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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...

France seizes Iran assault rifles, missiles heading to Yemen

Feb. 02, 2023 10:58 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — French naval forces in January seized thousands of assault rifles, machine guns and anti-tank missiles in the Gulf of Oman coming from Iran and heading to Yemen's Houthi rebels, officials said Thursday. While Iran denied being involved, images of...

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...

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...

Ukraine pushes for Western fighter jets after tank deals

Jan. 31, 2023 14:01 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine won support Tuesday from Baltic nations and Poland in its quest to obtain Western fighter jets, but there were no signs that larger nations like the U.S. and Britain have changed their stance of refusing to provide warplanes to Kyiv after almost a year of battling...

France doesn't rule out sending warplanes to Ukraine

Jan. 30, 2023 18:43 PM EST

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that France doesn’t exclude sending fighter jets to Ukraine, but laid out multiple conditions before such a significant step might be taken. France has sent Ukraine air-defense systems, rocket launcher units,...

France braces for major transport woes from pension strikes

Jan. 30, 2023 15:02 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's national rail operator is recommending that passengers stay home Tuesday to avoid strikes over pension reforms that are expected to cause major transport woes but largely spare high-speed links to Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands. Labor unions that...

French prime minister unveils plans to tackle racism

Jan. 30, 2023 12:18 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Name it, act on it, sanction it. That is the focus of a new drive against racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination of all kinds that was announced Monday by French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne. The four-year plan starts with educating youth with a...

Automakers Renault, Nissan to make cross-shareholdings equal

Jan. 30, 2023 05:48 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan and Renault have agreed to equalize the stakes they hold in each other, both sides said Monday, ironing out a source of conflict in the Japan-French auto alliance. Up to now, Renault Group has held a 43.4% stake in Nissan Motor Co., potentially giving it a...

West Virginia Wildlife Center to hold Groundhog Day event

Jan. 30, 2023 05:02 AM EST

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is hosting its annual Groundhog Day event, complete with a weather forecast from French Creek Freddie. The event opens at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the center in Upshur County with groundhog French Creek Freddie emerging...