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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...

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...

Cheaters beware: ChatGPT maker releases AI detection tool

Jan. 31, 2023 13:06 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The maker of ChatGPT is trying to curb its reputation as a freewheeling cheating machine with a new tool that can help teachers detect if a student or artificial intelligence wrote that homework. The new AI Text Classifier launched Tuesday by OpenAI follows a...

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...

France, Australia to supply Ukraine with artillery shells

Jan. 30, 2023 11:57 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France and Australia announced Monday plans to jointly produce and send several thousand 155-millimeter artillery shells to Ukraine, starting in the coming weeks. The multimillion-dollar plan is the latest offer of support for Ukraine by both countries, and comes amid...

France buys new masterpiece for Orsay museum with LVMH gift

Jan. 30, 2023 10:44 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France has acquired a stunning Impressionist masterpiece for its national collection of art treasures, with a donation from luxury goods giant LVMH paying the 43 million euros (nearly $47 million) for "Boating Party” by 19th-century French artist Gustave Caillebotte. ...