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French government plans to nationalize electricity giant EDF

Jul. 06, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said Wednesday that the government plans to nationalize French electricity giant EDF amid an energy crisis aggravated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The French state now holds an 84% stake in the company, one of the world’s...

Prime minister says French government plans to nationalize electricity giant EDF amid Ukraine war-related energy crisis

Jul. 06, 2022 10:09 AM EDT
PARIS (AP) — Prime minister says French government plans to nationalize electricity giant EDF amid Ukraine war-related energy crisis.

Theatrical shows, horses and sparkle gear up Paris couture

Jul. 06, 2022 10:06 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris fashion week geared up a notch Wednesday with theatrical performances in historic courtyards, cantering horses and jewels adorning supernatural creations. Fashionistas meanwhile prepared for Olivier Rousteing’s one-off turn as a designer at Jean Paul Gaultier for the...

Facing severe drought, Somalia calls for Turkish support

Jul. 06, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Somalia’s president on Wednesday called for assistance from Turkey to combat the effects of severe drought that is threatening the Horn of Africa. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud made the comments during his first visit to Turkey since returning to office following an...

Wall Street slightly higher at open; Amazon in focus

Jul. 06, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are inching higher at the open on Wall Street Wednesday, tracking markets in Europe. The S&P 500 is up 0.4% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 0.2%. The Nasdaq composite is up 0.3%. Traders are focused on risks from inflation to oil prices, including central...

EXPLAINER: How UK Conservatives can change their leader

Jul. 06, 2022 09:17 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's beleaguered Prime Minister Boris Johnson is fighting for his political future Wednesday, after two of his top Cabinet ministers walked out of their jobs and a string of more junior ministers resigned following months of political chaos. Many opponents,...

Germany eases path to permanent residency for migrants

Jul. 06, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of migrants, who have been living in Germany for years without long-lasting permission to remain in the country, will be eligible for permanent residency after the government approved a new migration bill Wednesday. The new regulation, endorsed by...

UK's Johnson battles to stay in job after top ministers quit

Jul. 06, 2022 08:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A defiant British Prime Minister Boris Johnson battled to stay in power Wednesday after the resignation of two top ministers and a slew of more junior officials, who said they could no longer serve under his scandal-tarred leadership. Johnson is known for his uncanny...

Prosecutor: Fatal Italy avalanche likely unpredictable event

Jul. 06, 2022 08:56 AM EDT

CANAZEI, Italy (AP) — Authorities said conditions in the Italian Alps were too unstable Wednesday for search teams and dogs to work on the mountain where five people remained missing after a fatal weekend avalanche. Seven people were killed after an enormous chunk of a glacier...

Italy's No. 2 most-wanted mobster is extradited from Brazil

Jul. 06, 2022 08:48 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A convicted mobster who was one of Italy's most-wanted fugitives and reputedly one of the world's most powerful drug brokers, arrived in Rome Wednesday, extradited by Brazil after 28 years on the lam. Rocco Morabito held the No. 2 position on the list of Italy’s most...