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Paris police gird for weekend protests over Macron, climate

Sep. 20, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has called for calm on France's annual heritage weekend, as authorities in Paris prepare to deploy thousands of police to protect landmarks and government buildings. His call comes as an array of protesters plan to descend on the capital and other cities....

French president says committed to helping Lebanon's economy

Sep. 20, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's president says Paris "is fully committed" to implementing the decisions taken during a conference last year to help Lebanon improve its economy. Emmanuel Macron made his comments Friday while receiving Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is on an official visit to Paris seeking...

The Latest: Top Iranian officials get US visas for UN event

Sep. 19, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 3:29 a.m. Iran says its president and foreign minister have received visas from the United States to attend next week's U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. A spokesman at Iran's mission to the U.N said...

France floats tariffs on US goods amid Airbus-Boeing dispute

Sep. 19, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's finance minister says Europe is ready to impose retaliatory tariffs next year on U.S. goods as part of a long-running dispute over subsidies to plane makers Airbus and Boeing. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told reporters Thursday that "trade wars are good for no one," noting damage...

France dismisses Snowden's latest request for asylum

Sep. 19, 2019 4:22 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister says "it's not the time" to grant a new asylum request from former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden has been living in Russia to escape U.S. prosecution after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs....

The Latest: UN chief: Experts on way to probe Saudi attacks

Sep. 18, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 10:00 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says U.N. experts have already left for Saudi Arabia to investigate attacks on key Saudi oil installations. Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said...

Johnson faces Brexit flak from EU lawmakers and top UK court

Sep. 18, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by European Union officials Wednesday of failing to negotiate seriously and branded the "father of lies" by a lawyer in the U.K. Supreme Court, as his plan to leave the EU in just over six weeks faced hurdles on both sides of the...

Macron: Italy, Malta must know who'll take rescued migrants

Sep. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — France's president assured Italy's new government Wednesday night that he is working for a standing arrangement under which European Union nations would take a share of rescued migrants, seeking to avoid standoffs at sea aboard humanitarian boats that Italian and Maltese authorities refuse to...

The Latest: Merkel open to free trade agreement post-Brexit

Sep. 18, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:45 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still sees a possibility for Britain to make "an orderly exit" from the European Union but Germany also is prepared for a disorderly Brexit. Merkel said a day after a telephone call with...

The Latest: Saudi minister: 50% of crude reduction restored

Sep. 17, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 10 p.m. Saudi Arabia's energy minister says 50% of the production cut by the attack on its oil processing plant has been restored. Prince...