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Paris Olympics moves up with two presidents on center stage

Aug. 05, 2021 06:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Amid the stress of postponing and finally staging the Tokyo Olympics, the next Summer Games host has moved in relative calm with steady leadership. The 2024 Paris Olympics emerges fully on Sunday from its unexpected extra year in the shadows with a formal...

International conference on Lebanon raises $370 million

Aug. 04, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

SAULIEU, France (AP) — An international conference on Lebanon on Wednesday raised some $370 million in aid to meet the country's humanitarian needs, one year after the massive explosion at Beirut’s port, the French presidency said. The pledges, to be delivered over...

France's Macron uses social media to push for vaccination

Aug. 03, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has taken to popular social media apps in a new push to encourage vaccinations against COVID-19, combat “false information” and reach out to younger people. Filming himself from his summer residency at Fort de Bregancon...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 30, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CDC encourages...

Was Macron's phone a target for spies? French investigate

Jul. 28, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's defense minister wants to learn from her Israeli counterpart what, if anything, Israel knew about the clients of the spyware company NSO who possibly targeted the cellphones of President Emmanuel Macron and other members of the French government. ...

Macron: France owes 'debt' to Polynesians over nuclear tests

Jul. 28, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has reasserted his nation's presence in the Pacific on a visit to French Polynesia, a trip aimed at countering growing Chinese dominance in the region. The trip was also designed to underline the French...

Paris police investigate gas bomb attack on Cuban Embassy

Jul. 27, 2021 07:50 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities said Tuesday they are investigating a gasoline bomb attack that caused minor damage to the Cuban Embassy. The Paris prosecutor’s office said an investigation is under way. No one has been arrested or claimed responsibility, and no one...

Israeli defense minister to talk NSO with French counterpart

Jul. 27, 2021 06:22 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister will meet with his French counterpart in Paris this week and the two will discuss the Israeli spyware company NSO, a government statement said Tuesday. The Defense Ministry said Benny Gantz will travel on Wednesday for the...

Cuba says its Paris embassy targeted by gasoline bombs

Jul. 26, 2021 21:07 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban Embassy in Paris was attacked with gasoline bombs, Cuba's foreign minister said Monday night. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez did not offer any details of the incident in a post on his Twitter account announcing the attack. ...

'No magic wand:' Lebanon's new PM-designate urges unity

Jul. 26, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s newly appointed Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati on Monday urged unity to begin recovery from a devastating economic and financial meltdown roiling the country. He said he will strive to form a new government but the situation is too dire to overcome with the...