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NY’s Met museum recreates a vivid taste of Versailles

NEW YORK: A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York seeks to recreate some of the grandeur of the Versailles royal palace in France. At first, the idea was to create a book based on the accounts of people who visited the palace, such as diplomats and nobles. But Danielle Kisluk-Grosheide,…

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Muslim woman who refused handshake denied French citizenship

Paris: France’s highest administrative court has upheld a decision to deny a French passport to an Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony, according to a ruling seen by AFP Thursday. The woman argued that her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking hands with a senior official presiding over…

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Question raised over U.S. Syria strategy despite Trump’s ‘Mission accomplished’

WASHINGTON: Just over a year ago U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike against the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack against its own people. Trump did the same on Friday, with allies France and Britain, in a response intended to deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons again, but which…

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British PM criticized over ignoring parliamentarians on Syria

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a backlash from the domestic opposition after launching military strikes on Syria without consulting parliament. As the Conservative leader explained her rationale for the air strikes, opposition parties claimed the attacks were legally dubious, risked escalating conflict and should have been approved by lawmakers. The shadow of the…

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US, France, Britain launch new UN bid for Syria chemical weapons probe

UNITED NATIONS: The United States, France and Britain on Saturday launched a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, just hours after firing military strikes against Syrian targets. The three allies circulated a joint draft resolution at the Security Council that also calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid,…

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Western attack on Syria is a crime: Khamenei

ANKARA – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said an attack on Syria by the United States, France and Britain on Saturday was a crime and would not achieve any gains. “Today’s dawn attack on Syria is a crime. I clearly declare that the president of the United States, the president of France and the…

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Iran warns of ‘regional consequences’ of Syria strikes

TEHRAN: Iran warned of “regional consequences” on Saturday following a wave of punitive strikes in Syria by the United States, Britain and France. “The United States and its allies have no proof and, without even waiting for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to take a position, have carried out this military attack,”…

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UN boss urges restraint after strikes on Syria

UNITED NATIONS: The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime on Saturday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for restraint and for countries to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation in Syria after the United States, France and Britain carried out air…

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NATO chief says supports US strikes on Syria: statement

BELGIUM: The head of NATO expressed his support for Western strikes in Syria on Saturday after bombings targeting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack. “I support the actions taken by the United States, the United Kingdom and France… This will reduce the regime’s ability to further attack the people of Syria…

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British PM says no alternative to use of force in Syria

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May said Saturday there was “no practicable alternative” to the use of force in Syria as she announced Britain had joined France and the United States in launching strikes against Syria. “This evening I have authorised British armed forces to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime’s…

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US, France, Britain launch strikes on Syria: Trump

DAMASCUS: The United States, Britain and France launched punitive military strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime in response to its latest alleged chemical weapons atrocity, President Donald Trump announced Friday. Shortly after Trump began a White House address to announce the action, large explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus, signalling a new chapter…

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May, Macron agree to ‘keep working closely’ on Syria response

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron late Friday and agreed to “keep working closely” on a response to an alleged Syrian chemical attack, her office said. “The prime minister spoke to the French president Emmanuel Macron this evening about the horrific attack in Douma, Syria, on Saturday,” a Downing…

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Deadly strikes hit Syria army air base after US, France warning

A Syrian military airport was hit with deadly missile strikes, state media reported Monday, after the US and France warned of a strong response to “horrific chemical weapons attacks” on a rebel-held region near Damascus, reported AFP. Washington denied responsibility for the strike on Syria’s central Tayfur air base, which came just hours ahead of…

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France prepares 1.5 billion euro push to foster AI research

Paris, France: President Emmanuel Macron is to unveil Thursday a bold plan to make France a centre of reference for artificial intelligence research, aimed at drawing homegrown and foreign talent in a field dominated by US and Chinese players. The proposals, which Macron’s office said would be backed by 1.5 billion euros ($1.85 billion) in…

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Selfies banned on red carpet at Cannes film festival

Paris, France: The head of the Cannes film festival said Friday he was banning selfies on the red carpet, claiming they caused “unwanted disorder” before premieres. Thierry Fremaux tried once before to ban the “ridiculous and grotesque” practice at the world’s most prestigious film festival in 2015, before backing down. Instead he pleaded with filmgoers, who…

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Three killed in France in shooting, supermarket hostage-taking

Three people were killed in southwestern France on Friday when a gunman held up a car, opened fire on police and then took hostages in a supermarket. Police later stormed the supermarket in the small town of Trebes and Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Twitter that the attacker had been killed. A source at…

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Two victims in French supermarket hostage-taking: mayor

PARIS: There are two victims in a hostage taking at a supermarket in Trebes southern France, the mayor of the town said on Friday as La Depeche du midi newspaper reported one person was dead. The condition of the two victims was not immediately known. Mayor Eric Ménassi told BFM TV that the hostage taker…

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Attack on French embassy, army in Burkina Faso kills eight

OUAGADOUGOU: Attackers in Burkina Faso’s capital killed eight people and wounded dozens more in a coordinated assault on the army headquarters and French embassy that France’s foreign minister said was likely carried out by “terrorist groups”. West Africa’s arid Sahel region is suffering a spike in violence by militant groups, some with links to al…

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Deadly blizzards lash Europe, air travel disrupted

LONDON: Heavy snowfall and deadly blizzards lashed Europe Thursday, forcing airports to cancel or delay flights around the continent, as a deep freeze gripped countries from the far north to the Mediterranean beaches in the south. The snowstorms, unusual for much of Europe at this time of year, left roads blocked, thousands of drivers stranded…

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UEFA hit France’s Nasri with six-month doping ban

NEWS DESK: Former Manchester City midfielder and France international Samir Nasri was handed a six-month doping ban “for using a prohibited method” by European football governing body UEFA on Tuesday, reported AFP. Nasri, 30, had appealed to UEFA for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) following a multi-vitamin intravenous booster he received at a Los Angeles…

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Watch out if you are fond of cookies and fizzy drinks

PARIS: Scientists suggested on Thursday a link between cancer and “ultra-processed” foods such as cookies, fizzy drinks and sugary cereals, though outside experts cautioned against reading too much into the study results. Researchers from France and Brazil used data from nearly 105,000 French adults who completed online questionnaires detailing their intake of 3,300 different food…

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