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France resumes tax on tech giants, seeks deal with US

PARIS — France is resuming collection of a special tax on Big Tech companies like Amazon and Facebook despite the threat of U.S. retaliatory tariffs on French Champagne, cheese, handbags and other goods.
Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself be
Ethiopian PM says troops ordered to move on Tigray capital

Ethiopian PM says troops ordered to move on Tigray capital

NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to

UK judge refuses Depp permission to appeal libel ruling

LONDON — A judge has refused Johnny Depp permission to appeal against a British court's ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard.
Thailand approved transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed

Thailand approved transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed

BANGKOK — Thailand said Thursday it transferred three Iranians involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot back to Tehran, as Iran released an Australian academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges.
Australian leader thrilled at Iran's release of academic

Australian leader thrilled at Iran's release of academic

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Australia's prime minister said he's “thrilled and relieved” after Iran released in a prisoner swap a 33-year-old academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges, but added it would take time for Kylie
Toronto police have person of interest in billionaire deaths

Toronto police have person of interest in billionaire deaths

Toronto police said Wednesday that they have identified a person of interest in the killing of Canadian drug company billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife nearly three years ago.
Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year's World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60.
Trump administration denies planned mine near Alaska fishery

Trump administration denies planned mine near Alaska fishery

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Trump administration on Wednesday effectively killed a contentious proposed mine in Alaska, a gold and copper prospect once envisioned to be nearly as deep as the Grand Canyon and could produce enough waste to fill an NFL stad
Trump refuses to accept Biden's win as transition proceeds

Trump refuses to accept Biden's win as transition proceeds

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday baselessly claimed anew that he had won the election and uttered repeated falsehoods when he called into an event held by Pennsylvania Republicans to investigate unproven allegations of voter fraud.