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PARIS | Macron urges calm, Paris police prepare for more violence

PARIS  — French President Emanuel Macron called Friday for calm as authorities prepared to deploy armored vehicles and thousands of security forces for a possible fifth-straight weekend of violent protests on the streets of Paris. The “yellow vest” movement, which began its demonstrations Nov. 17 initially to protest an increase in fuel taxes, soon morphed … Continue reading PARIS | Macron urges calm, Paris police prepare for more violence

STRASBOURG, France | France: Shooting suspect evades police for 2nd day

STRASBOURG, France — French police conducted an intense but ultimately fruitless search Thursday in the Strasbourg neighborhood where a suspected gunman who killed three people and wounded 13 near a popular Christmas market was last seen. Security forces, including the elite Raid squad, took action in the Neudorf neighborhood based on “supposition only” that 29-year-old … Continue reading STRASBOURG, France | France: Shooting suspect evades police for 2nd day

PARIS | French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

PARIS — The French government spokesman says security forces are trying to catch the suspected shooter dead or alive, two days after an attack near Strasbourg’s Christmas market. Benjamin Griveaux said on CNews television that more than 700 officers are involved in the manhunt for 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt. Police have distributed a photo of the … Continue reading PARIS | French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

JOHANNESBURG | US: Cameroon separatist crisis could get ‘much, much worse’

JOHANNESBURG  — The top U.S. diplomat in Africa said Thursday the separatist crisis in Cameroon could get “much, much” worse, saying “the last thing we need” is growing radicalization in response to the actions of security forces. Tibor Nagy, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa, said the situation in the Central African nation … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | US: Cameroon separatist crisis could get ‘much, much worse’

BELGRADE, Serbia | Tensions soar in the Balkans over plans for Kosovo army

BELGRADE, Serbia— Serbia is seeking support from Russia and China in its opposition to the announced formation of a Kosovo army, warning it could lead to renewed clashes in the Balkans. Kosovo’s parliament will vote on Dec. 14 on transforming the country’s security forces into a regular army. Serbia has protested the move and threatened … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia | Tensions soar in the Balkans over plans for Kosovo army

KABUL, Afghanistan | The Latest: Afghan official reports loud explosion in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local): 8 p.m. Najib Danish, spokesman for Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry, says there’s been a coordinated attack against security forces in the eastern part of the capital Kabul. He says a suicide bomber detonated his explosives Wednesday and then other insurgents started a gun battle … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | The Latest: Afghan official reports loud explosion in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 20 police, 10 troops

KABUL, Afghanistan— A Taliban ambush of a police convoy in western Afghanistan killed 20 policemen while 10 troops died in an insurgent attack on an army checkpoint in the north, Afghan officials said Monday as minority Shiites took to the streets in Kabul for the second day to protest the arrest of local militia commander. … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 20 police, 10 troops