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'A big gray elephant': Paris' Arc de Triomphe is wrapped up

Sep. 18, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The city of Paris is unveiling a monumental artwork built around an actual monument: the Arc de Triomphe completely wrapped in silver and blue fabric. The installation by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who conceived the project in 1961, will...

French minister decries 'duplicity' in U.S. submarine deal

Sep. 18, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister on Saturday denounced what he called the “duplicity, disdain and lies” surrounding the sudden rupture of France's lucrative contract to make submarines for Australia in favor of a U.S. deal and declared that a crisis is at hand among the Western...

Greece opens new migrant camp on island to reduce crowding

Sep. 18, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has opened a new migrant camp on the island of Samos that replaces an obsolete and once overcrowded facility. The new facility cost about 43 million euros ($50 million). It will house up to 3,000 people, about a third of them in 240 small...

Broberg sets course record again with 61 at Dutch Open

Sep. 18, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

CROMVOIRT, Netherlands (AP) — Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden smashed the course record he set a day earlier with an 11-under 61 on Saturday to open an eight-shot lead after three rounds of the Dutch Open. The 772nd-ranked Broberg opened with four birdies and an eagle in...

One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden's reset

Sep. 18, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was an hour President Joe Biden would no doubt like to forget. On Friday, the Pentagon acknowledged that a drone strike in Afghanistan killed 10 civilians, including seven children, not terrorists. A panel advising the Food and Drug Administration...

Air France-KLM plane returns to Beijing after smoke in cabin

Sep. 18, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — An Air France-KLM flight returned to Beijing shortly after takeoff on Saturday after smoke filled the cabin, the airline said. The Boeing 777 connecting Beijing Airport with Paris-Charles de Gaulle suffered a technical failure linked to overpressure in...

After Afghanistan pullout, US seeks NATO basing, intel pacts

Sep. 18, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Against the backdrop of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the top U.S. military officer is meeting in Greece with NATO counterparts this weekend, hoping to forge more basing, intelligence sharing and other agreements to prevent terrorist groups from regrouping and...

France's Notre Dame cathedral secured at last. Next: rebuild

Sep. 18, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s Notre Dame Cathedral is finally stable and secure enough for artisans to start rebuilding it, more than two years after the shocking fire that tore through its roof, knocked down its spire and threatened to bring the rest of the medieval monument down, too. ...

Interpreter’s past put his family in danger

Sep. 18, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

He finds himself in a house in Kabul. It’s his parents’ home, he thinks, though it looks different than he remembers. He hears a commotion outside, steps through the front door. Dark clouds block the sun. The Taliban has flooded the city, and the fighters know who he is: To them, he is a...

Friday's Scores

Sep. 18, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= Akr. Coventry 50, Akr. Springfield 8 Akr. Manchester 35, Loudonville 7 Alliance 27, Salem 21, OT Alliance Marlington 42, Minerva 10 Andover Pymatuning Valley 48, Ashtabula...