Two French soldiers have been killed in combat in the Central African Republic, the French presidency says.
US President Barack Obama is to nominate John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the White House has said.
Mr Brennan, who has worked for the CIA for a quarter of a century, is currently the president's chief counter-terrorism adviser.
Mr Brennan, who was considered for the role in 2008, is to be formally nominated later on Monday.
His appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.