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Pakistan avoids terror financing blacklist _ for now

Oct. 18, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An international monitoring agency has given Pakistan four months to prove it is fighting terrorism financing and money laundering — or it could be put on a damaging global blacklist. The Financial Action Task Force also threatened Iran, which is already blacklisted, with even tougher...

French rail routes disrupted by strike over train security

Oct. 18, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A wildcat strike has severely disrupted train travel around France, as railway workers demand better security after a recent accident. Traffic was particularly tangled Friday in southern France and western France, around Lyon and in the Paris region, according to the SNCF national rail...

EU fails to launch membership talks with Balkans hopefuls

Oct. 18, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed Friday to agree on launching membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in an embarrassing climb-down that could risk inflaming the volatile Balkans region. The two countries had expected to receive a green light to begin negotiations on joining...

Global markets brush off disconcerting data out of China

Oct. 18, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Global markets largely brushed off more disconcerting economic signals from China, which on Friday reported that its economy grew at its slowest pace in 26 years last quarter. The 6% growth pace China reported for July-September was worse than most economists were expecting, highlighting a...

France: Person arrested in Sept. 11-style attack threat

Oct. 18, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A young man flagged for Islamic radicalism is in French custody on preliminary terrorism charges after threatening a Sept. 11-style plane hijacking and attack, authorities said Friday. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the man's arrest late last month marked the 60th time that French...

Epstein-linked French modeling agent accused of harassment

Oct. 17, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A woman has filed a legal complaint in Paris accusing a French modeling agent who was close to disgraced U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein of sexual harassment. The Paris prosecutor's office said Thursday the woman is being questioned by investigators about her complaint against modeling agent...

Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" drawing can go on loan to Louvre

Oct. 16, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian court has ruled that Leonardo Da Vinci's iconic "Vitruvian Man" drawing can be loaned to France's Louvre Museum, solving an ongoing cultural dispute between Italy and France. The Venice court last week had suspended the loan of the world-famous drawing, which is part of a batch of...

Paris says Iran has detained 2nd French researcher

Oct. 16, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Iran has been holding a second French researcher in custody for months, France's foreign ministry said Wednesday, denouncing the detention as "unacceptable" and demanding his release. The confirmation that Roland Marchal is being held in Iran — as well as his fellow-academic Fariba...

French firefighters protest working conditions, low pay

Oct. 15, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of French firefighters marched through Paris on Tuesday against low pay for a risky job in a protest that ended in an unusual face-off with police — who held their own protest two weeks ago. Police used tear gas and water cannon when the march diverged from the official route...

France OKs bill legalizing IVF for lesbians, single women

Oct. 15, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that aims to give single women and lesbian couples legal access to in vitro fertilization, egg freezing and fertility medication. The assisted reproduction measures are part of a broader bioethics bill voted by the...