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US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro meet at Nelson Mandela's funeral in 2013
27/02/2015 - Report. US - Cuba

US, Cuba meet to discuss reopening embassies after 54-year freeze

Delegations from Cuba and the United States were to meet in Washington DC on Friday to discuss the second round in moves to restore diplomatic relations - the opening of embassies in their respective ...
Georges Ibrahim Abdallah
27/02/2015 - France - Lebanon - Israel - Palestinian Territories

French court rules Lebanese left-winger Abdallah must stay in jail

A French court on Thursday rejected for the ninth time a request for the release of Lebanese pro-Palestinian left-winger, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, who was jailed in France for 30 years for killing ...

African press review 19 February 2015

Inflation down in South Africa, protests in Egypt and protocol and titles in Kenya - some of the stories in African papers today ...

Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives at the court in Lille
17/02/2015 - France

Prosecutor calls for unconditional discharge for Strauss-Kahn in French pimping case

French public prosecutors have called for an unconditional discharge for former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the case of pimping brought against him in Lille, northern France.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces the cameras outside the court in Lille
17/02/2015 - France

Ex-prostitutes drop civil cases against Strauss-Kahn ahead of prosecution’s summing-up

Two ex-prostitutes yesterday dropped a civil suit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn who is standing trial for pimping in France, their lawyer said.
How to make music with two bugs and an elevator, composer Nissim Schaul reveals
15/02/2015 - World music matters

How to make music with two bugs and an elevator, composer Nissim Schaul reveals

When he isn’t writing music for bicycle bells on the move, avant-garde music composer Nissim Schaul uses his computer to create new repertoires for Baroque instruments like harpsichord, ...
French Rafale jets in hangars.

United States downplays Egyptian-French fighter jet deal

Egypt is looking to limit its historical dependence on American-made military equipment by diversifying its purchases, starting in France with possible future deals further east in Russia or ...
Mourad Benchellali.
11/02/2015 - Report: France

How I resisted jihadist temptation - French ex-Guantanamo prisoner speaks

Mourad Benchellali spent 30 months in the US army’s Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.
Sigfox executive Anne Lauvergeon, who used to head nuclear giant Areva
11/02/2015 - France - United States

French internet-of-things company Sigfox raises 100 million euros for world conquest

French company Sigfox has raised a record 100 million euros (115 million dollars) to launch its internet-of-things business in the United States, Asia and Latin America.
Hepatitis C is transmitted through the blood
10/02/2015 - France

French NGO contests European patent for US-made hepatitis drug

A French NGO is to contest a European patent for a US-made hepatitis drug on the grounds that its cost is exorbitant.