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Celebrated Greek painter Alekos Fassianos dies at 86

Jan. 16, 2022 16:35 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Alekos Fassianos, one of the most important modern Greek painters, died Sunday at his home after a long illness, the state news agency ANA reported. He was 86. Alekos Fassianos was born in Athens on Dec. 16, 1935. He studied violin at the Athens Conservatory...

No vaccine? No cafe, according to new French virus law

Jan. 16, 2022 13:19 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s parliament approved a law Sunday that will exclude unvaccinated people from all restaurants, sports arenas and other venues, the central measure of government efforts to protect hospitals amid record numbers of infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. ...

French far-left presidential hopeful woos voters with jobs

Jan. 16, 2022 12:29 PM EST

NANTES, France (AP) — Far-left French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon embraced migrants and Russia and derided campaign rivals Sunday as he sought to reinvigorate his flagging campaign for April’s election with an unusual “immersive and olfactory” rally. Yes,...

Omicron exposes inflexibility of Europe's public hospitals

Jan. 16, 2022 09:55 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — A World Health Organization official warned last week of a “closing window of opportunity” for European countries to prevent their health care systems from being overwhelmed as the omicron variant produces near-vertical growth in coronavirus infections. ...

Italian menswear innovator Nino Cerruti dies at 91

Jan. 15, 2022 16:39 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Nino Cerruti, the Italian fashion designer credited with revolutionizing menswear in the 1960s and who gave Giorgio Armani his first fashion break, has died, Italian media reported Saturday. He was 91. Cerruti died in northwestern Italy, where his family has operated...

Icon of French left Taubira joins crowded presidential race

Jan. 15, 2022 12:28 PM EST

LYON, France (AP) — A progressive icon from the South American territory of French Guiana on Saturday joined the race for France’s presidential election in April, promising to push back against the “discourse of hate” that has stained the campaign and seeking to unite France's...

Crowds protest sanctions, pressure, after Mali vote delay

Jan. 14, 2022 16:27 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Thousands have joined in a government-sponsored rally in Mali’s capital to protest new regional economic sanctions and growing pressure from former colonizer France, after Mali's military ruler pushed back promised elections by four years. Friday's...

French presidential candidate says strong EU borders needed

Jan. 14, 2022 14:52 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — French presidential candidate Valerie Pecresse stressed the need for strong European borders Friday, during a visit to Greece that will also see her visit a camp for asylum seekers on an Aegean island used by migrants to enter Europe from neighboring Turkey. ...

Mask rules get tighter in Europe in winter's COVID-19 wave

Jan. 14, 2022 08:15 AM EST

ROME (AP) — To mask or not to mask is a question Italy settled early in the COVID-19 outbreak with a vigorous “yes." Now the onetime epicenter of the pandemic in Europe hopes even stricter mask rules will help it beat the latest infection surge. Other countries are taking similar...

Suspect in 2012 France family slaying freed without charges

Jan. 13, 2022 11:53 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor has freed a suspect held in custody since Wednesday morning over the 2012 slayings of a British-Iraqi family and a cyclist in the French Alps. The suspect was released Thursday afternoon without any charges, and the Annecy prosecutor said in a...