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  • France: Tracking 100s believed to be in terror sleeper cells

    February 17, 2015 10:26 AM

    PARIS - France's top security official says the country is tracking hundreds of people believed to belong to possible sleeper cells for terror organizations. In an interview with The Associated Press, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve laid out the increasingly urgent question for intelligence services: How to identify when someone transforms... more »
  • Louisiana Legacy: Mardi Gras Costumes Play Video

    February 9, 2015 7:22 AM

    IOTA - A woman in Acadia Parish has been sewing and crafting Mardi Gras costumes for people in Louisiana and around the world for decades. Jackie Miller has even been inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center Hall of Fame. For more than forty years, she's handmade more than 1,000... more »
  • French security forces to get better weapons to fight terror

    January 21, 2015 4:12 AM

    PARIS, France - France's prime minister says security forces will get better weapons and protection and the country will go on a hiring spree for 2,600 new counter-terrorism officers. Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the government will spend 425 million euros ($490 million) on counter-terrorism over three years in response... more »
  • 15 arrested in Belgium terror sweep

    January 16, 2015 4:50 AM

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Belgian authorities say more than a dozen people have been detained in Belgium and two arrested in France in an anti-terror sweep following a firefight in which two suspected terrorists were killed. Eric Van der Sypt, a Belgian federal magistrate, said Friday that a dozen searches had... more »
  • Kerry says trip to France about hugs, not apologies

    January 15, 2015 6:13 AM

    SOFIA, Bulgaria - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is not traveling to France later Thursday to apologize for the Obama administration's failure to send a senior official to last weekend's unity march, but rather to give "a big hug to Paris" in the wake of terrorist attacks... more »
  • France cracks down on hate speech; defiant paper sells out

    January 14, 2015 3:18 PM

    PARIS - France is ordering prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism. The Justice Ministry says 54 people have been arrested for those offenses since terror attacks left 20 dead in Paris last week, including three gunmen. Several have already been convicted under... more »
  • Turkish police check newspaper over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

    January 14, 2015 2:03 AM

    ANKARA, Turkey - A pro-secular Turkish newspaper says police stopped trucks as they left its printing center to check the paper's content after it decided to print a selection of Charlie Hebdo caricatures. Cumhuriyet newspaper says police allowed distribution of the newspaper to proceed on Wednesday after verifying that the... more »
  • France extends airstrikes in Iraq on Islamic State group

    January 13, 2015 11:55 AM

    PARIS - France's lower house of Parliament has approved extending French airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq. The vote Tuesday came after France's worst terrorist attacks in decades last week. A man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed four people in a kosher market and a... more »
  • Charlie Hebdo plans unprecedented 3 million run of new issue

    January 13, 2015 3:14 AM

    PARIS, France - The surviving staff of Charlie Hebdo is putting out an unprecedented 3 million copies of its upcoming issue. According to the newspaper Liberation, which loaned out office space to the satirical weekly whose staff was decimated at the beginning of three days of terror attacks last Wednesday,... more »
  • Bodies of 4 Jewish victims of Paris attack arrive in Israel

    January 13, 2015 1:58 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - The bodies of four Jewish victims of a Paris terror attack on a kosher supermarket have arrived in Israel for burial. The bodies were brought by plane that landed early Tuesday morning at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport outside of Tel Aviv. The burial was to take... more »
  • White House: US should have sent other officials to Paris

    January 12, 2015 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it erred in not sending a high-level official to an anti-terror march in Paris on Sunday. More than 40 world leaders attended the rally, which was aimed at showing unity following terror attacks by Islamic militants that left 17 people dead. The Obama administration... more »
  • France mobilizes 10,000 security forces after attacks

    January 12, 2015 3:40 AM

    PARIS, France - French security forces are mobilizing in their search for what the prime minister called a "probably accomplice" to three days of bloodshed and terror around the capital, as well as to try to ensure the safety of the French people. Manuel Valls said the search is urgent... more »
  • Kerry going to Paris for talks on extremist violence

