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France to work with Saudis to resolve crisis with Lebanon

Dec. 04, 2021 14:08 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France’s president and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince held a joint phone call with Lebanon’s prime minister during Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the kingdom on Saturday, in a significant gesture amid an unprecedented crisis between Lebanon and Saudi...

France's Republicans pick a woman as presidential candidate

Dec. 04, 2021 09:50 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Valérie Pécresse, the head of the Paris region and a former conservative minister, has been chosen to run in France's presidential race next year as The Republicans party candidate, a decision that could significantly shape April’s election. She...

Lebanese minister resigns in bid to ease crisis with Saudis

Dec. 03, 2021 14:58 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s information minister resigned Friday, a move many hope could open the way for easing an unprecedented diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab nations that has compounded the small country’s multiple crises. George Kordahi, the...

Upstate NY WWII soldier killed in France IDed after 77 years

Dec. 03, 2021 14:07 PM EST

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of a World War II soldier from upstate New York killed in France in 1944 have been identified, defense officials announced Friday. U.S. Army Pfc. Morris E. Swackhammer, 20, of Binghamton was accounted for June 28, according to the...

France signs weapons mega-deal with UAE as Macron tours Gulf

Dec. 03, 2021 09:34 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France announced multibillion-euro deals Friday to sell fighter planes and combat helicopters to the United Arab Emirates, aiming to boost military cooperation with its top ally in the Persian Gulf amid their shared concerns about Iran. ...

Live updates: California reports 2nd omicron case in 2 days

Dec. 02, 2021 21:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES — California is reporting its second confirmed case of the omicron COVID variant in as many days. The Los Angeles County public health department says a county resident is self-isolating after apparently contracting the infection during a trip to South...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

Live updates: Greek lawmakers OK vaccine mandate for elderly

Dec. 01, 2021 17:05 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece -- Greek lawmakers have approved legislation making vaccination for COVID-19 mandatory for all people aged over 60 living in the country on pain of a monthly fine, to deal with an infection surge and the emergence of the omicron variant. The draft law...

UK panel asks govt to scrap plan to turn back migrant boats

Dec. 01, 2021 13:49 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A U.K. parliamentary committee on Wednesday criticized government plans to deter migrants and refugees from trying to reach Britain in small boats, saying the measures would endanger lives without stopping dangerous journeys across the English Channel like the one that killed...

Black artist Josephine Baker honored at France's Pantheon

Nov. 30, 2021 15:33 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Josephine Baker — the U.S.-born entertainer, anti-Nazi spy and civil rights activist — was inducted into France's Pantheon on Tuesday, becoming the first Black woman to receive the nation’s highest honor. Baker's voice resonated through streets of...