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Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere reveals 'crazy' life after winning the crown: I didn't expect to win.

French model beat Miss Haiti and Colombia to win the Miss Universe 2016 beauty pageant.

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PSA Peugeot Citroen profits up as it eyes buy of GM's Opel.

PARIS " French carmaker PSA Group saw its profits jump last year and is giving dividends for the first time since 2011, burnishing its image as it weighs a buyout of General Motors' money-losing European operations.While revenues...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

What poison could have killed Kim's brother?.

Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, collapsed shortly after two women shoved a cloth in his face and died before reaching a hospital. But what toxin could have acted so fast? Pierre Champy, a chemist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, examines how the murder could The post ...

- The Japan Times - JP

From war to peace and now prosperity in rural Vietnam.

Now 82 years old, Tran Van Quy speaks haltingly as he reminisces about the past. “I have lived through two wars – against the French and the Americans. The fighting started when I was only eight years old so I never went to school. “We suffered more with the French; they killed men and raped women. The ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Europe's Critical Elections.

Upcoming elections in the Netherlands, France, and Germany will be held in what is arguably the most febrile political environment since the European Union's creation.

- AzerNews - AZ

Global stocks ease after records, dollar gains.

Global stocks pulled back from record highs yesterday while the dollar rose ahead of minutes from the US Federal Reserve's January policy meeting, which could offer clues about the next interest rate rise. A stronger greenback weighed down oil, metal and other commodity prices. US and German bond yields initially fell on ...

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Watch: Malta may ask France to permanently return de Valette's dagger.

A request to the French authorities to hand over the de Valette dagger for keeps, to have it on permanent display in Malta, is not being excluded by the government. The dagger and an ornamental sword – both given to Grand Master Jean de Valette by King Philip II of Spain shortly after the Great Siege of 1565 in ...

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German business morale brightens despite Trump, Brexit and French vote.

German business morale was surprisingly buoyant this month, a survey showed yesterday, supporting expectations of a robust start to 2017 in Germany and the eurozone despite worries about US trade policies, Brexit and the French election. The sentiment survey, published by the Ifo institute yesterday, was another sign that ...

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Digital challenger bank Monzo's just raised millions more and plans fresh crowdfunding.

Digital challenger bank Monzo has landed a new multimillion pound round of funding from fresh investors valuing it at £65m. The startup, which is seeking to disrupt traditional banking with online-only services, will combine the investment with a fresh round of crowdfunding following huge demand from private investors last ...

- City AM - UK

What you need to know before the open.

  ​Today's top story: Unilever share price rises as it reveals plans for business review in wake of collapsed Kraft Heinz deal Today's leader: Experts are vital, but so is scepticism and debate - take it from the Bank of England's Minouche Shafik   As investors await another slew of corporate earnings reports ...

- City AM - UK

French artist to live enclosed in block of stone for a week.

French artist Abraham Poincheval embarks on a new feat by enclosing himself inside a block of stone for a week

- GulfNews - AE

Marine Le Pen could face fraud charges as 2 of her top aides detained - media

Two senior aides to Marine Le Pen have been taken into police custody as part of the fraud inquiry that could see the far-right French presidential candidate jailed for up to 10 years, according to The Sun.


PSA Peugeot Citroen profits up as it eyes buy of GM's Opel

PARIS " French carmaker the PSA Group saw its profits jump last year and is giving dividends for the first time since 2011, burnishing its image as it weighs a buyout of General Motors' European operations.While revenues last...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Montreal police fabricate evidence to intimidate officers, suspects: ex-cop

Two ex-Montreal police officers said on French-language network TVA that members of the force fabricated evidence against them

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Le Pen increases first round lead in French election: poll

PARIS - French far right leader Marine Le Pen has increased her lead in the first round of France's presidential election, though she is still seen being beaten by a wide margin in the runoff, a BVA-Salesforce poll published on Thursday showed.

