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France: European Powerhouse and World Tourist Haven

The early inhabitants of France were the Celts, who had migrated from the Rhine valley to this country. The French Revolution of 1789 marked a revolutionary bloodbath for the country, ending with the introduction of First Republic and the authoritarian regime under Napoleon Bonaparte. France is a major political power of Europe, which had colonized much of North America during 17 th and 18 th centuries and also a major part of Africa, which is yet to be fully decolonised. France is the world's 6 th largest economy and second in Europe. France is also the world's tourist hotspot with many scenic places to visit such as the Cannes, Lyon, Bordeaux, Brittany and of course the Eiffel Tower in Pars.

France fast-facts:

  • National Name: French Republic
  • Capital: Paris
  • Total area : 543,965 sq km (210,026 sq miles)
  • Population: 61.6 million (UN, 2007)
  • Currency : Euro (formerly French franc)
  • Languages: French, Creole patois
  • Ethnicity/ Races: Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities
    overseas departments: black, white, mulatto, East Indian, Chinese, Amerindian
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%
    overseas departments: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, pagan
  • GDP (Per Capita): $32,600 (2007 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: 77 years (men), 84 years (women) (UN)
  • Literacy Rate: 99% (2003 est.)

France Geography, Climate and Economy:

The Terrain of France largely consists of mountainous ranges such as Alps, Pyrenees and Vosges. The Alps has the highest mountain peak of Europe named Mount Blanc. The area of Mediterranean coast includes French Riviera, which is the most popular tourist site. The Climate of the Alps mostly remains alpine with the temperature ranging below the freezing point.

The climate of France is largely temperate owing to its position between equator and the North Pole. The area in Mediterranean coast has moderate climate, as the summers are relatively hot and dry while the winters are mild. The range in temperature varies according to different regions as the French Guiana area has tropical climate while Guadeloupe and Martinique receive heavy rainfall and the area is susceptible to hurricanes once every eight years on an average.

The economy of France is booming and is one of the strongest in Europe. The Northwestern part and the mountain areas of France are the livestock regions. Some of the major crops are corn, barley, potatoes, wheat and sugar beets. Besides this, the best-known vineyards in France are in Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhone and Loire valleys. No wonder France is also called the Vineyard of the world with its exotic range of Wines and Champagnes. Paris, the beautiful French capital is famous for its luxury goods.

Culture and Cuisine of France:

France is a multicultural country consisting of different ethnicities like Celts, Germans, Romans, Russians, Africans and Asians. Art is intrinsically woven into the culture of France. Some of the popular French artists are Monet and Renoir. Besides this, French literature has a long and prominent history. The majority of people in the country are Catholics followed by Islamists forming second major religion.

The French are famous for their huge cheese appetites. Some of the most popular dishes are savory crepes, escargot served in garlic butter. Some other dishes include Kiev, Marco Polo, Nicoise, Normandy and many others. French wine is the most sought after among the European nations. Moreover, the French hardly eat their food without wine. And there are a wide variety of wines available in this country.

Tourist Attractions in France:

Paris, the major cultural center and the capital city of France offers a plethora of Tourist sites to be visited. It comprises the world famous Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Disneyland Paris. The Tour de France is an annual cycling event that covers nearly the whole of France. Besides there are splendid Chateaus and Villas where the affluent tourist can spend their french vacations

Some other French Tourist Sites include :

•  Georges Pompidou centre

•  Château de Versailles

•  Orsay museum

•  Parc Astérix

•  Arc de Triomphe

•  Sainte Chapelle

•  La Palmyre zoo

•  Musée Grévin waxworks

•  Mont Saint-Michel

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May 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Paris, May 3 (IANS) French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist challenger Francois Hollande went through a fierce verbal battle in a prime-time televised debate that lasted for almost three hours Wednesday night.

Libyan leaders call Sarkozy campaign funding letter 'fake'

May 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Tripoli, May 3 (ANI): Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has said that a letter claiming slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime agreed to fund French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign is 'fake'.

Libyan leaders call Sarkozy campaign funding letter 'fake'

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Tripoli, May 3 (ANI): Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has said that a letter claiming slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime agreed to fund French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign is 'fake'.

Colombian rebels say they're holding French reporter

May 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Bogota, May 2 (IANS/EFE) Colombia's FARC guerrillas admitted Tuesday that they are holding French journalist Romeo Langlois, who disappeared three days ago in the middle of a firefight between security forces and the guerrillas in the southern province of Caqueta.

