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Hot air? Study finds bikram no healthier than other yoga

Paris - Practiced in rooms heated to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), bikram yoga is no better for your health than other, cooler forms of the ancient discipline, scientists said on Friday.

Macron sees IS military defeat in Syria, Iraq within 'weeks'

Toulon - French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq would be defeated militarily "in the coming weeks," as he laid out plans for bolstering France's defence capabilities.

Tensions rise as new inmate attack fuels French prison strikes

Paris - French police fired tear gas to break up a picket line of striking prison guards at Europe's biggest prison on Friday, as a fresh assault by inmates on staff at a facility in Corsica fuelled demands for better security.

French police scuffle with striking guards at Europe's largest jail

Bois - French police fired tear gas to break up a picket line of striking prison guards outside Europe's biggest prison on Friday as unions pressed a fourth day of strikes across France over security concerns.

US to overtake Saudi as crude oil producer: IEA

Paris - The United States are set to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's number two oil producer after Russia this year, as shale companies, attracted by rising prices, ramp up drilling, the International Energy Agency said on Friday.

Rocky start for Alzheimer's drug research in 2018

Paris - The year 2018, barely underway, has already dealt a series of disheartening blows to the quest for an Alzheimer's cure.

France's 'Black Widow' gets 22-year jail term

Nice - A French woman dubbed the "Black Widow of the Riviera" was jailed for 22-years Thursday for poisoning four wealthy elderly men, two of whom died.

Wave of resignations hits governing Alliance Francaise Foundation

Paris - More than a third of senior administrators at the governing foundation of France's Alliance Francaise, a worldwide network promoting French language and culture, announced on Thursday their resignation over a budgetary spat.

Human Rights Watch hails resistance to Trump-style populism

Paris - The policies of US President Donald Trump and his embrace of populist strongmen have dealt a blow to rights campaigns around the world but resistance is building, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

'Nobody should be forcibly returned to Libya': HRW chief

Paris - European authorities should not be sending migrants trying to reach the continent back to Libya until the security situation there has stabilised, the chief of Human Rights Watch said.

Despite reforms, Saudi women still silenced: rights groups

Paris - Despite enjoying some newfound freedoms such as the right to attend a football match, Saudi women, particularly rights activists, continue to be silenced, two rights groups said Wednesday.

Brigitte Bardot slams #MeToo 'publicity-seeking' actresses

Paris - French film legend Brigitte Bardot attacked the #MeToo movement Wednesday, claiming that actresses who complain of sexual harassment were just looking for publicity.

Men treated as dogs and pigs in Paris catwalk shows

Paris - Paris men's fashion week began in earnest Wednesday with two collections showing what dogs and pigs men can be, as the industry reels from a new sexual harassment scandal.

EU accuses Russia of 'orchestrated' disinformation campaign

Strasbourg - The European Union on Wednesday accused Russia of pumping out thousands of pieces of disinformation in an "orchestrated strategy" aimed at destabilising the bloc.

France and Britain's Le Touquet Treaty on migration - key points

Paris - The 15-year-old Treaty of Le Touquet between France and Britain on migration controls has resulted in massive bottlenecks of migrants stranded on the French side of the border.

France to clear decade-old airport protest camp

Paris - France scrapped controversial plans Wednesday for a new Atlantic coast airport and vowed to evict hundreds of environmental protesters who have lived in an anti-capitalist commune on the sprawling site for almost a decade.

France ditches plans for divisive west coast airport

Paris - The French government on Wednesday formally abandoned decades-old plans for a controversial new airport on the west coast that became a site of resistance for environmental activists.

Irish PM denies 'plot' against Brexit

Strasbourg - Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar denied on Wednesday that the EU was conspiring to reverse the Brexit vote after a series of top figures held the door open for Britain to change its mind.

France, Britain to unveil 'new treaty' on migrants

Paris - France and Britain plan to announce Thursday a new treaty on how to handle the thousands of migrants hoping to cross the English Channel from the northern French coast, as the two countries look to bolster relations as Brexit looms.

Macron's tapestry gesture risks rousing Anglo-French rivalry

Paris - In a gesture of abiding friendship, or perhaps a subtle act of diplomatic trolling, French President Emmanuel Macron will offer to loan Britain the famed Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the French conquest of England, during his visit to the UK on Thursday....
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