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France, UAE Launch Fund to Protect Monuments in Conflict Areas

DOHA, Dec 3 – France and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday launched a $100 million fund to protect heritage sites threatened by extremism and conflict after the destruction last month of an ancient palace by Daesh militants in Iraq. The fund, announced at an Abu Dhabi conference attended by President Francois Hollande and Abu

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France Calls for UN Security Council Meeting on Aleppo

By John Irish PARIS, Nov 29 – French foreign affairs minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called on Tuesday for an immediate United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which has been devastated by fighting. “More than ever before, we need to urgently put in place means to end the

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Shell CEO Expects no Valuation Hit From Climate Accord

AMSTERDAM, Nov 26 – Royal Dutch Shell expects to pump out all the fossil fuel reserves listed on its balance sheet, its chief executive said, dismissing concerns that production limits in the wake of the Paris climate accord could hit the energy giant’s valuation. In an interview with Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, Ben van

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Daesh Directed Suspects in Planning Attacks in France – prosecutor

PARIS, Nov 25 – Five suspects, arrested in France on suspicion of planning attacks on security targets in and around the French capital, were directed remotely by Daesh in Iraq and Syria, the Paris prosecutor said on Friday. Authorities said earlier this week that attacks had been planned for Dec. 1 against police and intelligence

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France says Foiled Terror Attack, Arrested Seven

By Gérard Bon PARIS, Nov 21 – France said on Monday it had foiled a possible militant attack after detaining seven people, including some who had been in the ranks of Daesh in Syria. The arrests come a year after a state of emergency was imposed to counter a wave of Islamist attacks, and at

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France asks Coalition to Launch Offensive to Surround Raqqa

PARIS, Nov 18 – France has asked a U.S.-led coalition to launch an offensive to surround the Daesh’s Syrian bastion of Raqqa in order to prevent movements of jihadists between Mosul and Raqqa, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said on Friday. “There is no offensive yet, but forces are deployed there in a bid

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Hollande awards France’s Legion of Honour to U.N.’s Ban Ki-moon

PARIS, Nov 18 – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon received the Legion of Honour from French President Francois Hollande on Thursday for his contributions to tackling climate change. The South Korean diplomat helped push through the 2015 Paris Agreement, a deal aimed at moving away from fossil fuels to cleaner energies that was signed

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France Begins Transferring Calais Child Migrants to Reception Centres

CALAIS, France, Nov 2  – France began moving about 1,500 unaccompanied child migrants from the site of a demolished camp to reception centres across the country on Wednesday, as a feud with Britain over who takes care of the youths dragged on. The first busload departed at around 08:30 a.m. (0730 GMT) and was headed

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Police Swoop on Paris Migrant Camp After Calais Jungle Clearout

By Johnny Cotton and Emmanuel Jarry PARIS, Oct 31  – French riot police swooped on an illegal migrant camp in northeastern Paris just after dawn on Monday, sparking a brief standoff at a site where numbers have soared since the closure of the Jungle camp in the northern port city of Calais. The operation, largely

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