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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...

The Latest: UAE official says tanker sent no distress call

Jul. 16, 2019 3:13 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): 7:05 p.m. An Emirati official says a small oil tanker that's based in the United Arab Emirates offered no distress call before switching off its tracker over two...

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...

The Latest: German minister confirmed for top EU post

Jul. 16, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the EU parliament vote on European Commission president (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The European Union's parliament has confirmed German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to be the new president of the EU's executive commission. The European Parliament voted 383-327 vote...

Officials: Migrants return to bombed Libya detention center

Jul. 16, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Libyan detention center where an airstrike killed more than 50 people two weeks ago is filling with migrants again, and work has resumed at a nearby weapons workshop, despite calls from the United Nations to empty the compound and others like it near the front-lines of the country's civil...

French ecology minister Francois de Rugy resigns over reports of publicly funded lavish lifestyle

Jul. 16, 2019 8:58 AM EDT
PARIS (AP) — French ecology minister Francois de Rugy resigns over reports of publicly funded lavish lifestyle.

Technology beating romanticism at Tour de France

Jul. 16, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

ALBI, France (AP) — With all the technology stacked against them, the six breakaway riders at the Tour de France had no hope of making it to the finish without being caught. Race directors were watching their every move on TV screens set up in their cars, and rival competitors riding behind were informed...