A French processing company is in the spotlight over the horsemeat scandal that's sweeping Europe. The government in Paris has accused a firm called Spanghero of knowingly selling horsemeat as beef. The company denies the allegation.
European police have arrested 26 in a crackdown on horsemeat trafficking. The EU's judicial agency reports that the ring is accused of introducing parts of horses unfit for consumption into the commercial food chain.
The London-based banking giant HSBC is to face a French criminal probe over so-called "SwissLeaks" controversy. According to stolen documents, HSBC'S Swiss branch helped rich clients hide millions and avoid taxes.
Iran and world powers are reported to have made progress in talks to restrict Tehran's nuclear program. However, Germany and France say more needs to be done while Israel urged negotiators to demand "a better deal."
Sjaak Rijke has been freed after nearly four years of captivity by a French military operation in the far north of Mali. Several militants have also been captured, the French defense ministry has said in a statement.