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A protester chants slogans during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. French unions are holding last-ditch strikes and protests around the country Friday as the government unveils a divisive bill redesigning the national retirement system. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Despite renewed strikes, France pushes on with pension plan

Jan. 24, 2020 11:03 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Women workers danced in protest and striking Eiffel Tower employees shuttered France's most famed monument Friday — but the government pushed ahead anyway with a troubled bill redesigning the national retirement system. It's President Emmanuel Macron's signature reform, aimed at...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah stand with President Vladimir Putin at Netanyahu official residence in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. Presidents , prime ministers and royalty from around the world who arrived in Israel for the two-day World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. (Heidi Levine/Pool photo via AP)

Leaders vow to learn from Holocaust, offer competing lessons

Jan. 23, 2020 2:40 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Speaker by speaker, world leaders on Thursday denounced the rising threat of anti-Semitism and vowed never to forget the lessons of the Holocaust at a solemn ceremony in Jerusalem marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Auschwitz death camp. But the high-powered...

CAPTION CORRECTION:CORRECTS MOTHER'S NAME: Yaffa Issachar, left, mother of Naama, who is imprisoned in Russia on drug possession charges, meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. (Heidi Levine, Pool via AP)

The Latest: Charles appears to snub VP Pence in Jerusalem

Jan. 23, 2020 1:10 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on the gathering in Jerusalem of dozens of world leaders for the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp (all times local): 7:36 p.m. Britain’s Prince Charles appeared to snub U.S. Vice President Mike...

Sajid Javid, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, pictured during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.  (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

High hopes: US, EU and UK all aim for trade deals this year

Jan. 23, 2020 10:36 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The United States, the European Union and what will soon be post-Brexit Britain have all raised the prospect of concluding trade deals between themselves by the end of this year, setting up an intense few months of negotiations. High-level representatives said Thursday at the...

U.S. President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump, right, arrive at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The Latest: WTO chief says debate over trade rules will last

Jan. 22, 2020 1:31 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The head of the World Trade Organization says an ongoing debate over special exemptions granted to China and India because they are still considered developing countries “is not going...

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, meets with Yair Lapid, left, in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.  Dozens of world leaders have descended upon Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating modern-day anti-Semitism. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Macron grows angry with Israeli security during church visit

Jan. 22, 2020 1:23 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday lost his temper with Israeli security agents during a visit to a French church in Jerusalem and angrily ordered one of them to leave the premises. The incident occurred during a spat between Israeli forces and Macron's own security detail as he...

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, left, and European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan attend a media conference after their meeting in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. The talks are focused on U.S. tariffs on French wine and other goods. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

US-French tax truce a respite in tense relations with EU

Jan. 22, 2020 1:06 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — France will delay its tax on big tech firms like Google and Facebook in exchange for the United States's promise to hold off retaliatory tariffs — a potential sign of goodwill in the U.S. and European Union's increasingly tense relations over trade. After U.S. President...

Notre Dame cathedral is pictured in Paris, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin who is overseeing the reconstruction of the fire-devastated Notre Dame Cathedral told French broadcaster CNews on Sunday that

Notre Dame renovation chief says rebuild won't be rushed

Jan. 22, 2020 11:31 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French army general in charge of rebuilding fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris says renovation work will begin in earnest later this year. Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin told a French parliament commission Wednesday that workers are still securing the structure. Concerns persist that...

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, greet each other ahead of the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, Israel on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2020. Dozens of world leaders have descended upon Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating modern-day anti-Semitism.  (Atef Safadi/Pool Photo via AP)

France's Macron cool to Israeli request to criticize ICC

Jan. 22, 2020 11:10 AM EST

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday gave a lukewarm reception to an Israeli request to criticize the International Criminal Court, saying he would study the matter. Macron's response dealt a setback to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hopes for a strong backlash against the ICC by world...

French finance minister says his country will delay its digital tax and US will hold off retaliatory sanctions

Jan. 22, 2020 10:24 AM EST
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — French finance minister says his country will delay its digital tax and US will hold off retaliatory sanctions.