- Reuters - US

Only 2 Cities Are Still Bidding to Host 2024 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee is due to meet in September to vote on the site of the 2024 Olympics—but if one more city drops out, they won't need to. The Hungarian government confirmed Wednesday that Budapest's bid has been withdrawn, leaving Paris and Los Angeles as the only remaining...

- Newser - US

Interview with Dang Xuan Dieu, a reporter with Vietnam Redemptorist News who was jailed for over five years before being exiled to France

Shawn W. Crispin / Committee to Protect Journalists: Interview with Dang Xuan Dieu, a reporter with Vietnam Redemptorist News who was jailed for over five years before being exiled to France  —  Vietnamese journalist and religious activist Dang Xuan Dieu was granted early release January 12 from a 13-year prison ...

- Mediagazer - US

French small-cap investors keep their cool

Political risk played down after Brexit vote and Italian referendum outcomes

- Financial Times - US

Macron magic loses lustre for diverse support base

Poll gains for French presidential contender undone by contentious comments

- Financial Times - US

ESA affirms Open Access policy for images, videos and data

Paris Feb 22, 2017 ESA has announced it has adopted an Open Access policy for its content such as still images, videos and selected sets of data. For more than two decades, ESA has been sharing vast amounts of information, imagery and data with scientists, industry, media and the public at large via digital platforms such ...

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The brightest, furthest pulsar in the Universe

Paris Feb 22, 2017 ESA's XMM-Newton has found a pulsar - the spinning remains of a once-massive star - that is a thousand times brighter than previously thought possible. The pulsar is also the most distant of its kind ever detected, with its light travelling 50 million light-years before being detected by XMM-Newton. ...

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Centrist French Contender Throws in with Macron

The unpredictable French presidential election has taken a new turn in favor of independent candidate Emmanuel Macron.

- The American Interest - US

Latvia completes ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement - The Baltic Times

Latvia has completed ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has announced on his ......

- The Baltic Times - US

2017 could be a turning point for European integration – but not in the way you think

There can be little doubt that this year's elections in Germany and France may determine the future of the European Union. For nearly a decade now, the EU has been facing unprecedented challenges, from the euro crisis and the influx of migrants to Brexit and the rise of nationalism. On their own, any one of these crises ...

- The Conversation - UK

Why Emmanuel Macron's chances of becoming French president just went up

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron had reason to cheer on Wednesday when fellow centrist and veteran French politician François Bayrou chose to offer his endorsement rather than throwing his own hat into the ring.

- The Local - INT

French mocking of alt-right's 'Paris no-go zones' would be funny if it wasn't so serious

Once again talk of Paris "no go zones" in the British tabloid newspapers and far-right media sites in the US has prompted ridicule and concern in France. But it's no laughing matter.

- The Local - INT

France and Canada: 58th and 59th countries to endorse Safe Schools Declaration

Education International has welcomed the move by France and Canada to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration, committing themselves to protect students, teachers, schools, and universities during times of war.

- Education International - BE

Amnesty chief urges France to 'stay true to its values'

This year, London-based Amnesty International took the unusual step of unveiling its much-awaited annual report in France. Amnesty Secretary-General Salil Shetty explains why France is under the human rights spotlight and what it means for the international community.

- France24 - FR

French parliament unveils list of assistants amid Fillon 'fake jobs' probe

France's lower-house National Assembly on Wednesday published a full list of lawmakers and their assistants in the wake of a 'fake jobs' scandal that has rocked François Fillon's presidential campaign.

- France24 - FR

Le Pen aide placed under formal investigation in graft probe

The personal assistant of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was charged Wednesday in a deepening scandal over "fake jobs" at the European Parliament.

- France24 - FR

French centrist Bayrou rallies behind presidential hopeful Macron

Centrist politician François Bayrou on Wednesday announced he would not stand as a candidate in France's upcoming presidential election, offering instead to form an alliance with independent Emmanuel Macron.

- France24 - FR

Scrap the utopian net migration target for the realistic system we all want

Across the West, we are experiencing a growing cultural clash between liberals and traditionalists. It was encapsulated by Clinton versus Trump, and now by Macron against Le Pen in France. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair recognised this 10 years ago, saying: “The real dividing line to think of in modern politics has ...

