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French parliament debates Macron's divisive pension bill

Feb. 06, 2023 11:48 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s parliament on Monday started debating a fiercely contested pension bill that’s triggered recent strikes and large street demonstrations, with more protests set to come this week. The lower house, the National Assembly, began debating the plans that would...

American skier Mikaela Shiffrin fails to finish her first race at the world championships

Feb. 06, 2023 08:39 AM EST
MERIBEL, France (AP) — American skier Mikaela Shiffrin fails to finish her first race at the world championships.

Today in History: FEB 6, Elizabeth II celebrates 70 years

Feb. 06, 2023 00:04 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2023. There are 334 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain’s King George VI, 56, died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as...

US skiers to don climate change-themed race suits at worlds

Feb. 05, 2023 15:48 PM EST

Looking cool is just the tip of the iceberg for Mikaela Shiffrin, Travis Ganong and the rest of the U.S. ski team when they debut new race suits at the world championships. Even more, they want everyone thinking about climate change. The team’s predominantly...

India, France, UAE to work on climate change, biodiversity

Feb. 04, 2023 09:13 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India, France and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday agreed on a trilateral initiative to undertake energy projects with a focus on solar and nuclear sources, fight climate change and protect biodiversity, particularly in the Indian Ocean region. The countries...

Lauded rebel fashion designer Paco Rabanne dies at age 88

Feb. 03, 2023 18:33 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paco Rabanne, the Spanish-born designer known for perfumes sold worldwide but who made his name with metallic space-age fashions that put a bold, new edge on catwalks, has died, the group that owns his fashion house announced Friday. "The House of Paco Rabanne wishes...

Netanyahu visits France amid spike in Mideast tensions

Feb. 02, 2023 15:26 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with France’s president, business leaders and members of France’s Jewish community during a trip to Paris starting Thursday that has angered Palestinian supporters amid a new spasm of violence in the Mideast. The visit...

Syria slams chemical watchdog report on 2018 attack

Feb. 02, 2023 10:55 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria on Thursday dismissed the global chemical weapons watchdog's statement, which said that investigators had found “reasonable grounds to believe” the Syrian air force dropped two cylinders of chlorine gas in 2018 on then-rebel-held town of Douma. The...

Austrian ski team aims to rediscover its magic at worlds

Feb. 02, 2023 05:28 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Only one skier in the 24-member Austrian squad for the upcoming world championships has won on the Word Cup circuit this season. A star coach left the women’s team mid-January. And “crisis” has become a common word on the ski-mad nation’s sport...

Unions buoyant as 1.27 million French protest pension reform

Jan. 31, 2023 20:45 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — An estimated 1.27 million people took to the streets of French cities, towns and villages Tuesday, according to the Interior Ministry, in new massive protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to raise the retirement age by two years. The turnout exceeded...