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Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc, which had a driver was accused of rape in New Delhi, said it was exploring adding new methods to verify drivers' credentials and make its service safer. Uber has started research and development on biometrics and voice verification to build tools for enhanced driver screening, Phillip Cardenas, the...

French President to visit Ebola-hit Guinea

French President to visit Ebola-hit Guinea

French President Francois Hollande is to arrive in Guinea, becoming the first Western leader to visit a nation hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus. He will deliver "a message of solidarity" to Guinea, where more than 1,200 have died of Ebola. France has pledged 100m euros (£79m; $125m) to help tackle the disease by...

Shakespeare folio discovered in France

Shakespeare folio discovered in France

First folios of Shakespeare’s plays are among the world’s rarest books, intensely scrutinised by scholars for what their sometimes-minute variations — each copy is different — reveal about the playwright’s intentions, reports the New York Times. Now a previously unknown folio has surfaced at a small library in northern France, bringing the world’s known...

Fake clown stalking

Fake clown stalking

French police are on high alert after fake clowns caused panic across France in a spreading phenomenon that has led to violence and a response by vigilantes. Fourteen teenagers dressed as clowns and carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats were arrested out side a school in Agde, southern France, on Saturday. One provincial newspaper,...

Total's CEO dies in Moscow plane crash

Total's CEO dies in Moscow plane crash

Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of French oil company Total, has died in an air crash in Moscow. .@Total confirms that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow pic.twitter.com/1VuWDyl9jJ — Michael Rusch (@weeddude) October 21, 2014 Airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said: "Tonight, a plane crashed when...

Earth's magnetic field could flip faster than we thought

Earth's magnetic field could flip faster than we thought

Imagine the world waking up one morning to discover that all compasses pointed south instead of north. It’s not as bizarre as it sounds. Earth’s magnetic field has flipped -- though not overnight -- many times throughout the planet’s history. Its dipole magnetic field, like that of a bar magnet, remains about the same...

IMF's Christine Lagarde 'under investigation'

IMF's Christine Lagarde 'under investigation'

International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged. She has been questioned several times about her role in a 400m euro (£318m; $527m) compensation payout to businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008. Lagarde, 58, was finance minister...

French PM presents govt resignation

French PM presents govt resignation

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls presented the resignation of his government to the president on Monday, Francois Hollande's office said in a statement. The statement said a new government would be formed on Tuesday in line with the "direction he (the president) has defined for our country." The move comes a day after leftist Economy...

No survivors in Air Algerie crash

No survivors in Air Algerie crash

France yesterday announced there were no survivors among the 116 people on board the Air Algerie flight that crashed over Mali, saying bad weather was the likely cause of the disaster. "Sadly, there are no survivors," President Francois Hollande said on television, a day after flight AH017, carrying 51 French nationals, went down shortly...

WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL: GER VS FRA

Hummels breaks French hearts

Hummels breaks French hearts

A first half header from Mats Hummels fired Germany into the semi-finals of the World Cup with a narrow 1-0 win over France. The Borussia Dortmund defender missed the last-16 victory over Algeria as a result of flu-like symptoms, with the bug having also affected a number of the squad in the build-up to...

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