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French interior minister to quit in further blow to Macron

Paris - France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb announced Tuesday that he would stand down after next year's European Parliament elections, in yet another blow to President Emmanuel Macron.

Washington approves plane, missile sale to S.Korea

Washington - The United States on Thursday approved a new arms sale to South Korea worth $2.6 billion, with denuclearization talks stalled between Washington and the North.Six Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft worth $2.

DR Congo says latest Ebola outbreak under control

Apo - Health authorities in Kinshasa declared the Ebola virus under control five weeks after the latest outbreak left 89 people dead in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pipeline derailed, so is Canada's climate strategy

Montr - A Canadian court has sparked the ire of the oil industry by suspending the expansion of a pipeline to the Pacific over environmental concerns -- and dealt a huge blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's climate plan.

Macron plugs holes in cabinet as popularity sinks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron was forced to make two quick changes to his cabinet Tuesday after a second popular minister resigned in a week, the latest setback as the centrist leader battles record-low ratings.

Saxony's long history with Germany's far right

Chemnitz - Mobs attacking migrants in Chemnitz this week were the latest, most flagrant demonstration of Saxony's difference from the rest of Germany, spotlighting a state in the formerly communist east that has since the 1990s been a stronghold of the radical fa...

Nothing will stop Aquarius migrant rescues, French NGO says

Marseille - The French NGO that was at the heart of a major European diplomatic row over migration said Wednesday that nothing would stop it from rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean as its ship prepared to resume its mission off the Libyan coast.

French interior minister defends handling of Macron aide scandal

Paris - France's interior minister on Monday defended his handling of a video showing a top security aide to President Emmanuel Macron hitting a May Day protester, a scandal that has rocked the government and prompted accusations of a cover-up.

'Humble' Macron responds to critics in state of the union address

Versailles - Seen by critics as arrogant and uncaring, French President Emmanuel Macron struck a humble note Monday while defending his pro-business approach in his annual address to both houses of parliament.

Macron to lay out next phase of reforms as criticism mounts

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron will gather both houses of parliament at the opulent Versailles Palace on Monday for what has become an annual address on his plans for overhauling wide swathes of French society and institutions.

French minister says won't resign over helicopter jailbreak

Paris - France's justice minister on Wednesday ruled out resigning after a notorious robber was broken out of prison by helicopter, despite a recent warning that the convict was on the verge of trying to escape.

Road rage: Drivers seethe as France lowers speed limit

Paris - The Nationale 7 holds a cherished place in France's popular culture as the Vacation Highway, leading generations of families south toward summer holidays on the Riviera before multi-lane motorways became the norm.

Argentine government slashes jobs at state news agency

Buenos Aires - Argentina's center-right government has sacked more than a third of the employees of state news agency Telam in a restructuring of the company while blasting its use as a political tool by the previous leftist administration of Cristina Kirchner.

Pentagon chief Mattis reduced to carrying out orders he dislikes

Washington - From housing undocumented migrants to scrapping joint exercises with South Korea or setting up a new Space Force -- US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, one-time favorite of Donald Trump, now finds himself reduced to carrying out presidential orders despit...

Paris open-air booksellers seek UNESCO status

Paris - After baguettes and bistros, second-hand booksellers along the banks of the Seine River in Paris are pushing to be recognised as one of the world's cultural treasures on UNESCO's list of "intangible heritage".

Trial opens for Argentine nun, ex-minister who stashed $9 million

Buenos Aires - A trial opened Monday for an Argentine ex-cabinet minister and a nun who helped him hide bags stuffed with $9 million in cash and jewels at a monastery.

French MPs back ban on mobile phones in schools

Paris - French lawmakers on Thursday approved a ban on the use of mobile phones in public schools, one of President Emmanuel Macron's campaign pledges which critics say will do little to end classroom disruptions or cyberbullying.

Spain's first astronaut named science minister: party source

Madrid - Spain's first astronaut Pedro Duque will be named minister of science by the new Socialist government, a party source told AFP on Wednesday.

Spain's ousted PM Rajoy says he plans to quit politics

Madrid - Spain's Mariano Rajoy, who is to stand down as head of the conservative Popular Party after being ousted as prime minister last week, said Wednesday he plans to quit politics altogether.

Foreign activists on trial for helping migrants enter France

Gap - Three days after a Malian migrant was acclaimed as a hero for his daring rescue of a child in Paris, three foreign activists went on trial Thursday in southern France on charges for helping migrants enter the country.

Trio on trial for helping migrants enter France

Gap - Three people appeared in a French court Thursday on charges of illegally assisting a group of migrants trying to cross into the country from Italy, a case that has fuelled protests that prosecutors are punishing a "crime of solidarity".

Impeachment attempt of Italian president will 'not succeed': analysts

Rome - Calls for Italian President Sergio Mattarella to be impeached for rejecting the choice of eurosceptic populists for economy minister will not succeed, analysts said Monday amid warnings of an institutional crisis in the eurozone's third largest economy...

Spain's Socialists vow election in months if PM loses no-confidence vote

Madrid - Spain's Socialist Party on Saturday pledged to hold new elections within months if its attempt to unseat Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy with a parliamentary no-confidence vote succeeds.

Thousands march in France against Macron reforms

Paris - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across France on Saturday to protest against Emmanuel Macron's policies, but the president said nothing would stop his economic reforms.

French public sector workers strike against Macron's reforms

Paris - From air traffic controllers and street sweepers to librarians and teachers, French public-sector employees Tuesday joined rail workers in striking to protest reforms planned by President Emmanuel Macron, calling them an "attack" against state services...

Conte, religious ex-leftist named PM for Italy eurosceptic cabinet

Rome - Reportedly a devout Catholic and former leftist, Giuseppe Conte was a little-known academic before being nominated as Italian prime minister to marshal a government formed by anti-establishment and far-right parties.

Italy's populist parties to name future premier pick

Rome - Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League party prepared Monday to present their pick for future premier of the country's nascent populist government after months of deadlock.

Italian parties agree on nominee for prime minister

Rome - The leader of Italy's far-right League party on Sunday announced that it had reached an agreement with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement on their nominee to be the country's next prime minister.

Nervy Europe watches on as Italian populists, far-right continue govt talks

Rome - Italian anti-establishment and far-right leaders are inching closer to a deal over a joint government under the watchful eye of Europe as they meet on Saturday to hash out a deal that could be announced as soon as Sunday.

Italian govt deal close as populists, far-right continue talks

Rome - Italian anti-establishment and far-right leaders met on Friday to hash out a deal over a joint government that could be announced as soon as Sunday.
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