Sophie Nicholson

One year on, Mexico still recovering from swine flu

Since raising the A(H1N1) alert on April 23 2009, Mexico has registered more than 72 000 cases, including almost 1 200 deaths.

Haiti rescuers refuse to give up hope

Search teams in Haiti on Thursday refused to abandon hope of finding more survivors of last week's massive earthquake.

Close battle expected in Venezuela vote

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on Sunday gambles on a bid to lift his presidential term limit, with a view to spending another decade in power.

French farmers twist tradition to subsist

Purists may frown, but chocolate foie gras and kiwi liquor are just two examples of how French farmers are evolving their offerings in order to lure new customers in a competitive food market. Six times a year, small farmers from across France meet in the Paris region to sell their wares directly to city customers.

Muslim-themed ‘Beurger King’ opens in France

After the success of Mecca Cola, a soft drink marketed to French Muslims, perhaps it was only a matter of time before a Muslim-themed fast-food restaurant opened in the country with Europe's largest Islamic population. The bright and colourful ''Beurger King Muslim'' was launched in July in a Paris suburb crowded with immigrants.

Thousands of books disappear from French national library

Thousands of 19th and 20th century books disappeared from France's national library before it moved to a new location nine years ago, a library spokesperson said on Monday. National Library of France officials said they discovered about 30 000 books and documents were missing during an inventory in the mid-1990s.

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