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French president attends memorial for Daesh-slain priest.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered an impassioned speech Wednesday after a Mass marking one year since the killing of a local French priest by two 19-year-old Islamic extremists who pledged loyalty to Daesh

- The Daily Star - LB

French justice minister won't act on Halimi 'cover up' trial.

Trial against Muslim who murdered French Jewish woman refuses to acknowledge anti-Semitic intent despite evidence to the contrary.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Rihanna meets French president Macron to address education.

Rihanna met French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the pop star's charity activities in healthcare and education.

- IOL - ZA

A night on the Orient Express.

Entrepreneur to offer an experience of the legendary line in French museum

- The Hindu - IN

Al Gore on 'Inconvenient Sequel,' Trump, and the environment.

NEW YORK " Al Gore admits he was frustrated upon hearing the news last month that President Trump was pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, but since then he's become more optimistic.Gore worried that a U.S. withdrawal from...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Catholic priest killed by ISIS remembered in memorial marking year since attack.

An emotionally-charged mass Wednesday -- attended by French President Emmanuel Macron -- marked one year since the brutal murder of a Catholic priest whose throat was slit by two 19-year-old ISIS terrorists.

- FOX News - US

Algeria busts Daesh cell led by veteran militant: security source.

Algerian police have broken up a Daesh cell led by a former al-Qaeda commander convicted in France more than a decade ago for planning an attempted bombing in Strasbourg, a security source said on Wednesday

- The Daily Star - LB

Group of nations urge UN Security Council to act to ensure access for Syrian aid.

The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and other nations are demanding the U.N. Security Council takes action to ensure aid convoys reach millions of needy Syrians, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Monaco ready to resist new bid for Thomas Lemar from Arsenal.

Arsenal have been told to forget about signing prime target Thomas Lemar this summer, with Monaco’s vice president Vadim Vasilyev insisting they will not sell the France midfielder. The Gunners are expected to test Monaco’s resolve again before the transfer window closes, having already seen two bids of more ...

- City AM - UK

Normandy Four running on empty.

Recent negotiations over the phone between the Norman Quartet leaders have left all participants holding their ground and pursuing their own vision of how to move toward the implementation of the Minsk...


Police used pepper spray on migrants in Calais - HRW.

Human Rights Watch denounces abuse by French police


Italy 'follows UN on Libya', FM tells French counterpart

After Macron initiative


ANSA presents InfoMIgrants, a closer look at migration

Launch of EU website with French and German partners

- ANSA - IT | Libyan rivals agree in France to cease-fire, elections

Two rival Libyan leaders have committed themselves to a cease-fire, working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and finding a roadmap to secure lawless Libya against terrorism and trafficking of all kinds.

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New US anti-Russia sanctions 'appear at odds with intl. law'

New US sanctions against Iran, Russia and North Korea "appear at odds with international law due to their extra-territorial reach." This is according to the French Foreign Ministry, cited by Reuters on Wednesday.

- B92 - SK

'Essential' Thomas Lemar will stay at Monaco amid sustained Arsenal interest

Vadim Vasilyev adamant that French international and Fabinho are not leaving the principality.

- - UK

France fires: Someone has set up a Gofundme page for hero firefighters on just €8-a-hour

Forest fires have been ravaging the Southern region of France since July 15

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Barman charged with theft remanded in custody

A 30-year old barman has been remanded in custody after denying his role in the theft of an iPad, a computer and two suitcases belonging to a foreign resident. French national Salah M'Raoui was arraigned today over charges of being part of an aggravated theft which took place on July 20. The man was further charged with ...

- - MT

Thousands evacuated as wildfires spread in France

Firefighters evacuated thousands of campers and local residents after a wildfire broke out on France's tourist-thronged Riviera coast overnight.

