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Defendants at Morocco trial deny involvement in hiker killings

Tabriquet - The trial of 24 men charged over the brutal murder of two Scandinavian hikers resumed Thursday in Morocco, with several defendants denying their involvement in the killings.

Noisy cockerel exposes tensions in rural France

Rochefort - A French court is set to rule this week on whether an early-rising cockerel should be considered a neighbourly nuisance in a case that has led to crows of protest in the countryside.

D-Day tourism boom brings crowds, and controversy, to Normandy

Caen - The number of people visiting the World War II cemeteries, museums and battle sites along the Normandy coast of France has soared in recent years, creating a tourist windfall but generating criticism that a harrowing chapter of history is being sullied...

Eiffel Tower climber 'admitted to psychiatric unit'

Paris - A man, believed to be Russian, who sparked a mass evacuation of the Eiffel Tower by scaling the iconic Paris landmark has been admitted to a psychiatric unit, legal sources said Tuesday.

Quarantine over on measles-hit Scientology cruise ship: spokesman

Washington - The Church of Scientology said Thursday all the passengers from a cruise ship that was quarantined over a measles case had been cleared to leave.

German tourist swept to her death in Corsica

Marseille - A German tourist was swept to her death as she walked along a beach in southern Corsica on Sunday as high waves battered the French Mediterranean island, officials said.

The macabre puzzle of piecing together victims at Sri Lanka morgue

Colombo - The nauseating smell of death that infested the streets around Colombo's morgue after Sri Lanka's devastating Easter attacks has finally dispersed.

Anders Holch Povlsen, discreet Danish billionaire

Copenhagen - Danish clothing retail billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, one of Scotland's biggest landowners who lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka attacks, is a reclusive businessman who has jealously guarded his family's privacy over the years.

Portuguese president joins services for island bus crash victims

Ribeirinha - Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo attended church services Friday in tribute to 29 German tourists who died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the island of Madeira.

Portuguese president joins services for island bus crash victims

Ribeirinha - Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo attended church services Friday in tribute to 29 German tourists who died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the island of Madeira.

Holiday island mourns after bus crash kills 29 German tourists

Ribeirinha - Portugal and Germany mourned on Thursday after 29 German tourists died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the tourist island of Madeira.

Virgin Galactic takes crew of three to altitude of 55 miles

Washington - Virgin Galactic's spacecraft reached an altitude of more than 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) on Friday, carrying for the first time a passenger in addition to its two pilots.

New fire at restaurant of French chef critical of 'yellow vests'

Toulouse - The restaurant of a Michelin-starred French chef was again targeted in a suspected arson attack on Wednesday, two weeks after it was set ablaze in what was thought to be retaliation for his public criticism of the "yellow vest" protest movement.

Fears tourists will stay away after hikers murdered in Morocco

Tafingoult - The murders of two young Scandinavian women trekking in the High Atlas mountains in Morocco have shaken the region and fuelled fears that tourists will stay away.

Returning Cubans boost island's real estate market

Havana - In shorts and wearing shoes but no socks, Mauricio Garcia could pass for a tourist as he strolls around Old Havana.

Macron draws fire with career advice to young job-seeker

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron was facing fresh criticism Sunday after telling an aspiring gardener that he could easily find a job if he would simply start looking in high-demand sectors like restaurants or construction.

New high-rises spark land battle in Paris

Courbevoie - A group of tenants near Paris whose apartments are to be destroyed to build the tallest skyscrapers in western Europe are refusing to leave after fighting for years to save their homes.

Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

Saint-mars-la-r - Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish.

Portugal fires rage along smouldering stretch of Algarve

Monchique - Wildfires blazed along a smouldering stretch of Portugal's Algarve Thursday, as hundreds of firefighters battled to control flames that have menaced the popular tourist region for a week.

Poetry in motion: enter the world of the 'scrap metal poet'

Lizio - With its fairytale towers, quirky animated sculptures, fantastical constructions and musical fountains, the inventive world crafted out of discarded junk by the man known as the "Scrap Metal Poet" is tucked away deep in the northwestern French countrys...

Restorers unveil original face of Belgium's 'Mystic Lamb'

Ghent - A painstaking restoration of the "Mystic Lamb", a 15th-century Flemish masterpiece by the Van Eyck brothers, was unveiled on Tuesday, revealing a "much more expressive and intense" version of the central image of the giant altarpiece.

Trump accused of accepting illegal foreign payments in hotel case

Washington - Lawyers for the US state of Maryland and the capital Washington accused President Donald Trump on Monday of accepting illegal payments from foreign officials through his hotel in the US capital.

Scratch to save a castle: France launches heritage lottery

Ferney-voltaire - French President Emmanuel Macron launched a new lottery Thursday to raise funds for the restoration of endangered heritage sites, including an island fort in Brittany, a Roman aqueduct near Lyon and a disused sugar refinery on the French Indian Ocean i...

'Emergency plan' for Paris bike-hire system as debacle deepens

Paris - The city of Paris is scaling back its once-vaunted Velib bike-hire service after a chaotic change of operator that has infuriated cyclists, many of whom had hoped to be back in the saddle for the start of the summer.

Air France-KLM boss resigns after striking staff reject pay deal

Paris - Air France-KLM boss Jean-Marc Janaillac announced his resignation Friday after staff at the carrier's French operations rejected a pay deal aimed at ending months of walkouts.

Eiffel Tower shuts due to strike

Paris - The Eiffel Tower was shut on Friday due to a strike by security personnel over the suspension of three of their colleagues, the company operating Paris' most recognisable monument and trade unions said.

Selling off the Ritz, one monogrammed slipper at a time

Paris - Who wants a piece of the Ritz? The legendary Paris hotel, home for a while to Ernest Hemingway, Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel, is auctioning off 10,000 pieces of furniture and decor through the auction house Artcurial.

Calamitous Paris bike-hire rollout will be complete by May: mayor

Paris - Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo promised Thursday to get the city's bike-sharing service back on track by May after a change of operator brought the popular system to a near standstill.

Paris takes over rollout for troubled bike-hire system

Paris - Paris city hall is taking over the installation of new stations for the Velib bike-hire system, following weeks of disastrous efforts by its new operator that have the city's cyclists seeing red.

Snow shuts Eiffel Tower as winter blast hits France

Paris - The Eiffel Tower turned away tourists on Tuesday as snow swept across northern France, causing traffic chaos in Paris during the French capital's first real dose of wintry weather this season.
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