France dissolves symbolic regiment based in Germany
Paris (AFP) Oct 31, 2013 – France said Thursday it was closing down a 1,000-strong infantry regiment based in Germany that is part of a highly symbolic Franco-German brigade, a move Berlin reacted to with “regret”. The brigade was set up in 1989 by then French president Francois Mitterrand and German chancellor Helmut Kohl to increase military cooperation between the two former World War II-era foes. The French de … more

Colombia, FARC signal progress in peace talks
Havana (AFP) Oct 31, 2013 – The Colombian government and the leftist guerrilla group FARC said Thursday they were extending their latest round of peace negotiations, signaling progress on a key issue in the year-old talks. The sides agreed to talk until Monday “with the objective of advancing the discussion and building an agreement on the second point of the agenda,” FARC representative Marcos Calarca said. Negoti … more