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EU, UK fail to resolve border row as Brexit deadline looms

Sep. 20, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade. With Britain's departure from...

France to create a memorial museum for victims of terrorism

Sep. 19, 2018 11:19 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to create a memorial museum to honor the victims of terrorism. Macron, speaking Wednesday at a ceremony organized by victims' associations, said a committee will immediately start working on the project. Macron also announced more financial aid to...

Ex-aide is star witness of panel probing French crisis

Sep. 19, 2018 9:06 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A former security aide of French President Emmanuel Macron who was videotaped beating a protester apologized Wednesday for insulting a Senate commission as "little people" and calling its chief a "little marquis." Alexandre Benalla was the star witness of a Senate commission investigating...

Macron announces changes to France's health care system

Sep. 18, 2018 9:44 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday unveiled plans to make France's health care system, considered one of the best in the world, more efficient and sustainable for the next 50 years. Macron announced organizational changes at hospitals, in the recruitment of doctors, and a better use...

Austria: EU summit focus on Brexit, migration, cool tension

Sep. 17, 2018 8:52 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says Brexit and bridge-building will be center-stage at a two-day European Union summit this week. Kurz met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday, having met the previous day with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "We have to do everything...

Iranian Embassy in Paris damaged; Tehran knocks police work

Sep. 15, 2018 5:56 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Iranian Embassy was damaged by a crowd that a local police official said Saturday was made up of "individuals," while Iran's Foreign Ministry accused them of being extremists and charged that the response by authorities in Paris was slow and weak. Iran's Foreign Ministry said protesters...

The Latest: Turkey reinforces security posts in north Syria

Sep. 14, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to the war in Syria (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A senior official says political advisers of the leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany agree that a solution for the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib should be a political, rather than military,...

France's Macron admits system of torture during Algeria war

Sep. 13, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday formally recognized the responsibility of the French state in the death of a dissident mathematician in Algeria in 1957, admitting for the first time the French military's "system" that included torture during Algeria's independence war. Macron...

France's Macron unveils plan to combat poverty

Sep. 13, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron, often branded by critics as the president of the rich, has unveiled an 8 billion-euro ($9 billion) plan to tackle poverty. Macron said in a speech Thursday: "I don't want a plan to help poor people to better live poor. I want them to be given the choice, and...

French president hosts Japanese crown prince at Versailles

Sep. 12, 2018 5:19 PM EDT

VERSAILLES, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Crown Prince Naruhito, Japan's next emperor, made a toast to continued friendship between their nations Wednesday in the sumptuous surroundings of the Chateau of Versailles. Macron and his wife, Brigitte, hosted an official dinner for Naruhito,...