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French President Emmanuel Macron, arrives for a meeting with associations, in Mulhouse, eastern France, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Macron said Tuesday he was determined to fight against

France to end imam, teacher deals to counter extremism

Feb. 18, 2020 4:28 PM EST

MULHOUSE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced measures intended to counter Islamic extremism in France by giving the government more authority over the schooling of children, the financing of mosques and the training of imams. Macron, during a visit to the city of Mulhouse...

In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, photo, a medical worker records down a patient's condition at Jinyintan Hospital designated for new coronavirus infected patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Chinatopix via AP)

Russia to ban entry of Chinese nationals to halt virus

Feb. 18, 2020 3:14 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Russia will temporarily ban Chinese nationals from entering the country due to the virus outbreak centered in China that has infected more than 73,000 people worldwide, Russian authorities said Tuesday. The entry ban goes into effect Thursday at midnight Moscow time (2100 GMT) for an...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2019 file photo, Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky arrives at the Paris courthouse, as he goes on trial after he set fire to the facade of France's central bank in Paris. Pyotr Pavlensky, noted for macabre, politically charged actions reportedly claimed responsibility for the online video posts that apparently prompted Benjamin Griveaux's resignation to become mayor of Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Man who toppled Paris mayor hopeful charged over sex videos

Feb. 18, 2020 2:26 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A controversial Russian performance artist who claimed responsibility for releasing sex videos that brought down a high-profile candidate for Paris mayor has been handed preliminary charges for violation of privacy and publishing sexual images or comments without the consent of the person. ...

In this handout photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to media at a briefing after the Security Council meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists are blaming each other for an outbreak of fighting in the country's rebel-held east. Ukraine's Army Chief of Staff Ruslan Homchak, right, and the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov, left, listen. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Government troops, rebels exchange fire in eastern Ukraine

Feb. 18, 2020 9:30 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists blamed each other for an outbreak of fighting in the country's rebel-held east on Tuesday. Ukraine's military said in a statement that the separatists attempted to advance into the Ukraine-controlled territory but were repelled. Ukrainian...

France's Defense Minister Florence Parly, left, talks with Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades during their meeting at the Presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Parly said on Tuesday that her country stands in solidarity with Cyprus amid tensions over a Turkish search for natural gas inside Cypriot waters. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

France gives backing to Cyprus amid gas search tensions

Feb. 18, 2020 5:51 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — France's defense minister said Tuesday that her country stands in solidarity with Cyprus amid tensions over a Turkish search for natural gas inside Cypriot waters. Florence Parly said France supports Cyprus, which finds itself under “strong pressure.” “France is...

FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, a TGV high-speed train at the Saint-Charles train station, in Marseille, southern France. French train maker Alstom said Monday Feb. 17, 2020, that it is in talks to possibly take over the train business of Bombardier, the Canadian aerospace and engineering company. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, file)

French TGV maker Alstom in talks to buy Bombardier rail unit

Feb. 17, 2020 1:33 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French train maker Alstom has announced an multibillion-euro offer to buy the rail business of Canadian engineering firm Bombardier, as it tries to bulk up to compete with big rivals, particularly from China. Alstom, which makes the French TGV high-speed trains, said in a statement Monday it...

The Paris subway is pictured during a minimal strike, in Paris, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Emmanuel Macron's divisive reform on pensions is making its way to be debated by lawmakers at the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, on Monday in a process that could take months. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

French pension reform embarks on heated debate in parliament

Feb. 17, 2020 12:47 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers on Monday started debating President Emmanuel Macron's divisive plan to overhaul the pensions system, expected to be a several-month-long, fierce parliamentary debate. The final vote, after the legislative process through the National Assembly and the Senate, is not expected...

Exterior view of the Peace Palace housing the World Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Lawyers for Equatorial Guinea told United Nations judges Monday that French authorities illegally seized a mansion in Paris which they insist operated as the African nation's embassy. The building was seized as part of a money laundering investigation into the son of the central African nation's president. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

Equatorial Guinea: France illegally seized 'embassy'

Feb. 17, 2020 7:26 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lawyers for Equatorial Guinea told United Nations judges Monday that French authorities illegally seized a mansion in Paris that the African nation insists operated as its embassy. The building was seized as part of a money laundering investigation into the son of the central...

New French health minister takes up post with raised profile

Feb. 17, 2020 5:22 AM EST

Incoming French health minister, Olivier Veran, a lawmaker and doctor, was handed the keys to his new ministry on Monday while it is in middle of dealing with the threat of coronavirus. His predecessor Agnes Buzyn, was named a Paris mayoral candidate Sunday, a late entry by the country's governing party after the...

French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn, center, with deputy of the parliament Stanislas Guerini after she announces her resignation as she leaves the Health Ministry, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. She had been chosen by the French centre-right ruling party La Republique en Marche to run for mayor of Paris next month, replacing Benjamin Griveaux. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

French health minister to run for Paris mayor to end scandal

Feb. 16, 2020 3:48 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's Health Minister Agnes Buzyn was named on Sunday as a new candidate for mayor of Paris, a late entry by the country's governing party after a scramble to replace the original contender who abruptly withdrew after a leak of sex videos on social media. The choice of Buzyn, whose profile...