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Unions reject Air France plan; strike to continue

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PARIS - Unions representing striking French pilots on Monday rejected Air France-KLM's move to delay the contested roll-out of its low-cost operations and vowed to stay on strike in defence of French pay and conditions.

Islamic State urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama 3:06pm BST

BAGHDAD - Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group.

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Siemens to buy Dresser-Rand to tap U.S. shale gas boom 2:59pm BST

FRANKFURT - Germany's Siemens has agreed to buy U.S. oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand for $7.6 billion (4.65 billion pounds) in cash, aiming to catch up with arch-rival General Electric in a booming U.S. shale gas market.

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Valls tells Germans France isn't EU's 'sick child' 2:56pm BST

BERLIN - France's Manuel Valls used his first visit to Berlin as prime minister on Monday to try to convince Germany his government is serious about making its economy more competitive, declaring that France "is not the sick child of Europe".

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Exclusive - Iran seeks give and take on Islamic State militants, nuclear programme 12:58am BST

UNITED NATIONS - Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment programme in exchange, senior Iranian officials told Reuters.

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Air France cancels flights as strike enters second week 21 Sep 2014

PARIS - Air France expects to operate 41 percent of its flights on Monday as a pilots strike over cost cuts and plans for the company's budget Transavia unit enters its second week.

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French and German visions for Europe to clash in Berlin 21 Sep 2014

BERLIN/PARIS - Germany and France will try to reconcile divergent visions of how to fix Europe's economy on Monday when Manuel Valls makes his first visit to Berlin as French prime minister and holds talks with Angela Merkel.

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Exclusive - Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear programme 21 Sep 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment programme, senior Iranian officials told Reuters.

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Bill Clinton says must 'do whatever it takes' to fight Ebola 20 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - New initiatives from the United States, Britain, France and other countries to help fight the Ebola epidemic that has been spreading exponentially in West Africa marked a "good beginning," former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday, but said the world will need to do more.

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Britain, France agree steps to tackle UK-bound illegal immigrants 20 Sep 2014

PARIS - Britain and France have agreed to improve border controls and cooperate more closely in an effort to control a growing number of illegal immigrants trying to cross the English Channel from the French port city of Calais to Britain.