Thousands protest austerity plan in France

May 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Paris, May 1 (IANS) Thousands of people marched through the main cities of France Tuesday to express their opposition to the government's austerity plan.

Sarkozy to sue website claiming 'Gaddafi funded 2007 election campaign'

May 1, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Paris, May 1 (ANI): French President Nicolas Sarkozy has reportedly said that he would sue a website that claimed slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi offered to help fund his 2007 election campaign.

Remove sanction, Iran tells West

April 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Tehran, April 30 (IANS) The veto-wielding powers of the UN Security Council should work for the removal of sanctions against Iran, an Iranian lawmaker said Monday.

Why being nice to your boss is a good move

April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

London, April 30 (IANS) Being nice to your boss always pays, including better prospects and promotions, even if your are neither too bright nor suitable for the job, according to an international business survey.

Simon Cowell 'spent week on yacht with John Terry's alleged mistress'

April 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM

London, Apr 30 (ANI): Simon Cowell has been linked with the French beauty alleged to have bedded John Terry.

Billions of habitable worlds lurking in Milky Way boost odds of finding alien life

April 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

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Iran hopeful over Baghdad n-talks: Minister

April 30, 2012 at 6:26 AM

Tehran, April 30 (IANS) Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi is hopeful that the next round of nuclear talks between the country and the world powers would be fruitful, ISNA news agency reported.

French journalist missing in Colombia

April 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Bogota, Apr 28 (Xinhua-ANI): A French journalist went missing in Colombia on Saturday after an attack launched by leftist rebels on an army column killed four people, military officials said.

Misgoverance, corruption bring India down in geopolitical index

April 29, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Mumbai, April 29 (IANS) Afflicted by misgovernance and corruption, India's global clout has waned over the past year but could swing back if the economy regains its growth trajectory, says a geopolitical power index (GPI) report by an independent Mumbai-based think tank.

India to ferry heaviest foreign satellite in August

April 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Chennai, April 29 (IANS) India will ferry two foreign satellites - French and Japanese - on board its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C21) rocket in August this year for a price, said a senior official.

Over 1,000 Cambodians dance for world record

April 29, 2012 at 4:10 AM

Phnom Penh, April 29 (IANS) Over a thousand young Cambodians performed "the Madison", a popular dance carried out during weddings and the Cambodian New Year, in a bid to create a world record, said an organiser.

Iran, IAEA to hold talks in May

April 28, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Tehran, April 28 (IANS) Iran's permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog have agreed to hold a new round of talks on the nuclear issue May 13-14, the IRNA news agency reported.

Ukraine serial bomb blasts raise fears over threat to Euro 2012 tournament

April 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Kiev, Apr 28 (ANI): The series of coordinated terrorist attacks which led to four bombs being detonated in Ukraine has raised fears that the Euro 2012 football tournament scheduled to take place in June might be targeted.

Germany not to bid for Euro 2020

April 28, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Berlin, April 28 (IANS) The German Football Federation (DFB) will not bid for the 2020 European Championships, ruling out the speculation of a bid.

India muse to new age 'land art'

April 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Demolished buildings, piles of bricks, an odd tree and colonial style homes arranged in artistic shapes are the symbols of new age 'land art' for a handful of contemporary artists from the West who have made India their muse.

Halle Berry hits back at paparazzi

April 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Los Angeles, April 27 (IANS) Actress Halle Berry is upset with the paparazzi for hounding her and her daughter Nahla.

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April 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

London, April 26 (ANI): A new research has revealed that tobacco companies are designing cigarette packs to resemble bottles of perfume or with lids that flip open like a lighter to lure young people into smoking.

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April 26, 2012 at 2:34 PM

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April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

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April 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Yangon, April 26 (IANS) Revenue from Myanmar's natural gas exports rose by $640 million to $3.5 billion in the fiscal year 2011-12.

Limbless Frenchman plans to swim around the world

April 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM

London, Apr 25 (ANI): A French swimmer, who has no arms or legs, has announced his plans to swim around the world.

Asian mosquitoes to hit Britain with dengue

April 25, 2012 at 6:13 PM

London, April 25 (IANS) A mosquito from Asia that spreads tropical diseases, including dengue fever, may soon hit the shores of Britain because of climate change, experts have said.

