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The Latest: Globe hits another mark showing warming climate

Sep. 23, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the Climate Action Summit taking place at the United Nations (all times local): 4 p.m. As world leaders talked about doing something to counter climate change, the globe on Monday hit another mark indicating a warming climate. Arctic sea ice shrank to 1.6 million square...

Britain joins US in blaming Iran for Saudi oil attacks

Sep. 23, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain joined the United States on Monday in blaming Iran for attacks on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, but the Iranian foreign minister pointed to claims of responsibility by Yemeni rebels and said: "If Iran were behind this attack, nothing would have been left of this...

Macron urges French climate protesters to target Poland

Sep. 23, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has annoyed Poland and irritated France's climate activists by urging them to move their protests from Paris to Poland, a European Union nation that is heavily dependent on coal. Poland, which relies on coal for some 80% of its energy, is treading cautiously on...

Perk up: France resuscitates dying villages 1 cafe at a time

Sep. 23, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — For the rural French village of Port-Brillet, the closure of its last cafe came as a painful shock. Suddenly gone was the haunt where patrons put the world to rights over a drink or three, where anglers propping up the bar could crow about their catches from nearby lakes, and where the village...

France says top issue is de-escalation _ not US-Iran talks

Sep. 22, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's top diplomat said Sunday the most pressing issue following attacks on key Saudi Arabian oil installations is not a potential meeting between the leaders of the United States and Iran but whether it's possible to de-escalate the current "dangerous" situation. Foreign Minister...

Climate activists step up protests in Britain and France

Sep. 21, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Environmental activists in Britain and France stepped up campaigns Saturday to get their governments to confront climate change with greater urgency, part of a week of global climate actions. Thousands of people marched in south Paris to press French President Emmanuel Macron, world leaders at...

Paris police repeatedly use tear gas on day of protests

Sep. 21, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Clusters of anti-government activists in Paris repeatedly scuffled with police who responded with tear gas Saturday as supporters of France's yellow vest protests tried to revive the movement opposed to President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies. In the morning, officers dispersed small...

Paris police gird for weekend protests over Macron, climate

Sep. 20, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has called for calm on France's annual heritage weekend, as authorities in Paris prepare to deploy thousands of police to protect landmarks and government buildings. His call comes as an array of protesters plan to descend on the capital and other cities....

French president says committed to helping Lebanon's economy

Sep. 20, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's president says Paris "is fully committed" to implementing the decisions taken during a conference last year to help Lebanon improve its economy. Emmanuel Macron made his comments Friday while receiving Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is on an official visit to Paris seeking...

Tavern visited by George Washington added to register

Sep. 20, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A tavern visited by George Washington and French troops during the Revolutionary War is one of eight new listings placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register. The listings approved Thursday by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources also include a rural village in northern Virginia...