Europe

France to help Syria's "liberated zones"

France to help Syria's "liberated zones"

By John Irish

NEW YORK | Fri Aug 31, 2012

 

 

 

Aug 31 (Reuters) - France plans to channel aid to rebel-held parts of Syria so that these "liberated zones" can administer themselves and staunch an outflow of refugees, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

Merkel meets Monti as euro crisis diplomacy intensifies

Merkel meets Monti as euro crisis diplomacy intensifies

Euronews

29 August 2012

EU shuttle diplomacy is gathering speed ahead of what is set to be a crucial month for the euro single currency.

Today in Berlin, Mario Monti – the technocrat leader of recession-hit Italy – meets Angela Merkel. Germany is Europe’s biggest economy but its growth has slowed.

France to probe Arafat murder claims

France to probe Arafat murder claims

Finacial Times

28 August 2012

A French court has opened an inquiry into allegations that Yassir Arafat, the former Palestinian leader who died in a Paris hospital in 2004, was murdered by radioactive poisoning.

As Europe's Banks Stall, Companies Look Afar

As Europe's Banks Stall, Companies Look Afar

Wall Street Journal

28 August 2012

Companies in Southern Europe are going hat in hand around the world in search of funding as local bank lending dwindles, with many of them raising money by tapping assets in healthier regions such as Latin America and the U.S.

Syrian opposition plans 'The Day After' in Berlin

Syrian opposition plans 'The Day After' in Berlin

Michael Lawton, Deutsche Welle

28 August 2012

Syrian opposition activists have been discussing in Berlin what to do in post-Assad Syria. Muriel Asseburg of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs explains the aims of the workshop to DW.

Deutsche Welle: Ms. Asseburg, for the past few months, a group of Syrian opposition activists have been meeting at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) discussing plans for a peaceful transition once President Bashar Assad's regime falls. How did the project come about?

Court in Ukraine upholds Tymoshenko conviction

Court in Ukraine upholds Tymoshenko conviction

Deutsche Welle, 29 August 2012

The top court in Ukraine has rejected an appeal filed by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The judge upheld her conviction and seven-year jail sentence on charges of abuse of power.

The Ukrainian high court threw out Tymoshenko's appeal on Wednesday morning.

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