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‘Zero happened’

‘Zero happened’

PARIS – President Donald Trump offered a staunch defense of his eldest son Thursday, saying Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer was a standard session that any political operative would have taken. “My son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a […]

GERMANY – G20 violence

GERMANY – G20 violence

HAMBURG – German police clashed with violent protesters Thursday in Hamburg a day ahead of the Group of 20 summit, using water cannons, pepper spray and batons to disperse marchers after some attacked them with bottles and other objects. The skirmishes came hours before the two-day gathering of the world’s top economic powers gets under […]

FRANCE – Macron seeks to cut MPs

FRANCE – Macron seeks to cut MPs

PARIS – Speaking at the historic Palace of Versailles, Macron said he planned to cut the number of lawmakers by a third. Doing so would produce a more efficient government and put France on a “radically new path”, said Macron. The French president says he has a broad mandate after sweeping wins in presidential and […]

FRANCE – Le Pen charged over funding scandal

FRANCE – Le Pen charged over funding scandal

PARIS – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been placed under formal investigation over an alleged European parliament funding scandal. The allegations were passed to French investigators who have opened a case. The parliament suspects some $5.4m went to assistants of Le Pen’s National Front (FN) who were not working for MEPs but were […]

Germany legalizes same-sex marriage after Merkel u-turn

Germany legalizes same-sex marriage after Merkel u-turn

BERLIN – German lawmakers voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a move widely supported across the country that brings Germany in line with many of its Western peers. Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the measure, but paved the way for its passage by allowing members of her conservative party to vote according to their conscience. […]

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 […]