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In Iraq, family mourns daughter who drowned crossing to UK

Nov. 28, 2021 13:02 PM EST

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Snow globes, teddy bears and makeup brushes — these were the trinkets left behind in northern Iraq by Maryam Nouri who perished this week along with at least 26 others in an ill-fated voyage with dreams of reaching the United Kingdom. A wake for...

EU plane to monitor migrants on Channel shores after deaths

Nov. 28, 2021 12:55 PM EST

CALAIS, France (AP) — The EU’s border agency will dispatch a plane to monitor the shores of the English Channel for migrant activity after 27 people died when their overcrowded, inflatable boat sank en route to Britain, the deadliest migration accident on record on the treacherous...

Cambodian prince and politician Norodom Ranariddh dies at 77

Nov. 28, 2021 12:23 PM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh, former prime minister and the son of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, died Sunday in France, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith announced on his Facebook page. He was 77. Khieu Kanharith, who said he...

Morocco halts all incoming air travel from around the world because of rapid spread of new omicron variant

Nov. 28, 2021 09:37 AM EST
PARIS (AP) — Morocco halts all incoming air travel from around the world because of rapid spread of new omicron variant.

In French Pantheon, Josephine Baker makes history yet again

Nov. 28, 2021 08:50 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France is inducting Josephine Baker — Missouri-born cabaret dancer, French World War II spy and civil rights activist — into its Pantheon, the first Black woman honored in the final resting place of France’s most revered luminaries. On Tuesday, a...

Camped in Calais, migrants renew resolve to try for England

Nov. 28, 2021 04:45 AM EST

CALAIS, France (AP) — At the makeshift camps in France near Calais and Dunkirk, migrants are digging in, waiting for their chance to make a dash across the English Channel despite the deaths of at least 27 people this week when their boat sank a few miles (kilometers) from the French coast....

Amid riots, France to consider some autonomy for Guadeloupe

Nov. 27, 2021 12:45 PM EST

LE GOSIER, Guadeloupe (AP) — France’s government is offering to discuss some autonomy for the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, which has been wracked by virus-related rioting and strikes that reflect long-running frustrations over inequality with the French mainland. ...

Channel migrant deaths: Smugglers net millions per kilometer

Nov. 27, 2021 10:48 AM EST

CALAIS, France (AP) — The price to cross the English Channel varies according to the network of smugglers, between 3,000 and 7,000 euros ($3,380 and $8,000) though there are rumors of discounts. Often, the fee also includes a very short-term tent rental in the windy...

Paris archbishop offers to resign over 'ambiguous' relations

Nov. 26, 2021 14:27 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The archbishop of Paris has offered to step down after admitting to having had an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012, the archdiocese said. Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who has led the Paris church since 2018, sent a letter to Pope Francis...

Shots fired at police, journalists in Martinique COVID riots

Nov. 26, 2021 12:53 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Shots were fired overnight at security forces and journalists on the French Caribbean island of Martinique amid violent protests against COVID-19 restrictions, France's interior minister said on Friday. Several police officers have been injured, Interior...