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Mexico halfway through quake restoration of old churches

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The earthquake struck in seconds, but three years later restorers still face a monumental task: about half of the 2,340...

French mosque shut over message linked to teacher beheading

PARIS (AP) — A mosque in a Paris suburb is being closed for six months starting Wednesday night on orders from France's interior minister...

6 Russian officers charged in ‘destructive’ hacking campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced charges against Russian intelligence officers in cyberattacks that targeted a French presidential election, the Winter Olympics in...

6 Russian military officers charged in vast hacking campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced charges Monday against Russian intelligence officers in cyberattacks that targeted a French presidential election, the Winter Olympics...

As virus flares globally, new strategies target hot spots

NEW YORK (AP) — After entire nations were shut down during the first surge of the coronavirus earlier this year, some countries and U.S....

Facing terror charges, ETA’s last boss apologizes for deaths

PARIS (AP) — The last known chief of ETA, the now-extinct Basque separatist militant group, was back in court Monday in Paris to face...

Trial of Russian charged in bitcoin fraud begins in Paris

PARIS (AP) — The trial of a Russian man alleged to have used ransomware in a 135 million euros ($157 million) bitcoin fraud will...

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at...

French premier joins nationwide tributes to beheaded teacher

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister joined demonstrators on Sunday who rallied together across the country in tribute to a history teacher who was...

French virus curfew produces eerie quiet on streets of Paris

PARIS (AP) — The streets of Paris and eight other French cities were deserted on Saturday night on the first day of the government-imposed...

Suspect in teacher’s beheading in France was Chechen teen

PARIS (AP) — A suspect shot dead by police after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown...

New virus restrictions in Europe; Merkel warns of hard days

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to come together like they did in the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus...

Dark déjà vu for European economy as virus cases spike

LONDON (AP) — Europe’s economy was just catching its breath from what had been the sharpest recession in modern history. A resurgence in coronavirus...

French leader decries terrorist beheading of history teacher

PARIS (AP) — For the second time in three weeks, terror struck France, this time with the gruesome beheading of a history teacher in...

French leader decries terrorist beheading of teacher

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an “Islamist terrorist attack” against a history teacher decapitated in a Paris suburb...

French police search homes of health minister, ex-PM

PARIS (AP) — French police searched the homes of the health minister, the former prime minister and other top officials Thursday in an investigation...

Virus at ‘turning point’ in Europe, hitting at-risk groups

MILAN (AP) — Doctors are warning that Europe is at a turning point as the coronavirus surges back across the continent, including among vulnerable...

Europe, US reel as virus infections surge at record pace

Coronavirus cases around the world have climbed to all-time highs of more than 330,000 per day as the scourge comes storming back across Europe...

EU leaders divided over new climate goals for 2030

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday they need to raise their climate ambition above the existing target but stopped short of endorsing...

European lawmakers won’t be back in Strasbourg this month

BRUSSELS (AP) — European lawmakers won't be returning to the French city of Strasbourg for next week's plenary session because of the COVID-19 resurgence...

France warns Turkey of EU sanctions over ‘provocations’

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — France warned Turkey on Thursday that it could face European Union sanctions for its “provocations,” after Ankara redeployed its search...

As virus surges anew, Milan hospitals under pressure again

MILAN (AP) — Coronavirus infections are surging again in the region of northern Italy where the pandemic first took hold in Europe, renewing pressure...

Herbert Kretzmer, lyricist of Les Miserables, dead at 95

LONDON (AP) — Herbert Kretzmer, the journalist and lyricist best known for his English-language adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, has died. He was...

Europe Today: Closing schools is latest front in virus fight

PRAGUE (AP) — Dark splotches that indicate zones of high coronavirus contagion are staining maps of Europe blood red as governments scramble to prevent...

France to restore state of health emergency after 3 months

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel President Macron’s office says France will restore a state of health emergency that expired on July 10. ...

