France defies US probe to pass law taxing digital giants Jul 12, 2019 0 437 12345 AFPParisFrance’s parliament on Thursday passed a law making it the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, defying a probe ordered by an angry US President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs.The new law aims at plugging a taxation gap that has seen some internet heavyweights paying next to nothing in countries where they make huge profits as their legal base is in smaller EU states.The legislation–dubbed the GAFA tax in an acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon–was passed by a simple show of hands in the Senate upper house after it was agreed by the National Assembly lower chamber earlier this month.But the French move drew an angry response from the White House even before the legislation was passed, with Trump ordering an investigation unprecedented in the history of French-US relations. RELATED ARTICLES 16 killed, dozens injured in Pakistan train crash Jul 12, 2019 0 1895 Sri Lankan govt survives no confidence vote Jul 12, 2019 0 460 UN launches probe into Philippines drug war deaths Jul 12, 2019 0 2143 Water train set to relieve drought-hit Tamil Nadu Reuters JOLARPETTAI, India Indian authorities on Thursday filled tanks with water and loaded them onto a train in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to supply its manufacturing capital Chennai where reservoirs have have .. Fierce storm kills seven in Greek tourist peninsula AFP Thessaloniki, Greece Seven people died and at least 23 were injured as a fierce storm ripped through beachfronts in one of Greece’s top tourist areas, terrifying thousands of holidaymakers caught in the open, .. Trump to announce executive action on census citizenship Reuters WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Thursday will announce an executive action over his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census despite ongoing court challenges, two .. Majority of US vets say Afghan war ‘not worth fighting’: Poll AFP Washington A majority of US military veterans say the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan was “not worth fighting,” according to poll results released on Wednesday. The survey results come as the US and the Taliban .. UK’s new US envoy will be appointed by new PM: Minister LONDON: The appointment of Britain’s ambassador to the United States is likely to be made by the next British prime minister rather than outgoing leader Theresa May, senior minister Liz Truss told journalists on .. Merkel sits during anthems after shaking spells Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday insisted she took care of her health after remaining seated during national anthems at an official ceremony, in a rare change of protocol apparently to prevent a .. India hands over 250 houses for Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine NEW DELHI: India has handed over 250 prefabricated houses it built in Myanmar’s Rakhine state as part of a broader effort to help tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to return, an Indian official said on Thursday. An ..