Amnesty International releases report on discrimination against Muslims in European countries

April 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM

London, April 25 (ANI): Amnesty International has released a report on discrimination against Muslims in Europe, which has highlighted cases of prejudice in education and employment sectors against the community.

10 mn Indians wish to move to US: Gallup poll

April 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Washington, April 25 (IANS) Around 13 percent of the world's adults -- or over 640 million people -- would like to emigrate with roughly 150 million, including ten million Indians wishing to settle in America.

UAE students to train in France

April 25, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Abu Dhabi, April 24 (IANS/WAM) Seven UAE engineering students will receive training on aeronautics in France, it was announce here Tuesday.

Jolie-Pitt complete construction of huge wedding reception hall

April 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

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A woman emerges kingmaker in France

April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Paris, April 24 (IANS) Marine Le Pen, who stood third in the first round of the presidential polls in France, is spoilt for choice as she gets to decide who will live in the Palais de l'elysee, the French president's official residence.

US stocks slide on European concerns

April 24, 2012 at 2:36 AM

New York, April 24 (IANS) US stocks slid Monday as concerns over European situations once again plagued the market.

Hollande gives Sarkozy a run for his money

April 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Paris, April 23 (IANS) Incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy, who stood second in the first round of France's presidential poll, faces a tough challenge from socialist Francois Hollande as the country votes May 6 in the second round of ballotting.

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April 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

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April 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

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April 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Damascus, Apr 23 (ANI): Syrian opposition group's efforts to topple President Bashar-al Assad's regime are being undermined by defections, split factions and deep ideological divisions, leaked emails have revealed.

Sarkozy challenges Hollande to public debates

April 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Paris, April 23 (IANS) President Nicolas Sarkozy has challenged socialist Francois Hollande, who won the first round of France's presidential poll, to hold three public debates with him before the second round of the vote.

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April 23, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Paris, April 23 (IANS) Socialist Francois Hollande has won the first round of France's presidential poll, setting up a run-off with incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy who came second.

Hollande 'wins first round' of France poll

April 23, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Paris, April 23 (IANS) French Socialist Francois Hollande won most votes in the first round of the country's presidential election Sunday, BBC reported.

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April 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Paris, April 22 (Xinhua-ANI): All candidates of France's presidential election had cast their votes by noon local time on Sunday in the first round of the election. Voting will continue until 8 p.m. local time.

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April 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Paris, Apr 22 (Xinhua-ANI): French presidential candidate Francois Hollande, representing the biggest opposition Socialist Party (PS), cast his vote for Sunday's first round of presidential election.

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April 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) Millions of French voted Sunday in the first round of presidential elections bogged down by a weak economy and high unemployment, issues that may spell trouble for incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

France votes as Sarkozy's fate hangs in balance

April 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) Millions voted Sunday in the first round of presidential elections in France, a country bogged down by weak economy and high unemployment, issues that may spell trouble for incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

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April 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) The first round of the 2012 French presidential election kicked off Sunday with over 44 million registered voters eligible to cast their ballots for one of 10 candidates, including incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

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April 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Tehran, April 22 (Xinhua-ANI): Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki arrived in Tehran on Sunday for an official two-day visit.

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April 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) The first round of the 2012 French presidential election kicked off in France Sunday.

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April 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Washington, Apr 22 (ANI): Researchers are keen on exploring Jupiter's icy moons, which may resemble some of the planets found orbiting stars beyond our solar system, to assess their suitability for life.

French presidential election officially kicks off

April 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Paris, April 22 (Xinhua-ANI): The first round of the 2012 French presidential election officially kicked off in mainland France on Sunday morning.

India's missile technology at par with global best: DRDO

April 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): After the successful launch of its Agni-V missile, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday said India was now at par with the most of the developed nations of the world in the domain of missile and defence technology.

Six Sri Lankan fishermen held by Somali pirates rescued

April 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Colombo, April 20 (Xinhua-ANI): Six Sri Lankan fishermen held by Somali pirates for ransom for more than eight months have been rescued by a Spanish battleship, an official said on Friday.

Far-off cousin of part-time African lake discovered on Saturn's moon

April 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Washington, Apr 20 (ANI): Researchers have found a region on Saturn's moon Titan, which is similar to the Etosha Pan in Namibia, Africa.

Western leaders threaten Syria after UN warns of regime failing to honour ceasefire

April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Damascus, Apr 20 (ANI): With the UN warnings that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not honouring terms of a ceasefire, Western leaders have threatened international intervention, including setting up "humanitarian corridors" across Syria.

