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French lawmakers vote to condemn Iranian protest crackdown

Nov. 28, 2022 12:12 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers on Monday condemned Iran’s crackdown on anti-government demonstrators and called on European governments to put more pressure on Iran to investigate the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in police custody in Tehran. Legislators in...

UK minister says Australian submarines will assure neighbors

Nov. 28, 2022 02:41 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s shift to nuclear-powered submarines will assure its South Pacific neighbors of its commitment to regional security, Britain's Minister of State for the Indo-Pacific said Monday. Australia will announce in March what type of submarine...

Jon Batiste to sing for Macron at Biden's 1st state dinner

Nov. 27, 2022 17:58 PM EST

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — Musician Jon Batiste is on tap to perform at President Joe Biden's first White House state dinner on Thursday that will highlight long-standing ties between the United States and France and honor President Emmanuel Macron. “An artist who transcends...

EU weighs plans to ease France, Italy migrant tensions

Nov. 25, 2022 12:16 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union interior ministers on Friday weighed proposals to ease tensions between France and Italy over migrants arriving on their shores without authorization, including a possible crackdown on charity-run ships doing search and rescue work in the Mediterranean Sea. ...

Macron says he's not main focus of campaign accounts probe

Nov. 25, 2022 11:47 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday denied that he was the main focus of a judicial investigation into suspected illegal financing of electoral campaigns in 2017 and 2022. The comments come after leading French newspaper Le Parisien first reported on the probe...

EXPLAINER: How could allies help Netanyahu beat charges?

Nov. 25, 2022 01:43 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to return to office, from where he could try to make his yearslong legal troubles disappear through new legislation advanced by his far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies. Critics say such a legal crusade is an assault...

France takes 1st step to add abortion right to constitution

Nov. 24, 2022 14:06 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Lawmakers in France's lower house of parliament on Thursday adopted a bill to enshrine abortion rights in the country’s constitution, the first step in a lengthy and uncertain legislative battle prompted by the rollback of abortion rights in the United States. The...

French prosecutors probe alleged illegal election financing

Nov. 24, 2022 13:16 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French national financial prosecutors said Thursday they have opened an investigation into suspected illegal financing of electoral campaigns in 2017 and 2022. A leading French newspaper reported that the probe targets President Emmanuel Macron’s winning election bids. ...

EU urges bickering states to set aside migration differences

Nov. 23, 2022 07:03 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Senior European Union officials on Wednesday appealed to member countries to set aside their deep differences over migration and press ahead with a long-delayed overhaul of the 27-nation bloc’s asylum system as tensions simmer between France and Italy. In recent...

Polish leader briefs Russian pranksters posing as Macron

Nov. 22, 2022 11:06 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Russian comedians pretending to be the French president tricked the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, into giving them sensitive information after a missile exploded in eastern Poland last week. Duda’s office confirmed on Tuesday that he was put through last...