Bill Clinton says must 'do whatever it takes' to fight Ebola


WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - New initiatives from the United States, Britain, France and other countries to help fight the Ebola epidemic that has been spreading exponentially in West Africa marked a "good beginning," former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday, but said the world will need to do more.

Air France pilots extend strike until Sept. 26

PARIS - Air France pilots have voted to extend their week-long strike over cost cuts and plans for the company's Transavia unit by a further four days until Sept. 26, the head of the SNPL union said on Saturday.

Aerospace & Defense, 8:56am EDT

Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

PARIS - Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France's main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee Palace in 2017 elections.

World, 19 Sep 2014

Back on center-stage with a flourish, France's Sarkozy still divides

PARIS - It was vintage Nicolas Sarkozy: offering to restore France's battered world standing in a comeback announcement filled with drama and brusque energy that delights some French and repels others.

World, 19 Sep 2014

Germany, France to start joint airlift to Ebola-affected countries

BERLIN - Germany and France agreed on Friday to launch a joint airlift to send aid supplies to western African states hit by Ebola, a spokesman for the German defense ministry said, adding the operation might start within 48 hours.

Arkema offers Total $2.2 billion for Blu-Tack maker Bostik

PARIS/LONDON - French chemicals group Arkema has offered to buy oil major Total's adhesives business Bostik, which makes Blu-Tack, for 1.74 billion euros ($2.24 billion).

Deals, 19 Sep 2014

U.N. to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630

PARIS/CONAKRY - The United Nations unveiled plans on Thursday for a special mission to combat the worst Ebola epidemic on record in West Africa, as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support. | Video

Hollande asks Europe for patience with France, vows reform

PARIS - President Francois Hollande pleaded with Germany and other European partners on Thursday to be patient with France and give it more time to reform before it meets deficit targets, admitting that results were coming too slowly.

World, Germany 18 Sep 2014

France rules out military action in Syria, prepares Iraq strikes

PARIS - France will not carry out military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, but will soon begin air strikes to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.

World, Syria, Iraq 18 Sep 2014

Air France pilots threaten to extend strike indefinitely

PARIS - An Air France pilots union warned on Thursday that it could vote to extend a strike "indefinitely" if its demands are not met, as the airline was forced to cancel around 60 percent of its flights for the fourth day.

Aerospace & Defense 18 Sep 2014