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PARIS | French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $4.2 billion fine

PARIS (AP) — A French court ordered Swiss bank UBS to pay more than 3.7 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in fines for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities, wrapping up one of France’s biggest-ever tax evasion trials. The Paris court convicted Zurich-based UBS AG on Wednesday of aggravated money laundering and illegal bank soliciting, … Continue reading PARIS | French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $4.2 billion fine

TOULOUSE, France | Airbus abandons iconic A380 superjumbo, lacking clients

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — European plane manufacturer Airbus said Thursday it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 for lack of customers, abandoning the world’s biggest passenger jet and one of the aviation industry’s most ambitious and most troubled endeavors. Barely a decade after the 500-plus-seat plane started carrying passengers, Airbus said in a … Continue reading TOULOUSE, France | Airbus abandons iconic A380 superjumbo, lacking clients

PARIS | France keeps up pressure on Italy in historic EU dispute

PARIS (AP) — France‘s pro-EU government and Italy’s populist leaders sparred anew Friday, as business giants from both countries appealed for calm amid the neighbors’ biggest diplomatic spat since World War II. France said the stunning recall of its ambassador to Italy was a temporary move — but an important signal to its historical ally … Continue reading PARIS | France keeps up pressure on Italy in historic EU dispute

PARIS | 36 injured in Paris bakery gas explosion

PARIS —Jan 12, 2019— A powerful explosion and fire apparently caused by a gas leak at a Paris bakery Saturday injured 36 people, including 12 in critical condition, blasted out windows and overturned cars, French authorities said. Firefighters pulled injured victims out of windows and evacuated residents as smoke billowed over Rue de Trevise in … Continue reading PARIS | 36 injured in Paris bakery gas explosion

PARIS | Paris police: several injured in bakery gas explosion

PARIS—Jan 12, 2019—Paris police say several people have been injured in an explosion and fire at a bakery believed caused by a gas leak. A Paris police spokeswoman said firefighters are currently at the scene of the blast Saturday morning at the bakery on Rue Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of north-central Paris. She said … Continue reading PARIS | Paris police: several injured in bakery gas explosion

PARIS | Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

PARIS  — French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to speak to the nation Monday at last, after increasingly violent and radicalized protests against his leadership and a long silence that aggravated the anger. Many protesters only want one thing: for him to declare “I quit.” That’s an unlikely prospect. Instead Macron is expected to announce … Continue reading PARIS | Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

PARIS | French police fire tear gas in Paris to halt angry protests

PARIS  — French riot police fired tear gas and water cannon in Paris on Saturday, trying to stop thousands of yellow-vested protesters from converging on the presidential palace to express their anger at high taxes and French President Emmanuel Macron. Security officials imposed a lockdown on parts of central Paris, determined to prevent a repeat … Continue reading PARIS | French police fire tear gas in Paris to halt angry protests

PARIS | Scuffles, tear gas as police clamp down on Paris protest

PARIS  — Crowds of yellow-vested protesters angry at President Emmanuel Macron and France’s high taxes tried to converge on the presidential palace Saturday, some scuffling with police firing tear gas, amid exceptional security measures aimed at preventing a repeat of last week’s rioting. Blue armored vehicles beneath the Arc de Triomphe and rows of helmeted, … Continue reading PARIS | Scuffles, tear gas as police clamp down on Paris protest

PARIS | Protesters march through Paris amid fears of new violence

PARIS— Crowds of yellow-vested protesters angry at President Emmanuel Macron and France’s high taxes tried to march on the presidential palace Saturday, surrounded by exceptional numbers of police bracing for outbreaks of violence after the worst rioting in Paris in decades. Rows of helmeted, thickly protected riot police blocked the demonstrators’ passage down the Champs-Elysees … Continue reading PARIS | Protesters march through Paris amid fears of new violence

