Donald Trump and Republicans roll out tax reform plan
Donald Trump’s Republican Party rolled out a plan to reform America’s tax code, calling for deep cuts to corporate rates and the abolition of inheritance tax in a high-stakes bid to salvage the President’s agenda.
Developed in tandem with Trump’s White House, the Republican plan calls for slashing the US corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 per cent – to below the 22.5 average of the industrialised world, it says.
“We’re going to introduce a tax plan that’s the largest tax cut essentially in the history of our country,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, before leaving for Indiana to deliver a speech promoting the Republican plan.“It’s going to be something special,” he said.
For households, the Republican plan cuts the number of tax brackets from seven to three, with a maximum rate of 35 per cent, against 39.6 at present, although the plan also mentions the “potential” for an additional top rate for the highest-income taxpayers.
Anger in France over 'consensual' sex case involving schoolgirl, 11
French children's rights groups have expressed outrage after a 28-year-old man was charged with assaulting rather than raping an 11-year-old girl because investigators said the pair had consensual sex.
The victim's family has called for the father-of-two to be tried for rape, saying the girl only went home with the man because she was "paralysed" by fear and "unable to defend herself".
The girl is said to have agreed to follow the man home from a park in Montmagny, north of Paris, on April 24. He is due to face trial for sexual assault of a minor in February.
A wedding is coming: Game Of Thrones actors announce engagement
Game Of Thrones actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, who enjoyed an on-screen romance in the HBO television hit series, announced their engagement in Britain's Times newspaper.
Harington, who plays Jon Snow in the fantasy drama, met Leslie, who played Ygritte, in 2011 while filming the second season of the Emmy-winning show in Iceland.
"If you're already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love," Harington told Vogue magazine in an interview last year.
Lanvin show kicks off carousel of new designers in Paris
France's oldest fashion house, Lanvin, sought to draw a line under a period of upheaval on Wednesday with a sleek, largely monochrome collection by its newest artistic director.
Designer Olivier Lapidus, appointed in July after the short tenure of his predecessor, Bouchra Jarrar, unveiled a pared-back line-up dominated by black, with wispy gowns and shorter, asymmetric ensembles.
Lapidus' debut is one of several closely watched maiden collections at Paris Fashion Week, at a time when brands are jostling to make a mark and ride an upturn in the luxury goods industry.
Football: Neymar leads PSG past Bayern, Batshuayi stuns Atletico
Neymar starred as Paris Saint-Germain sent out a statement of intent with an impressive 3-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich, while Michy Batshuayi grabbed an injury-time winner as Chelsea won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid.
It took PSG less than two minutes to break the deadlock in the Group B clash against Bayern, as world-record signing Neymar teed up fellow Brazilian Dani Alves to hammer home.
Bayern piled on the pressure but failed to take their chances.