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Zelenskyy seeks weaponry in surprise trips to London, Paris

Feb. 08, 2023 17:49 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sought Western support for his country in surprise visits to Britain and France on Wednesday, pushing for fighter jets to battle Russian invaders in a dramatic speech to the U.K. Parliament, and then flying to Paris to meet the French and...

Zelenskyy flies West: If it's Thursday, this must be Belgium

Feb. 08, 2023 17:48 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — First, the Ukrainian president flew overhead on his way to Washington. Then on Wednesday, Volodymyr Zelenskyy flew overhead to Britain. And then to Paris. Fourth time lucky? He is now expected to stop by the European Union headquarters where the bloc's leaders meet on Thursday —...

French Presidency says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will join EU leaders at summit in Brussels on Thursday

Feb. 08, 2023 17:24 PM EST
PARIS (AP) — French Presidency says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will join EU leaders at summit in Brussels on Thursday.

Germany's Merkel receives UNESCO peace prize in Ivory Coast

Feb. 08, 2023 12:31 PM EST

YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast (AP) — Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel received a UNESCO peace prize Wednesday for her decision to welcome more than 1.2 million migrants to Germany despite resistance at home and among European partners. Organizers said that Merkel showed political...

France says Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy traveling to Paris after visiting UK; German chancellor also going

Feb. 08, 2023 09:41 AM EST
PARIS (AP) — France says Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy traveling to Paris after visiting UK; German chancellor also going.

Farmers drive tractors to Paris to protest pesticide ban

Feb. 08, 2023 06:32 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of farmers drove their tractors through Paris on Wednesday to amplify their demand to be allowed to use banned pesticides on sugar beets and other crops to ensure “food sovereignty” for France. Entering the French capital through a southern gateway, the...

Sri Lankan leader appeals for patience amid economic crisis

Feb. 08, 2023 05:37 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president on Wednesday appealed for patience amid the country's worst economic crisis but promised brighter times ahead. President Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a policy speech after inaugurating a new parliamentary session that he had been...

Lower turnout in renewed protests over French pension reform

Feb. 07, 2023 13:59 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of French marched in a third round of protests Tuesday against planned pension reforms, while new nationwide strikes disrupted public transport and schools, as well as power, oil and gas supplies. Turnout at the demonstrations was lower than on previous...

Russia pledges military support to Mali during Lavrov visit

Feb. 07, 2023 10:32 AM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pledged military support to Mali during his first visit to the West African nation Tuesday and dismissed criticism of Moscow's growing influence on the continent. Russia has delivered “very large supplies of aviation...

Paris mayor: No Russian team at 2024 Games if war continues

Feb. 07, 2023 07:38 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says there should be no Russian delegation allowed at the Paris Olympics next year if Moscow continues its war against Ukraine. Hidalgo previously said Russian competitors could take part under a neutral flag but she backpedaled on Tuesday in...