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Michel Dietlin, center, stands with musicians of the orchestra outside the Palais Garnier opera house after performing Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 in Paris. As some strikers return to work, with notable improvements for train services that have been severely disrupted for weeks, more radical protesters are trying to keep the movement going. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Splits in France's strike movement trigger fears of violence

Jan. 18, 2020 12:47 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French government minister warned that seditious groups bent on violence were hijacking the protest movement against pension reform that has gripped the country, after a fire Saturday damaged a renowned Paris restaurant patronized by President Emmanuel Macron. The Paris fire service said...

French government to grant knighthood to N Carolina veteran

Jan. 18, 2020 12:02 AM EST

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Paul Prewitt is adjusting to the idea of knighthood and having plenty of chuckles as his friends and fellow veterans rib him and genuflect in his honor. The 99-year-old, who served under Gen. George S. Patton during his 2½ years of duty in Europe during World War II, was made a...

Striking employees demonstrate outside the Louvre museum Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 in Paris. Paris' Louvre museum was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Protests close Louvre museum in Paris amid pension strikes

Jan. 17, 2020 7:34 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to the Louvre museum and forced the famous Paris landmark to close Friday while they denounced the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. Protesters later chased down President Emmanuel Macron at an evening theater performance in...

Protesters shout during a demonstration Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Paris. Protesters denounce French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

New street protests in France amid pension strikes

Jan. 16, 2020 3:34 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Opponents of President Emmanuel Macron's proposed overhaul of France's pension system marched in Paris and other French cities Thursday on what is the 43rd day of strike action that has hobbled trains and public transport. At the call of trade unions, train and metro workers, teachers and...

French far-right leader lays out plan to run for president

Jan. 16, 2020 1:10 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen isn’t wasting time. She announced her intention to stand in France’s 2022 presidential elections. “My decision is made,” Le Pen said Thursday as she presented her New Year’s wishes. Le Pen said she is proposing a...

FILE - In this Sept.2, 2019 file photo, shepherd Romain Jaurigueberry brings dead sheep to sub-prefecture of Bayonne, southwestern France, to protests against the rising bear attacks on sheep herds in Pyrenees mountains. Farmers who raise sheep for milk and meat high in the Pyrenees mountains are rejoicing after French President Emmanuel Macron promises them that he'll not authorize the release into the wild of any more bears responsible for increasingly deadly attacks on herders' flocks. (AP Photo Bob Edme, File)

Grrrrr! Angry herders secure bear ban from France's Macron

Jan. 15, 2020 1:23 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The bears have cute names — Bubble, Feather, Snowflake and the like — and look so soft and huggable when caught on video by remote cameras that study their habits. But to herders high in the Pyrenees mountains of southwest France, the animals are stone-cold killers, ravaging...

In this photograph taken Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, protesters hold flowers as tear gas fired by police rises at a demonstration in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran, to remember victims of a Ukrainian airplane shot down by an Iranian missile. On Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, online videos purported to show that Iranian security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic's initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. (AP Photo)

Video: 20 seconds of terror between missiles in Iran crash

Jan. 15, 2020 12:10 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's top diplomat acknowledged Wednesday that Iranians “were lied to" for days after the Islamic Republic accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. The admission came as new surveillance footage purported to show two surface-to-air missiles 20 seconds apart...

FILE- In this Monday, May 27, 2019 file photo, NATO forces attend the graduation ceremony of Afghan National Army soldiers from a 3-month training program at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Iran warning puts thousands of European troops in spotlight

Jan. 15, 2020 9:09 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A warning by Iran's president that European forces in the Middle East could be at risk if their nations join the U.S. pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic puts a focus on thousands of foreign troops in the region. Britain, France, and Germany have spent months...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell is surrounded by reporters at the European parliament Tuesday, Jan.14, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Britain, France and Germany have launched action under the Iran nuclear agreement paving the way for possible sanctions in response to Tehran's attempts to roll back parts of the deal, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU pressures Iran on atom deal in last-ditch bid to save it

Jan. 14, 2020 7:23 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on Iran to stop violating its landmark nuclear deal in a last-ditch effort to resolve their differences through talks while also starting a process that could bring back punishing U.N. sanctions on Tehran. The three European Union...

FILE - In this Monday, May 27, 2019 file photo, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage arrives at the party's HQ in London, prior to an event to mark the gains his party made in the European elections.  Farage, the self-declared “pantomime villain” of Brexit, told the Associated Press Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020, he is leaving the European Union's parliament in Strasbourg later this week with a sense of mission accomplished. (AP Photo/Vudi Xhymshiti, File)

Nigel Farage gets his way, and last laugh: Brexit is coming

Jan. 14, 2020 12:22 PM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Nigel Farage, the self-declared “pantomime villain” of Brexit, is leaving his favorite theater — the European Union's parliament in Strasbourg — this week with a sense of mission accomplished. Ridiculed for years, and thriving on the abuse he got from,...