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Hostage-taking at French bank ends peacefully after 6 hours

Aug. 6, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An apparently armed man who took six hostages at a bank in the French port city of Le Havre on Thursday surrendered after nearly six hours, police said. The 34-year-old with a history of mental problems freed the hostages one by one as the drama unfolded. The last captive was released shortly...

FILE - A woman wearing a mask walks her dog past the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  Stocks are drifting in early trading on Wall Street Thursday, Aug. 6,  after a report suggested that the number of layoffs across the country is slowing, though it remains incredibly high. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Wall Street perks up as S&P 500 pulls within 1.1% of record

Aug. 6, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks perked higher on Wall Street Thursday after a report showed the pace of layoffs across the country is slowing, though it remains incredibly high. The S&P 500 rose 21.39, or 0.6%, to 3,349.16, as investors also waited for Congress and the White House to reach a hoped-for deal on...

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, visits the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday Aug.6, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Beirut to offer French support to Lebanon after the deadly port blast. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

Macron promises help, Beirut residents vent fury at leaders

Aug. 6, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of Beirut vented their fury at Lebanon’s leaders Thursday during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, blaming them for the deadly explosion that ravaged the capital. Shouting, “Revolution!” they crowded around the visiting leader who promised to press...

A soldier stands at the devastated site of the explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron came in Beirut to offer French support to Lebanon after the deadly port blast. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

The Latest: Macron says France doesn’t want to run Lebanon

Aug. 6, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 9:15 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has denied that he's seeking to pull the strings in Lebanon and revive France’s colonial-era influence over a country reeling from a giant, deadly explosion. Macron was on a visit to...

People wait in a line to get tested for COVID-19 at a mobile testing site in Paris, Thursday, Aug. 6 , 2020. With virus cases rising anew, France is struggling to administer enough tests to keep up with demand. One reason: Many testing labs are closed so that their staff can take summer vacation, just as signs of a second wave build. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Closed for vacation: France faces new virus testing troubles

Aug. 6, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With virus cases rising anew, France is struggling to administer enough tests to keep up with demand. One reason: Many testing labs are closed so that their staff can take summer vacation, just as signs of a second wave are building. Doctors and experts say the vacation crunch is just part of...

Cyprus, France to boost defense ties under cooperation deal

Aug. 6, 2020 4:58 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Thursday said it would work with France to procure and develop arms and jointly train military personnel as part of a defense cooperation agreement. According to a statement, the 2017 agreement that came into force this month also aims to bolster security at sea and around...

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...

This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

French intelligence agents charged in alleged murder plot

Aug. 5, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor’s office says it has filed preliminary attempted murder charges against two agents from France’s foreign intelligence agency over an alleged plan to kill a 54-year-old woman last month in the Creteil suburb of Paris. French media reported Wednesday that the...