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BELGIUM – Hefty fine for Google

BELGIUM – Hefty fine for Google

BRUSSELS –– European Union regulators slapped Google with a record €2.4 billion (US$2.7 billion) antitrust fine on Tuesday, the latest broadside fired at big American tech companies doing business in the region. The European Commission found that the US tech giant denied “consumers a genuine choice” by using its search engine to unfairly steer them […]

FRANCE – Car rams police van, armed suspect dead

FRANCE – Car rams police van, armed suspect dead

PARIS – Tourists strolling along Paris’ famous Champs-Elysees boulevard watched in horror as a car rammed into a police van Monday afternoon — and some witnessed the car burst into flames as police grabbed the man inside and put him on the ground. The armed driver deliberately plowed into the police vehicle, authorities said, and […]

FRANCE – Macron says EU door remains open to UK

PARIS –– French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that the door to the European Union remains open to the United Kingdom as long as exit negotiations are not concluded, but it would be difficult to walk back once negotiations start. Asked at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Paris whether […]

Hundreds held in Russian protests

Hundreds held in Russian protests

MOSCOW – Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was detained by authorities as thousands of protesters engaging in a day of nationwide anti-corruption demonstrations clashed with police on Monday. Navalny’s wife, Yulia, reported news of his detention at his home in Moscow on his official Twitter feed. She also posted a picture showing police officers at […]

FRANCE – Police shoot attacker at Notre-Dame

FRANCE – Police shoot attacker at Notre-Dame

PARIS – The man who attacked an officer Tuesday at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris said, “This is for Syria,” French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said. The man, believed to be an Algerian student, attacked the officer with a hammer but was also armed with knives, Collomb said. Collomb said the officer’s condition is not serious. […]

Severe storms kill 11 in Moscow

Severe storms kill 11 in Moscow

MOSCOW –– At least 11 people died when a severe thunderstorm hit the Russian capital Moscow, health officials say. Hundreds of trees were toppled by the storm, and more than 50 people sought medical help. Reports say that electrical cables were damaged as Moscow was lashed with high winds, hail and torrential rain. The winds of […]

ITALY – Trump and G7 heads clash over climate change

ITALY – Trump and G7 heads clash over climate change

TAORMINA –– World leaders gathered here engaged in a heated argument over combating climate change, a major point of dispute between G7 heads of state and President Donald Trump, who is considering withdrawing from the landmark Paris climate accord. Trump, who ran for president vowing to rip up the agreement, listened carefully to his new […]

BELGIUM – Trump condemns leaks about bombing to US media

BELGIUM – Trump condemns leaks about bombing to US media

BRUSSELS/LONDON – President Donald Trump said on Thursday that “deeply troubling” leaks to US media about the Manchester suicide bombing would be investigated, after irate British police stopped sharing information with US agencies. British Prime Minister Theresa May raised British concerns with Trump at a NATO summit in Brussels, telling him intelligence shared between their […]

VATICAN – Trump meets Pope

VATICAN – Trump meets Pope

VATICAN CITY –– US President Donald Trump has said he is “more determined than ever” to pursue peace in the world after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. He was granted a short private audience with the head of the Catholic Church on the latest leg of his overseas trip. The two men have in […]

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