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Frederic de Saint-Sernin, vice-CEO of non governmental organization ACTED, answers reporters in Paris, Monday Aug.10, 2020 in Paris. French anti-terrorism prosecutors formally opened an investigation one day after eight people, including six French nationals, were killed by gunmen in a Niger giraffe park. (AP Photo/Nicolas Garriga)

Niger, French forces in search of gunmen who killed tourists

Aug. 10, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Armed forces from Niger and France have been deployed to pursue the gunmen who killed seven aid workers, mostly French citizens, and a leading guide in a Niger giraffe park considered one of the safer places in the vast West African country. The group had been on a day of sightseeing...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 file photo, French presidential candidate and former French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference at the Government House, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Lebanon on Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, to offer support for the country after the massive, deadly explosion in Beirut. Lebanon is a former French protectorate and the countries retain close political and economic ties.  (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

World responds to Lebanon's plight, France's Macron to visit

Aug. 5, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — As Lebanese rescuers counted the dead and combed rubble for signs of life a day after a huge explosion shattered swaths of Beirut, nations near and far pledged Wednesday that the country, already trapped in a deep economic crisis, would not be left alone. The explosion at the capital’s...

Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti, gestures as he prepares to leave his office after he announced his resignation at the foreign ministry, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Hitti resigned on Monday amid the severe economic crisis gripping the crisis-wracked Arab country, warning a lack of vision and a will to make changes risked turning the country into a

Lebanese foreign minister quits over lack of will to reform

Aug. 3, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's foreign minister resigned on Monday amid a severe economic and financial crisis gripping the Arab country, warning that a lack of vision and a will to make changes is risking turning Lebanon into a “failed state.” Nassif Hitti is the first Cabinet minister to step down...

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, walks by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, prior to a group photo of NATO leaders during a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. France has avoided echoing Trump’s criticism of Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus, but legislators applauded Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian last week when he condemned abuses of minority Uighurs in China’s northwest. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, FIle)

US-China spats rattle world, prompting calls for unity

Jul. 28, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Antagonisms between the United States and China are rattling governments around the world, prompting a German official to warn of “Cold War 2.0” and Kenya’s president to appeal for unity to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Global trade already was depressed by the...

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian wears a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus during his visit to the Carmel Saint Joseph school in the Mechref district, south of the capital Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, July 24, 2020. Le Drian pledged on Friday € 15 million ($ 17 million) in aid to Lebanon's schools, struggling under the weight of the country's major economic crisis. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

France pledges $17 million to Lebanon's struggling schools

Jul. 24, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

MECHREF, Lebanon (AP) — France's visiting foreign minister pledged Friday €15 million — about $17 million — in aid to Lebanon's schools, struggling under the weight of the country's economic crisis. Jean-Yves Le Drian said France will not let the “Lebanese youth alone”...

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and his Lebanese counterpart Nassif Hitti, hold a news conference following their meeting at the Lebanese foreign ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July. 23, 2020. Le Drian met with Lebanon's president Thursday at the start of his two-day visit to the Mediterranean country that is witnessing the worst economic crisis of its modern history. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

French foreign minister: IMF only way out of Lebanon crisis

Jul. 23, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — France's foreign minister said Thursday that talks with the International Monetary Fund are the only way out of Lebanon’s economic crisis, urging Lebanese officials to resume discussions with the lender that faltered over internal disagreements. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the first Western...

Turkey, Russia say they seek lasting cease-fire in Libya

Jul. 22, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish and Russian delegations met Wednesday in Turkey's capital to discuss the war in Libya and agreed to press ahead with efforts for a lasting cease-fire in the North African country, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said. A joint statement released after the meeting said the...

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attends a news conference with Iraq counterpart Fouad Hussein following their meeting in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Top French diplomat in first Iraq visit since virus outbreak

Jul. 16, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — France's foreign minister warned of the persistent threat from the Islamic State group in a visit to Iraq on Thursday, his first official trip outside the European Union since the coronavirus pandemic erupted. Jean-Yves Le Drian met with his Iraqi counterpart, Fuad Hussein, in Baghdad; the...

Muslims offer their evening prayers outside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, following Turkey's Council of State's decision, Friday, July 10, 2020. Turkey's highest administrative court issued a ruling Friday that paves the way for the government to convert Hagia Sophia - a former cathedral-turned-mosque that now serves as a museum - back into a Muslim house of worship. The Council of State threw its weight behind a petition brought by a religious group and annulled a 1934 cabinet decision that changed the 6th century building into a museum.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

World Council of Churches "dismayed" at Hagia Sophia shift

Jul. 11, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the World Council of Churches has written to Turkey's president expressing his “grief and dismay” over Turkey's decision to change the status of Istanbul's landmark Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. As a World Heritage museum, “Hagia Sophia...

Outgoing French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, applauds newly named Prime Minister Jean Castex, after the handover ceremony in Paris, Friday, July 3, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named Jean Castex, who coordinated France's virus reopening strategy, as the country's new prime minister as the country focuses on reviving an economy hard-hit by the pandemic and months of strict lockdown. (Thomas Samson, Pool via AP)

Reopening strategist Castex named new French prime minister

Jul. 3, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The new French prime minister appointed Friday said he feels ready to face the key challenge of reviving France's economy following the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic and a two-month nationwide lockdown. The relatively low-profile Jean Castex, who coordinated France’s virus...