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Europe court dismisses claim Omagh bombing trial was 'unfair'

Strasbourg - Europe's top rights court on Thursday dismissed an attempt by two men held liable for the 1998 Omagh bombing, the worst atrocity of the Northern Ireland Troubles, to have the civil ruling against them overturned.

Watchdog condemns Iran journalist's 10-year sentence

Paris - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned a decision by an Iranian appeals court to uphold a 10-year jail sentence against journalist and human rights activist Narges Mohammadi.

VW working hard to get through 'dieselgate'

Paris - Volkswagen boss Matthias Mueller said Wednesday that the troubled German automaker is using "all available resources" to work its way through the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal which has engulfed it.

Sarkozy comeback bid hits turbulence as scandals stack up

Paris - Nicolas Sarkozy's campaign to win back the French presidency hit turbulence this week, as a spurned ex-advisor tore into him and a Libyan official claimed late dictator Moamer Kadhafi provided millions towards his 2007 campaign.

Paris to host international meeting on Libya next week

Paris - France will host an international meeting on strife-ridden Libya next week featuring several countries in the region including Egypt and Gulf states, the French government's spokesman said.

Calais migrants struggle with language barrier

Calais - For the cocktail of languages heard on the dirt streets of the Calais "Jungle" take a dollop of Dari, add a pinch of Amharic and Arabic, and sprinkle liberally with Punjabi, Pashto, Kurdish, Tigrinya and Farsi.

Raucous scenes as Air France 'shirt-ripping' trial opens

Bobigny - Cheers and jeers marked the start of the trial on Tuesday of 15 people over a confrontation in which Air France workers angry over planned layoffs left two executives with their shirts shredded.

Man in 60s wounds two in France supermarket shooting

Versailles - A man in his sixties opened fire on shoppers outside a supermarket near Paris on Monday, severely injuring two people before fleeing the scene, police sources said.

Paris bans cars along part of River Seine

Paris - Strollers and cyclists can breathe easy on the banks of the Seine after Paris on Monday approved a plan to ban cars on a long stretch of riverside road cutting across the city.

Hollande vows to raze Calais migrant camp by year-end

Calais - French President Francois Hollande said Monday the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais would be dismantled by the end of this year under a plan to spread asylum seekers around the country.

Rosetta: The end of a space odyssey

Paris - Europe's trailblazing deep-space comet exploration for clues to the origins of the Solar System ends Friday with the Rosetta orbiter joining robot lab Philae on the iceball's dusty surface for eternity.The 1.4-billion-euro ($1.

France asks Switzerland to hand over 45,000 UBS accounts: report

Paris - French tax authorities have asked Switzerland to hand over client information for some 45,000 bank accounts as part of a probe into alleged tax fraud, Le Parisien daily said Monday.

Phantom of the Opera 'curse' hits as fire menaces Paris debut

Paris - The curse of the "The Phantom of the Opera" appears to have struck again with a fire at a Paris theatre on Sunday which is threatening to derail the musical's debut in France next month.

Two teenage girls held in France over 'terror plot'

Paris - Two teenage girls from the French city of Nice are being held on suspicion of planning an attack directed by a notorious Syria-based French jihadist, a source close to the investigation said Sunday.

'No camps in France,' vows Hollande, under rightwing pressure

Tours - President Francois Hollande, under pressure from the right wing, on Saturday stepped up his pledge to combat illegal migration, vowing to dismantle a squalid settlement near Calais and prevent similar camps from becoming established in France.

Chirac remains ill in hospital, wife discharged

Paris - Former French president Jacques Chirac remains in hospital in Paris where he is being treated for a lung infection, while his wife Bernadette has been discharged after four days recovering from "exhaustion", their family said Saturday.

Africa's disputed elections

Paris - Gabon's disputed election, which culminated Saturday with the constitutional court's confirmation of President Ali Bongo's victory, is the latest in a long list of violence-tinged ballots in Africa:- Ivory Coast -After a five-month-standoff, incumbent ...

French 'rogue trader' Kerviel's legal rollercoaster

Paris - A French appeal court on Friday ordered "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel to pay one million euros ($1.2 million) to his former employer, Societe Generale, one of France's top three banks.

French 'rogue trader' Kerviel must pay 1.0 mn euros to bank

Versailles - A French appeals court on Friday ordered "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel to pay a million euros to Societe Generale over the nearly five billion euros he squandered through his reckless risk-taking.

Belgian police helped migrants cross French border: officials

Lille - Two Belgian policemen were arrested for helping a group of migrants return to France after they wound up in Belgium by mistake while heading to Calais, officials said Thursday.
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