The Toftul children with their mother, Alona Toftul in Cazilhac, France.

Starting over in France: How some Ukrainian families are trying to embrace their new lives


For many Ukrainians and Russians who’ve fled their homes since the war started, returning is not an option. So, they’re beginning again in new places and confronting new challenges. As part of our ongoing series on starting over, we visit Cazilhac, a tiny village in southwest France, where a humanitarian bus brought dozens of Ukrainian families to safety around a year ago. Today, just three of them remain.

Raising the street protest to art form: synchronized megaphone barkers sang and chanted in unison to fire up the crowds.

In France, students prove an unlikely ally in protests against pension reform

A screen shows French President Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen at her election day headquarters, in Paris

French duel: Macron vs Le Pen fight for presidency

A makeshift camp for migrants is set up along the river in Loon Plage, near Grande-Synthe, northern France

France lashes out at Britain’s latest proposal on migrants

Protestors clash with riot police during a demonstration against the reinforced measures of the Belgium government to counter the latest spike of the coronavirus in Brussels, Belgium

Europe sees widespread protests against COVID-19 restrictions

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President Joe Biden waves towards the White House balcony in Washington

US, Canada and Mexico to hold talks at the White House

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The US, Canada and Mexico are holding trilateral talks today in Washington. Also, volunteers who helped in search-and-rescue operations for migrants at sea are on trial in Greece. And, Iraq has flown home hundreds of its citizens who were camped out at the Belarus-Poland border.

The logo for ExxonMobil appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

Top US oil executives to testify before Congress

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Top oil executives testify before Congress in a landmark hearing before the US House Oversight Committee. Also, the African Union suspends Sudan over its military coup. And, a new report reveals that Myanmar’s junta tortures its detainees in a systematic way.

The Ducourt family vineyard in France. 

Winegrowers in France experiment with hybrid grape varieties to combat climate change

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The country anticipates a nearly 30% overall loss in output compared to 2020. The culprit: a severe late frost, followed by heavy rains which fueled mildew. These extreme weather conditions were made more likely by climate change, experts say. 

France's President Emmanuel Macron wore flower leis and seashell necklaces as he arrived at the Manihi Atoll, 312 miles northeast of Tahiti, French Polynesia, in the Pacific Ocean, July 26, 2021. 

French Polynesia and New Caledonia see deadly COVID-19 surge


The situation is so dire that recently, France extended a health emergency declaration for the two Pacific Island territories into mid-November.

In this photo provided by US Navy, the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Illinois (SSN 786) returns home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from a deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility

Aukus security pact sparks Chinese and French ire

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China and France have condemned the new Aukus security pact between Australia, the UK and the US to build nuclear-powered submarines in the Indo-Pacific region. Also, French forces say they’ve killed the leader of ISIS in the Greater Sahara in Mali. And thousands of people protested the introduction of Bitcoin as legal tender in El Salvador on the nation’s bicentennial.