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Johnson faces Brexit flak from EU lawmakers and top UK court

Sep. 18, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by European Union officials Wednesday of failing to negotiate seriously and branded the "father of lies" by a lawyer in the U.K. Supreme Court, as his plan to leave the EU in just over six weeks faced hurdles on both sides of the...

Macron: Italy, Malta must know who'll take rescued migrants

Sep. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — France's president assured Italy's new government Wednesday night that he is working for a standing arrangement under which European Union nations would take a share of rescued migrants, seeking to avoid standoffs at sea aboard humanitarian boats that Italian and Maltese authorities refuse to...

The Latest: UN chief: Experts on way to probe Saudi attacks

Sep. 18, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 10:00 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says U.N. experts have already left for Saudi Arabia to investigate attacks on key Saudi oil installations. Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said...

The Latest: Merkel open to free trade agreement post-Brexit

Sep. 18, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:45 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still sees a possibility for Britain to make "an orderly exit" from the European Union but Germany also is prepared for a disorderly Brexit. Merkel said a day after a telephone call with...

The Latest: Saudi minister: 50% of crude reduction restored

Sep. 17, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 10 p.m. Saudi Arabia's energy minister says 50% of the production cut by the attack on its oil processing plant has been restored. Prince...

The Latest: Eurotunnel tests new 'digital border' for Brexit

Sep. 17, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Eurotunnel has held a round of tests to prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31, checking that a new "digital border" between France and Britain would work seamlessly and keep traffic flowing in the...

French foreign minister arrives in Sudan to meet new leaders

Sep. 16, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — France's foreign minister on Monday said his country would support Sudan's new leaders in their efforts to achieve peace with rebel groups, and work to end the African country's international pariah status. Jean-Yves Le Drian landed in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, weeks after the formation...

French professionals join forces to protest pension changes

Sep. 16, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of French professionals, including lawyers and doctors, took to the streets of Paris Monday in a new protest against the government's planned pension changes. The protest saw lawyers, doctors, nurses and others in regulated professions vent their displeasure at the proposed changes...

French First Lady sets up adult school in poor Paris suburb

Sep. 16, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's First Lady Brigitte Macron has visited a new adult school she helped found in a poor Paris suburb. The wife of President Emmanuel Macron, who was a teacher, said Monday that she is involved in the school's management and will give occasional literature classes. The place, dedicated to...

Trapped in Syria, French families file suit against envoy

Sep. 16, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French wives and children of Islamic State fighters have filed a legal complaint against France's foreign minister, saying he was "sacrificing children" in the face of public opinion. France, which was Europe's leading source of Islamic State recruits, has been slow to repatriate any French...