Lebanon says it needs French helicopters quickly to fight jihadis


PARIS - Lebanon hopes France will deliver helicopters to its army faster than planned so it can fight jihadis encroaching from neighboring Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in an interview on Sunday.

Air France-KLM deferral of Boeing 777 raises concern

SEATTLE - Boeing Co faced a potentially larger gap in production of its 777 jetliner after Air France-KLM said on Thursday that it plans to defer delivery of 10 Boeing 777s following its third profit warning in six months.

Aerospace & Defense 19 Dec 2014

Tunisia's old regime hopes makeover can win it the election

TUNIS - In the corner of his office, Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi keeps a bust of Habib Bourguiba, who led the country in 1957 after its independence from France. It is a symbol, he says, of the kind of statesman Tunisia now needs.

World, Tunisia 19 Dec 2014

At U.N., Iran urged to show more flexibility in nuclear talks

UNITED NATIONS - Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12-year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain said on Thursday.

World, United Nations, 18 Dec 2014

Europe's main leaders far apart on immigration

PARIS - In less than three weeks, Britain's David Cameron and France's Francois Hollande have set out starkly contrasting approaches to immigration, while Angela Merkel has warned fellow Germans against manipulation by far-right xenophobes.

World, 16 Dec 2014

No need for new reform of French pension system: minister

PARIS - France's social affairs minister said on Tuesday there was no need to reform an indebted pension system despite a report showing it will face chronic funding shortfalls unless the French accept to work longer and take home smaller pensions.

16 Dec 2014

France tries to rally mistrustful African states against Boko Haram

DAKAR - France will step in to help coordinate a regional taskforce against Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram, amid signs of mistrust among West African neighbors, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday.

World, Africa, 16 Dec 2014

France urges closer regional collaboration against Nigeria's Boko Haram

DAKAR - France's defense minister on Monday called for Nigeria and its neighbors to set up a military liaison committee to better coordinate their response to the growing regional threat posed by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

World, United Nations, Africa 15 Dec 2014

France says UberPop to be banned as irate taxi drivers stall traffic

PARIS - The UberPop transport service will be banned in France from Jan. 1 to avoid unfair competition, the Interior Ministry said on Monday as taxi drivers impeded morning traffic into Paris in a protest against the U.S.-based online cab-hailing firm. | Video

World, Tech, 15 Dec 2014

France urges African nations to take charge of their security

DAKAR - France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent.