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The Latest: Iran says it twice warned aggressive US drones

Jul. 20, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 7 p.m. Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard has recently issued two warnings to aggressive U.S. drones. The Saturday report quotes...

The Latest: Central Command says US intensifying air patrols

Jul. 19, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local): 2:10 a.m. U.S. Central Command says the U.S. has intensified air patrols over the Strait of Hormuz in response to the Iranian seizure of a British tanker. A Central Command spokesman, Lt. Col....

Facebook's Libra gets stark warning from G-7 finance chiefs

Jul. 18, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

CHANTILLY, France (AP) — Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich democracies issued a stark warning on Thursday that cryptocurrencies like the Libra digital money recently unveiled by Facebook should not be allowed before "serious regulatory and systemic concerns" are addressed. France, which this year...

The Latest: US still mulling retaliation for French tech tax

Jul. 18, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

CHANTILLY, France (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 finance ministers' meeting (all times local): 12:50 p.m. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the White House will press ahead with its investigation of France's digital tax, which is aimed at companies like Google and Amazon, as a possible unfair trade...

US objections to French tech tax overshadow G-7 finance meet

Jul. 17, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

CHANTILLY, France (AP) — The Trump administration is objecting to France's plan to tax Facebook, Google and other U.S. tech giants, a rift that's overshadowing talks between seven longtime allies this week on issues ranging from digital currencies to trade. As finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich...

Architect: Notre Dame far from safe for restoration work

Jul. 17, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French architect says that Notre Dame Cathedral still isn't safe enough for restoration work to begin, more than three months after a devastating fire nearly destroyed the monument. French television showed the chief architect of France's historic monuments, Philippe Villeneuve, taking...

Lobster vs. kebab: French food fight after minister scandal

Jul. 17, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's government spokeswoman says the resignation of the country's ecology minister over reports of lavish dinners at taxpayers' expense comes at a time when most people "more likely eat kebabs" than lobster. Sibeth Ndiaye's comments came as a new ecology minister took office Wednesday,...

The Latest: Iran says it helped a tanker with tow to harbor

Jul. 16, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 5:30 a.m. Iran's state-run media is quoting the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying the Islamic Republic helped an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz...

Top French minister resigns over alleged lavish lifestyle

Jul. 16, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The No. 2 official in the French government resigned Tuesday following media reports that he has been living a lavish lifestyle at taxpayer expense, including hosting lobster and Champagne soirees and ordering up exorbitant renovations of his ministerial apartment. With the French yellow vest...

Cryptocurrencies, digital tax top agenda for G-7 meeting

Jul. 16, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Finance officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies will weigh risks from new digital currencies and debate how to tax tech companies like Google and Amazon when they meet at a chateau north of Paris starting Wednesday. Those issues, raised by the impact of digitalization on the world...