Activist writer's trial tests freedom of expression in Italy


ROME - When he lent his support to a fight against a high-speed train line through the mountains between France and Italy, Erri De Luca never expected to face jail.

OSCE should play greater role in eastern Ukraine, leaders say

MOSCOW/BERLIN/PARIS - The leaders of Russia, Germany and France agreed to Ukraine's proposal to ask the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to help with the implementation of the ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine, officials said after a four-way phone call on Monday evening.

World, Russia, Germany 02 Mar 2015

Holcim may offer sweetener to sway investors on Lafarge deal: paper

ZURICH - Swiss cement maker Holcim is considering offering its shareholders a sweetener to win their approval for a planned merger with France's Lafarge , a Swiss newspaper reported on Sunday without citing a source.

Deals, 01 Mar 2015

Orange potentially interested in deal with Telecom Italia, CEO tells paper

PARIS - France's Orange and Italy's telecom operator Telecom Italia have been discussing a possible alliance between the former monopolies, Orange's chief executive told the Journal de Dimanche.

Deals, Italy, Tech 01 Mar 2015

France, Britain dismiss calls to renew relations with Syria's Assad

PARIS - France and Britain dismissed on Friday any suggestion of restoring relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying this would likely end all hope of a political transition and push moderates into the arms of radical Islamist groups.

World, Syria, 27 Feb 2015

Sudan's Bashir says will quit in 2020 if re-elected president

PARIS - Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said he will stand aside in 2020 if he is elected for one more term in April elections, in an interview published by France's Le Monde newspaper on Thursday.

World, 26 Feb 2015

French lawmaker faces party sanctions for Syria trip

PARIS - A French lawmaker who went to Damascus for the first talks with Syrian officials since the 2012 closure of France's embassy there faces possible ejection from the ruling Socialist Party, its chairman said on Thursday.

World, Syria 26 Feb 2015

Syria's Assad meets French lawmakers

DAMASCUS - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met on Wednesday with French parliamentarians, the first such meeting since France closed its embassy in 2012 and announced that Syria's leader had lost all legitimacy.

World, Syria 25 Feb 2015

France plans broader dialogue with its large Muslim minority

PARIS - France outlined plans for a broader dialogue with its Muslim minority on Wednesday after the faith's official council proved unable to deal with the challenges presented by Islamist radicalization.

World, 25 Feb 2015

Europe risks right-wing backlash, Greece's Varoufakis tells Charlie Hebdo

PARIS - Racists and nationalists will be the only ones to benefit if European leaders "shoot down" Greece's new anti-austerity government, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has told France's Charlie Hebdo newspaper.

World, Greece 25 Feb 2015