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An air strike by Assad's forces on rebel forces in Anadan in  Aleppo province, 3 February
04/02/2016 - FRANCE - US - RUSSIa - SYRIa

IS training camp destroyed in Syria, France claims, slams Assad after peace talks stop

France has announced that its fighter jets took part in an air raid that destroyed a training camp of the Islamic State (IS) armed group in Syria.
Front National vice-president Florian Philippot
02/02/2016 - FRANCE - QATAR - SYRIa

European parliament protects French Front National MEP from Qatar libel suit

The European parliament on Tuesday refused to suspend the parliamentary privilege of French Front National MEP Florian Philippot, thus blocking an attempt by the Gulf state of Qatar to sue him for ...
Residents in the Iraqi town of Sinjar after it was captured fom Islamixc State by Kurdish peshmerga
02/02/2016 - FRANCE - SYRIa

Six arrested in France for planning to join Syria jihadists

Five men and one woman were arrested near the central French city of Lyon on Tuesday, suspected of planning to go to join armed Islamists in Syria.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani meets Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, 25 January 2016.
25/01/2016 - Iran - Italy - France

Iran's Rouhani in Italy, France for first post-sanctions EU trip

Before arriving in France this week to sign business deals and repair a sometimes tense relationship, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is in Italy, the first stop in his first visit to Europe ...
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve
25/01/2016 - FRANCE - European Union - SYRIa

France wants tough action on borders as EU ministers debate migrants, terrorism

As European interior and migration ministers meet in Amsterdam on Monday, France wants action on vetting migrants entering the bloc in the light of the November Paris attacks.

A screenshot of a man referred to as "Ali al-Iraqi" from the video published on 24 January by Islamic State
25/01/2016 - FRANCE - IRAq - SYRIa

Hollande vows to continue anti-terror fight after new IS Paris attacks video

François Hollande has vowed that France would not back down in the fight against terrorism in response to a video released by the Islamic State (IS) armed group on Sunday.
The deal is to be signed when Iran's President Hassan Rouhanis is in Paris next Wednesday, ministers say
24/01/2016 - FRANCE - IRAN

Iran to buy 100+ Airbuses as sanctions end

Iran's national airline is to sign a deal to buy 114 planes from European planemaker Airbus during President Hassan Rouhani's visit to France this week, Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi said on ...
View of Ankara, Turkey
21/01/2016 - International

US Vice President to hold talks with Turkish leaders

US Vice President Joe Biden is due in the Turkish capital, Ankara. Over the next two days Biden will be holding talks with both Turkey's president and prime minister.
Valiollah Seif, governor of Iran's central bank
19/01/2016 - International

Lifting of Iran’s sanctions: not everybody happy.

Iran’s central bank said that it will receive 30 billion Euro worth of unfrozen assets after sanctions were lifted under its nuclear deal.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives for a news conference, Tehran, Iran, 17 January 2016
18/01/2016 - FRANCE - IRAN

Iran’s president to visit France next week

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is to visit France next week. It’s his first trip to Europe after sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme were lifted on Saturday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R)  with Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim Jafari earlier this month
17/01/2016 - FRANCE - IRAN

French companies pitch for Iran business as nuclear sanctions lifted

French companies are hoping to do business with Iran again after the lifting of European sanctions thanks to a long-awaited nuclear deal with global powers.
A portrait  of Marwan Barghouti on israel's separation wall near Ramallah on the West Bank
15/01/2016 - France - Israel - Palestine

Paris press freedom fund-raiser auction scrapped under Israeli pressure

French newspaper Libération and press-freedom campigners Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have cancelled a fund-raising auction because Israel's Paris embassy demanded that one of the works be excluded.

The northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, west of Mosul, in August
14/01/2016 - FRANCE - IRAq - SYRIa

France bombs IS communications centre in Iraq

French fighter jets bombed a communications centre of the Islamic State (IS) armed group in Iraq overnight and have staged seven air strikes since Monday, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on ...
Police at the scene of Istanbul's deadly bombing
13/01/2016 - TURkey

Istanbul bombing: how hard is Turkey fighting islamic State?

In response to the terrorist attack which killed 10 tourists in Istanbul on Tuesday, the Turkish authorities have detained 68 suspects in raids across the country.
French President Francois Hollande welcomes Syrian opposition coordinator Riad Hijab at the Elysee Palace in Paris, 11 January 2016.
11/01/2016 - FRANCE - SYRIA

France's Hollande condemns Syrian regime's 'policy of starving whole cities'

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has called on the Syrian regime to end its siege on rebel-held Madaya, where people are dying of starvation, and says the government and its Russian ally must ...