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Peace in sight? Paris summit seeks solution for Ukraine war

Dec. 9, 2019 6:12 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A long-awaited summit in Paris on Monday is aiming to find a way to end the war in Ukraine, after five years and 14,000 lives lost in a conflict that has emboldened the Kremlin and reshaped European geopolitics. The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are holding a series of...

Syrian president's uncle faces Paris money laundering trial

Dec. 9, 2019 5:37 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The uncle of Syrian President Bashar Assad is going on trial in Paris, accused of illegally using Syrian state funds to build a French real estate empire. Rifaat Assad, a former Syrian vice president and brother to longtime leader Hafez Assad, has lived in Europe since his exile from Syria...

Traffic jams choke Paris as pension strikes hobble trains

Dec. 9, 2019 3:25 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris commuters inched to work Monday through exceptional traffic jams, as strikes to preserve retirement rights halted trains and subways for a fifth straight day. Citing safety risks, the SNCF national rail network warned travelers to stay home or use "alternative means of locomotion" to get...

France braces for even worse travel woes, govt seeks answers

Dec. 8, 2019 3:02 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France braced for even worse transportation woes when the new work week begins Monday due to nationwide strikes over the government's redesign of the national retirement system. French President Emmanuel Macron convened top officials to strategize for the high-stakes week ahead. Sunday saw...

Protesters: Ukraine's leader must defend nation at summit

Dec. 8, 2019 10:26 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several thousand people rallied Sunday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to demand that the president defend the country's interests in this week's summit with Russia, Germany and France on ending the war in eastern Ukraine. Many Ukrainians are concerned that President Volodymyr...

Ukraine faces new challenges in peace talks with Russia

Dec. 8, 2019 6:54 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy sits down Monday for peace talks in Paris with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their first face-to-face meeting, the stakes couldn't be higher. More than five years of fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and...

French protest retirement changes, travel disruptions abound

Dec. 7, 2019 4:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris police skirmished Saturday with yellow vest activists who joined a wave of protests against the government's overhaul of France's retirement system, as highway blockades and train stoppages by other protesters disrupted weekend travel around the country. A few thousand yellow vest...

Ukraine's leader hopes for lasting truce, prisoner swap

Dec. 7, 2019 7:05 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s new president has said he believes an international summit next week will help achieve a lasting cease-fire in the country’s separatist conflict. Volodymyr Zelenskiy said late Friday ahead of talks with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany in Paris on...

Pension strike brings travel chaos for a 2nd day in France

Dec. 6, 2019 11:31 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Frustrated travelers ran into transportation mayhem across France for a second day on Friday, as unions dug in for what they hope is a protracted strike against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to redesign the national retirement system. Most trains were shut down - including Paris subways -...

Stocks advance as investors eyes jobs report, trade talks

Dec. 6, 2019 8:05 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Global shares rose Friday as investors awaited what's expected to be a healthy U.S. jobs report, while monitoring the China-U.S. trade talks as more tariffs are due to go into effect this month. One sign that talks between the world's two biggest economies could be thawing came Friday when...