Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says security deal with France is ambitious, substantive News

LONDON: Concerns are mounting over the future of Britain’s Inter Faith Network, founded in 1997 to improve cohesion between religious communities, as the government considers scrapping its funding. The Guardian reported on Friday that Communities Secretary Michael Gove had written to the IFN saying he was “minded to withdraw” £155,000 ($194,599) of provisional funding over … Read more

Macron says recognizing a Palestinian state ‘not a taboo’ for France News

LONDON: Eight relatives of the Palestinian ambassador to the UK have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip. Husam Zomlot took to X to reveal that an image of a dead 7-year-old girl circulating online is Sidra Hassouna, his wife’s cousin. The graphic image shows the body of the girl in the … Read more

Zelensky to sign security pacts with Germany, France on Friday News

PARIS: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is traveling to Berlin and Paris on Friday to sign security pacts with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron, officials said. Zelensky’s trip to the European Union’s two largest countries comes as Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine enters a third year. Kyiv’s troops face an increasingly difficult situation … Read more

Saudi Arabia and France sign deal foster Olympic relations, expertise News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and France’s national Olympic committees on Wednesday signed an agreement to enhance bilateral relations, sports and Olympic cooperation between the two sides. Saudi Minister of Sport Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal, who is also the president of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, signed the memorandum of understanding at Al-Janadriyah Square … Read more

France proposes Hezbollah withdrawal, border talks for Israel-Lebanon truce News

Finland elects new president to take over top job in NATO’s newcomer and Russia’s neighbor HELSINKI: Finland has a new president after former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb narrowly won a runoff vote Sunday for the key post in this Nordic country. Stubb, who takes over in March, will steer Finland’s foreign and security policy, including … Read more

France to revoke birthright citizenship in Mayotte to fight migration crisis News

Thailand ‘salesman’ PM says kingdom ‘open for business,’ sees huge potential in KSA BANGKOK: Nothing is perhaps more symbolic of the delicate balance Thailand manages between East and West than the Thai prime minister proposing that Arab News interviews him at the local Starbucks, in Chinatown, on the day of Chinese New Year — a … Read more

Gigi Hadid opens Jacquemus show in France News

DUBAI: US Dutch Palestinian model Gigi Hadid is back on the runway.  The catwalk star opened French label Jacquemus’s show in Saint-Paul-De-Vence, France, donning a textured cream-colored coat adorned with exaggerated curved sleeves. The coat was layered over a crisp, white-collared shirt. Accentuating her silhouette, the coat was cinched at the waist with a wide … Read more

Seven wounded Palestinian children arrive in France News

Pakistani painters sit idle as digital ads rule campaigns ahead of February polls KARACHI: Muhammad Irshad recently whitewashed a wall in a densely populated, low-income neighborhood in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi with a solution made of lime and water and then painted on it an election promotion in vibrant colors. While past elections … Read more

India rolls out red carpet for Macron as France eyes trade deals News

NEW DELHI: President Emmanuel Macron arrives as the guest of honor in India on Thursday with a sumptuous palace feast and colorful military parade, as France eyes lucrative deals with the world’s fifth-biggest economy. Macron will be offered a red carpet welcome by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with dinner in a 19th-century maharaja’s palace, and … Read more

France to deliver 40 more long-range missiles to Ukraine: Macron News

PUL-E ALAM, Afghanistan: Khurma had to borrow her neighbor’s shoes to walk to Pul-e Alam city to collect a cash handout being given to the growing number of vulnerable Afghans who are struggling to survive the winter.The 45-year-old widow waited in her threadbare blue burqa to receive 3,200 Afghanis ($45) from the UN World Food … Read more