Olympics spotlight troubles in host China

BEIJING, March 20 (UPI) -- The upcoming 2008 Summer Olympic Games, less than five months away, are spotlighting problems in host country China, reports say.

Ill woman who sought death, dies

PLOMBIèRES-LES-DIJON, France, March 20 (UPI) -- A French woman who sought death over life with a rare cancer that left her disfigured, blind and in severe pain was found dead Wednesday, authorities said.

France moving on Canadian Afghan help

BRUSSELS, March 7 (UPI) -- France's foreign minister indicated his country is responding to Canada's appeal for 1,000 troops in the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
Bhutto death probe may get outside help

Bhutto death probe may get outside help

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The Pakistani government, after earlier rejecting outside help, may accept an international investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

France favors cooperation with India

NEW DELHI, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- France's foreign minister said his country favors civil nuclear cooperation with India, which is undertaking safeguards talks with the U.N. nuclear agency.

Next Iran sanctions clash

MOSCOW, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The latest report from Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Iran's nuclear program may finally destroy consensus amongst the Iranian Six -- the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany -- and lead to unilateral sanctions against Iran.
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PA balks ahead of Annapolis peace talks

JERUSALEM, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority withdrew its support Sunday for joint Israeli-Palestinian documents to be presented at upcoming peace talks in the United States.

U.N. chief in Lebanon ahead of elections

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged Lebanese leaders to reach agreement to ensure next week's presidential elections meet widespread acceptance.

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Lebanese presidential election delayed

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Iran says sanctions won't halt nuke drive

TEHRAN, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Iran’s foreign minister Monday dismissed threats of international sanctions, saying they wouldn't deter Tehran's development of nuclear energy.

Report: EU weighs Iran sanction options

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- About 1,700 German companies are active in Iran ($7 billion in trade), where most companies are equipped with German technology. Under U.S. pressure, Germany’s three main commercial banks have closed their Tehran offices and Chancellor Angela Merkel, from the U.N. rostrum, urged a hard line against Iran’s nuclear program. But this finds little favorable echo in the Bundestag. Thus, EU sanctions would most likely be watered down to where neither Iran nor Germany would feel much pain.

France calls for EU sanctions on Iran

PARIS, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- France has petitioned fellow EU members to impose further sanctions against Iran for its uranium enrichment program.
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Bernard Kouchner
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (R) shakes hand with French President Nicolas Sarkozy while Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Kouchner (L) and Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie (2-L) look on at the Elysee Palace in Paris on May 4, 2009. Talks between the leaders are expected to include armament of Iraqi Forces, investment, construction, trade and educational cooperation between both countries. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)

Bernard Kouchner (born 1 November 1939 in Avignon) is a French politician, diplomat, and doctor. He is co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) -- also known as Doctors Without Borders -- and Doctors of the World. From 2007 until 2010 he was the French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs in the right-wing Fillon government under president Nicolas Sarkozy, although he had been in the past a minister in socialist governments.

Born to a Jewish father and a Protestant mother, he began his political career as a member of the French Communist Party (PCF), from which he was expelled in 1966 for attempting to overthrow the leadership. On a visit to Cuba in 1964, Kouchner spent the night fishing and drinking with Fidel Castro. In the protests of May 1968, he ran the medical faculty strike committee at the Sorbonne. Kouchner has three children (Julie, Camille and Antoine) by his first wife, Évelyne Pisier, a professor of law, and one child, Alexandre, by his present wife Christine Ockrent, a television journalist. He worked as a physician for the Red Cross in Biafra in 1968 (during the Nigerian Civil War). He founded Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in 1971, and then, due to a conflict of opinion with MSF chairman Claude Malhuret, the Doctors of the World ('Médecins du Monde') in 1980. What made him co-found Médecins Sans Frontières was his experience as a physician for the Red Cross during the Nigerian Civil War that took place in Biafra, 1968. Kouchner worked as a humanitarian volunteer during the Siege of Naba’a refugee camp in Lebanon in East Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War taking risks that "other foreign aid workers weren’t, even worked closely with the Shia cleric Imam Musa al-Sadr."

From 1988, he began his government career in Socialist governments, though he was not always a member of the French Socialist Party. He became 'Secrétaire d'état', a lower position in the Cabinet, for Humanitarian Action in 1988, then Minister of Health in 1992, under Mitterrand's presidency. Later, he continued his political career in the European Parliament. Between 1993 and 1997, France was governed by right governments.

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