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Zelenskyy tells UK ‘freedom will win,’ pushes for warplanes

Feb. 08, 2023 10:37 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pushed for fighter jets to ensure his country's victory over Russia in a dramatic speech before the U.K. Parliament, where he also thanked the British people for their support since “Day One” of Moscow's invasion. The...

Lower turnout in renewed protests over French pension reform

Feb. 07, 2023 13:59 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of French marched in a third round of protests Tuesday against planned pension reforms, while new nationwide strikes disrupted public transport and schools, as well as power, oil and gas supplies. Turnout at the demonstrations was lower than on previous...

French lawmakers debate Macron's controversial pension bill

Feb. 06, 2023 12:58 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s parliament on Monday started debating a deeply controversial pension bill aiming to raise the minimum retirement age that’s touched off a wave of strikes and large street demonstrations, with more protests set to come this week. The lower house, the...

Netanyahu visits France amid spike in Mideast tensions

Feb. 02, 2023 15:26 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with France’s president, business leaders and members of France’s Jewish community during a trip to Paris starting Thursday that has angered Palestinian supporters amid a new spasm of violence in the Mideast. The visit...

USOPC: Russian pathway possible, but sanctions must remain

Feb. 02, 2023 08:48 AM EST

The new leader of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee reiterated the federation's support for exploring a way for Russian athletes to compete at the Paris Olympics as neutrals, while insisting the current sanctions against the country remain in place. Gene Sykes, who took over...

Unions buoyant as 1.27 million French protest pension reform

Jan. 31, 2023 20:45 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — An estimated 1.27 million people took to the streets of French cities, towns and villages Tuesday, according to the Interior Ministry, in new massive protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to raise the retirement age by two years. The turnout exceeded...

Ukraine pushes for Western fighter jets after tank deals

Jan. 31, 2023 14:01 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine won support Tuesday from Baltic nations and Poland in its quest to obtain Western fighter jets, but there were no signs that larger nations like the U.S. and Britain have changed their stance of refusing to provide warplanes to Kyiv after almost a year of battling...

France doesn't rule out sending warplanes to Ukraine

Jan. 30, 2023 18:43 PM EST

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that France doesn’t exclude sending fighter jets to Ukraine, but laid out multiple conditions before such a significant step might be taken. France has sent Ukraine air-defense systems, rocket launcher units,...

French finance minister backs pension push, UAE's COP28 pick

Jan. 30, 2023 10:36 AM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Trying to sell France to Emirati investors Monday, France's finance minister highlighted what he described as the business-friendly overhaul of President Emmanuel Macron — while sidestepping ongoing protests back home over a planned pension overhaul. ...

France must raise pension age to 64, prime minister says

Jan. 29, 2023 07:29 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s prime minister insisted Sunday that the government’s plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 is “no longer negotiable,” further angering parliamentary opponents and unions who plan new mass protests and disruptive strikes this week. Raising the...