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Macron says will speak with Putin in ‘coming days’

(AFP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he would speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin soon, expressing hope that negotiations over ending the war in Ukraine were “still possible.” On an official trip to Washington, Macron said he planned…

US stocks steady after better inflation data

(AFP) — Wall Street stocks were mixed early Thursday, as investors digest better inflation data a day after a big rally prompted by Federal Reserve comments suggesting moderation ahead in monetary policy. Markets opened in a muted fashion after comments…

Macron blasts Biden subsidies at start of US state visit

By Camille Camdessus and Sebastian SmithAgence France-Presse (AFP) — France’s President Emmanuel Macron fired an undiplomatic volley at his American hosts on the first day of a rare state visit to Washington, telling lawmakers Wednesday that US industrial subsidies are…

China police out in force after anti-lockdown protests

By Matthew Walsh with Ludovic Ehret in BeijingAgence France-Presse (AFP) — Security services were out in force across China’s major cities Tuesday, which for the time being appeared to have quelled nationwide protests calling for political freedoms and an end…