The US and France have denounced a new Israeli plan expanding settlement activity in occupied Palestinian land. An official said that new construction projects would be approved before Israel considers a settlement freeze sought by Washington.
Popular French singer Johnny Hallyday has cancelled a September 20 show on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion because of the quick spread of the influenza A (H1N1) virus there. Hallyday's insurance policy doesn't cover him for this kind of risk.
For the first time, a budding genre, Web documentaries, featured at the International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, Visa pour l’Image. A Le Monde.fr production received an award for their original take on prison life.
The trial of Jerome Kerviel, the former trader accused of having lost French bank Societe Generale 4.9 billion euros, has been delayed pending the examination of a procedural appeal lodged by his lawyer.