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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...

World War II vet receives French Legion of Honor medal

Oct. 13, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The young boys who didn't come back are the real heroes of World War II. That's how Albuquerque resident John Rumancik feels about his service in the effort to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany's grip more than seven decades ago. But the French government believes Rumancik and...

Kremlin relishes US pullback from Syria, turmoil in Ukraine

Oct. 13, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — From Syria to Ukraine, new fault lines and tensions are offering the Kremlin fresh opportunities to expand its clout and advance its interests. The U.S. military withdrawal from northern Syria before a Turkish offensive leaves Russia as the ultimate power broker, allowing it to help negotiate...

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...

Man seized in Scotland not French fugitive murder suspect

Oct. 12, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French police say a man was mistakenly arrested in Scotland on suspicion he was a French fugitive accused of killing his wife and four children eight years ago. A French police spokesman told The Associated Press that French and Scottish investigators determined Saturday that the fingerprints...

Czechs stun England in Euro qualifying; France, Portugal win

Oct. 11, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

It was a night of European soccer to forget for England, and one to remember for Andorra. England conceded a late goal against the Czech Republic on Friday and paid the price with its first defeat in a qualifying game in 10 years, while France and Portugal made progress in their bids for places at next year's...

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...