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The Latest: Syrian Kurds ally with Damascus in major shift

Oct. 13, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in Syria (all times local): 10:25 p.m. Syrian Kurdish officials say they will work with the country's central government in Damascus to fend off Turkey's offensive against Kurdish fighters. In a major shift of alliance, Kurdish-led forces are to deploy side by...

The Latest: Turkey says troops captured Syrian border town

Oct. 12, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's military offensive into northeastern Syria against Syrian Kurdish fighters (all times local): 11:25 p.m. France is halting exports of any arms to Turkey that could be used in its offensive against Kurds in Syria, and wants an immediate meeting of the U.S.-led...

France joins Cyprus for naval maneuvers amid gas dispute

Oct. 12, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — France and Cyprus are conducting naval maneuvers off Cyprus as the east Mediterranean island nation is embroiled in a tense dispute with Turkey over offshore gas drilling. Two French frigates heading to Syria plan to take part in "routine" exercises in Cypriot waters this weekend, a...

Broken angels: Inside the lab working to restore Notre Dame

Oct. 11, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

CHAMPS-SUR-MARNE, France (AP) — The golden angel once glimmered majestically from Notre Dame's vault. Now, with a broken nose, chipped gold-leaf and a smashed bust, it stares up blankly at a warehouse roof in the outskirts of Paris where blackened fragments of the famed cathedral's stained glass mingle...

EU, UK extend talks, push harder to avoid a no-deal Brexit

Oct. 11, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Friday that talks with the U.K. to find an amicable divorce deal were back on track, despite huge challenges and a looming end-of-month deadline for Britain to leave the bloc. EU Council President Donald Tusk said he has "received promising signals" from Irish Prime...

The Latest: EU, Britain to intensify talks on a Brexit deal

Oct. 11, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 2:35 p.m. The European Union says it has agreed with the United Kingdom to "intensify" Brexit negotiations in a belated attempt to reach a divorce deal ahead of Oct. 31, when Britain is scheduled to leave...

The Latest: Trump doubts public wants US involved in Syria

Oct. 10, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments on the Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria (all times local): 12:05 a.m. As Turkey's military incursion into Syria continues, President Donald Trump is telling reporters the U.S. has only two choices: Hit Ankara hard with financial...

Global Fund raises $13.92 billion to fight AIDS, TB, malaria

Oct. 10, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An organization that funds programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria raised at least $13.92 billion for the next three years at an international conference, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday. The Global Fund said after the conference that Macron, Microsoft co-founder Bill...

EU lawmakers reject France's nominee, deliver blow to Macron

Oct. 10, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's ambitions, his nominee for the next European Commission was rejected Thursday by EU lawmakers assessing whether she was fit for the job. Sylvie Goulard, a close ally of Macron, had been nominated to be part of incoming European Commission...

The Latest: France sees 'political game' in EU nominee vote

Oct. 10, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the confirmation hearings for the European Commission (all times local): 3:50 p.m. The French presidency is claiming a "political game" led European Union lawmakers to reject President Emmanuel Macron's nominee for the EU's executive commission. Macron's office said Sylvia...