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France: Mask mandate in transports hinges on COVID situation

French Health Minister Francois Braun leaves following the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Oct 26, 2022. (SARAH MEYSSONNIER / REUTERS) PARIS / LOS ANGELES – The decision to make wearing face-masks in public transportation mandatory again to contain a new surge in the COVID-19 epidemic will depend on the evolution […]

Finland’s government sends NATO accession bill to Parliament

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto signs a petition for NATO membership application in Helsinki, May 17, 2022. (ANNTI AIMO-KOIVISTO / LEHTIKUVA VIA AP) HELSINKI — Following its emergency meeting on Monday, the government of Finland submitted to Parliament a draft proposal on the country's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). However, the speaker […]

Ramaphosa hits back as party backs him over cash scandal

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (center) leaves an African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec 5, 2022. (JEROME DELAY / AP) JOHANNESBURG – South Africa's ruling party said it would tell its lawmakers to reject a report that President Cyril Ramaphosa may have committed misconduct over a stash of […]

Sudan’s military, civilian leaders sign deal to end political impasse

Sudanese civilian leaders lift documents following the signature of an initial deal with military powers aimed at ending a deep crisis caused by last year's military coup, in the capital Khartoum on Dec 5, 2022. (ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP) KHARTOUM – Sudan's military and civilian leaders on Monday signed a political framework agreement to end […]

US, France agreed to ‘fix’ US subsidies issues, says Macron

President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron depart after eating dinner at Fiola Mare in Washington on Nov 30, 2022. (ANDREW HARNIK / AP) President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed during a state visit earlier to "fix" issues arising from US legislation that includes subsidies for American-made products, Macron said in […]