School children demonstrate in Bayonne, southwestern France.

The cost of France's protests running into billions

France's wave of protests and violence over the past month or so has already cost the eurozone's second-largest economy a fortune.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

UK's May lobbies EU leaders in fight to save Brexit deal

Top European Union officials on Tuesday ruled out any renegotiation of the divorce agreement with Britain, as Prime Minister Theresa May fought to save her Brexit deal by lobbying leaders in Europe's capitals.

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The empty seat of the US representative is seen during the opening session of a UN Migration Conference in Marrakech.

Nearly 85 percent of UN nations back migration deal; not US

Defying fierce opposition from the U.S. and a few other nations, nearly 85 percent of U.N. member states agreed Monday on a sweeping yet non-binding accord to ensure safe, orderly and humane migration.

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Demonstrators stand behind a burning bin during clashes.

Macron to speak to French on protests; But is it too late?

French President Emmanuel Macron will be speaking to his nation at last Monday, after increasingly violent, radicalized protests against his leadership have shaken the country and scarred its beloved capital.

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A woman takes a copy of a newspaper near another with the headline of China outcry against U.S. on the detention of Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, at a news stand in Beijing.

China pressures US, Canada ahead of Huawei hearing

China raised the pressure on the United States and Canada as a bail hearing resumed Monday for a top Chinese technology executive in a case that has fueled U.S.-China trade tensions and roiled financial markets.

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Meng faces extradition to the U.S. on charges of trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. She appeared in a Vancouver court Friday to seek bail.

China summons US envoy to protest detention of Huawei exec

China summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing on Sunday to protest the detention of an executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei in Canada at Washington's behest and demanded Washington cancel an order for her arrest.

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The Israeli military says it has opened an investigation into the death of Habali after a video surfaced appearing to show him being shot in the back.

Israeli military probes shooting of Palestinian in the back

The Israeli military on Sunday said it has opened an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old Palestinian man in the West Bank after a video surfaced appearing to show him being shot in the back.

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Environmental activists from 10 Asian countries pose with their banners ahead of a march in Katowice, Poland.

Protesters demand action against warming climate at UN talks

Thousands of people from around the world marched Saturday through the southern Polish city that's hosting this year's U.N. climate talks, demanding that their governments take tougher action to curb global warming.

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Demonstrators walk away from a cloud of tear gas fired by the police during an anti-government protest, in Paris.

Paris under siege: Tear gas, fury on the Champs-Elysees

Late Friday night, the air on the Champs-Elysees was thick with perfume: heady blends of lavender, rose and other enticing scents wafting out of chic boutiques and perfumeries aglitter with Christmas tinsel.

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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, center, meets China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

North Korea tells China it's committed to denuclearization

North Korea's foreign minister said his country remains committed to ending its nuclear weapons program in talks Friday with his Chinese counterpart, according to China's foreign ministry.

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Pearl Harbor survivors salute during the National Anthem at a ceremony in Pearl Harbor.

Survivors gather at Pearl Harbor for attack remembrance

About 20 survivors gathered at Pearl Harbor on Friday to pay tribute to the thousands of men lost in the Japanese attack 77 years ago.

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Store manager Stephanie Hunt poses for photos with a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, an Altria brand, at a Smoker Friendly shop in Pittsburgh.

Marlboro maker places $1.8 billion bet on marijuana

One of the world's biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $1.8 billion buy-in.

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Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo.

US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches planted the American flag at the U.N. climate talks Friday in an effort to show that many people in the United States remain committed to curbing global warming despite the stance of their president.

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Participants perform yoga in front of the Eiffel Tower as part of the sport event

France fears more riots; Museums, Eiffel Tower to close

Authorities across France braced Thursday for the possibility of more riots and violence at anti-government protests this weekend, holding emergency meetings and deploying tens of thousands of police and security forces. Museums, theaters and shops in Paris announced they would close Saturday as a precaution — including the city's famed Eiffel Tower.

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A shopper walks past a Huawei store at a shopping mall in Beijing.

China demands Canada release executive of tech giant Huawei

China on Thursday demanded that Canada release an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei who was arrested in a case that compounds tensions with the U.S. and threatens to complicate trade talks.

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Plumes of smoke rise from Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland.

Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists.

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Demonstrators stand near toll gates on a motorway at Biarritz southwestern France.

French unions join protests, piling new pressure on Macron

Nationwide protests against French President Emmanuel Macron took on an even bigger dimension Wednesday after trade unions and farmers vowed to join the fray, unimpressed by government concessions that tried to stem the momentum of the most violent demonstrations France has seen in a decade.

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Masked police stand in an ice parlor in Duisburg, western Germany.

Police arrest 84 in European crackdown on Italian mob

In an investigation that underscored an Italian crime syndicate's role as a leading player in international cocaine trafficking, police in four countries arrested at least 84 suspected mobsters Wednesday in a series of carefully coordinated raids.

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Protestors are reflected in a puddle as they wave European flags to demonstrate against Brexit.

UK Parliament delivers rebuke to government over Brexit

Britain's Parliament dealt Prime Minister Theresa May's government two bruising defeats on Tuesday, even before lawmakers began an epic debate that will decide the fate of May's European Union divorce deal — and of her political career.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg prior to a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

US warns Russia it is ready to abandon key nuclear pact

The United States warned Russia Tuesday it has 60 days to start complying with a landmark nuclear missile treaty or Washington will abandon the pact, raising concern about Europe's future security.

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Region

A police officer investigating the murder of British tourist Grace Millane stands at a crime scene along a section of Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ranges outside Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. New Zealand police said Saturday, Dec. 8, that

New Zealand police find body they believe is British tourist

New Zealand police said Sunday they found a body they believe to be that of missing 22-year-old British tourist Grace Millane. Police said the body was in a forested area about 10 meters (33 feet) from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland.

U.S.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, meet with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., not shown, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington.

Trump bickers with Dem leaders, threatens gov't shutdown

Bickering in public with Democratic leaders, President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly on Tuesday to shut down the government if Congress doesn't provide the money he says is needed to build a wall at the Mexican border.

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