Herve Asquin

Leaders meet on crunch weekend for European banking

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde has held talks in Paris with President Nicolas Sarkozy on a crunch weekend for the European debt crisis.

Somali pirates end French hostage-taking peacefully

Pirates off the coast of Somalia released 30 hostages seized aboard a French yacht a week ago following negotiations that ended the stand-off peacefully, French officials said. The hostages, including 22 French crew aboard Le Ponant, were freed ''without incident'', President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a statement, without providing details.

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