John Irish

France kills senior Islamist leader in Sahel, vows to fight on

Jun 11 2021

PARIS (Reuters) -French forces killed an al Qaeda leader during an operation in the Sahel region of Africa, France's armed forces minister said on Friday, vowing to keep a substantial military presence in the region a day after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a draw-down.

France ends West African Barkhane military operation

Jun 10 2021

PARIS (Reuters) -President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday France's operation battling Islamist militants in the Sahel region of West Africa would come to an end with troops now operating as part of broader international efforts in the region.

Sudan clears final hurdle for debt relief at Paris conference

Jun 10 2021

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France to host mid-June meeting to gather support for Lebanese army

Jun 08 2021

PARIS France will convene a virtual meeting of countries on June 17 to drum up support for the Lebanese army as it seeks to weather an economic crisis that has put the military on the verge of collapse, France's armed forces ministry said on Tuesday.

Analysis: Iran nuclear deal rescue needs more time, envoys say ahead of fresh talks

Jun 08 2021

DUBAI A host of barriers to the revival of Iran's nuclear deal remain firmly in place ahead of talks due to resume this week between Tehran and world powers, suggesting a return to compliance with the 2015 accord is still a way off, four diplomats, two Iranian officials and two analysts say.

Western powers avoid resolution against Iran at IAEA board - diplomats

Jun 04 2021

VIENNA/PARIS Britain, France, Germany and the United States will not push for a resolution against Iran at next week's meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog's board despite Tehran's failure to explain uranium traces found at three sites, diplomats said on Friday.

Iran says progress made in nuclear talks but key issues remain

May 31 2021

DUBAI Iran and six world powers have made significant progress in talks to revive their 2015 nuclear deal but important issues still need to be resolved, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.

In France, Lebanese army chief pleads for help as economic crisis worsens -sources

May 26 2021

PARIS Lebanon's army chief Joseph Aoun warned France on Wednesday that an economic crisis had put the military on the verge of collapse and Paris offered emergency food and medical aid for troops in hopes of preserving law and order, sources said.

Analysis: Khamenei's election agenda may slow revival of Iran nuclear deal

May 24 2021

DUBAI Weary negotiators appear increasingly unlikely to revive a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers before the Islamic Republic's June presidential election, but an extension of talks could reap political gains at home for the supreme leader.

Israel's Gaza challenge: stopping metal tubes turning into rockets

May 23 2021

By Jonathan Saul, John Irish, Arshad Mohammed and Parisa Hafezi

World News

Netanyahu out, Bennett in as Israel marks end of an era

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Benjamin Netanyahu's record 12-year run as Israel's prime minister ended on Sunday with parliament approving a new "government of change" led by nationalist Naftali Bennett, an improbable scenario few Israelis once could have imagined.