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The Latest: France's Macron vows to cut middle-class taxes

Apr. 25, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron's solutions to quell the economic anger of yellow vest protests(all times local): 6:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to cut income taxes for middle-class workers. Macron made the vow Thursday during a planned speech outlining...

French President Emmanuel Macron pledges to cut taxes for middle-class workers.

Apr. 25, 2019 12:43 PM EDT
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledges to cut taxes for middle-class workers.

China says French ship entered its waters illegally

Apr. 25, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday said it has complained to France after a French warship entered Chinese territorial waters while passing through the Taiwan Strait this month. In a related development, Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua blamed British activity in the South China Sea for a downturn in...

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn released from Japanese detention

Apr. 25, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn walked out of a Japanese detention center Thursday evening, his head held high, after paying 500 million yen ($4.5 million) in bail and winning a court rejection of an appeal from prosecutors. Ghosn walked solemnly out of the Tokyo Detention House with one...

Macron to offer solutions to French yellow vest grievances

Apr. 25, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is set to unveil long-awaited plans Thursday to quell five months of yellow vest protests that have damaged his presidency. Macron will speak to the nation from the Elysee presidential palace after three months of national debate aimed at addressing the...

France's yellow vests: Who they are, what they want, and why

Apr. 25, 2019 6:19 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Yellow vest protesters remain a force in French politics despite ups and downs in the five months after their movement started. As President Emmanuel Macron announces long-awaited responses to their grievances Thursday, here's a look at their movement: ___ WHO THEY ARE The movement started...

French police experts start Notre Dame checks after fire

Apr. 25, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French police scientists were starting to examine Notre Dame Cathedral on Thursday for the first time since last week's devastating fire. Among their questions: whether cigarette butts from construction workers could have played a role. Experts from three police agencies will take samples and...

Aid groups sue France to stop boat donation to Libya's navy

Apr. 25, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Aid groups are suing the French government to stop the donation of six boats to Libya's navy, saying the watercraft will be used to take migrants to detention centers notorious for horrific conditions. Europe has relied heavily on the Libyan coast guard, which is part of the navy, to intercept...

Review: A portrait of Rudolf Nureyev in 'The White Crow'

Apr. 24, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

The great Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev does not come across as particularly likable in "The White Crow ," Ralph Fiennes' elegant biopic of his early years. Nureyev is arrogant, cruel, entitled, irritable and deeply resentful of his modest, peasant upbringing. Yet this prodigy of dance and voracious...

China charges former Interpol president with bribery

Apr. 24, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China announced Wednesday that it has formally arrested former Interpol President Meng Hongwei on suspicion of accepting bribes. The indictment from the Supreme People's Procuratorate comes after Meng was expelled last month from public office and the ruling Communist Party. Meng's wife...