PARIS | France fears more riots; Museums, Eiffel Tower to close

PARIS — Authorities across France braced Thursday for the possibility of more riots and violence at anti-government protests this weekend, holding emergency meetings and deploying tens of thousands of police and security forces. Museums, theaters and shops in Paris announced they would close Saturday as a precaution — including the city’s famed Eiffel Tower. Police … Continue reading PARIS | France fears more riots; Museums, Eiffel Tower to close

PARIS | Macron scraps French fuel tax hike amid violent protests

PARIS  — French President Emmanuel Macron scrapped a fuel tax rise Wednesday amid fears of new violence, after weeks of nationwide protests and the worst rioting in Paris in decades. Protesters celebrated the victory, but some said Macron’s surrender came too late and is no longer enough to quell the mounting anger at the president, … Continue reading PARIS | Macron scraps French fuel tax hike amid violent protests

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | At G-20, possible ‘breakthrough’ seen after all-night talks

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — All-night talks at the Group of 20 summit have resulted in a possible “breakthrough” on fixing the global trading system, European diplomats said Saturday as the gathering entered its crucial second and final day in the Argentine capital. Despite deep divisions going into the summit and resistance from the United States, … Continue reading BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | At G-20, possible ‘breakthrough’ seen after all-night talks

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | Trump vs the world _ G-20 summit stumbles on trade, climate

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina  — Divisions among the world leading economies emerged from the moment their leaders gathered Friday in Argentina: Donald Trump struck his own deals and angered allies, and the leaders of Russia and Saudi Arabia bonded amid criticism from European powers. U.S. negotiators blocked progress at the Group of 20 summit on managing … Continue reading BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | Trump vs the world _ G-20 summit stumbles on trade, climate

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | Snubbed by Trump, Putin charms other players at G20

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Russia is putting on a brave face after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly junked a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russian officials said Friday that It’s all about internal U.S. politics and “anti-Russian hysteria.” But Trump’s snub was a clear kick to Putin just as he arrived at a Group … Continue reading BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | Snubbed by Trump, Putin charms other players at G20

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | Diplomats struggle for agreement on G-20 summit statement

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diplomats from the Group of 20 countries were haggling hard over a final summit statement Friday, with deep divisions over what language to use on the Paris climate accord and the World Trade Organization, according to two European officials involved in the discussions. Facing the prospect of a no-statement summit, European … Continue reading BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | Diplomats struggle for agreement on G-20 summit statement

PARIS | Arrested French official suspected of spying for North Korea

PARIS  — An employee of the French Senate is in custody on suspicion of spying for North Korea. A judicial official says that the man was detained Sunday in an investigation open since March into “collecting and delivering information to a foreign power susceptible to harming fundamental interests of the nation.” France’s domestic intelligence agency … Continue reading PARIS | Arrested French official suspected of spying for North Korea

LONDON | Kremlin foes fume over possible Russian Interpol president

LONDON  — A financier and Kremlin critic warned Tuesday that naming a top Russian police official to be president of Interpol would undermine the international law enforcement agency and politicize police cooperation across borders. Bill Browder, who runs an investment fund that had once operated in Moscow, said President Vladimir Putin has tried to use … Continue reading LONDON | Kremlin foes fume over possible Russian Interpol president

PARIS | Ryanair jet seized by French authorities just before takeoff

PARIS — Storms, strikes, computer failures — you can now add “your plane has been seized by the government” to the list of things that can delay your flight. In France, 149 passengers were preparing to take off for London late Thursday when French authorities ordered their Ryanair Boeing 737 impounded. The budget carrier owed … Continue reading PARIS | Ryanair jet seized by French authorities just before takeoff

PARIS | Why it’s still in Russia’s interest to mess with US politics

PARIS— Sweeping accusations that the Kremlin tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election haven’t chastened Russian trolls, hackers and spies — and might even have emboldened them. U.S. officials and tech companies say Russians have continued online activity targeted at American voters during the campaign for Tuesday’s election, masquerading as U.S. institutions and creating faux-American … Continue reading PARIS | Why it’s still in Russia’s interest to mess with US politics

