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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, attend a ceremony in Istanbul for the inauguration of the TurkStream pipeline, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. The dual natural gas line connecting the countries will open up a new export path for Russian gas into Turkey and Europe, through new and existing lines. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
January 08, 2020 - 10:45 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey and Russia called for a cease-fire in war-torn Libya on Wednesday while European Union officials intensified their diplomatic efforts to cool tensions by holding talks with the north African country's prime minister. Following a meeting in Istanbul, the Turkish and Russian...
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Workers on strike at the Fos-sur-Mer ESSO refinery gather at the refinery entrance in Marseille southern France, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, as refinery workers nationwide have pledged that no product will leave their facilities during their four day strike. French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to reach a "quick compromise" in talks this week as nationwide protests and strikes continue against the government's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
January 07, 2020 - 7:39 am
PARIS (AP) — France's government and unions appeared still far apart after talks resumed Tuesday over proposed pension reforms that have triggered record-setting strikes, hobbling the country's train network, making commuting miserable for Parisians and spreading to oil refineries. Prime Minister...
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CORRECTING OBJECT NAME TO FRANCE STRIKES - Commuters exit the Paris subway during the 32nd day of transport strikes, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. With more than 30 straight days of walkouts, French rail strikes against government plans to reform France's retirement system marked a new milestone, surpassing even the lengths of strikes in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
January 06, 2020 - 10:39 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to reach a “quick compromise” in talks this week with worker unions as nationwide protests and strikes rage on against the government's plans to overhaul the pension system. During a Cabinet meeting on Monday, Macron insisted that the new...
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A raveler walks on a empty platform at at Gare Montparnasse train station during the 29th day of transport strikes in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The start of 2020 was the second New Year celebration in a row where Macron has faced social upheaval. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
January 02, 2020 - 6:10 am
PARIS (AP) — With 29 straight days of walkouts, French rail strikes against government plans to reform France's retirement system marked a new milestone Thursday, surpassing even the lengths of strikes in the 1980s. The nationwide walkouts against the government's pension plans started Dec. 5. On...
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Revellers photograph fireworks over the Arc de Triomphe as they celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
January 01, 2020 - 1:27 pm
PARIS (AP) — Emmanuel Macron embarked Wednesday on what is shaping up to be another rocky year for his presidency of France, facing a fresh barrage of anger from critics for using a new year's address to reaffirm his commitment to fiercely contested pension reforms. Far-left leader Jean-Luc...
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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, protesters march through smoke from flares at a demonstration during a mass strike in Marseille, southern France. Unions represent less than 10% of salaried workers but have a cozy, if paradoxical, relationship with officialdom that empowers them to block change. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole, File)
December 30, 2019 - 9:29 am
PARIS (AP) — As France's strikes entered their 26th day Monday, some in the country are questioning if the labor unions that are driving the crippling stoppages have outsized power. The strikes have closed French landmarks, hurt small businesses over the Christmas season and hobbled public...
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File-This 1968 file photo shows St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Curt Flood. Flood set off the free-agent revolution 50 years ago Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, with a 128-word letter to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, two paragraphs that pretty much ended the career of a World Series champion regarded as among the sport's stars but united a union behind his cause. (AP Photo/File)
December 23, 2019 - 7:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Curt Flood set off the free-agent revolution 50 years ago Tuesday with a 128-word letter to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, two paragraphs that pretty much ended the career of a World Series champion regarded as among the sport's stars but united a union behind his cause. St...
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High-speed trains are pictured at Gare du Nord train station in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. With French President Emmanuel Macron under heavy pressure over his pension reform plans, government officials are meeting with employers and unions on Wednesday to consider the way forward. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 19, 2019 - 4:41 am
PARIS (AP) — Traffic improved slightly on French trains Thursday as nationwide strikes over the government's retirement reform entered a 15th day and small signs of progress emerged in negotiations with unions. However, the crisis hitting one of the world's biggest economies at the height of the...
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December 19, 2019 - 3:15 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's flagship airline Lufthansa is warning of inconveniences for passengers and possible delays Thursday in an ongoing dispute with its catering service employees. The Ver.di union called for a 24-hour warning strike for the caterers in Frankfurt and Munich as it seeks wage...
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FILE - In this Dec.10, 2019 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron waits for the arrival of European Council President Charles Michel prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. With French President Emmanuel Macron under heavy pressure over his pension reform plans, government officials are meeting with employers and unions on Wednesday to consider the way forward. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
December 18, 2019 - 9:23 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is ready to make changes to his unpopular pension reform plans, an official said Wednesday, one day after hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets across the country . Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was to hold key, separate negotiations...
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