Activist fined for dislodging African art from Paris museum

PARIS (AP) — A Congolese activist was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) on Wednesday for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a...

More masks, less play: Europe tightens rules as virus surges

GENEVA (AP) — Governments across Europe are ratcheting up restrictions to try to beat back a resurgence of the coronavirus that has sent new...

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the latest international soccer star to test positive for the coronavirus. ...

Lives Lost: London rabbi worked to end community’s isolation

LONDON (AP) — Rabbi Avrohom Pinter gave his life to save his neighbors. ...

Germany, France call for UK concessions in EU-UK trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — Germany and France on Tuesday pressured the United Kingdom to make concessions in three key areas of Brexit trade negotiations —...

France launches flu vaccine campaign amid COVID-19 crisis

PARIS (AP) — France launched a flu vaccine campaign Tuesday in an effort to avoid facing another epidemic peak as the coronavirus is spreading...

Report: Most exporters do little to prevent foreign bribery

BERLIN (AP) — An anti-corruption watchdog on Tuesday ranked the United States and United Kingdom as the largest exporters most active at enforcing rules...

French PM won’t rule out more restrictions as virus spikes

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister refused to rule out further local lockdowns Monday after health authorities reported about 43,000 new coronavirus infections over...

Yet another Brexit deadline looms; trade talks in rut

BRUSSELS (AP) — Almost by tradition, another Brexit deadline is looming. Just as much by tradition, talks are expected to continue afterward. ...

EU to slap sanctions on Russia officials over Navalny attack

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to impose sanctions on Russian officials and organizations blamed for the poisoning of opposition leader...

Global watchdog proposes tax overhaul for Big Tech

LONDON (AP) — A global economic watchdog on Monday proposed an overhaul of international tax rules to make sure big tech companies pay their...

French police station attacked with fireworks, metal bars

PARIS (AP) — Dozens of people attacked a police station outside Paris early Sunday with blasts of fireworks and metal bars, damaging several police...

Portugal, France lose perfect records; England beats Belgium

MILAN (AP) — Portugal and France lost their perfect records in this season’s UEFA Nations League after playing out a 0-0 draw against each...

Perfect in Paris, Nadal overwhelms Djokovic to tie Federer

PARIS (AP) — All the years of work, all the many wins, led to this moment, with Rafael Nadal preparing to serve against Novak...

Soaring virus infection puts more French cities on alert

PARIS (AP) — Two more French cities on Sunday joined Paris and Marseille and four others in maximum alert status to fight back the...

The Latest: Federer congratulates Nadal on 20th Slam title

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ...

Quarantined in New York, Mladenovic wins doubles in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Unlike in New York, at the U.S. Open where she was placed in quarantine and forced out of the women's doubles...

As virus fills French ICUs anew, doctors ask what went wrong

PARIS (AP) — During a single overnight shift this week, three new COVID-19 patients were rushed into Dr. Karim Debbat’s small intensive care ward...

Just 19, ranked 54th, Swiatek wins French Open for 1st Slam

PARIS (AP) — Minutes after suddenly becoming a Grand Slam champion at age 19, while ranked just 54th, Iga Swiatek held a microphone during...

The Latest: Australian champ Kenin cries after French loss

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ...

Lesson not learned: Europe unprepared as 2nd virus wave hits

ROME (AP) — Europe’s second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started, with intensive care wards filling up again...

French hostage freed in Mali arrives home in France

PARIS (AP) — A 75-year-old French aid worker held hostage for four years by Islamic extremists in Mali was reunited Friday with her grandchildren...

No. 1 Djokovic escapes in 5, will face No. 2 Nadal in final

PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic seemed well on his way to yet another ho-hum victory, yet another French Open final, yet another matchup against...

The Latest: Swiatek loses in doubles ahead of singles final

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ...

Judo in Japan: Getting unwanted scrutiny for abuse, violence

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is the home of judo, and the 19th-century martial art is sure to get more attention at home than any...

