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In this video grab provided by the RU-RTR Russian television, a woman stands next to her home, that was distroyed during cross fire between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces, in Zaitseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.  Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists blamed each other for an outbreak of fighting in the country's rebel-held east on Tuesday. (RU-RTR Russian Television via AP)

Minister: Ukraine hopes for exchange of about 200 prisoners

Feb. 20, 2020 9:23 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine’s foreign minister said Thursday that Russia remains “blind and deaf” to international appeals to end its occupation of Crimea and key areas in the east of his country, but his government is hoping for another “very, very small step” of a...

Defense lawyers say they will seek French asylum for Assange

Feb. 20, 2020 2:22 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Julian Assange's European defense team said Thursday it will try to seek asylum in France for the Wikileaks founder, whose full hearings for extradition to the United States on spying charges start next week in London. French team member Eric Dupont-Moretti said Assange's case placed at stake...

Polish mayor tries to make amends for other town's misstep

Feb. 20, 2020 10:49 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish mayor is trying to make amends with a French community that broke formal ties with another Polish town because the latter adopted a declaration against “LGBT ideology.” In a letter to the French municipality of Saint-Jean-de-Braye, Wlodawa Mayor Wieslaw...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Paris Saint Germain owner Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi waves to teams fans at the end of their soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi was charged Thursday Feb. 20, 2020 by Swiss federal prosecutors in connection with a wider bribery investigation linked to World Cup television rights. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)

Swiss prosecutors charge Al-Khelaifi in FIFA bribery case

Feb. 20, 2020 8:18 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi was charged Thursday by Swiss federal prosecutors in connection with a wider bribery investigation linked to FIFA and World Cup television rights. The office of Switzerland’s attorney general filed an indictment charging Al-Khelaifi...

Airbus to cut over 2,300 jobs at defense and space division

Feb. 19, 2020 4:02 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — European plane maker Airbus said Wednesday that it plans to cut more than 2,300 jobs at its defense and space division by the end of next year, spreading the cuts across several countries. The company said Airbus Defence and Space presented the plan to employee representatives and launched a...

FILE - In this  Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks to Japanese media during an interview in Beirut, Lebanon. Nissan filed a civil suit Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 seeking 10 billion yen ($91 million) in damages from the Japanese automaker's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. (Meika Fujio/Kyodo News via AP, File)

France steps up investigation around Ghosn, Omani dealership

Feb. 19, 2020 2:13 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors are turning up the heat on disgraced car industry executive Carlos Ghosn, opening a judicial inquiry into alleged money laundering, fraud and misuse of company assets during his time at the helm of the Renault-Nissan alliance. The prosecutor's office in the Paris suburb of...

2nd person dies amid dengue epidemic in French Caribbean

Feb. 19, 2020 1:42 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A dengue epidemic in several French Caribbean islands has claimed its second victim, officials said Wednesday. A 75-year-old French woman who traveled regularly to St. Martin died this month after contracting the mosquito-borne virus and being evacuated to Paris, according to a...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, April 6, 2017, a sticker is photographed on a helmet of an employee of Fessenheim's nuclear power plant opposing the closure, during a protest outside the EDF headquarters in Paris, France. A statement released Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020, that Fessenehim will close one of its reactors on upcoming Saturday, as the first phase of a shut-down at the plant.  Sticker on helmet reads,

France to shut down oldest nuclear complex by end of June

Feb. 19, 2020 7:27 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday that the Fessenheim nuclear reactor, on the border with Germany, will be shut down at the end of June, with one of its reactors to be closed this weekend. A statement on Wednesday called the decision “the first phase” of...

In this handout photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to media at a briefing after the Security Council meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists are blaming each other for an outbreak of fighting in the country's rebel-held east. Ukraine's Army Chief of Staff Ruslan Homchak, right, and the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov, left, listen. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Government troops, rebels exchange fire in eastern Ukraine

Feb. 18, 2020 7:18 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists blamed each other for an outbreak of fighting in the country's rebel-held east on Tuesday. The fighting erupted on the fifth anniversary of the U.N. Security Council’s endorsement of the 2015 Minsk agreements aimed at bringing peace to...

French President Emmanuel Macron, arrives for a meeting with associations, in Mulhouse, eastern France, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Macron said Tuesday he was determined to fight against

France to end imam, teacher deals to counter extremism

Feb. 18, 2020 4:28 PM EST

MULHOUSE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced measures intended to counter Islamic extremism in France by giving the government more authority over the schooling of children, the financing of mosques and the training of imams. Macron, during a visit to the city of Mulhouse...