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US Air Force continues to support France in Mali

The U.S. Air Force continues to back French air operations in Mali through refuelling efforts, logistical movements, troop transport and information sharing, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today. “Since French operations began Jan. 11, the U.S. has been sharing intelligence with the French,” Little told reporters. The United States has provided airlift support to the French army since Jan. 21, he added, and began refuelling support for French air operations Jan. 27. As of Jan. 27, the U.S. Air Force had flown 17 C-17 sorties, moving more than 391 tons of equipment and supplies and nearly 500 French personnel into Bamako, Little said. One refuelling mission has been conducted … Continue reading

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Lagarde becomes first woman to lead IMF

By Liz Alderman As predicted just over a month ago on these pages (March 23, 2011), French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde has become the first woman to be appointed to the helm of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), taking on one of the most powerful positions in global finance as a worsening crisis in Greece threatens the euro currency union and rattles financial markets worldwide. Mrs Lagarde’s victory was sealed when the U.S. Treasury secretary Timothy F. Geithner said the United States would endorse her over the Mexican central bank governor Agustín Carstens — her only competitor for the job. “Minister Lagarde’s exceptional talent and broad experience will provide invaluable … Continue reading

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