Kenin, 21, will face unseeded Swiatek, 19, in French final

PARIS (AP) — Sofia Kenin entered 2020 with an 11-11 record in Grand Slam action. She never had made the quarterfinals at any clay-court...

Paris hospitals on emergency footing as virus cases rise

PARIS (AP) — French health authorities on Thursday ordered Paris hospitals to activate emergency measures to cope with fast-rising numbers of COVID-19 patients and...

The Latest: Swiatek wins first set 6-2 against Podoroska

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ...

French court upholds order for Google to pay news companies

PARIS (AP) — A French appeals court on Thursday upheld an order for Google to pay media companies to show their news content in...

The Latest: Seoul region remains virus hot spot for S Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has 69 new confirmed coronavirus cases, most of them in the Seoul region area where health workers are...

Djokovic’s body acts up at French Open; faces Tsitsipas next

PARIS (AP) — The first obvious sign of trouble for Novak Djokovic came when he stepped out into Court Philippe Chatrier with a rather...

The Latest: Djokovic has arm issue but wins at French Open

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ...

Italy imposes mask mandate outside and in as virus rebounds

ROME (AP) — Italy imposed a nationwide outdoor mask mandate Wednesday with fines of up to 1,000 euros ($1,163) for violators, as the European...

Macron visits flood-ravaged mountains above French Riviera

SAINT-MARTIN-VESUBIE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said it will take months to rebuild buildings, roads and bridges that will allow an area...

Russian on trial accused of state-ordered Berlin execution

BERLIN (AP) — A Russian man accused of the downtown Berlin daylight murder of a Georgian on Moscow's orders went on trial Wednesday, in...

‘Both gave everything’: Schwartzman tops Thiem; Nadal next

PARIS (AP) — Diego Schwartzman played through the wind and rain, and into the dark of night, against Dominic Thiem at the French Open,...

Germany: OPCW confirms nerve agent used in Navalny poisoning

BERLIN (AP) — The global chemical watchdog group has confirmed Germany and other countries' findings that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was the victim...

Investigation opened into match-fixing at French Open match

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a police investigation into suspicions of match-fixing at the French Open. ...

Relatives: French woman, Mali politician freed by jihadists

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Relatives of a prominent Malian politician and a French aid worker held hostage by Islamic extremists said late Tuesday that...

The Latest: Schwartzman tops Thiem in 5 sets at French Open

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ...

Floods in France, Italy swept bodies out of cemeteries

BREIL-SUR-ROYA, France (AP) — The grim job of searching for flood victims in Alpine villages and on the nearby French and Italian coasts has...

Coach? Motivator? Kenin’s dad moves, Paris match changes

PARIS (AP) — After Sofia Kenin dropped the opening set in the French Open’s fourth round Monday, her father, Alexander, who is also her...

Kvitova gets emotional after return to French Open quarters

PARIS (AP) — Petra Kvitova owns two Wimbledon titles, so making it to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the 13th time...

Paris on maximum virus alert, closing bars, not restaurants

PARIS (AP) — French authorities placed the Paris region on maximum virus alert on Monday, banning festive gatherings and requiring all bars to close...

Rwandan genocide suspect seeks transfer to The Hague

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The defense lawyer of an 87-year-old Rwandan genocide suspect arrested in France has appealed to an international court not...

Giambattista Valli presentation in Paris channels 1960s

PARIS (AP) — Giambattista Valli’s 1960s-infused collection was the highlight on the second-last day of Paris Fashion Week, which concludes Tuesday with Chanel and...

The Latest: Djokovic in 11th French Open quarterfinal in row

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ...

The body clock of France thrown off-kilter by autumn tennis

PARIS (AP) — Practically alone with a buffet of tennis to gorge on at the pandemic-skewered French Open like no other, Christophe Bailly glanced...

Albania’s writer Ismail Kadare awarded Neustadt Prize

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The U.S Embassy in Tirana on Monday said that Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare has been awarded the Neustadt International Prize...

Lithuania foreign minister self-isolates after French visit

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius will spend a week in isolation after having been in contact with two infected people...

