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mergers & acquisitions

Xerox to sell its information technology outsourcing business to France's Atos for $1.05 billion - @Reuters

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France

Former Olympic wrestling champion Steeve Guenot suspended 1 year by French anti-doping agency for missing tests - @AP_Sports

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Mali unrest

Malian government says it exchanged 4 prisoners to secure release of a French hostage held for 3 years by Al Qaeda - @AP

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Nepal

30-year-old French climber falls to his death on a mountaineering trip in Nepal's Everest region, police say - @AFP

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France

Fitch downgrades France to 'AA' - @WSJmarkets

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Malian minister confirms 4 jihadis exchanged for release of French hostage - @AFP

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Mali unrest

French-Mali sweep kills Islamic radical commander in northeastern Mali - @AlArabiya_Eng

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War in Afghanistan

Suicide bomber hits event at French cultural center in Kabul; injuries and at least 1 death reported - @Samiyousafzai, @TOLOnews

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War in Afghanistan

Editor's note: There are reports on social media of an explosion at the prestigious Lycée Esteqlal in Kabul, Afghanistan, which is located in the same compound as the French Cultural Center. We will continue to monitor the situation and seek further confirmation. - Tricia

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France

French army says it has killed Ahmed el Tilemsi, a high-ranking member of jihadist group Al-Mourabitoun who was wanted by the US, in overnight operation in northern Mali - @AFP

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

French Senate passes motion asking government to recognize a Palestinian state - @FRANCE24

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Iran nuclear program talks

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano asks member states for $5.7 million 'as soon as possible' to help pay for monitoring of extended nuclear deal between Iran and 6 world powers - @Reuters

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France

French military plane crashes near Tours; reports of 1 person dead, at least 4 injured, and several homes on fire, politician Claude Greff says - @itele

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Mali unrest

France's last remaining hostage, Serge Lazarevic, arrives home after 3 years at the hands of Islamist militants - @AFP

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al-Qaida

More: French President Francois Hollande says freed al-Qaida hostage Serge Lazarevic is in 'relatively good health' despite the conditions of his captivity - @AP

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al-Qaida

Hostage Serge Lazarevic released more than 3 years after being seized by al-Qaida in Mali, French President Francois Hollande confirms - @AP, @BBCNews

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Russia

Russia would accept either money or the delivery of 2 Mistral warships to resolve dispute with France, Kremlin says - @Reuters

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World War II

More: $60 million compensation fund will go to Americans, Israelis and some others deported by France's state rail company during the Nazi occupation; will be financed by France and managed by the US - @AP

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World War II

US, France strike deal to compensate Holocaust victims deported by SNCF state rail company - @AP

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Central African Republic unrest

Most of 2,000 French troops begin withdrawal from Central African Republic as a UN peacekeeping force nears full deployment - @Reuters

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