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Still on alert, France marks three years since Paris attacks

Paris - Three years after jihadists gunned down and blew up 130 people in Paris, it's lone-wolf assaults rather than coordinated attacks that are keeping French anti-terror investigators on alert.

Leader of 'angry police' in France found dead in suspected suicide

Paris - A French officer who warned that growing anti-police violence was undermining morale in the force has been found dead at her home in a suspected suicide, the authorities said Tuesday.

Cabinet reshuffle exposes power struggle in Tunisia

Tunis - In reshuffling his cabinet this week, Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has sparked new tensions with the man who appointed him and fed speculation that he intends to run in next year's presidential poll.

Tunisia's president criticises reshuffle but denies rift with PM

Carthage - Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi on Thursday criticised this week's reshuffle by his prime minister, but denied there was a rift between the two men.

World leaders to mark WWI in France amid warnings about nationalism

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday kicks off a week of commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, which is set to mix remembrance of the past and warnings about the present surge in nationalism around the globe.

Generals, 'Chicago boy' loom large in Brazil's next government

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is likely to tap army generals and an ultra-free-market economist for key roles in his cabinet.

Guantanamo prison takes on geriatric airs

Fpo - The controversial Guantanamo Bay prison still houses 40 aging inmates -- and with no plans to close it, many of them will probably remain there until they die.

Guantanamo prison to stay open at least 25 years: US admiral

Fpo - Former president Barack Obama had vowed to close the US military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but now it will stay open for at least 25 years, the officer in charge of the facility said Tuesday.

Reagan hologram unveiled at museum dedicated to late US president

Simi Valley - The Ronald Reagan museum in California has brought the late president back to virtual life with a state of the art hologram.

UN chief hopes for 'swift' formation of Iraqi government

New York - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday he hopes for the "swift" formation of an "inclusive" Iraqi government following the election of the country's president.

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.
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