Europe

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip to Celebrate 70th Anniversary

LONDON —  When Britain’s 21-year-old Princess Elizabeth married 26-year-old Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey in 1947, the wedding sparked joy and celebration in a country just recovering from World War II. Seven decades on, the couple who would become Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, both now in their …

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Kafatos, Distinguished Greek Biologist, Malaria Researcher, Dies at 77

ATHENS —  Fotis Kafatos, a Greek molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the United States and Europe and became the founding president of the European Research Council, has died. He was 77. His family announced his death in Heraklion, Crete, on Saturday “after a long illness.” …

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Hariri Says He’ll Return to Lebanon in Coming Days, Announce His Position

PARIS —  Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said Saturday at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris that he would return to Beirut in the coming days and announce his position on the crisis in his country after holding talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun. “With regard to the political situation …

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US, EU Talk Tough on Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA —  Preferential access to Cambodia’s biggest export market could be removed and senior government officials banned from doing business with U.S. companies in response to a court ordered dissolution of the country’s opposition, statements released Friday suggest. Cambodia’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday to dissolve the opposition Cambodian …

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Africa Politics Creep Into French PM’s Visit to Morocco

RABAT, MOROCCO —  France’s prime minister launched a mission Wednesday to reinvigorate trade and cooperation with Morocco, which has steadily positioned itself as a regional economic powerhouse focused on Africa instead of its former colonial ruler. French government ministers, state secretaries and a large group of business leaders accompanied Prime …

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Lebanese PM Invited to France Amid Resignation Crisis

BEIRUT —  French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday invited Saad Hariri and his family to come to France after the Lebanese prime minister’s surprise resignation earlier this month, amid allegations that Saudi Arabia is holding him prisoner. Hariri’s older brother meanwhile broke his silence over the premier’s shock resignation announced …

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