- City AM - UK

Sports round-up

Tennis: Top seed Kei Nishikori crashed out of the Rio de Janeiro Open yesterday after suffering a 6-4 6-3 first-round loss to Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci. The Japanese world number five, who was stunned by unseeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the Argentina Open final two days ago, was broken in the first game en route to ...

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Smith wins toss, opts to bat against India

Australia skipper Steven Smith won the toss and elected to bat against India in the first cricket Test at MCA stadium, here today.India have preferred spinner Jayant Yadav over paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar along with main spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Australia have fielded two specialist spinners in Nathon Lyon and ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could replace Mike Francesa on WFAN

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie once had his eyes set on the highest attainable office for a public servant: the Oval Office. When that didn't work out, he set his eyes on the second highest: the vice presidency. That didn't quite work out either. After a couple false starts along the way , Christie might finally be looking ...

- The Week - US

France finds a champion of the centre in Emmanuel Macron

Once considered an outsider, the former banker who strongly supports the EU is now favoured in polls to win the presidential election in May

- The Globe and Mail - CA

No hate crime charges in robbery of French Jewish couple

French prosecutors reference to hate crimes from indictment of four men suspected of rape and robbery of Jewish home in Paris suburb.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Budapest to Withdraw Bid to Host 2024 Summer Olympics

Budapest will withdraw its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, leaving only Los Angeles and Paris in the race.Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs confirmed the withdrawal to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The joint decision by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos ...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Greece charges cleric with child refugees sexual abuse

Police arrest 52-year-old French accused of molesting unaccompanied refugee minors after offering them food and shelter.

- Al Jazeera - QA

French artist Abraham Poincheval entombs himself in boulder

Poincheval will stay inside the 20-tonne limestone rock for a week to experience "geological time".

- BBC - UK

Judge drops hate crimes charges in rape and robbery of French Jewish couple

, French prosecutors dropped hate crime charges in the case of four men suspected of rape and robbery at a suburban Paris home they acknowledged was targeted because it belonged to Jews. The magistrate responsible for conducting the investigative hearing that precedes a criminal trial decided against including hate crime ...

- JTA - US

Le Pen plots return of the franc

If Marine Le Pen has her way, the French will soon pay for their baguettes with francs, not euros.

- The Daily Star - LB

Spare us your tripe

Election polls in France resemble a yo-yo gone wild, with candidates' chances hit by everything from scandal to challenges from within their own parties.

- The Daily Star - LB

Europe's critical elections: Why the populists must lose

Upcoming elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany will be held in what is arguably the most febrile political environment since the European Union's creation.

- The Daily Star - LB

Reuters Video: Princess Diana exhibit charts her life through fashion

An exhibition at Kensington Palace charts the life of Princess Diana through her changing style and iconic outfits, 20 years after the tragic car crash that killed her in Paris in 1997. Mia Womersley reports. — Reuters

- The Malay Mail - MY

Marine Le Pen's aides under investigation

, Feb. 23: The chief staff of French leader Marine Le Pen was put under formal investigation after a day of questioning over the alleged misuse of European Union funds to pay parliamentary assistants.According to CNN, Catherine Griset and Le Pen's bodyguard, Thierry Legier, are alleged to have been paid for non-existent ...

- Sify - IN

Top Aide to France’s Le Pen is Held in Payments Inquiry

Catherine Griset, chief of staff for the presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, is being investigated over accusations that European Union money was misused.

- New York Times - US

Macron's Campaign Gets Boost as Centrist Leader Declines to Run

Emmanuel Macron's campaign for president of France received a boost after the leader of a centrist political party said he wouldn't run in the election.

- Wall Street Journal - US

New exhibition of Princess Diana's dresses

A new exhibition celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, will open at Kensington Palace in London on Friday, 20 years after her death in a Paris car crash at the age of 36.         


Le Pen aide charged in European Parliament jobs probe

A top aide of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has been handed preliminary charges in an investigation into money spent on her party's European Parliament assistants.

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