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Chirac appoints new PM

President Jacques Chirac appointed Dominique de Villepin, a loyalist who was France's voice against the Iraq war, as prime minister Tuesday. Villepin, formerly the interior minister, replaces......

France rejects EU constitution

French voters rejected the European Union's first constitution Sunday, a stinging repudiation of President Jacques Chirac's leadership and the ambitious, decades-long effort to further unite the......

Pope Benedict XVI formally installed

Pope Benedict XVI was formally installed as the 265th Pope in St Peter's Square in Rome on Sunday.Thousands of pilgrims, religious and world leaders were present during the formal......

Arafat's final journey

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's body has been brought to Cairo, his birthplace, where the funeral will be held in the presence of world leaders on Friday.The body arrived from Paris where, in a......

Diamonds robbed from Louvre

Two diamonds worth over $14 million were robbed mid-afternoon from an antique dealers' show at the Paris Louvre museum yesterday. Thegems, one a white 47 carat and the other a 15.74 carat blue......

Ratan Tata appointed board member of Boao Forum

Ratan Tata was on Friday inducted as a member of the Board of Boao Forum for Asia, a rare distinction for an Indian in the Chinese government-backed influential body. "This is the first time a......

Boeing offers buyback in bid for A-I deal

Boeing Corp said on Friday it has offered to buy back five used passenger planes from Air-India as part of a pitch to sell 10 long-range jets to the state-run international carrier.The US giant......

France for stronger trade ties with India

France on Friday expressed optimism over a ten-fold increase in trade with India in this decade from $1.71 billion in 2001-02, and has asked its business chamber MEDEF to conduct a study to......

Decision on Airbus purchase soon: PM

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Friday indicated that a decision on purchase of Airbus by Air-India and Indian Airlines is likely to be taken during the current visit of FrenchPrime......

Airbus close to grabbing $2.1 billion IA deal

French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin pressed the Indian government on Thursday to speedily approve a $2.1-billion order of Airbus planes by Indian Airlines.The state-run carrier recommended......

Paris by strikes during Olympic visit

Strikes on Thursday disrupted French train and air traffic, left schools understaffed and newspapers undelivered, even as Olympic inspectors assessed a bid by Paris to host the 2012 Games.Railway......

Paris seeks to impress inspectors

Organisers of the Paris bid to stage the 2012 Olympic Games are gearing up for this week's visit of an evaluation commission, putting up banners, assembling volunteers -- and hoping large labour......

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