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The Latest: PA bill clears to exempt kids masking in school

Sep. 28, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, PA — A bill that would allow parents in Pennsylvania to exempt their children from wearing a mask at school cleared a state Senate committee on Tuesday as Republican lawmakers started making good on their pledge to counter the governor’s statewide mask mandate. ...

Paris ready-to-wear makes comeback with Dior, Saint Laurent

Sep. 28, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris Fashion Week is back after a coronavirus-related hiatus. The high fashion world went mainly digital for a year over the pandemic, but big hitters like Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton are finally returning to the live runway this season. The must-have accessories? The...

Scars from 2015 Paris stadium bombing still pain victims

Sep. 28, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It is almost the forgotten attack of Nov. 13, 2015: France’s national stadium was the sole site outside Paris to come under assault that night from Islamic State extremists. The three suicide bombers who struck killed one man out of the 130 people who...

France to reduce visas for North Africans in migration spat

Sep. 28, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will reduce the number of visas issued to people in North Africa because governments there are refusing to take back migrants expelled from France. The move announced Tuesday comes amid pressure from far-right politicians on centrist President...

Macron wants Europeans to boost defense, be 'respected'

Sep. 28, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — European nations must boost their defense plans and make themselves “respected,” French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday as his country opens talks with the United States following a submarine contract dispute that led to a diplomatic crisis. ...

France offers state-funded therapy, tackles mental health

Sep. 28, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Psychology appointments in France will be funded by the government starting next year, the president announced Tuesday, amid growing awareness and concern about the importance of mental health. State health care systems in Britain, Germany and some other...

Sanofi drops plans for messenger RNA vaccine against virus

Sep. 28, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French drugmaker Sanofi said Tuesday it was shelving plans for a COVID-19 vaccine based on messenger RNA despite positive results from early stage testing. The Paris-based company said it will continue to develop another vaccine candidate that is already...

Greece: Afghan refugees fly to Portugal for resettlement

Sep. 28, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece said that 41 Afghan refugees flew from Athens to Portugal on Tuesday, as part of a bilateral agreement to resettle 1,000 people who have been granted asylum. The Afghans traveled to Greece before the Taliban takeover of...

The Latest: Pfizer gives vaccine data from kids 5-11 to FDA

Sep. 28, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK — Pfizer has submitted research to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine in children as it moves closer to seeking approval for expanded use of the shots. The drugmaker and its partner, Germany’s BioNTech, say they...

France, Greece sign defense deal; Athens to buy 3 warships

Sep. 28, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France and Greece on Tuesday announced a defense deal worth around 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion), including Athens’ decision to buy three French warships as part of a strategy to boost its defense capacities in the Eastern Mediterranean amid recurring tensions with longtime...