Western & Central Europe

al-Qaeda Spokesman: French Hostage Executed in Mali in Retaliation Against France Intervention

March 21, 2013

“In Paris, a French Foreign Ministry official said the government is aware of the report of the killing of a French hostage, kidnapped on November 11, and is investigating.”

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France Prime Minister: French Troops Will Pull Out of Mali “From the End of April”

March 21, 2013

“Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius first said the 4,000-strong French contingent would be withdrawn from March. President Francois Hollande then promised a troop reduction from April.”

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France President Hollande: Sovereignty of “Almost the Entire Territory” of Mali Will Be Restored in “a Few Days”

March 21, 2013

“French President François Hollande said Wednesday that the sovereignty of “almost the entire territory” of Mali would be restored in “a few days”, as France prepared to wind down an intervention to drive Islamists from the north of the country.”

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France Recalls Ambassador to Mali Due to Personal Conflict With French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

March 21, 2013

“France recalled its ambassador to Mali on Thursday after he reportedly fell out with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, diplomatic sources in the West African nation said. Christian Rouyer will be replaced by Gilles Huberson.”

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France Drafting United Nations Security Council Resolution For Peacekeeping Force in Mali

March 20, 2013

“France wants the U.N. to takeover with a peacekeeping mission and next week, the U.N. Security Council will take up that and other questions about Mali.”

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Cyprus Parliament Rejects 5.8 Billion Euro Bailout Deal

March 19, 2013

“Late on Tuesday night the eurozone governments said that despite the vote Cyprus would still need to raise the €5.8 bn – a third of the €17bn bailout.”

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Former French Police Officer Captured Waging Jihad in Mali Against France

March 19, 2013

“A French citizen caught in early March waging jihad in Mali against his own country was once a serving police officer, his sister claimed on Monday.”

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France: Mali Needs Aid to Rebuild the Northern Part of the Country and Prevent the Return of Militants

March 19, 2013

“Donors need to pour aid into Mali over the next six months to rebuild its strife-hit north and stop defeated militants taking advantage of the chaos to return, France’s development minister said on Tuesday.”

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Cyprus Parliament Likely to Reject Terms of Bailout And Tax on Bank Holdings

March 19, 2013

“Cyprus’s Parliament is likely to reject an international bailout package that involves taxing ordinary depositors to pay part of the bill, President Nicos Anastasiades said Tuesday.”

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Cyprus Finance Minister Michael Sarris Abruptly Resigns; President Anastasiades Rejects Resignation

March 19, 2013

“Bloomberg and Reuters are reporting that Cyprus finance minister Michael Sarris has resigned, citing Market News International.”

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British Politicians Drafts New Code to Regulate and Restrict the Press

March 18, 2013

“The body being proposed by politicians would be independent of the media and would have the power to force newspapers to print prominent apologies.”

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Video Shows French Hostages Held By Islamist Extremists in Cameroon

March 18, 2013

“The video’s audio airs a man’s voice that identifies himself as Tanguy Moulin-Fournier. He says that his family is being held by the Islamic radical sect known as Boko Haram which wants all its members freed, especially women and children held in Nigerian and Cameroonian custody.”

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European Union Finance Ministers Sticking to Target for Cyprus to Raise 5.8 Billion Euros

March 18, 2013

“Euro-area finance ministers told Cyprus to raise 5.8 billion euros ($7.5 billion) from bank depositors to unlock emergency loans, maintaining the revenue target while suggesting sparing small-scale savers.”

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German Defense Minister Visits Mali Ahead of German Training Program in Mali Next Month

March 18, 2013

“De Maiziere met with Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore on Monday in the capital, Bamako, as well as French General Francois Lecointre, who is commanding the French military mission in Mali.”

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Algerian Newspaper Report: French-Led Troops Using Internationally-Banned Weapons in Mali

March 18, 2013

“The statement said French-led soldiers employ weapons containing depleted uranium with high explosive power to bomb the caves in Adrar des Ifoghas Mountains in northern Mali. “

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