'Be more friendly': France unveils measures to boost tourism

France on Thursday unveiled plans to boost tourism and said it needed to eradicate its surly reputation, as the world's top destination for foreign visitors faces increasingly stiff competition. Speaking at the close of a national conference on tourism, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that the government had fixed a target of attracting 100 million […]

Kerry to head Sunday to Europe, Mideast for Iraq talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry heads abroad Sunday for talks on the crisis in Iraq, seeking to find ways to end deep sectarian divisions threatening to tear the country apart. From June 22 to 27, Kerry will travel to Amman and then onto Brussels and Paris "to consult with partners and allies on how […]