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Linde, Praxair reach agreement on details of merger

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FRANKFURT German industrial gases group Linde and U.S. peer Praxair have reached a deal in principle on details of their proposed $70 billion merger, Linde said on Wednesday.

Finnish euroskeptic party should take bigger role in coalition, leadership candidate says

HELSINKI Finland's euroskeptic Finns party must push for stronger controls on immigration and not just play a supporting role in the ruling coalition, the frontrunner in the party's leadership race said.

World, May 24 2017

Macron vows to step up French fight against Islamists in Africa

GAO, Mali France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe on Friday.

French troops will remain in Sahel until militants eradicated: Macron

GAO, Mali France's military operation in the North African region of the Sahel will remain in place until militants are eradicated, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday.

World, Africa, May 19 2017

Macron says France uncompromising in fight against jihadists in Mali

GAO, Mali France will be uncompromising in its fight against militant Islamists in Mali and the Sahel region, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday during his first visit outside Europe's borders.

World, Africa, May 19 2017

Polls suggest parliamentary majority within reach for France's Macron

PARIS A parliamentary majority looks to be within reach for centrist French President Emmanuel Macron in next month's parliamentary election, opinion polls indicated on Thursday, as his cross-partisan government held its first meeting.

World, May 18 2017

Foreign diplomacy realities may impede Macron's European ambitions

PARIS When Emmanuel Macron rode down the Champs Elysees after his inauguration in a military jeep and not the customary limousine, France's youngest postwar president sent a message that on his watch Paris will be strong and determined in its diplomacy.

World, France, May 16 2017

France's Macron takes power, vows to heal division, restore global status

PARIS Emmanuel Macron took power as president of France on Sunday, vowing to restore the country's status in Europe and the world and heal divisions in society -- a nod to the bitter campaign the pro-EU centrist fought to defeat a far-right leader. | Video

World, France, May 15 2017

Macron to visit military troops next week, most likely in Mali: source

PARIS French President-elect Emmanuel Macron will visit troops deployed abroad at the end of next week, most likely in Mali, a source close to Macron told Reuters on Sunday.

World, Africa, May 14 2017

French government resigns in post-election formality

PARIS French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday the government had tendered its resignation following France's presidential election and that he had asked it to handle day-to-day business until it is replaced.

World, May 10 2017