UNITED NATIONS | At UN, Russia says meddling claims baseless, slams the US

UNITED NATIONS — Russia‘s foreign minister trashed accusations of Russian meddling abroad as “baseless” and used the podium at the U.N.’s biggest event to tear into U.S. policies in Iran, Syria and Venezuela. He later declared that U.S.-Russian relations “are bad and probably at their all-time low.” In a rapid-fire, unforgiving speech Friday, Sergey Lavrov … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | At UN, Russia says meddling claims baseless, slams the US

UNITED NATIONS | Iran denies Israeli accusation of ‘secret atomic warehouse’

UNITED NATIONS— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Thursday of keeping a “secret atomic warehouse” just outside its capital, despite the 2015 deal with world powers that was meant to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Hours later, Iran dismissed the allegation. Holding up a poster-board map of an area near Tehran as … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Iran denies Israeli accusation of ‘secret atomic warehouse’

UNITED NATIONS | Israel accuses Iran of harboring ‘secret atomic warehouse’

UNITED NATIONS — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Thursday of keeping a “secret atomic warehouse” just outside its capital, despite the 2015 deal with world powers that was meant to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Holding up a poster-board map of an area near Tehran as he spoke at the U.N. … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Israel accuses Iran of harboring ‘secret atomic warehouse’

UNITED NATIONS | Israel vs Iran: Netanyahu lobs nuclear claim _ again

UNITED NATIONS — Clandestine nuclear dumping. Concealing atomic material near a rug-cleaning plant. Lying to international partners. Accusing Iran of all of the above, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu fired a new salvo Thursday in his campaign to prove that Tehran can’t be trusted and poses a massive threat to international security. In response, Iran shrugged. … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Israel vs Iran: Netanyahu lobs nuclear claim _ again

UNITED NATIONS | Via arms and trade, Russia plots long-term Syrian future

UNITED NATIONS— The same day that Russian diplomats struck a deal with Turkey over a demilitarized zone in Syria’s last rebel-run region, dozens of Russian businessmen were flying home from Damascus, contracts in hand for trade with a postwar Syria. Whatever happens to the rebels in Idlib province, Russia is determined to keep Syria solidly … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Via arms and trade, Russia plots long-term Syrian future

UNITED NATIONS | UN court asked to probe Venezuela; leader defiant in speech

UNITED NATIONS  — Six nations made the unprecedented move Wednesday of asking the U.N.’s International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela for possible crimes against humanity, even as President Nicolas Maduro made an unexpected trip to the world body’s headquarters to deliver a nearly hourlong speech declaring his nation “will never give in.” Maduro’s speech at … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | UN court asked to probe Venezuela; leader defiant in speech

UNITED NATIONS | AP Interview: NATO chief plays balancing act with Russia

UNITED NATIONS — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday he wants a more constructive relationship with Russia — even as the Western alliance is taking measures to respond to Moscow’s increasing military assertiveness. It’s a delicate balancing act. Stoltenberg met Tuesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and neither side showed signs of backing … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | AP Interview: NATO chief plays balancing act with Russia

NEW YORK | Bromance cools for once-chummy Trump and Marcon

NEW YORK — Gone is the shoulder squeezing, the affectionate dandruff-brushing — and French President Emmanuel Macron‘s hope that he could use his unlikely friendship with Donald Trump to rein in the American president’s more incendiary instincts. When the two men met Monday in New York, they shook hands lightly and got down to the … Continue reading NEW YORK | Bromance cools for once-chummy Trump and Marcon

NEW YORK | Trump and Macron: Realism replaces unlikely bromance

NEW YORK— Gone is the shoulder squeezing, the affectionate dandruff-brushing — and French President Emmanuel Macron’s hope that he could use his unlikely friendship with Donald Trump to rein in the American president’s more incendiary instincts. When the two men met Monday in New York, they shook hands lightly and got down to the tasks … Continue reading NEW YORK | Trump and Macron: Realism replaces unlikely bromance