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Paris robbery, Dec. 2, 2016

Paris police confirm end to armed robbery, say 6 people freed from building, suspect was not present - @prefpolice

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Paris robbery, Dec. 2, 2016

6 people evacuated from scene of Paris robbery, says mayor of 13th arrondissement; suspect remains at large - BFMTV, iTELE

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Paris robbery, Dec. 2, 2016

Video: Police hold back bystanders at the scene of an ongoing situation involving a robbery on Massena Boulevard in Paris - YouTube user Lidia Mak

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Paris robbery, Dec. 2, 2016

Editor's note: We are continuing to monitor a situation in Paris' 13th arrondissement, where police have confirmed a response to an armed robbery. The AFP has reported, citing police sources, that there are seven hostages being held inside a travel agency. Witnesses at the scene are tweeting that they have just been asked to move further back from the scene by police, who may be preparing to move in. We're seeking official confirmation on whether it is a hostage-taking and how many people are involved. - Tricia

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Paris robbery, Dec. 2, 2016

Photo: Police block traffic on Paris' Massena Boulevard where an ongoing response to a robbery is taking place; motorists were told to avoid the area - @rozieres

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Paris robbery, Dec. 2, 2016

Photo: Police on scene of a robbery with reported hostages in Paris' 13th arrondissement - @geokzk

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Paris robbery, Dec. 2, 2016

Paris police confirm response to armed robbery on Massena Boulevard, in 13th arrondissement - @prefpolice

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Paris robbery, Dec. 2, 2016

Report: Armed robber holding 7 people in Paris travel agency, police sources say - AFP

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auctions

Revolver poet Paul Verlaine used to shoot fellow poet Arthur Rimbaud sells for 434,500 euros ($460,300) at auction - Le Figaro

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France presidential election 2017

Photo: Media, supporters await arrival of French presidential candidate François Fillon on primary night, at Maison de la Chimie, Paris - @romain2dc

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Fight against Islamic State militants

5 suspects in thwarted Paris terror attack were 'guided' by Islamic State from Iraq and Syria via encrypted messages, French prosecutor says - Reuters

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2016 US elections

Editor's note: The Wall Street Journal notes that the disclosure of a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and pro-Russia figures poses new questions about contacts between the president-elect, his family and foreign powers. The meeting, which was held Oct. 11 in Paris, was hosted by a French think tank whose founder, Fabien Baussart, and his wife, Randa Kassis, have worked closely with Russia to try to end the Syrian conflict, according to the Journal. Kassis told the paper that "without Russia, we can't have any solution in Syria" because the U.S. and France are not on the ground. The Obama administration terminated talks with Russia over Syria last month due to a Russian-backed bombing campaign in Aleppo, the Journal also notes. Trump aide Kellyanne Conway confirmed Donald Jr.'s attendance at the meeting, but downplayed his contact with the think tank. - Rebecca

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2016 US elections

Report: Donald Trump Jr. held talks on Syrian war with Russian supporters in Paris last month, sources tell Wall Street Journal

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Syrian Civil War

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault urges international community to 'stop averting its gaze' from 'terrible reality' of Syria conflict - AFP

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Syrian Civil War

Countries backing Syrian moderate rebels will meet in Paris, France, in December, French government say - AFP

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France

Update: 2 Qatari women robbed of $5 million in valuables were riding in Bentley, on section of road near airports that's frequently targeted for hold-ups - AFP

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France

2 Qatari women have been robbed on a Paris motorway in a €5 million ($5.32 million) heist, French police say - AFP

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France

Update: Strasbourg mayor says Paris appeared target of 7 arrested in militant plot; officials say suspects French, Moroccan, Afghan in origin, aged 29 to 37 - Reuters

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2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

UN conference adopts a working plan for Paris climate pact - AFP

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Paris, Île-de-France, France

Police investigating phoned-in bomb threat at a Paris hospital - BFMTV

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