Web creator Berners blames music industry for trying to stop openness

April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Lyon, Apr 20 (ANI): Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the computer wizard who created the World Wide Web, has criticised the music industry for trying to stop the openness of the web.

Painting stolen by Nazis recovered, up for sale

April 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Miami, April 20 (IANS/EFE) A Jewish family who this week recovered a 16th century painting stolen by the Nazis during World War II announced Thursday that they are putting the piece up for sale.

No arms to Syria opposition: France

April 20, 2012 at 6:21 AM

Paris, April 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) France has no intention to supply arms to the Syrian opposition and is ready to discuss the UN and Arab League's peace plan, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has said.

Missiles of the world - a look at countries' arsenals

April 19, 2012 at 7:41 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Before India entered into the elite club with the Thursday launch of Agni-V missile, only five countries - the US, Russia, China, France and Britain - had the capability to launch nuclear capable long range missiles.

Parents 'must not be too strict and restrictive over kids' diet'

April 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Washington, Apr 19 (ANI): A Norwegian nutritionist has shed light on what works - and does not work - when parents seek to teach their offspring how to eat healthy.

Bieber impersonator accused of forcing girl to perform sex acts on video chat

April 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Washington, Apr 19 (ANI): A Canadian man who has been accused of impersonating teen idol Justin Bieber and coaxing a young girl to perform sex acts online may have victims in up to five countries, authorities in Canada and the U.S. said on Wednesday.

Vice President Ansari hails successful launch of Agni-V missile

April 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

New Delhi, Apr 19 (ANI): Hailing India's successful launch of 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V, Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Thursday said our scientists have done the nation proud with this splendid achievement.

India poses no missile threat: NATO

April 19, 2012 at 5:09 AM

Brussels, April 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) NATO does not consider India as a missile threat despite the country's advanced missile development programme, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

Schengen visa processor VFS expands operations

April 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Bangalore, April 18 (IANS) Leading outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, VFS Global, has expanded its operations in India's tech hub to process applications for Schengen visa to seven more European countries in addition to France and Switzerland.

Agni-V launch today would be landmark for India's missile technology, says former Air Chief

April 18, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Bangalore, Apr 18 (ANI): Stating that the launch of Agni-V will be a landmark achievement as far as the missile technology is concerned, former Air Chief, Fali Homi Major, on Wednesday this will give a huge edge to the country in as far as its nuclear capability is concerned.

Iranian foreign minister says hopeful about nuclear talks with P5+1 in Baghdad

April 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Tehran, April 18 (Xinhua-ANI): Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that he is hopeful about the results of next round of nuclear talks between Iran and five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1), which is scheduled to on May 23 in Baghdad, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Beckham named in Pearce's Team GB list of 80 players

April 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

London, Apr 18(ANI): Team Great Britain men's football manager Stuart Pearce has carved down a list of 80 players for the London Olympics, and former Manchester United star David Beckham is one of them.

Berry to wed Olivier Martinez:

April 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Actress Halle Berry has revealed that she was not contemplating to get hitched again before she met Olivier Martinez. The actress said that she was shocked by her own decision to marry again.

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April 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Los Angeles, April 17 (IANS) Actress Halle Berry says she had no plans to tie the knot again before she met Olivier Martinez and was shocked by her own decision to marry again.

Dutch man fathers 82 kids

April 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

London, April 16 (IANS) In a bid to help childless women become mothers, a 42-year-old Dutch man launched a free "baby making" service nine years ago. The man has sex with 15 women every month, and has fathered 82 children so far.

Pippa Middleton enjoys attention of 3 men in Paris

April 16, 2012 at 5:55 PM

London, Apr 16 (ANI): Pippa Middleton, who was recently linked to her old university pal Earl Percy, was spotted revelling some male company in Paris this weekend.

Pippa faces arrest in France

April 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM

London, April 16 (IANS) Pippa Middleton, the sister-in-law of Prince William and one of the most photographed women on earth, has been questioned by French police after one of her friends pulled out a pistol and pointed it at a photographer.

Over six in ten say Sarkozy is France's most unpopular president

April 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Paris, April 16 (ANI): Almost 64 percent of French have described voted Nicolas Sarkozy as the most unpopular president in the history of France, a poll has revealed.

