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Facebook blocks ailing man's planned end-of-life broadcasts

LE PECQ, France (AP) — Facebook on Saturday blocked live broadcasts from a chronically ill bed-ridden man who appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for a medically-assisted death and who wanted to show what he expects will be a painful end...

 

Late but still going: The strangest Tour de France sets off

NICE, France (AP) — Delayed but alive again and out on French roads, the strangest Tour de France ever set off Saturday in a bubble of anti-COVID protocols to try to keep the 176 riders virus-free for three weeks of racing through the country's wor...

 

Economic figures show grim toll in Europe and US from virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Bleak new figures Thursday underscored the worldwide economic pain inflicted by the coronavirus: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits has climbed past a staggering 30 million, while Europe's economies have gone...

 

As economies stagger, pressures grow to ease virus lockdowns

The world's economic pain was on full display Thursday as Europe and the United States were releasing more figures showing the devastating impact on jobs and companies of lockdown measures designed to battle the coronavirus pandemic. In Europe,...

 

Friends say ticking clock drove wounded Hong Kong protester

HONG KONG (AP) — Born after the historic July 1 day when Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997, the 18-year-old protester who was shot at close range in the chest by a police officer during violent demonstrations this week and then...

 

Hong Kong police slammed as 'trigger-happy' after teen shot

HONG KONG (AP) — Holding up posters saying "Don't shoot our kids," Hong Kong residents and schoolmates of a teenage demonstrator shot at close range in the chest by a police officer rallied Wednesday to condemn police actions and demand...

 

France threatens economic retaliation over Amazon fires

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — In a sharp escalation of tensions over fires ravaging the Amazon, France on Friday accused Brazil's president of having lied to French leader Emmanuel Macron and threatened to block a European Union trade deal with South...

 
 By John Leicester    Sports    July 28, 2019

How the Tour was won: 5 key stages of fabulous drama

PARIS (AP) — Before its damp-squib finish, with two last Alpine stages truncated by landslides and a hailstorm, the 2019 Tour de France thrilled — unusually — almost daily, guaranteeing that the three-week odyssey through Belgium and France wil...

 

D-Day at 75: Nations honor aging veterans, fallen comrades

OMAHA BEACH, France (AP) — Standing on the windswept beaches and bluffs of Normandy, a dwindling number of aging veterans of history's greatest air and sea invasion received the thanks and praise of a world transformed by their sacrifice. The...

 

Rioting engulfs Paris as anger grows over high French taxes

PARIS (AP) — The rumble of armored police trucks and the hiss of tear gas filled central Paris on Saturday, as French riot police fought to contain thousands of yellow-vested protesters venting their anger against the government in a movement that...

 

Causing an uproar: Lion-car combo the latest in selfie bling

PARIS (AP) — When Paris police officers found a lion cub in a Lamborghini during a traffic stop this week, they exposed the tip of what animal campaigners say is a bizarre and disturbing new trend: People buying or renting cubs to take bling-bling...

 

Wife says Interpol officer sent knife image as danger signal

LYON, France (AP) — The wife of a leader of international police agency Interpol made an impassioned plea to the world Sunday for help bringing her missing husband to safety, saying he sent her an image of a knife before he disappeared in China and...

 

Back from watery grave: car stolen in 1979 in France

PARIS (AP) — It's the car coming back from a watery grave. A blue Peugeot 104 stolen in the heart of France's Champagne country in 1979 is being reunited with its owner — 38 years later — after French police pulled it, in surprisingly good...

 

TASTE OF THE TOUR: Pilgrims and lentils on Tour's Stage 15

RODEZ, France (AP) — Having scaled the Jura and Vosges mountains in the east and the Pyrenees in the south, the Tour de France winds into the Massif Central, the fourth of five ranges the race is riding through. The Alps are last, next week. Laissa...

 

All that's cool and quirky at the Paris Air Show

PARIS (AP) — There are flying cars and Concorde's would-be supersonic successor, a company offering to deliver cargo to the Moon — for a mere $1.2 million per kilogram — and the latest in funky futuristic aviation ideas, both big and small. No...

 

AP Interview: France warns of risk of war in cyberspace

PARIS (AP) — Cyberspace faces an approaching risk of "permanent war" between states and criminal or extremist organizations because of increasingly destructive hacking attacks, the head of the French government's cybersecurity agency warned...

 

You're nabbed! French gendarmes find thief stuck in window

PARIS (AP) — Arrests can't come any easier than this. French gendarmes called to a robbery found the suspected thief stuck in a hole he'd made with a hammer in a shop window. The national gendarmerie on Sunday published a photo appearing to show...

 

As robots take jobs, Europeans mull free money for all

PARIS (AP) — I am, therefore I'm paid. The radical notion that governments should hand out free money to everyone — rich and poor, those who work and those who don't — is slowly but surely gaining ground in Europe. Yes, you read that right: a...

 

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