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Celebrities are deep into liquor, wine with their own brands

Nov. 22, 2019 10:33 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — From Kate Hudson’s new vodka to Dylan Sprouse’s Brooklyn-made mead, celebrities with their own brands of spirits and wines can make drink-loving fans happy at the holidays. You can find other pillars of culture with bottles, including TV shows and the high-brow auction house...

French women demand action amid high domestic violence rate

Nov. 22, 2019 10:24 AM EST

LES MUREAUX, France (AP) — Sylvia. Dalila. Aminata. Céline. Julie. Their names are plastered on buildings and headlines across France, calling attention to their shared fate: Each was killed, allegedly by a current or former partner this year. More than 130 women have died from domestic violence this...

AP PHOTOS: France’s night-time campaign for justice

Nov. 22, 2019 6:58 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — In Paris and in cities across France, the signs are everywhere. "Complaints ignored, women killed" and "She leaves him, he kills her," they read, in black block letters pasted onto stately municipal buildings. Under cover of night, activists have glued posters to the walls to draw attention to...

Macron defends job losses at symbolic blue collar factory

Nov. 22, 2019 6:28 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A defiant Emmanuel Macron has told laid-off employees at a troubled French appliance factory in his home town that it wasn’t his government’s fault that a takeover there failed. In a blunt moment that’s already been seized upon by media, the French president said Friday...

Canada beats Australia to reach Davis Cup semifinals

Nov. 21, 2019 7:37 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Canada became the first team to reach the semifinals of the new Davis Cup Finals, winning the decisive doubles match to beat Australia 2-1 on Thursday. Vasek Pospisil and Denis Shapovalov defeated John Peters and Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-4 to give Canada its first Davis Cup win against the...

The search is on for a red panda that escaped a French zoo

Nov. 21, 2019 11:25 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A search is on for a red panda that broke out of a zoo in the Rhone region of southeastern France. Officials at the Saint-Martin-la-Plaine Zoo said the endangered animal was last seen 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the park by a surprised motorist. The park said the panda escaped last Friday by...

The Latest: North Macedonia detains 33 migrants near border

Nov. 21, 2019 11:06 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Officials in North Macedonia say a police patrol has detained a group of 33 migrants found walking through the southern part of the country, near the border with Greece. Police said in a statement that the group consisted...

French courts face touchy test: Is helping migrants a crime?

Nov. 21, 2019 8:22 AM EST

LYON, France (AP) — A French court is to rule Thursday on whether to convict a mountain guide of helping migrants enter the country illegally — the latest case that is testing France’s “principle of fraternity” allowing humanitarian aid for irregular migrants. The cases have...

Paris hoteliers angered by IOC sponsorship deal with Airbnb

Nov. 21, 2019 7:10 AM EST

The newest Olympic sponsor has sparked the ire of French hoteliers, who have suspended their collaboration with 2024 Paris Games organizers over fears the IOC’s agreement with home-sharing company Airbnb will create unfair competition. The nine-year, five-games sponsorship deal announced this week starts...

Tokyo Olympics: Japanese, English _ but where’s the French?

Nov. 21, 2019 5:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The French language has been almost invisible during the drawn-out preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. News conferences in Tokyo are conducted in Japanese or in English — or with English interpretation. Signs around the organizing committee offices are in Japanese and...