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France's Macron caught between protests, Strasbourg attack

Dec. 12, 2018 12:27 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to take back control of his nation after a month of protests that caused mayhem across the country — and now a new extremist attack that's putting France on renewed terror alert. Striving to show he's responding to "yellow vest" protesters'...

The Latest: French attack suspect had crime record since 13

Dec. 12, 2018 11:56 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on a shooting attack at a Christmas market in France (all times local): 5:50 p.m. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner says that the suspect in the deadly attack on the Christmas market in Strasbourg has had a long criminal record, with his first conviction at...

Thai policeman arrested in killing of French man

Dec. 12, 2018 11:12 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A policeman in Thailand was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a French man Wednesday at a shopping plaza in Bangkok. Security video of the killing posted online by Thai media allegedly shows the officer in street clothes running after the French man and shooting him at close range...

France: Suspected gunman named, had long police record

Dec. 12, 2018 10:41 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — A massive manhunt involving hundreds of police and soldiers was underway Wednesday for a suspected extremist who yelled "God is great!" in Arabic during a shooting spree around one of Europe's most famous Christmas markets. The assault in the eastern French city of Strasbourg...

The Latest: Protest against Japan coal plants at UN talks

Dec. 12, 2018 10:03 AM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 4 p.m. Climate activists from Asia have protested on the sidelines of the U.N. climate talks against the Japanese government's financing of coal mines and power plants in the region. Burning coal is considered...

Hues and cries: The colors of protests around the world

Dec. 12, 2018 9:55 AM EST

When you're an activist seeking a way to convey a complex message in a complicated world, you need a hook — something that can command attention across cultures in a memorable and visually arresting way. So what's more elemental than associating yourself with a specific color? Just as recent demonstrations...

UN chief calls for compromise and sacrifice at climate talks

Dec. 12, 2018 9:44 AM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general called on countries to make compromises and sacrifices in talks over tackling global warming, as some observers warned the meeting in Poland could collapse without an agreement on key issues. Making his second dramatic appeal in the space of 10...

Germany: Merkel questions left's backing for French protests

Dec. 12, 2018 9:37 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is criticizing as "scandalous" a German opposition party's full-throated support for the "yellow vest" protest movement in neighboring France. Merkel's comment came during an exchange with Left Party lawmaker Fabio De Masi in a question-and-answer session in...

ICC: Former Central African Republic militia leader arrested

Dec. 12, 2018 9:36 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A former senior leader of a Central African Republic militia, who also is his country's top soccer official, was arrested Wednesday in France on a warrant issued by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder and...

Strasbourg shooting suspect: An ex-convict tracked by police

Dec. 12, 2018 9:05 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Cherif Chekatt, the alleged extremist on the run after a deadly shooting at France's most famous Christmas market, had been on police radar and had more than two dozen convictions for crimes like robbery and other violence in three European countries. Officials released details...