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G7 condemns Navalny's arrest in Russia

The foreign ministers of the Group of 7 (G7) countries condemned the arrest of opposition politician Alexei Navalny after his return to Russia. "We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United …

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Biden speaks with Macron, seeks to strengthen ties

U.S. President Joe Biden spoke on Sunday with French President Emmanuel Macron, expressing his desire to strengthen bilateral ties, the White House said, as Biden made the traditional ally one of the first countries contacted during his initial …

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Why France not pleased with end of Karabakh war

French President Emmanuel Macron held a  telephone call with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to highlight France’s plans to help Armenia with humanitarian aid, said Macron’s office on Thursday. Macron also …

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Cannes Film Festival may be postponed till summer

The Cannes Film Festival, the world's biggest, may be pushed back to the summer this year from its usual May date because of the Covid crisis, organizers said Wednesday, France 24 informs. The festival, scheduled for May 11 to 22, …

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World takes in muted New Year’s Eve

In Sydney the fireworks soared into the sky above the Opera House, but the harbour below was empty. In New York, Times Square was mostly deserted. No light show illuminated Beijing from the top of the TV tower. With revelry around the world curtailed by lockdowns and curfews imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19, the lions of London’s Trafalgar Square were barricaded off, and there were no crowds in St Peter’s Square and no one diving into the Tiber in Rome. This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other as many people bid farewell to a year they would much prefer to forget – one that has seen more than 1.7 million people killed and 82 million infected by the coronavirus since January

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Actor Robert Hossein passes away

French director and actor Robert Hossein has died after contracting Covid-19, just hours after he celebrated his 93rd birthday. The multi-talented star carved out a decades-long legacy in theater, cinema, and television. During his …

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Macron becomes Big Brother

When Emmanuel Macron was elected as French president in May 2017, French people compared him to former U.S. President Barack Obama in terms of elegance and eloquence. There are growing problems in socioeconomic reforms and migrant policies. The bad handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has become a nightmare for the Macron administration and the French public

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Is Macron doctrine biased against Muslim states?

French president should clarify whether France supports ethnic separatism or territorial integrity of states; he can’t have it both ways, Yeni Safak writes in the article Macron doctrine biased against Muslim states: analysis. With only two years to go until the next presidential elections in France, President Emmanuel Macron is conducting a nationalistic foreign policy in a vain attempt at preventing his voters defecting to the Gaullist center-right and far right Marine Le Pen

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Europe introduces lockdown on Christmas

Italy has ordered a nationwide lockdown over much of the Christmas and New Year period in an effort to combat a rise in coronavirus cases, BBC writes in the article Covid: Italy latest European country to order Christmas lockdown. The country will be under "red-zone" restrictions over the public holidays, with non-essential shops, restaurants and bars closed, and Italians only allowed to travel for work, health and emergency reasons. Limited home visits will be allowed

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Two people dead in hostage-taking incident near Paris

French media reported that a man took his wife hostage in Domont commune near Paris after having shot at least two people and barricaded himself in the department of Val-d'Oise. Gendarmes discovered the suspect and his wife …

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Macron tests positive for COVID-19

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, the Élysée Palace announced on Thursday. "The president of the Republic has been diagnosed positive for Covid-19 today," the presidential palace …

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Why has Turkey grown apart from EU?

I was about to start college when Turkey signed the Ankara Agreement with which the European Union accepted Turkey’s application for the “establishment of an association until Turkey's circumstances permitted its accession.” I graduated, worked as a journalist and retired from it. We saw 27 governments and prime ministers since then. There have been countless "additional protocols" to establish a timetable for formal membership into the European Economic Community, later the EU, and endless talks of negotiations for full membership but to no avail

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Is the OSCE still relevant in Nagorno Karabakh?

The heads of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries delegations welcomed the cessation of hostilities in Karabakh reached in accordance with the trilateral statement of the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of Armenia on November 10, calling on the parties to continue to fulfill their commitments in Karabakh and adjacent regions. They also stressed the importance of measures adopted by the Russian Federation in agreement with Azerbaijan and Armenia to guarantee the non-resumption of hostilities

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French senators blindly obey Turko-phobic political circles and Armenian ethnic groups

As it is known on November 18, 2020, a group of senators influenced by members of the Armenian diaspora presented a draft resolution No 145 “On the need to recognize the “Nagorno-Karabakh Republic” – that is internationally recognized as an integral part of the Republic of Azerbaijan – to the French Senate. This draft resolution was discussed and adopted by the French Senate on November 25, 2020

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Second Karabakh war: lessons for the world

Azerbaijan’s outright victory over Armenia in the 44-day Karabakh war has both plunged the latter into turmoil and pushed political actors seeing eye to eye with Yerevan into an impasse

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