Iran agrees to concrete proposals for resolving nuke crisis with world powers

April 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Tehran, Apr 16 (ANI): Iran has agreed to the formation of concrete proposals by diplomats for resolving the crisis over its nuclear ambitions.

Contestants 'torture each other to death' to impress gameshow host

April 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

London, Apr 16 (ANI): Television gameshow hosts, who are usually considered as genial figures, are so powerful and influential that contestants are willing to do anything they are asked to do, including torturing each other to death, researchers say.

UAE, France hold joint military exercise

April 15, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Abu Dhabi, April 15 (IANS) The UAE and France have launched a joint military exercise "Gulf 2012", it was announced Sunday.

Iran n-talks constructive: EU

April 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Istanbul, April 15 (IANS) Talks between six world powers and Iran on its nuclear programme have been described as "constructive and useful" by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Drunken night with blonde wasn't a huge crisis for those I love, says Mike Tindall

April 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

London, Apr 15 (ANI): Mike Tindall has said that his drunken romp with the blonde during Rugby World Cup "just wasn't some enormous crisis" to those he loves.

Brangelina kids may end up with Surrey twangs after their 2 year UK stay

April 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM

London, Apr 15 (ANI): Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's six kids could end up having Surrey twangs as they are set to move to England for two years.

Brangelina to marry in their 35m pound French retreat

April 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM

London, Apr 15 (ANI): Newly engaged couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to marry at a private chapel on their 35-million-pound estate in the south of France this summer.

Six-party n-talks 'positive'; Iran refuses meeting with US

April 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

London, April 14 (IANS) Key talks involving six major countries and Iran on Tehran's controversial nuclear programme, which resumed Saturday in Istanbul after a 15-month impasse, were described as "positive", even as Iran refused a request from the US for a bilateral meeting.

I've a crush on Katy Perry: French model

April 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

London, April 14 (IANS) French model Baptiste Giabiconi says he has a huge crush on singer Katy Perry but claims they are not dating.

Six-party talks on Iran n-programme 'positive' (Lead, Correcting day in intro)

April 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

London, April 14 (IANS) Key talks involving six major countries and Iran on Tehran's controversial nuclear programme, which resumed Saturday after a 15-month impasse, have been described as "positive" by a European Union official.

Six-party talks on Iran n-programme 'positive'

April 14, 2012 at 6:27 PM

London, April 14 (IANS) Key talks involving six major countries and Iran on Tehran's controversial nuclear programme, which resumed Friday after a 15-month impasse, have been described as "positive" by a European Union official.

Wozniacki reaches Copenhagen WTA semi-finals

April 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Copenhagen, April 14 (IANS) Former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the semi-finals of the Copenhagen WTA tournament after beating Alice Cornet of France 6-0, 6-3 in the quarter-finals.

Auroras spotted on Uranus for first time

April 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Washington, April 14 (ANI): Scientists have for the first time captured images of auroras above the giant ice planet Uranus, finding further evidence of just how peculiar a world that distant planet is.

French hotel where Strauss-Kahn coordinated sex ring 'bragged about soundproof rooms'

April 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Paris, Apr 14 (ANI): A French hotel, which is the alleged location of a sex ring coordinated by shamed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, bragged about its 'soundproof' rooms, it has emerged.

Russian warships to patrol Syrian coast

April 14, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Moscow, April 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian warships will be continuously deployed for patrol duty off the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean, a defence ministry official said Friday.

Anelka becomes new 'player-manager' of Chinese club Shenhua

April 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Beijing, Apr 13(ANI): Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, who was lured to the big-spending Chinese outfit in January, has now been handed over new management role after Shanghai Shenhua sacked their team's coaching staff following a dismal run.

Brangelina building theme park for kids

April 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

London, Apr 13 (ANI): Hollywood A-list couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are building a huge eco-friendly theme park for their six-strong brood.

Brangelina to work together again in new movie

April 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Washington, Apr 13 (ANI): Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who worked together in 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' in 2005, are considering another movie collaboration in Ridley Scott's new film.

Lance Armstrong inspired me to fight cancer: Yuvraj

April 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Gurgaon, Apr 11 (ANI): Cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Wednesday said he was inspired by tour de France winner Lance Armstrong during his treatment for a rare germ cell cancer between his lungs.

Raf Simons appointed Dior's new creative director

April 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Washington, Apr 10 (ANI): Fashion house Dior has reportedly appointed Raf Simons as its new creative director - more than a year after it fired John Galliano from the same position.

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