US ‘AT MOMENT OF RECKONING’ CLINTON TELLS DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Thursday Americans faced challenges at home and abroad that demand steady leadership and a collective spirit, and attacked Republican Donald Trump for sowing fear and divisiveness. In the biggest speech of her more than 25-year-old career in the public eye, Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination for the Nov. 8 election with a promise to make the United States a country that worked for everyone.
ONGOING AIR FRANCE STRIKE BRINGS TRAVEL MISERY TO THOUSANDS
A week-long strike by Air France cabin crew that affected some 30,000 passengers on Thursday continued Friday, and is expected to drag on to August 2. Two trade unions representing Air France air hosts and hostesses delivered a notice last week to launch a strike from July 27 to August 2 – one of the busiest weeks of the year – after talks failed to bring a compromise on labour accord rules, pay and promotions.
HOLLANDE JOINS RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN CALLING FOR UNITY AFTER CHURCH ATTACK
President François Hollande displayed interfaith solidarity with France's religious leaders after two Islamist militants killed a priest in a church, igniting fierce political criticism of the government's security record. One of the assailants was a known would-be jihadist awaiting trial under supposedly tight surveillance, a revelation that raised pressure over the Socialist government's response to a wave of attacks claimed by Islamic State since early in 2015.
EUROPEAN COMMISSION APPOINTS FRANCE’S BARNIER TO LEAD BREXIT
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker appointed veteran French politician and former EU commissioner Michel Barnier to lead the negotiations with Britain on its exit from the bloc. Britain's June 23 vote to quit the 28-nation European Union shocked EU leaders who had bet on a vote to remain but they have since rallied, with France and the Commission leading demands that negotiations should begin as soon as possible.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR RESIGNS AHEAD OF CONVENTION TO NOMINATE CLINTON
The head of the Democratic Party, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned on Sunday amid a furor over embarrassing leaked emails, hoping to head off a growing rebellion by Bernie Sanders supporters on the eve of the convention to nominate Hillary Clinton for the White House. Lingering bitterness from the heated primary campaign between Clinton and Sanders erupted after more than 19,000 Democratic National Committee emails, leaked on Friday, confirmed Sanders' frequent charge that the party played favorites in the race.