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French airspace partially closed; flights bound for the UK Scandinavia grounded

Civil aviation authorities are partially closing French airspace following Iceland’s volcano eruption that sent a cloud of ash skyward, disrupting flight schedules across northern Europe.

A quick Saturday night burger in a Paris rarely seen

It's funny how no matter whether you're in London, New York or even Paris, fast food restaurants on a Saturday night are odd and usually quite depressing. As a French man, I was preparing to make a homemade quiche, but because we had no gas in my building I had to go to the Quick — a European burger place — around the corner.

Analysis: Obama refocuses his diplomacy

BOSTON — Real diplomacy doesn’t happen to the sound of applause. It is a quiet, complex, back-channel enterprise and one that requires a personal relationship between individual heads of state. In recent weeks, it seems President Barack Obama has come to understand this and has shown a change in the White House’s game plan when it comes to international affairs.

Repercussions of the Sarkozy/Bruni affair rumors

First rumors of infidelity in France's first marriage — President Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni  — occupied the attention of the press in France. Now they're following talk of accusations, criminal inquiries and lawsuits, as prosecutors and police have opened an investigation to find out who is responsible for spreading the rumors that Sarkozy and Bruni have been unfaithful to each other.

"Irregular" immigrant workers protest for the right to live and work in France

Running into protests is a common enough occurence in Paris. Just Saturday, while out on a stroll with friends near the Bastille monument, I bumped into thousands of purple-shirted people participating in "No Sakozy Day."

Global economy: grease is the word

BOSTON — The business world is abuzz with Apple's magical new iPad, set for worldwide release today. This column is not about that. That's because the real economic action this week took place not in Apple's shimmering and idealized high tech utopia, but rather, in the greasy and grimy world of manufacturing. No, it's not as sexy as a Steve Jobs marketing orgy. But it is more important. It turns out the world's factories are churning fiercely again, from the U.S., to China to Europe and beyond. And that's a very good thing.

Sarkozy sets aside problems at home, visits the US

When Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama dine privately with their spouses at the White House this evening (a first), chances are they won’t run out of topics to talk about: sanctions against Iran, troop levels in Afghanistan, the conflict in Middle East — to name a few. Not to mention both countries' dealings with Russia, the environment and economic reform — in light of the fact that France will hold both the G8 and G20 presidencies next year.

French teachers walk out over violence

PARIS, France — French teachers are protesting, but not for the usual reasons: They say violent attacks have become all too commonplace in schools, an unintended result of budget cutbacks. A string of incidents since the beginning of the year have turned some schools into venues for settling instead of earning scores. In January, an 18-year-old student named Hakim died after being stabbed by a fellow student at a suburban high school over an exchange of words between the alleged attacker and the victim’s sister.

Protesting on "No Sarkozy Day"

Protesters gather in central Paris

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