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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,...

New Mexico candidate wants US immigration agency abolished

Jul. 16, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A candidate seeking the Democratic nomination to an open Senate seat announced her support Tuesday for disbanding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and turning its responsibilities over to the FBI and others. New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said in a...

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...

Saudi forces intercept Yemeni rebel drones targeting cities

Jul. 16, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's air force intercepted and destroyed three Yemeni rebel drones before they could reach targets in the southern Saudi cities of Jizan and Abha, a military spokesman said Tuesday. Col. Tukri al-Maliki was quoted in the state-run Saudi Press Agency saying the drones...

Von der Leyen confirmed as new European Commission president

Jul. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed as the European Commission president Tuesday, becoming the first woman to hold one of the most prestigious positions in the European Union and who will be one of the most prominent faces from the bloc on the world stage. The European Parliament voted...

Powell says financial crisis accelerated economic changes

Jul. 16, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the 2008 financial crisis accelerated major changes in the U.S. and global economies, leading to slower growth, lower inflation and lower interest rates. Delivering remarks to a Paris economic conference, Powell said that since the...