    January 12, 2015 1:59 AM

    AHMEDABAD, India - Secretary of State John Kerry says he will travel to Paris this week for talks on countering extremist violence. Kerry will be in France on Thursday and Friday. The announcement of the trip comes as the Obama administration faces sharp criticism for not sending a senior official... more »
  • Official: France unity rallies attract at least 3.7 million

    January 11, 2015 6:54 PM

    PARIS - The French Interior Ministry says 3.7 million marched throughout France for an unprecedented rally to show unity in the face of terrorism after attacks that killed 17. The Interior Ministry said that an estimated 2.5 million marched across France in cities and towns Sunday, and between 1.2 and... more »
  • White House plans conference on countering violent extremism

    January 11, 2015 10:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House plans a conference next month on efforts to counter violent extremism - in light of this past week's shootings in France, and earlier attacks in Canada and Australia. The meeting will highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting... more »
  • US issues global travel warning after terror attacks

    January 9, 2015 5:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - The United States has issued a global travel warning after recent terror attacks in France, Australia and Canada. The alert comes hours after French police killed three hostage-takers in a pair of incidents. Two of the men are believed responsible for Wednesday's attack on a satirical magazine in... more »
  • Cornered French terror suspects want to be martyrs

    January 9, 2015 2:27 AM

    DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France - An official in the French town where two terror suspects are holed up with a hostage near a school tells The Associated Press that phone contact has been established with the men. A lawmaker inside the command post tells French television the men "want to die as... more »
  • Hunt for 2 in French shooting that killed 12; 1 surrenders

    January 8, 2015 2:03 AM

    PARIS, France - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says there were "several arrests" overnight in the hunt for two suspects in the deadly shooting at a satirical newspaper. In an interview with RTL radio Thursday, Valls said preventing another attack "is our main concern," as he explained why authorities released... more »
  • French president urges nation to stay united after attack

    January 7, 2015 6:27 PM

    PARIS - France's president has urged the nation to stay united as it hunts gunmen who killed 12 people at the office of a satirical newspaper. Speaking on national television Wednesday night about the slain journalists, Francois Hollande said, "They are today our heroes." The attack at the offices of... more »
  • Cool Schools: Lee Magnet High School Play Video

    December 11, 2014 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Research shows there is a positive correlation between art education and students. At Lee Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, it is a way for students to express themselves. This year, students will have a change to showcase their artwork in Paris, France. That is why... more »
  • Search for tiger resumes near Disneyland Paris

    November 14, 2014 3:19 AM

    MONTEVRAIN, France - Security forces in France are guarding a school and combing woods near Disneyland Paris for a big feline eluding authorities for a second straight day. Despite a warning from the regional administration to stay indoors or in cars, parents walked their children to school as usual Friday... more »
  • Germany to face Brazil in World Cup semifinal

    July 4, 2014 5:11 PM

    FORTALEZA, Brazil - With victories on Friday in World Cup quarterfinals action, Brazil and Germany advance to the next round and will meet on the pitch next Tuesday. Brazil advanced to the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years when they beat upstart Colombia 2-1 late... more »
  • US signals readiness to strike Syria

    August 27, 2013 3:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says any military action against Syria will be limited, and won't be aimed at forcing Bashar Assad from power. The administration is getting ready to declare formally that chemical weapons have been used in Syria's civil war. And White House spokesman Jay Carney says it... more »
  • Malian troops open France's Bastille Day parade

    July 14, 2013 11:07 AM

    PARIS - Troops from 13 African countries that took part in the French-led war against al-Qaida-linked extremists in Mali marched with the French military during the Bastille Day parade in Paris on Sunday to honor their role in the conflict. U.N. troops in blue berets who are helping to stabilize... more »
  • Brangelina in a bottle

    March 7, 2013 7:47 PM

    The first 6,000 bottles of Miraval Rose wine produced in southern France by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sold out in five hours. Its a joint venture between the couple and vintner Marc Perrin and the label on the back of the bottle reads "bottled by Jolie-Pitt and Perrin." The... more »
  • France vows deficit reduction track

