France Awards American-jewish Author Philip Roth Highest Honor

Mali president cuts short France visit

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius presented the award to Roth on Friday in New York. Related: The award recognizes civilians and soldiers. Roth was granted the title of commander, the French news agency AFP reported. France is giving you back what you have given to my country, Fabius said, according to AFP. Roth, the author of nearly 30 novels, has and won numerous literary prizes. They include two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards and the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He told a French magazine last year that he was done writing fiction. Send Your comment must be approved by a moderator before being published on JPost.com. Disqus users can post comments automatically. Comments must adhere to our Talkback policy . If you believe that a comment has breached the Talkback policy, please press the flag icon to bring it to the attention of our moderation team. JPost Services Terms Of Service Jpost.com, the online edition of the Jerusalem Post Newspaper – the most read and best-selling English-language newspaper in Israel . For analysis and opinion from Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East .

In comments broadcast late Wednesday, Assad told Venezuela’s Telesur television he is not ruling out a U.S. military strike on his country, despite agreeing to a deal requiring him to give up his chemical weapons. President Assad said his government remains committed to the U.S.-Russian deal, which emerged after the U.S. threatened airstrikes to punish his government for a poison gas attack last month on a rebel-held area that killed hundreds. Assad denies carrying out the attack. The U.S. delayed the airstrikes after Assad agreed to the deal. But the Syrian leader told Telesur that the possibility of what he called U.S. “aggression” was always there, whether the “pretext” was chemical weapons or “something else.” His comments came as U.N. chemical weapons inspectors returned to Syria to investigate multiple incidents where chemical weapons were allegedly used. The team of experts, led by Swedish chief Ake Sellstrom, has already determined that the deadly nerve agent sarin was used in the August 21 attack near Damascus. The team’s mandate does not include assigning blame for any of the attacks. Sea power is growing in response to the rise of China and Western reluctance to deploy ground troops in conflicts like Syria More Featured Videos Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe’s Flash Player.

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“The situation demands his presence and if it wasn’t for the meeting (with Hollande) he would already have returned,” he added. Insurgents launched an attack on the Malian army in the rebel bastion of Kidal on Monday, in fresh violence since the breakdown of peace talks. The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), which is fighting for autonomy in northern Mali, ambushed soldiers at a bank, the scene of a fierce firefight on Sunday night, a senior Malian army officer told AFP. Keita met French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday. Before arriving in France he attended a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York. The security situation in Mali has worsened in his absence. Four suicide bombers blew up their car at a military barracks in the desert city of Timbuktu on Saturday, killing two civilians, an attack claimed by the north African group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. On Monday, dozens of disgruntled soldiers involved in Mali’s 2012 coup fired guns in the air at a protest, wounding and taking hostage a close aide of mutiny leader Amadou Sanogo, military sources said. The soldiers, based in the garrison town of Kati, near the capital Bamako, are unhappy at not having been promoted alongside colleagues also involved in ousting then-president Amadou Toumani Toure in March last year. There was confusion over whether Colonel Habib Diallo had been released, with some soldiers inside the camp saying he had been rushed to hospital for treatment on a bullet wound while others said he remained a hostage. Sanogo led a group of fellow mid-level officers in overthrowing Toure on March 22 last year, upending what had been considered one of west Africa’s flagship democracies. The mutiny precipitated the fall of northern Mali to Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda but a military intervention by French and African troops in January chased the rebels from the region’s main cities.