French-Japanese designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19

PARIS (AP) — Kenzo Takada, the iconic French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died....

New Caledonia voters choose to stay part of France

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) — A majority of voters in New Caledonia chose to remain part of France instead of backing independence in a...

Years after anorexia, hiatus, Italian reaches French Open QF

PARIS (AP) — Martina Trevisan has been doing video chats from her hotel room with her mental coach every day along the way to...

Takada death upends Paris fashion; Givenchy unveils designer

PARIS (AP) — Paris Fashion Week was upended Sunday by the news of fashion designer Kenzo Takada's death at age 81. ...

The Latest: Thiem vs. Schwartzman in French quarterfinals

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ...

UK government says it will reform ‘broken’ asylum system

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s interior minister vowed Sunday to stop people entering the country clandestinely and to fix what she called a “broken” asylum...

France, Italy search for missing victims after deadly floods

PARIS (AP) — French authorities deployed about 1,000 firefighters, four military helicopters and troops to search for at least eight people who were missing...

Djokovic leads been-there-done-that crew at wild French Open

PARIS (AP) — Surprising results and “Who is that?” stories abound as this one-of-these-is-not-like-the-others French Open heads to the fourth round — with the...

The Latest: Collins beats 2016 champ Muguruza at French Open

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ...

Two killed, 24 missing in severe floods in Italy and France

PARIS (AP) — Flooding from record rains in the mountainous region that spans France and Italy killed two people in Italy and left at...

Hermes plays with depth in surrealist Paris show

PARIS (AP) — Hermes headlined Saturday’s installment of Paris Fashion Week with a cinematic, surrealist runway staging, but the lack of celebrities attending and...

Trump COVID infection thrusts world in uncharted territory

PARIS (AP) — News that the world’s most powerful man was infected with the world’s most notorious disease dominated screens large and small, drawing...

‘Are you Sebastian’s father?’ Korda, 20, takes on idol Nadal

PARIS (AP) — Sebastian Korda was 9, heart set on a hockey career, when he went with his father, Petr, to the 2009 U.S....

Sparkle, dance and postal service infuse Paris Fashion Week

PARIS (AP) — From escapism at the disco, to resistance and aggression, even to pondering the importance of the postal service while working from...

Armenia ready to talk cease-fire amid Azerbaijan clashes

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia said Friday it is ready to discuss a cease-fire in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting between...

The Latest: Wawrinka out, marathon tiebreak at French Open

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ...

France’s Macron details plan targeting Islamist ‘separatism’

PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron, trying to rid France of what authorities call a “parallel society” of radical Muslims thriving outside the values...

New Caledonia to vote on independence from France

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) — Voters in New Caledonia, a French archipelago in the South Pacific, will choose whether they want independence from France...

Paris bars face possible closure as virus patients fill ICUs

PARIS (AP) — With COVID-19 patients now filling about one-third of the intensive care units in the Paris area, France’s health minister threatened Thursday...

Chloe holds an immersive Paris Fashion Week show

PARIS (AP) — Chloe took over the esplanade of the Palais de Tokyo on Thursday for an immersive runway show that used huge plasma...

The Latest: Earliest French Open exit for Stephens since ’11

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ...

‘It belongs to us!”: Tense French trial over colonial art

PARIS (AP) — Is dislodging African artwork from a European museum a political statement, or a criminal act? That's the question a French court...

Kenzo gets the buzz at bee-themed Paris Fashion Week show

PARIS (AP) — A hybrid Paris Fashion Week continued Wednesday featuring a stand out live runway show from socially-distanced Kenzo, but no sign of...

‘Bad timing and bad luck’: Injured Serena out of French Open

PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams laughed at her own jokes and sounded an upbeat tone — or one as positive, at least, as could...

Ball-maker hoping Nadal wins in Paris to prove himself wrong

PARIS (AP) — Less than half a gram, or half the weight of a dollar bill. ...

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