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The Latest: Israeli PM: EU-Iran deal same as bowing to Nazis

Jul. 15, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's prime minister has responded to the European Union's efforts to salvage the Iran nuclear deal by comparing it to "European appeasement in the 1930s" of Nazi...

France's Macron vows to help restart Serbia-Kosovo talks

Jul. 15, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to help get stalled negotiations in a dispute between Serbia and Kosovo going again, describing the issue as a test for Europe. During a visit to Serbia on Monday, Macron also expressed support for Serbia's application to join the...

EU works to save unraveling nuclear agreement with Iran

Jul. 15, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations threw their diplomatic weight behind the unraveling Iran nuclear deal on Monday, trying to rescue the pact from collapsing under U.S. pressure. The 28 EU foreign ministers insisted that recent Iranian actions surpassing uranium enrichment thresholds set by the 2015...

France trumpets shared European defense on Bastille Day

Jul. 14, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's annual Bastille Day celebration became a showcase for European defense cooperation Sunday as other national leaders joined President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to inspect the troops marching in the country's annual military parade. Flags of the 10 European countries that are in a joint...

US missiles found in Libya compound belonged to France

Jul. 10, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's Defense Ministry acknowledged Wednesday that U.S.-made missiles captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army belonged to the French military. A statement said the missiles were originally intended to protect French anti-terrorism forces in Libya and so did not violate an arms...

Caught between US and Iran, Europe struggles with diplomacy

Jul. 9, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — France on Tuesday sent a top diplomat to Tehran to urge Iran to scale back its recently increased uranium enrichment activities, a mission underscored by a call from Europe for the Islamic Republic to return to complying with the terms of the unraveling nuclear deal "without delay." France,...

France to slap new 'ecotax' on plane tickets from 2020

Jul. 9, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will introduce a new charge on plane tickets from next year, with revenue used to fund environment-friendly alternatives, the country's transport minister said Tuesday. The "ecotax" costing between 1.50 euros ($1.7) and 18 euros ($20) will apply to most flights departing in France,...

The Latest: French FM says US can ease tensions with Iran

Jul. 9, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 6:20 p.m. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the U.S. can help encourage dialogue with Iran to ease growing tensions even though it withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran. Speaking...

Macron's top adviser in Tehran in bid to save nuclear deal

Jul. 9, 2019 6:38 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's top diplomatic adviser is spending two days in Tehran as part of an urgent bid to deescalate rising tensions with Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers. An Elysee Palace official said that adviser Emmanuel Bonne left for Tehran on Tuesday,...

Iran breaches key uranium enrichment limit in nuclear deal

Jul. 8, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday began enriching uranium to 4.5%, just breaking the limit set by its nuclear deal with world powers, while it is still seeking a way for Europe to help it bypass U.S. sanctions amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. The acknowledgement by the spokesman of...