- RTE - IE

France to nationalize shipyard if Italy refuses offer

FRANCE said yesterday it would nationalize the STX France shipyard if Italy does not accept its offer to split STX’s capital equally, putting down a marker on the limits of economic liberalism under new President Emmanuel Macron. The threat raises the stakes in a standoff with Rome over the shipyard’s fate, the ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Wildfires lay waste to hillsides along French Riviera, 12,000 evacuated

French authorities ordered the evacuation of up to 12,000 people around a picturesque hilltop town in the southern Cote d'Azur region as fires hop-scotched around the Mediterranean coast for a third day.

- Stuff - NZ

Bienvenue! French zoo announces first ever panda pregnancy

SAINT-AIGNAN-SUR-CHER, July 26 — Delighted French zoo officials were bursting with joy today at the news their female panda is pregnant — a first for France. A scan by zoo vets on Wednesday revealed that Huan Huan, on loan to Beauval zoo in...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Neymar PSG switch doubts grow in Barcelona

MADRID, July 26 — Confusion surrounding the Neymar-Paris Saint-Germain transfer saga was rife in Barcelona today, with the player staying silent on his future. Doubts, doubts and more doubts,' ran the headline on the front page of Catalan...

- The Malay Mail - MY

No Real deal for Mbappe insist Monaco

MONACO, July 26 — Monaco said today that no deal with Real Madrid has been reached for teenage French international striker Kylian Mbappe. Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev also said in a press conference the principality club were in...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Wildfire forces mass evacuation in southern France, over 10,000 people moved out

At least 10,000 people were evacuated overnight after a new wild fire broke out in southern France, which was already battling massive blazes that have consumed swathes of forest, authorities said today.

- Zee News - IN

10-nation Indian Ocean Naval Symposium ends in Pakistan

Islamabad, July 26 The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium working group's meeting on Information Sharing & Interoperability, hosted by the Pakistan Navy, concluded on Wednesday.The IONS is a multinational forum established in 2008. Pakistan became a member of the forum in March 2014.Currently chaired by the Pakistan Navy, the ...

- Sify - IN

Guardian: Kremlin says new sanctions are sad news for US-Russia relations

Proposed new US sanctions against Russia are an extremely unfriendly act and sad news for Russia-US relations, the Kremlin has said. France, Germany and the EU also criticised the sanctions amid concerns that the measures could affect European businesses. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European commission, warned the ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

France angers Italy with threat to nationalise shipyard

Italians have until Thursday to decide on a 50/50 ownership deal for STX

- Financial Times - US

The daily business briefing: July 26, 2017

1. The British government said Wednesday that it would ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2040 in the latest move by public officials and automakers to embrace electric vehicles and ditch the traditional internal-combustion engine. France made a similar announcement two weeks ago, and Volvo recently said it ...

- The Week - US

Cosmologists produce new maps of dark matter dynamics

Portsmouth UK Jul 26, 2017 New maps of dark matter dynamics in the Universe have been produced by a team of international cosmologists. Using advanced computer modelling techniques, the research team has translated the distribution of galaxies into detailed maps of matter streams and velocities for the first time. The ...

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Vega to launch two Earth Observation Satellites for Italy, Israel and France

Kourou, French Guiana Jul 26, 2017 For its eighth launch of the year, and the 10th Vega mission since this launcher began its career at the Guiana Space Center in 2012, Arianespace will orbit two Earth observation satellites for civil and military applications: OPTSAT-3000 for the Italian Ministry of Defence; and Venus, a ...

- - US

Turbulence in planetary cores excited by tides

Paris, France Jul 26, 2017 Veritable shields against high-energy particles, planets' magnetic fields are produced by iron moving in their liquid core. Yet the dominant model for explaining this system does not fit the smallest celestial bodies. Researchers at the Institut de Recherche sur les Phenomenes Hors Equilibre and ...

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Wildfires Force Thousands to Evacuate in Southern France

At least 10,000 people were forced to flee after a fire started near the town of Bormes-les-Mimosas, as summer blazes raged across the region.

