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Boats emerge from Sahara sand to transport migrants to Spain

DAKHLA, Western Sahara (AP) — Beneath a star-packed sky in the Sahara, smugglers and handymen unearth a boat buried in the sand, a made-to-order vessel for carrying migrants from the North African coa...

Belgian high schoolers demand to get back in-person learning

BRUSSELS (AP) — A late-stage side effect of the coronavirus pandemic has turned up in Belgium, where a group of teenagers is begging to go back to school. Fed up with the COVID-19 r...

US consulate a turning point for disputed Western Sahara

DAKHLA, Western Sahara (AP) — Trawlers pack the bustling Western Saharan port of Dakhla, where fish scales glisten from workers’ arms as they roll up their nets and buyers shout bids in a sprawling au...

Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines

LONDON (AP) — Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the virus resurges and reshapes itself from Britain to Japan to California, filling hospitals and threatening ...

France's go-slow coronavirus vaccination strategy backfires

PARIS (AP) — France’s cautious approach to rolling out a coronavirus vaccination program appears to have backfired, leaving barely 500 people inoculated in the first week and rekindling anger over the...

France takes careful vaccine approach to counter skepticism

PARIS (AP) — While governments across Europe kicked off their virus vaccination plans this weekend with fanfare, France took a more low-key approach because of widespread skepticism among it citizens ...

French investigators to question Carlos Ghosn in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — A team of French investigators will come to Beirut next month to participate in interrogating former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, a Lebanese justice ministry official said Saturday....

COVID-19 vaccine shipments arrive across EU before rollout

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The first shipments of coronavirus vaccines have arrived across the European Union as authorities prepared to administer the first shots to the most vulnerable people in a coordi...

Global virus rules for Christmas: Tough, mild or none at all

In Peru, you can’t drive your car on Christmas. In Lebanon, you can go to a nightclub, but you can’t dance. In South Africa, roadblocks instead of beach parties will mark this year’s festive season. ...

Facebook removes French, Russian accounts active in Africa

PARIS (AP) — Individuals linked to Russia and the French military used fake Facebook and Instagram accounts to wage a covert disinformation campaign in the Central African Republic ahead of elections ...

French NGOs fight media company's trademark on word 'planet'

PARIS (AP) — Can a company own the word planet? Powerful French entertainment company Canal Plus trademarked the term in France, but environmental groups are pushing back, saying the...

Late French ex-president Giscard helped reshape Europe

PARIS (AP) — No one who saw it will forget Valery Giscard d’Estaing’s imperious exit from the Elysee Palace. Seated alone at his desk, he offered a stiff televised farewell to the French who had voted...

Protests over security bill planned across France

PARIS (AP) — Critics of a proposed French security law that would restrict sharing images of police are gathering across the country in protest on Saturday. Dozens of rallies are tak...

Europe's Christmas dilemma: risk empty chairs next year?

BRUSSELS (AP) — Please leave a chair empty at this year's family Christmas dinner as a precaution, or face the possibility of having that chair empty forever. That's the stark dilemm...

With hope high for vaccine, Britain prepares to roll it out

LONDON (AP) — With major COVID-19 vaccines showing high levels of protection, British officials are cautiously — and they stress cautiously — optimistic that life may start returning to normal by earl...