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French military denies injuring protesters in Burkina Faso

Nov. 22, 2021 11:28 AM EST

KAYA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The French military has denied injuring civilians in Burkina Faso when firing warning shots to disperse protesters who had blocked one of its military convoys. Amid an increase in Islamic extremist violence in Burkina Faso, tensions have...

McDowell town home to first memorial honoring Black WWI vets

Nov. 13, 2021 09:12 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The roots of America’s Veterans Day observance can be traced to the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when a cease-fire went into effect, ending hostilities in World War I. More than 4 million U.S. military personnel took...

France flexes muscle, puts warship in eastern Mediterranean

Nov. 08, 2021 10:04 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — France showcased its military muscle Monday with a tour of its new frigate Auvergne in the eastern Mediterranean, seeking to underscore what the ship's captain said was the importance that Paris attaches to ensuring security and stability in the region. ...

Mali's Timbuktu fears jihadis as France reduces troops

Oct. 14, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — It’s been nine years since Islamic extremists in northern Mali arrested Zahra Abdou on charges of showing her hair and wearing an outfit they said was too tight. The al-Qaida-linked militants who had seized control of this fabled desert center...

French officer killed on American battlefield to get statue

Oct. 09, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — A French military officer killed on a South Carolina battlefield during the Revolutionary War is having his statue unveiled in Camden. The Sunday ceremony will honor Johann de Kalb, who died in the August 1780 Battle of Camden after his horse was...

Greek lawmakers ratify major defense pact with France

Oct. 07, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s lawmakers Thursday ratified a landmark defense deal with France that includes a mutual assistance clause in case of an armed attack against either — a pact that has irked fellow NATO member Turkey. The five-year agreement was announced...

Algeria blasts French leader, bans flights, recalls diplomat

Oct. 03, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria has refused permission for France to fly military planes in its airspace and announced the recall of its ambassador from Paris in the wake of what it said were “inadmissible” comments attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron. ...

France's Macron slams Malian PM's 'abandonment' remarks

Oct. 01, 2021 08:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said he was “shocked” when Mali's prime minister described France's plans to reduce its troop commitment in the African country as an “abandonment." “These comments are unacceptable,” Macron said Thursday night in...

Czechs sign deal to buy French truck-mounted artillery

Sep. 30, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech military has signed a deal worth 8.52 billion Czech crowns ($390 million) to acquire 52 CAESAR self-propelled gun howitzers from France’s Nexter Systems. The contract was signed on Thursday during a visit by French Defense Minister Florence...

Top Russian diplomat defends mercenaries' presence in Mali

Sep. 25, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat on Saturday defended the Mali government's right to hire a private Russian military company to help fight terrorists, accusing French troops in the country of failing to get rid of them and scolding the European Union for...