- International NY Times - US

Organizations expect to fail if digital transformation is unsuccessful

Enterprises are investing heavily in digital transformation projects, with 83 percent of senior IT leaders spending up to $10 million on them in the past year. Yet, 54 percent believe their company will be out-innovated and may fail in under five years according to the findings of a new survey from NoSQL data platform ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

New petrol and diesel cars face UK ban by 2040

Michael Gove prepares to follow lead set by France two weeks ago

- Financial Times - US

French president attends memorial for IS-slain priest

French President Emmanuel Macron has spoken at an emotionally-charged mass to mark one year since the killing of a local French priest by two 19-year-old Islamic extremists.

- FOX News - US

French leader plays peacemaker, hosting top Libyan rivals

LA CELLE SAINT-CLOUD, France " President Emmanuel Macron opened meetings on Tuesday with the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya, trying to play peacemaker for a country where the stakes are high for both Europe and Africa.The...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Refugees on the Pass of Death between Italy and France

On the path with young Eritrean refugees hiking from Italy to France along the Cote D'Azure.

- Al Jazeera - QA

France Is Not Happy With Nolan's Dunkirk

The hot movie of the moment is Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk , which retells the story of the evacuation of allied troops from the French city of that name during World War II. But this was an epic evacuation, with more than 333,000 mostly British and French soldiers rescued from the...

- Newser - US

Italy Loses Patience With France’s Macron Over Migrants, Libya

In the first flush of enthusiasm for France’s Emmanuel Macron, the fresh young politician who upended French politics and snatched his country’s presidency this year, Italian politicians were no different from European counterparts in seeing him as a JFK-type figure who'd help Europe overcome major challenges ...

- Voice of America - US

Security Source: Algeria Busts Islamic State Cell Led by Veteran Militant

Algerian police have broken up an Islamic State militant cell led by a former al-Qaida commander convicted in France more than a decade ago for planning an attempted bombing in Strasbourg, a security source said on Wednesday. Mohamed Yacine Aknouche, 43, was once a Europe-based affiliate of Algeria's Islamic Armed Group , ...

- Voice of America - US

Wildfires Along French Riviera Coast Force Evacuation of Thousands

Firefighters in France have intensified their efforts to control a wildfire that began sweeping through parts of the Riviera coast Tuesday night and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. The fire is the most recent of several wind-fueled blazes that are consuming forests and scrublands between Marseilles and the ...

- Voice of America - US

Ariane 6 & Vega C Rockets Will Secure Independent Space Access for Europe

Ariane 6 launch facilities are under construction in French Guiana along the Vega rocket is getting a n will increase the capabilities of the the space agency and European launch industry.

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Wildfires force French Riviera evacuation of thousands

Wildfires on the French Riviera forced the evacuation of about 12,000 people overnight, local police said.

- UPI - US

Dramatic photos show how huge wildfires are ravaging France, forcing 10,000 people from their homes

ABACA/PA Images Southern areas of France have been ravaged by wildfire over the past few days, as several enormous areas of countryside caught fire at once. Tens of thousands of acres caught fire during the course of this week, as firefighters wage a running battle to keep the blazes under control. The worst of the burning ...

- Business Insider - US

Britain to Ban New Diesel and Gas Cars by 2040

The move, which follows similar announcements by France, India and Norway, is the latest part of a growing push toward the use of electric vehicles.

- New York Times - US

Police are searching for a lioness heading towards Brittany in France

The cat was spotted by several witnesses.

- - UK

Neymar advises PSG to sign Philippe Coutinho or Alexis Sanchez ahead of Barcelona departure

Brazil international braced to complete £195m move to the French capital.

- - UK

In pictures: Wind-whipped wildfires rage across southern Europe

Fires have ravaged tinder-dry vegetation in France, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Croatia and Montenegro and across southern Europe.

- - UK

France wildfires: British holidaymaker describes ordeal

Lisa Minot is one of many tourists evacuated overnight from a campsite in south-eastern France because of raging wildfires.

- BBC - UK