Leading article: A problematic homecoming

When Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives home in France and to what he hopes will be a more normal life, he may not – as some other notable absentees have done – be returning to another country. But French politics have been changed by his absence, and cannot but be changed again by his presence.

Strauss-Kahn threatens legal action against maid

Dominique Strauss-Kahn may take civil legal action against the hotel maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a now-dismissed criminal case, one of the former IMF chief's lawyers said. Mr Strauss-Kahn could file his own claims to counter Nafissatou Diallo's ongoing civil lawsuit, the lawyer Benjamin Brafman said. "That's certainly a consideration, because she did lie and he has suffered enormous damages as a result of those lies."

DSK's friends show crass indecency, says French accuser

The writer who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape has said his allies have shown "crass indecency" in celebrating the dismissal of sexual assault charges against him.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn cleared, with a hitch

The sex assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn took yet another legal turn today, when a New York judge dismissed the charges — but put the order on hold pending an appeal.

Prosecutors ask judge to dismiss Strauss-Kahn sex assault case

District attorney withdraws charges after accuser's credibility is called into question

Strauss-Kahn case 'may be dropped'

The sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn is likely to be dropped by New York prosecutors, an official close to the case said.

Maid's lawyers fear prosecutor plans to drop charges against Strauss-Kahn

Lawyers for the maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault voiced concern yesterday that New York's chief criminal prosecutor may be about to back away from pressing the case against the former IMF chief any further.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn lawyers reject hospital's 'rape' report

The leaking this week of Nafissatou Diallo's medical records, including "rape" as a cause of injury has unleashed a new storm of mutual recrimination between the legal teams of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former managing director of the IMF, and the cleaning maid who claims he sexually assaulted her in a Manhattan hotel suite in May.

Business diary: Sinking feeling for the French

As France continues to reject suggestions it might be close to losing its prized AAA creditrating, it is fielding Christian Noyer, the governor of the Bank of France, to put the country's case. And very effective Mr Noyer is too: a high-flying civil servant, he is exactly the sort of sophisticated communicator the French need right now. Still, the name might raise a few eyebrows in the Anglo-Saxon world, at least amongst those with linguistic skills. For Noyer translates as "to drown" or "to flood". As in drown or flood with debt.

DSK maid to file civil lawsuit for sex assault

The chambermaid behind charges of sexual assault against the former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a hotel in Manhattan three months ago yesterday filed a lawsuit against him alleging that he came at her from behind with "depravity in his heart".

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A French court has decided to investigate new IMF chief Christine Lagarde's role in a $400m (£244 million) arbitration deal in favour of a controversial tycoon.

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