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Tear gas, hate speech marks 14th yellow vest protest

Feb. 16, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Police fired tear gas and brought in water cannons and a horse brigade to disperse several thousand yellow vest protesters Saturday massed near a Paris landmark at the end of a march through the French capital, the 14th straight weekend of demonstrations. Anti-Semitic remarks hurled by a few...

Nadav Lapid's 'Synonyms' wins top prize at Berlin Film Fest

Feb. 16, 2019 3:57 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Israeli director Nadav Lapid's "Synonyms," a movie about a young Israeli man who uproots himself to France and is determined to put his homeland behind him, won the Berlin International Film Festival's top Golden Bear award on Saturday. A jury headed by French actress Juliette Binoche chose...

France: Syrian suspect accused of crimes against humanity

Feb. 16, 2019 4:16 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French authorities have filed preliminary charges of complicity in crimes against humanity against a Syrian suspected of involvement in a bloody secret police crackdown on opposition activists. A judicial official said Saturday the man is being held in custody pending further investigation,...

French ambassador returns to Italy following dramatic spat

Feb. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EST

ROME (AP) — France's ambassador returned to Italy on Friday, professing confidence that the two neighbors could deal with disagreements and work through their most serious diplomatic dispute since World War II. Italian President Sergio Mattarella received the returning ambassador, the presidential Quirinal...

Europeans fire back at criticism from US over Iran

Feb. 15, 2019 2:38 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Friday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist trade measures as creating a "lose-lose" situation and defended Europe's attempts to keep a nuclear deal with Iran alive after the unilateral American withdrawal. Heiko Maas fired back after harsh...

Bombshell book alleges a Vatican gay subculture, hypocrisy

Feb. 15, 2019 2:26 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world's largest gay communities, the Vatican, estimating that most of its prelates are homosexually inclined and attributing much of the current crisis in the Catholic Church to an internal struggle. In the explosive book, "In...

France's Le Pen boasts far-right power for EU elections

Feb. 15, 2019 1:13 PM EST

NANTERRE, France (AP) — Where once she felt isolated, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen feels she is now part of a crowd of populist parties on the rise around Europe that she thinks can make new inroads in European elections less than 100 days away — and start restructuring the EU from within....

The Latest: Germany criticizes Trump's go-it-alone approach

Feb. 15, 2019 12:58 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on Munich Security Conference (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Germany's foreign minister is calling for a return to multilateral solutions, criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's go-it-alone approach as counter-productive. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Munich Security Conference...

French yellow vest figure on trial, new protests planned

Feb. 15, 2019 10:49 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A prominent figure of the French yellow vests has gone on trial in Paris for allegedly organizing illegal demonstrations, as the movement prepares for a 14th consecutive weekend of protests. Eric Drouet was arrested for organizing demonstrations on Dec. 22 and Jan. 2 in Paris without declaring...

Vatican's envoy to France facing 'sexual aggression' probe

Feb. 15, 2019 9:59 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into alleged "sexual aggression" by Catholic archbishop Luigi Ventura, the Vatican's envoy to France, according to French officials. Confirming a report published by Le Monde newspaper on Friday, a judicial official and a spokesman at...