Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian ex-billionaire who spent a decade in prison after opposing President Vladimir Putin, in his most public criticism since being released in December backed the anti-Kremlin uprising in Ukraine and called for Western support against Russia.
Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion, a wine producer owned by real-estate company Pichet in the Pessac-Leognan region of Bordeaux, started construction of a winery designed by architect Philippe Starck, Agence France-Presse said.
Leopoldo Lopez, the leader of the Venezuelan opposition party Voluntad Popular, said he’ll lead a march on Feb. 18 and possibly face arrest if Venezuela’s government follows through on threats to jail him.
In the first official trip by a French president to California in 30 years, Francois Hollande sought to convince San Francisco-area companies that he’s making France a better country to invest and pay taxes in.
A visit to Iran by a French business delegation has prompted a call by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, to express concern, a State Department official told Congress.
Francois Hollande’s announcement that he has split from partner Valerie Trierweiler should end weeks of discussion about the French president’s private life and turn attention back to the economy, politicians said.