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American-French spat seems to calm down after Biden-Macron call

PARIS (AP) – The biggest rift in decades between the United States and France appeared to be healing on Wednesday after French President Emmanuel Macron and President Joe Biden phoned each other on Wednesday to iron out matters. In a half-hour call that the White House called “friendly,” the two leaders agreed to meet next […]

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Why France receives no sympathy for its lost subcontracting agreement

France rages against AUKUS, the new tripartite security deal that scuttled its contract to build submarines for Australia, but receives virtually no expressions of sympathy from other EU member states. Perhaps this is because France itself uses particularly harsh tactics to secure arms exports and sells to clients others deem unsavory. Yes, Paris considers arms […]

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Sudanese state media report ‘failed’ coup attempt

Published on: 09/21/2021 – 10:06Amended: 09/21/2021 – 10:04 Khartoum (AFP) A coup attempt in Sudan “failed” on Tuesday morning, state media reported, as the country grapples with a fragile transition since the 2019 ousting of longtime President Omar al-Bashir. Senior military and government sources told AFP the attempt involved a group of officers who were […]

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US to relax travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign visitors

The new rules will require all foreign nationals arriving in the United States to prove that they are fully vaccinated, said White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients. He said the new rules would come into effect in early November, a timeline that will give agencies and airlines “time to prepare.” The lifting of general […]

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Will France try to get ahead of Germany after Merkel leaves?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and French President Emmanuel Macron attend an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels on July 18, 2020, as EU leaders hold their first face-to-face summit to face after economic bailout from the virus. FRANCOIS LENOIR | AFP | Getty Images When longtime and influential German Chancellor Angela […]

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France denounces “duplicity” of agreement on US-Australian nuclear submarines as “crisis” continues

PARIS – The French Foreign Minister has denounced what he called the “duplicity, contempt and lies” surrounding the sudden termination of France’s lucrative contract to build submarines for Australia in favor of an American accord and declared that a crisis was imminent between the Western allies. A day after France recalled its ambassadors to the […]

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Apple and Google remove ‘Navalny’ voting app in Russia

The Russian government has been increasingly blunt in recent days about its willingness to use threats of arrest to prevent use of the app. “With the participation of Apple and Google, specific crimes are committed, the scale of which can only increase in the coming days”, declared Thursday Vladimir Dzhabarov, member of the upper house […]

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Biden’s leadership faces global test at UN summit

Welcome to UN Brief, Foreign policeThis year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) context guide, as hundreds of foreign dignitaries and diplomats descend on New York City. Over the next week, we’ll be your daily guides for everything behind the scenes of the so-called Super Bowl for diplomats. Want a groundbait before you dive? This afternoon, […]

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France cancels reception in Washington, tone down celebrations for US-France War of Independence victory amid underwater spat

The embassy said the celebrations had been made “more sober” and the reception scheduled for Friday at the ambassador’s residence to mark the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Caps was called off. A reception on a frigate in Baltimore was also cut back, a senior French official told CNN, who said the changes […]

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In submarine deal with Australia, US thwarts China but enrages France

PARIS – President Biden’s announcement of an agreement to help Australia deploy nuclear-powered submarines has strained the Western alliance, infuriating France and foreshadowing how the confrontational US and European responses to the confrontation with China could redraw the world strategic map. Announcing the deal on Wednesday, Biden said it aims to strengthen alliances and update […]