world stands on the precipice of an epidemic. But which laboratory will be the first to get it to market?

France shows UK retailers how to beat competition

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:28
The success of French retailers in stopping the advance of discounters in the last five years shows a way out of the crisis embroiling Britain’s “big four” grocers. Their simple formula: fewer complex promotions and big price cuts across the board.

French president inaugurates new Louis Vuitton art museum

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:41
The Fondation Louis Vuitton contemporary art museum, a massive structure just outside Paris of billowing sails and glass designed by Frank Gehry, was inaugurated by French President François Hollande on Monday.

Turkey to help Iraqi Kurds join battle for Syria’s Kobane

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:02
In an apparent u-turn, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that his country would allow Iraqi Kurdish forces to cross the Syrian border into the besieged town of Kobane to help defend it against Islamic State militants.

French journalists on trial in Indonesia for illegal reporting

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:53
Two French journalists were due in court Monday in the eastern Indonesian island of Papua on charges of “abusive use of entry visas” following their arrest in August for shooting a report on a local separatist movement.

EU ministers meet to coordinate Ebola response

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00
European foreign ministers gather in Luxembourg Monday to try and formulate a coordinated EU response to the spread of the Ebola virus amid warnings the crisis has reached a "tipping point".

US airdrops supplies to Kurds battling IS militants in Kobane

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 23:27
US military aircraft dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies late on Sunday to Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State (IS) group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in the Syrian border city of Kobane.

Video: Turkey ‘turns blind eye’ to border-crossing jihadists

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 23:07
It’s a scene Turkish activist Sehbal Senyurt has grown accustomed to witnessing.

Hong Kong crisis deepens after weekend clashes

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:13
A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week on Monday, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police.

Spanish Ebola nurse tests negative for virus

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 13:28
The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests in a Madrid hospital, becoming the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa, appears to have overcome the deadly disease, the government said on Sunday.

In pictures: Runners brave heavy smog at Beijing Marathon

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 08:47
Tens of thousands of runners braved heavy smog at the 34th Beijing International Marathon on Sunday, where pollution levels soared to 16 times the recommended level.

Lebanon puts brakes on Syrian refugee entry

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 08:42
Lebanon has all but sealed its borders to refugees fleeing Syria's bitter civil war, overwhelmed by an influx of over one million people who have fled the fighting, officials said Saturday.