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Top French chefs join forces to save country’s gastronomic future French gastronomy is in crisis and to save it 15 of the country’s most illustrious chefs have joined forces to launch a campaign to secure its culinary future. With Tokyo recently overtaking Paris as the world’s gastronomic capital with the most Michelin-starred restaurants, critical voices […] more!

New search for missing AF447 to start in March French investigators have detailed plans for a fourth attempt to locate the wreckage of the Air France Airbus A330-200 lost over the Atlantic in mid-2009. The Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses says that Air France and Airbus will co-fund a $12.5 million hunt for the aircraft. It […] more!

Brazilians Are More European Than African Most of us know that Brazil is one big melting pot, but what kind of percentages are we talking about? How do Brazilians define themselves and do their genes “betray” that self-portrait? Does the discrepancy, if any, between the two even matter? Sérgio Danilo Pena, a well-known geneticist from […] more!

China No. 2, but U.S. can remain No. 1 Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced China had passed Japan in 2010 to become Asia’s biggest economy and the world’s second largest, only after the United States. With a Japanese economy that shrank at a 1.1 percent annual rate, while China’s gross domestic product […] more!

In Libya, a despot’s defiance Colonel Muammar Gaddafi last night warned Libya’s growing opposition that he would rather die as a martyr than leave the country he has ruled for more than 40 years, setting the stage for a brutal conclusion to a conflict that has grown bloodier by the day. In a rambling address […] more!

French Commentator Convicted for Inciting Racial Bias A French court on Friday convicted the prominent commentator Éric Zemmour on charges of “provocation to racial discrimination” for televised comments in which he suggested that a majority of criminals in France were “black and Arab,” and said that employers “have the right” to deny employment to those […] more!

A Separation wins Berlin Golden Bear Iranian drama Nader and Simin: A Separation has won the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival. Director Asghar Farhadi’s film, which also took the best acting prizes, tells the story of a troubled marriage. He paid tribute to fellow Iranian Jafar Panahi who could not sit on […] more!

Brazil bishops say reality TV is bad for society Brazil’s Catholic bishops have criticised the country’s popular reality TV shows. The National Conference of Brazilian Bishops called the shows an “attack on the human dignity of participants, who are fascinated with monetary prizes and a short-lived status as a celebrity.” Reality shows draw huge audiences […] more!

Composer John Strauss dies Composer and music editor John Strauss, who worked on films including the Oscar-winning Amadeus, has died at the age of 90 in Los Angeles. Strauss, who had Parkinson’s disease, died at a nursing home on Monday night, the Los Angeles Times reported. As a composer, his best known work in the […] more!

German minister denies plagiarism on PhD thesis Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg got top marks for his 2006 law dissertation from the University of Bayreuth. But the Suddeutsche Zeitung says several long passages in the thesis seem to have just been lifted from other people’s work. The minister, who is currently on a visit to Afghanistan, has […] more!

Alberto Contador returns to cycling after winning doping appeal Contador made his return to competitive cycling in the Tour of Algarve on Wednesday after winning his appeal against a one-year drug ban. He was handed the provisional ban after testing positive for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France, but it was overturned on Tuesday. […] more!

Tunisia migrants: Italy puts Europe on alert Italy has warned that an influx of Tunisian migrants arriving on its shores could have devastating consequences for all European nations. Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said migrants who have landed on the island of Lampedusa threaten the institutional and social structures of Europe. The EU border agency is […] more!

Italian women have held protests nationwide and abroad against embattled Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Thousands of protesters marched in more than 60 towns and cities nationwide. Some women carried banners reading “Italy is not a brothel”, and said Mr Berlusconi had demeaned women with his recent sex scandals. The premier denies attending sex parties and […] more!

Cuba releases political prisoner Eduardo Diaz The Cuban government has freed a political prisoner, Eduardo Diaz, who had refused to go into exile in Spain. The Roman Catholic Church said another dissident, Hector Maseda, was also to be released. The two prisoners were among 52 dissidents the Communist authorities agreed to free in July last […] more!

The government of Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo has officially banned UN radio broadcasts. Mr Gbagbo has refused to stand down following polls in November, which the UN peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast say was won by Alassane Ouattara. The BBC’s John James says the UN’s FM frequency has already been jammed since the […] more!

Finaly Hosni Mubarak is out. Tweet more!

New law in Hungary aimed at curbing the freedom of press is generating protests within the nation and the European Union The controversial media law in Hungary — which is at present holding the rotating presidency of the European Union for the first half of 2011 — is drawing opprobrium in the international community, particularly […] more!

French magistrates strike over murder of teenage girl President Nicolas Sarkozy of France is facing an unprecedented magistrates strike after claiming that the incompetence of judges and the police allowed a repeat offender to allegedly murder and dismember a teenage girl. Courthouses across the country on Monday decided to go on strike until February 10 […] more!

Swedish prosecutors did not follow “proper procedure” while investigating rape claims against Julian Assange, a UK extradition hearing was told. Sven-Erik Alhem, a witness, said it was “quite peculiar” that authorities did not get the Wikileaks founder’s version of events before seeking his arrest. Prosecutors said repeated attempts were made to persuade him to be […] more!

French minister in Tunisia gaffe French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie has admitted she was wrong to fly on a Tunisian businessman’s plane during the country’s uprising. The minister has faced calls to resign because the plane was owned by Aziz Miled, allegedly close to a relative of ousted leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Ms Alliot-Marie […] more!

Lost Amazon rainforest tribe captured on camera for BBC show Cut off from the rest of the world, and living in the heart of dense rainforest along the Brazil-Peru border, they gaze up in suspicion at the aircraft above. The Brazilian authorities have been monitoring them amid fears that an influx of illegal loggers from […] more!

Le mariage gay en France The Mayor of Paris is openly gay. Personalities such as the long-time lover of late fashion guru Yves Saint Laurent play high-profile roles in French society. French gay rights groups are as vocal as they come. But the country whose motto is Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité hasn’t given the love and […] more!

Undertaking 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of breast and colon cancers, according to the new Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health released by WHO today on World Cancer Day. “Physical activity has a strong role to play in reducing the incidence of certain cancers,” says Dr Ala […] more!

France’s prime minister says celebrated Martinican poet Edouard Glissant has died. He was 83. In a statement, Francois Fillon paid homage to Glissant’s work, which “marked several generations of thinkers and writers far beyond” his native French Caribbean island. Le Monde newspaper said Glissant died Thursday in Paris. Born in Sainte-Marie, Martinique, on Sept. 21, […] more!

For hundreds of millions of Chinese, the Lunar New Year is the time to take to road, rail and skies to share food and festivity with their kin. But as a fast-expanding Chinese diaspora spreads across the globe, many will find it impossible to get home for the Year of the Rabbit starting on Thursday […] more!

French Health Minister Xavier Bertrand has published a list of 77 pharmaceutical drugs the government says need to be monitored more closely in the wake of the Mediator scandal. This anti-diabetes medication was allegedly responsible for the deaths of at least 500 people in France. Tweet more!

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