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France's Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin attends the Bastille Day military parade, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Paris. France are honoring nurses, ambulance drivers, supermarket cashiers and others on its biggest national holiday Tuesday. Bastille Day's usual grandiose military parade in Paris is being redesigned this year to celebrate heroes of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

France's Macron defends security chief accused of rape

Jul. 14, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is defending his decision to put a man accused of rape in charge of all the nation’s police forces, citing the presumption of innocence. After multiple protests by women’s rights groups against the recent appointment of Gerald Darmanin as interior...

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 1, 2020 file photo, a man wearing a face mask to protect against the new coronavirus looks at his smartphone as he walks past a Huawei store in Beijing. The British government is reportedly poised to backtrack on plans to give Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei a limited role in the U.K.‘s new high-speed mobile phone network, a decision with broad implications for relations between the two countries. Britain’s decision to re-examine the question, the results of which will be announced Tuesday, July 14 came after the U.S. threatened to sever an intelligence-sharing arrangement because of concerns Huawei equipment could allow the Beijing government to infiltrate U.K. networks.  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, file)

UK to exclude Huawei from role in high-speed phone network

Jul. 14, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government on Tuesday backtracked on plans to give Chinese telecommunications company Huawei a limited role in the U.K.’s new high-speed mobile phone network in a decision with broad implications for relations between London and Beijing. Britain said it imposed the ban...

France's President Emmanuel Macron, left, and France's Prime Minister Jean Castex, wear face mask, at the end of the Bastille Day military parade, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Paris. Nurses in white coats played the starring role in France's Bastille Day ceremonies Tuesday instead of uniformed soldiers, as the usual grandiose military parade was recalibrated to honor medics who died fighting COVID-19, supermarket cashiers, postal workers and other heroes of the pandemic. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

The Latest: France to require masks at indoor public spaces

Jul. 14, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to require masks inside all indoor public spaces by Aug. 1. In an interview with French television networks marking Bastille Day, Macron says “the best prevention” for the virus are masks, social distancing and hand washing. Macron says...

Armenia-Azerbaijan border fighting escalates, 14 killed

Jul. 14, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces escalated Tuesday, with Azerbaijan reporting seven more troops killed, including a general, and Armenia saying it has lost two servicemen. Skirmishes on the volatile border between the two South Caucasus nations began Sunday. The new...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 13 2020 file photo, Roger Torrent, President of Catalonian Parliament, answers reporters at the European Parliament  in Strasbourg, eastern France. The speaker of the Catalan regional parliament is demanding that the Spanish government launch an official investigation into reports that his cellphone was the target of espionage, allegedly by Spanish security services. Roger Torrent, a leading Catalan independence supporter, said Tuesday, July 14 in a televised statement, “It’s important for the truth to come out.” (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, file)

Catalan leader demands investigation into Spain spying claim

Jul. 14, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The speaker of the Catalan regional parliament demanded Tuesday that the Spanish government launch an official investigation into reports that his cellphone was the target of espionage, allegedly by Spanish security services. Roger Torrent, a leading supporter of Catalonia’s efforts to...

UK government to exclude Huawei from role in supplying new high-speed network equipment to wireless carriers

Jul. 14, 2020 7:43 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — UK government to exclude Huawei from role in supplying new high-speed network equipment to wireless carriers.
France's President Emmanuel Macron reviews troops before the start of the Bastille Day military parade, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Paris. France are honoring nurses, ambulance drivers, supermarket cashiers and others on its biggest national holiday Tuesday. Bastille Day's usual grandiose military parade in Paris is being redesigned this year to celebrate heroes of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

France says 'merci' to virus heroes on poignant Bastille Day

Jul. 14, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Nurses in white coats replaced uniformed soldiers as stars of France’s Bastille Day ceremonies Tuesday as the usual grandiose military parade was recalibrated to honor medics who died fighting COVID-19, supermarket cashiers, postal workers and other heroes of the pandemic. With tears in...

FILE  - In this Wednesday April 4, 2018, file image, alleged jihadist leader Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud takes his seat in the court room for his initial appearance on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. The trial opened Tuesday, July 14, 2020 of an alleged Islamic extremist charged with policing a brutal Islamic regime in the Malian city of Timbukti after al-Qaida linked rebels overran the historic desert city in 2012. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, who sat in court wearing a face mask and white headscarf, is charged with involvement in crimes including rape, torture, enforced marriages and sexual slavery from April 2012 until the end of January 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool, File)

Defense: Alleged Timbuktu jihadi may be unfit for ICC trial

Jul. 14, 2020 6:25 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers for an alleged Islamic extremist told International Criminal Court judges Tuesday that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and could be unfit to stand trial on charges that he policed a brutal Islamic regime in Timbuktu after al-Qaida linked...

National Archives of Australia Director-General David Ficker speaks, in Canberra, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, about the release of more than 1,200 pages of letters between Queen Elizabeth II's office and Governor-General Sir John Kerr from August 1974 to December 1977. Queen Elizabeth II's office assured her representative in Australia he had the power to bring down the Australian government a week before he took the extraordinary move in 1975 and created a political crisis, according to the released letters. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)

Queen's Australia rep was assured of power before '75 crisis

Jul. 14, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II’s office assured her representative in Australia he had the power to bring down the Australian government a week before he took the extraordinary move in 1975 and created a political crisis, according to letters released Tuesday. The National Archives of...

A customer receives a Gelish manicure at Lily's Nails & Beauty on Clerkenwell Road in London, Monday, July 13, 2020. Nail bars, beauty salons, tattoo and massage studios, are among businesses able to reopen in the latest lifting of restrictions in England put in place to stem the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK demands the public wear face coverings in shops

Jul. 14, 2020 6:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government will demand people wear face coverings in shops as it seeks to clarify its message after weeks of prevarication amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to tell the House of Commons on Tuesday that anyone failing to comply with the...