- Havana has prioritized foreign investment and private enterprise, slashed state-sector jobs, while seeking closer cooperation with the European Union. Will Cuba’s latest market-based reforms undermine the social gains of the 1959 Revolution?
- French far-right leader Marine le Pen has spoken out in support of Russia and expressed her dismay at Paris’s refusal to allow MPs to meet State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin, simply because of his inclusion in the US sanctions list.
- A French fundamentalist priest raped and tortured three teachers at a private religious school he ran during so-called exorcisms, leaving one the victims so disturbed she couldn’t describe events to investigators.
- Russia says it will not reconsider its principles and foreign policy after the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) passed a resolution that puts all the blame for the Ukrainian crisis on Moscow.
- WikiLeaks has published what the anti-secrecy organization says is the penultimate draft agreement expected to be discussed later this month in Brazil at a global internet governance meeting co-hosted by 12 countries including the United States.
- France has pulled out of the 20th commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda following accusations by President Paul Kagame, who said France played ‘a direct role’ in one of the bloodiest events of 20th century.
- US officials on Friday slammed plans to construct an EU-centric communication system, designed to prevent emails and phone calls from being swept up by the NSA, warning that such a move is a violation of trade laws.
- Neither French troops nor the African-led forces were able to stop the violence in CAR, and EU troops are also unlikely to do it, as the problems are deep-seated and aren’t going to go away fast, Africa affairs analyst Ayo Johnson told RT.
- The success of the French far-right in local elections shows that a vote for the National Front (FN) is no longer a protest vote as the party is being heard on subjects other than immigration, Ludovic De Danne, aide to FN leader Marine le Pen told RT.
- French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his team have resigned after the Socialist party's poor result in the local elections, the Hotel Matignon stated. The cabinet will be headed by Interior Minister Manuel Valls.
- Francois Hollande is expected to launch a major cabinet reshuffle, as preliminary results show his Socialist party suffering a bitter defeat in local elections. The far right meanwhile has made a breakthrough, claiming its biggest victory in history.
- France’s Total is reportedly in talks with Russia’s Lukoil to develop a shale formation in the Russian Urals – estimated to be the biggest in the world. It's evidence western businesses want to work with Russia, casting off political talk of sanctions.