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NGOs accuse France of continuing to export banned pesticides
In January, France became the world's first country to prohibit the export of pesticides banned in the European Union because of their danger to health and environment. But almost a year after the law came into force, France is still exporting harmful pesticides on a massive scale, two NGOs warn in a report published Wednesday.

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Qatar World Cup: time to go home - the moment of truth in Groups E and Group F
Germany enter their final Group E game against Costa Rica in bottom place with one point and aware that even victory might not guarantee progress to the last-16.

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Macron slams 'aggressive' US subsidies scheme on visit to Washington
France's President Emmanuel Macron told American lawmakers that US industrial subsidies are "super aggressive" against French and European competitors. His comments came on the first day of a rare state visit to Washington.

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Macron welcomed in USA as 'vital ally' on first day of state visit
French President Emmanuel Macron has underlined Franco-American cooperation with a tour of NASA headquarters on the first day of his three-day state visit to the USA, but tough talks on trade and China are expected on Thursday when he meets Joe Biden for the main part of his trip.

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Aviation giant Airbus settles €16 million fine to halt corruption investigation
A Paris court has approved an agreement under which airplane manufacturer Airbus will pay €15.9 million in penalties to end a corruption probe focusing on sales to Libya and Kazakhstan over a decade ago.

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France prepares for possibility of electricity blackouts during winter months
The  French government is putting a plan in place to deal with the looming energy crisis as fears rise of electricity power cuts. A directive will be sent to regional police chiefs to anticipate scheduled power cuts, which could affect 60 percent of the population in the  worst-case scenario.

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Fed up French doctors and lab workers stage historic nationwide strike
For the first time since 2015 unions representing doctors and lab workers in the private sector are calling for a two-day strike starting Thursday to put pressure on the government as lawmakers debate the social security budget. They want to highlight working conditions, exacerbated by excessive administration and running costs.

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Morocco claim Group F at World Cup as Croatia eliminate Belgium
From a Canadian point of view, there was a grim symmetry about Morocco's progress to the second phase of the 2022 World Cup.

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US and French Presidents pledge 'unwavering' alliance, but trade dispute looms
President Joe Biden greeted President Emmanuel Macron at the White House on Thursday with full military honors and a pledge to maintain "unwavering" US-French friendship ahead of talks on Ukraine, China and a looming trade dispute.

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Japan stun Spain to top Group E as Germany fail again at World Cup
Japan came from behind on Thursday night to beat Spain 2-1 and qualify for the last-16 at the World Cup in Qatar as winners of Group E as Germany crashed out of the tournament despite beating Costa Rica 4-2.

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Gun amnesty ends in France as thousands of unlicensed weapons handed to police
French gun owners have been handing over their weapons at police collection points across the country this week as part of a campaign to round up unlicensed firearms, often heirlooms lying in attics or forgotten at the back of cupboards.

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Canada fans take pride in team's first World Cup adventure for 36 years
Gallant in defeat to Belgium, overpowered by vengeful Croatians and then swashbuckled aside on Thursday night, the vicissitudes of Canada's first World Cup campaign for 36 years are likely to provide the template for a generation of players and coaches.

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Burkina Faso transitional leader confirms coup attempt but favours dialogue
Burkina Faso’s interim president Captain Ibrahim TraorΓ© has told civil society groups there was indeed a recent coup attempt against his government.

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Qatar World Cup: 5 things we learned on Day 12 - Japan go on and Gemany falter
Japan advanced to the last-16. And Germany didn't for the second tournament in a row.

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Pope Francis to visit DRC and South Sudan in February 2023
Pope Francis I has rescheduled his long-delayed trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan for 31 January to 5 February 2023 – cutting out a stop over in the troubled eastern DRC, but fulfilling a long-held wish to accompany other Christian leaders to South Sudan.

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Qatar World Cup: time to go home - the moment of truth in Group G and Group H
With tournament favourites Brazil already qualified following victories over Serbia and Switzerland, the South Americans only need a point on Friday night against Cameroon to claim Group G.

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World AIDS Day:Anti-viral therapy is available to 70% of people living with HIV, AIDS
More than 40 years after its onset, AIDS remains a major public health issue. Sharon Lewin, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS), explains that while there is still no vaccine or cure, effective antiretroviral treatments exist. The challenge now is to make them available to everyone.

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12 arrested as 'industrial' translatlantic pimping ring smashed in France
A network spanning from South America to Europe that trafficked women for sex work has been dismantled with a dozen people arrested, French police sources said on Friday.

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President Macron due in New Orleans to promote French language and culture in USA
French president Emmanuel Macron wraps up his his three-day state visit to the United States with a visit to New Orleans, a city steeped in Franco-American history, where he will promote the French language.

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De Arrascaeta's double destroys Ghana but South Korea pip Uruguay to the last-16
Giorgian de Arrascaeta bagged a brace on Friday night to demolish Ghana's hopes of reaching the knockout stages at the World Cup. And until South Korea scored in the first minute of second-half stoppage time to snatch a 2-1 victory over Portugal, the double was shaping up to propel Uruguay into the last-16.

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