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The great Africa switcheroo: U.S. policy is now ideological, while China’s is pragmatic

First Lady Michelle Obama greets French President Francois Hollande to a state dinner in his honor at White House in February.  /AP

Special to Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The global strategic framework has changed beyond recognition in the past decade, even if the majority of the world’s population cannot grasp it. The face of Africa, however, is changing […]

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Intel: ISIL sold crude oil to Assad regime, had covert ties with Iran

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Special to LONDON — France has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was selling crude oil to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Officials said French intelligence has tracked ISIL sales of oil from the […]

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U.S. hits French bank with $8.9 billion fine for skirting sanctions on Iran, Sudan, Cuba


Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has imposed an unprecedented fine on a French bank accused of violating sanctions on Iran and Sudan. The Justice Department said France’s BNP Paribas pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions […]

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Officials: 700 French nationals fought in Syria, Al Qaida recruiting cell captured

French President Francois Hollande.  /Reuters

Special to LONDON — France has become the latest European Union member to capture an Al Qaida-aligned recruitment cell. Officials said authorities arrested four suspects in an Al Qaida-aligned recruitment effort for the war in Syria. The officials said […]

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Earthquake in the Eurozone: High turnout in European Parliament vote driven by anger

Marine Le Pen

Special to Charles de Gaulle once said: “Europe is France and Germany. Everything else is just the garnishes.” … While France rocked the Continent with a triumph for Marine Le Pen and her anti-EU National Front, German Chancellor Angela […]

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Pockets of economic recovery seen increasing global demand for oil in 2014


Special to LONDON — The global demand for oil was expected to increase in 2014. The International Energy Agency revised its forecast for global oil demand this year. The Paris-based agency, citing an economic recovery by several countries, said […]

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Western diplomats see Assad stalling on removal of chemical weapons

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.  /Reuters

Special to LONDON — Western nations have concluded that the regime of President Bashar Assad was preventing the transfer of Syria’s weapons of mass destruction. Western diplomats said the Assad regime, despite pledges to the United Nations, has surrendered […]

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Morocco said to buy Israeli-designed drones from France

Harfang drone

Special to LONDON — Morocco was said to have acquired an Israeli-designed unmanned aerial vehicle. French sources said the Royal Moroccan Air Force has signed a contract for the purchase of at least three Israeli UAVs. The sources identified […]

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EU drones double surveillance area for illegal migration through the Mediterranean

Schiebel's drone helicopter, the S-100 Camcopter, is 10-feet long and weighs a little over 200 pounds when empty.  /Schiebel

Special to LONDON — The European Union plans to increase surveillance over illegal migration through a new unmanned aerial vehicle. The EU’s Frontex frontier surveillance force has demonstrated the S-100 UAV for operations in the Mediterranean Sea. The French […]

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Behind France’s intervention in CAR: Uranium supply security

Anti-Balaka Christian militiamen outside Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, on Dec. 15. /Jerome Delay/AP

Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System/Defense & Foreign Affairs Operation Sangaris (a local exotic butterfly) — the French and MISCA (the French acronym for the International Support Mission to the Central African Republic) military intervention […]

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