    November 14, 2012 7:38 PM

    France vows to stay on its deficit-reduction track despite promising billions of euros in financial guarantees to state agencies and struggling companies. The government says it will cut its deficit by almost 5 percent largely thanks to borrowing at lower costs. France's slowing growth means the government has repeatedly cut... more »
  • Beer tax hard to swallow

    October 30, 2012 7:24 PM

    France plans a heavy tax on beer and its not being swallowed by brewers at home and in other countries. President Francois Hollande is spearheading legislation to increase taxes on beer by 160 percent to help fund struggling social programs. France is in an economic crisis. It would mean the... more »
  • France aghast at tweet by leader's partner

    June 12, 2012 8:06 PM

    French President Francois Hollande's girlfriend set the political establishment on its ear with a tweet of support for the man running against the mother of Hollande's children. Valerie Trierweiler's tweet went viral on the internet and dominated news programs. Her message of support for Olivier Falorni is seen as a... more »
  • French prosecutor: gunman suspected in killing spree shot in head

    March 22, 2012 7:19 AM

    Update: French prosecutor says gunman suspected in killing spree shot in the head. TOULOUSE, France - The French interior minister says the suspect a killing spree has died after jumping from his apartment window after police stormed his apartment following a 32 hour standoff. The minister says the suspect,... more »
  • France Recalls Ambassador to Iran

    November 30, 2011 8:00 PM

    As a protest, France recalled its ambassador to Iran after an attack on the British Embassy in Tehran. The French Foreign Ministry says France was moved to act "in the face of this flagrant and unacceptable violation of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations and the gravity of the violence."... more »
  • Ride 2 Recovery takes off

    June 29, 2011 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sgt. Mike McNaughton is just one of more than 120 wounded warriors taking part in Ride 2 Recovery's mission to France. The group will spend time touring historic sites from World War II. "It's one thing to read a book and watch a movie, but to have... more »
  • What's in a Name?

    November 10, 2010 7:33 PM

    A judge in France says the car company Renault can name its new car Zoe even though the parents of two girls named Zoe Renault sued to stop it. The lawyer for the parents says, "First names are for humans", and says they shouldn't be co-opted by multinational companies to... more »
  • Centenary professor to be honorary French consul

    October 6, 2010 6:46 AM

    A French professor at Centenary College will be the new honorary consul of France. The Ambassador of France to the United States, Pierre Vimont, will install Dana Kress in a ceremony on Oct. 14. Kress was named to the honorary position by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs,... more »
  • Officials think bin Ladin involved in Europe plot

    October 1, 2010 12:50 PM

    U.S. counterterrorism officials say they believe that senior al-Qaida leaders, including Osama bin Laden, are involved in the latest terror plot against European cities. The multi-pronged scope of the emerging plan - which was to launch coordinated shooting sprees or attacks in Britain, France and Germany - is an... more »
  • Police find corpses of 8 newborns in French home

    July 28, 2010 12:28 PM

    A French judicial official says police have found the corpses of eight newborn babies on the property of a home on a village in northern France. The official said Wednesday that the parents of the babies have been detained, and that the corpses were found on two different parts... more »
  • Tuesday World Cup scores

    June 22, 2010 4:17 PM

    Four World Cup games were in action today. Tournament host South Africa was first in action defeating France 2-1. However despite the victory, South Africa became the first host nation to be knocked out of the World Cup during the group stage. In game 2, Uruguay edged a win... more »
  • France may sell warships to Russia

    March 1, 2010 8:19 PM

    France and Russia are in talks toward a possible sale of four French warships to Moscow which would be the biggest sale of weapons by a NATO country to a former member of the Soviet Block. It sparked some concern among other NATO countries and Georgia. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev... more »
  • US, UK and France tell Iran to open nuke site

    September 25, 2009 8:03 AM

    President Barack Obama and the leaders of Britain and France are publicly demanding that Iran open up a secret nuclear fuel facility to international inspectors. Led by Obama at the site of the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined the United... more »

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