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The Latest: More New York health care workers get vaccinated

Sep. 28, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. — Thousands of health care workers in New York faced with getting the COVID-19 vaccine or losing their jobs on Monday have received at least one dose. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul released figures showing vaccination rates rising among the state’s 450,000...

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...

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...

France: Man who threw egg at Macron in psychiatric treatment

Sep. 28, 2021 06:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A 19-year-old student who threw an egg at French President Emmanuel Macron has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital after a medical exam, prosecutors said Tuesday. The egg hit Macron on the shoulder as he milled with a crowd at an international food fair...

Egg thrown at French President Macron during food trade fair

Sep. 27, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron was hit on the shoulder Monday by an egg thrown at him by a young man during a visit to an international food trade fair in the French city of Lyon. A video of the incident, widely shared on the social media, shows Macron...

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...

France, Germany nominate WHO chief Tedros for a second term

Sep. 24, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Germany and France said they and other European Union countries have nominated Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia for a second term as director-general of the World Health Organization. This marks the first time that a candidate for the top job at the U.N. health agency...

France pledges support for Lebanon's new prime minister

Sep. 24, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Friday Lebanon’s new prime minister at the presidential palace, wishing him success and promising France would continue to support the crisis-struck country. In Beirut, protesters pelted commercial banks with eggs and rallied against...