Britain to send forces to Mali as part of EU mission

Downing Street has said that the British government will dispatch 350 troops to Mali to aid French troops stationed in the country’s north, as part of a UK mission to train local forces and engage in “force protection.” British representatives are attending a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the provision of troops as part of an EU mission… Read more →

France ‘totally bankrupt’, says labour minister Michel Sapin

Photo: AFP Michel Sapin made the gaffe in a radio interview, which left French President Francois Hollande battling to undo the potential reputational damage. “There is a state but it is a totally bankrupt state,” Mr Sapin said. “That is why we had to put a deficit reduction plan in place, and nothing should make us turn away from that… Read more →

Google faces UK class action over secret iPhone tracking

AFP Photo / Loic Venance Google is embroiled in its biggest privacy battle yet in the UK over reportedly tracking users’ online habits. At least 10 UK citizens began legal action with dozens more lining up. According to media estimates up to 10 million Britons could join in. Google is accused of evading security settings on Apple’s devices and Safari’s… Read more →

French success in Mali may herald ‘war of the shadows’

It is not exactly blitzkrieg in the desert, but French commanders can be well-pleased with the way their operation in Mali has played out so far. Pressed to intervene when the Malian army was at the point of collapse, French air power and special forces have helped to stabilise the situation on the ground, while French troops have secured vital… Read more →

Britain is experiencing ‘worse slump than during Great Depression’

Ministers today admitted Britain is facing “very, very grave difficulties” after figures showed the economy did not grow at all in 2012. Both George Osborne, the Chancellor, and Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said they do not underestimate the scale of the challenge but insisted the Goverment is on a “path of repairing our public finances”. Despite… Read more →

Algerian prime minister: Canadian coordinated Islamists’ attack on gas plant

A Canadian national coordinated the Islamist militant attack on a gas plant in Algeria where dozens of foreign workers were taken hostage and at least 37 were slain, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told a Monday news conference. Sellal said Monday that 37 foreign workers from eight nations had been killed and another five were still missing. He also said 29 militants were… Read more →

Spain Recession Scars Exposed as Jobless Seen at 6 Mln

Spain’s scars from the slump that overshadowed Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s first year in office will emerge this week as data show the toll on economic output that may have kept as many as 6 million people out of work. Spanish exports fell 0.6 percent in November from the same month the previous year, when they had risen 7.4 percent, the… Read more →

Islamists attack Algerian gas field, kill, kidnap foreigners

(Reuters) – Islamist militants attacked a gas production field in southern Algeria on Wednesday, kidnapping at least nine foreigners and killing two people including a French national during a dawn raid, local and company officials said. The raid, claimed by an al Qaeda affiliate, came after Islamists had vowed to retaliate for France’s military intervention in Mali, where its forces… Read more →