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In Romania, French, Dutch FMs sign agreement to boost ties

Jan. 27, 2023 12:31 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The foreign ministers of France and the Netherlands visited a NATO battlegroup at a base in Romania Friday and later agreed to bolster their ties amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. Catherine Colonna of France and Wopke Hoekstra of the Netherlands visited the...

6 Nations: France, Ireland set for duel under Netflix glare

Jan. 27, 2023 11:43 AM EST

Rugby’s oldest championship is getting a modern twist with the Netflix streaming service being given a behind-the-scenes look at the 2023 Six Nations for a docuseries released next year. It should help to broaden the sport's appeal, driving more interest in the United States...

Correction: France-Iran story

Jan. 27, 2023 07:48 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — In a story published January 26, 2023, about French citizens detained in Iran, The Associated Press erroneously reported that prisoner Olivier Vandecasteele worked for aid group Doctors Without Borders and that the group organized a demonstration in his honor. Vandecasteele worked...

Watchdog blames Syria's air force for deadly chlorine attack

Jan. 27, 2023 07:10 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday that its investigators found “reasonable grounds to believe” Syria's air force dropped two cylinders containing chlorine gas on the city of Douma in April 2018, killing 43 people. A report by a team...

Couture season ends with clubbing, celebrity and glamour

Jan. 26, 2023 13:45 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The experimentalism and audacity of 1980s club kids inspired Valentino, one of the last high-octane shows of this Paris Fashion Week couture season. Thousands of fans lined the Pont Alexandre III bridge on a chilly Wednesday night to scream as their idols went in and...

France recalls ambassador to Burkina Faso, pulls out troops

Jan. 26, 2023 06:04 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French foreign ministry said Thursday it is recalling its ambassador to Burkina Faso for consultations, one day after Paris decided to withdraw troops from the West African country following a demand by its military rulers. A top official at the foreign ministry...

Elie Saab's spring couture in Paris dreams of Thai escape

Jan. 25, 2023 18:13 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Elie Saab whisked his guests away to Thailand for a Paris Fashion Week couture show Wednesday that gleamed with gold and intricate silk embroidery. Sheer diaphanous cloth floated around the runway in Le Marais’ Carreau du Temple amid wafting perfume, as “Emily in...

French troops to withdraw from Burkina Faso within a month

Jan. 25, 2023 13:47 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's foreign ministry said Wednesday that French troops deployed to fight extremists in Burkina Faso will withdraw within a month following a demand by the country’s military rulers — which came after a similar move from neighboring Mali. A top official at the...

Scandal hits another Olympic sport in France -- handball

Jan. 25, 2023 13:07 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The head of France's professional handball league resigned Wednesday after pleading guilty to child corruption and child pornography charges — the country's latest sports scandal before it hosts next year's Paris Olympics. In a plea deal reached with prosecutors and...

Corruption trial begins for Mauritanian former president

Jan. 25, 2023 11:37 AM EST

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mauritania's former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz went on trial Wednesday accused of alleged corruption and money laundering during his time in office. He's being tried with ten other defendants, including former prime ministers and prominent...