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France's next leader: centrist Macron vs. far-right Le Pen

Macron, 39, is seeking to become France's youngest ever president and has campaigned on a strongly pro-EU and pro-business platform. "The survival of France", was at stake in the second-round vote, she said. For them to win the top two qualifying positions on Sunday would represent a seismic shift in the political landscape, as the second round would feature neither of the mainstream parties that have governed France for decades. Read More

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Israel Vows Not to Negotiate with Palestinian Hunger Strikers

Various organizations are estimating the number of prisoners involved in the strike between 1,100-1,500. Prisoners are also demanding better medical care and extended visits with family. Nowhere is there any reference to Barghouti's leadership of the Palestinian terror group Tanzim, or his multiple murder convictions. Barghouti, the strike leader, is prominent in the Fatah movement of Western-backed Palestinian President Abbas. Read More

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U.S. May Launch Preemptive Strike Against North Korea

Many North Korea watchers believe North Korea could have a viable nuclear warhead and a ballistic missile capable of hitting the USA mainland on Trump's watch as president - within the next few years. "As long as the nuclear threats and blackmail go on with the military exercises, we will carry forward with our national defense buildup, the core of which is the nuclear arms buildup", Han said. Read More

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Amid North Korea crisis, Pence becomes Trump emissary abroad

Amid North Korea crisis, Pence becomes Trump emissary abroad

But North Korea said said it would continue to test nuclear missiles monthly and the USA could face "all out war" if president Trump and his government were "reckless enough to use military means". "It's North Korea that is sending the missiles into the Sea of Japan and making the various outrageous threats including the threats overnight to Australia", he added. Read More

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France begins presidential vote in test for populism

Emmanuel Macron (left) and Marine Le Pen will contest the May 27 election to become the next president of France. Mr. Macron, a 39-year-old pro-European Union liberal running on his independent En Marche ("On the Move") ticket, called the results of the first round historic, noting that it marks the first time since the second World War that neither of the two mainstream parties advanced to the final round. Read More

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Trump takes first step towards H-1B visa reform

Trump takes first step towards H-1B visa reform

Anderson said there are "opportunities" to improve the visa program, specifically by lifting the federal government's cap on H-1B visas, now set at 85,000 per year. With his attempts to overhaul healthcare and tax law stalled in Congress, Trump has leaned heavily on executive orders to change policy. The US has already moved on addressing this issue by announcing a new set of guidelines for those qualifying for H-1B visas. Read More

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Impact of Jakarta Election on Indonesia's Rupiah & Stocks'

Impact of Jakarta Election on Indonesia's Rupiah & Stocks'

A day after suffering electoral defeat, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama - commonly referred to as Ahok - fronted court in Jakarta to hear the demand by prosecution over allegations he insulted the Koran during a speech in September past year, in which he talked about how his detractors had used a Koranic verse to persuade people not to vote for a non-Muslim. Read More

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Trump tax plan to produce budget issues in short term: Mnuchin

Critics have said that provision could actually allow banks to take more risks than they ordinarily would, and Trump wants to re-examine whether court-supervised bankruptcy would be a better way to wind down failing banks. "I'm also issuing two directives that instruct Secretary Mnuchin to review the damaging Dodd-Frank regulations that failed to hold Wall Street firms accountable", Trump said. Read More

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Hundreds more join Mosul exodus as Iraqi forces retake another western district

Hundreds more join Mosul exodus as Iraqi forces retake another western district

Iraqi forces have taken much of Mosul from the militants who overran the city in June 2014. The extremist group massacred, enslaved and tortured thousands of that ethno-religious minority. Heavy smoke could be seen in that area after an air strike, witnesses said. The U.S. -trained Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) has retaken the nearby al-Thaura and al-Saha districts, statements said. Read More

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Charity worker freed from jail in Egypt credits Pres. Trump for release

In May 2014, they and their co-workers were imprisoned on charges of child abuse and human trafficking, which the Human Rights Watch called a "travesty." We'll take it; an American hostage has been returned home. Hijazi landed just outside of Washington on Thursday morning, according to the Washington Post . What the White House plans to celebrate as vindication of its early diplomacy comes at the end of a week in which the administration has combated charges of foreign policy confusion. Read More

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Suspected Of 'Cow Smuggling' Thrashed By Mob In Delhi's Kalkaji, Later Arrested

Suspected Of 'Cow Smuggling' Thrashed By Mob In Delhi's Kalkaji, Later Arrested

Late Saturday, the officials recieved a phone call from few "animal activists" who claimed that some buffaloes were being transported illegally from the South Delhi suburb. Rising cow vigilantism, however, is causing problem as buffalo meat - which goes by different names globally - is also referred to as beef, a reason enough for the so-called cow protectors to assault people or even force shut down of eateries. Read More

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Corbyn seeks bank holiday in UK for St Patrick's Day

Corbyn seeks bank holiday in UK for St Patrick's Day

Corbyn's team are keen for Labour's campaign to be livelier than Theresa May's tightly-controlled strategy, and hope to benefit from what they regard as his authenticity. He said: "Nicola Sturgeon is trying to use this election to push ever harder for a second referendum on independence". England now has eight bank holidays, including New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Early May bank holiday, Spring bank holiday, Summer bank holiday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Read More

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Paris cop killed, another injured in apparent terror attack

Meanwhile, Bernard Cazeneuve, the Socialist prime minister, accused Ms Le Pen of "shamelessly seeking to exploit fear and emotion". "As such, there is no other choice than to vote against the extreme right". France is now steaming into unchartered territory, because whoever wins on May 7 can not count on the backing of France's political mainstream parties. Read More

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German nationalists elect top duo for general election

Support for the party, which attacks Chancellor Angela Merkel for having allowed more than a million migrants into Germany in the last two years, has tumbled in recent months. The AfD is meeting to choose a new co-leader ahead of the election later this year. Saturday also saw violent skirmishes between police and some of the 15,000 protesters who had gathered outside the congress. Read More

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Hawaii lawmakers criticize Sessions' island judge remarks

In responding to the criticism, a spokesman from the Department of Justice said in a statement that "Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific - a attractive one where the Attorney General's granddaughter was born". "It's my home. Have some respect", he tweeted . The attorney general of Hawaii's office (@Atghlgov) tweeted an image of the act admitting Hawaii into the Union in 1959. Read More

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Author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot in Kenya

Author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot in Kenya

In February, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the country's drought a national disaster. She also ran a luxury safari lodge that was burned down last month by suspected cattle herders, who have been in conflict with landowners. The local Farmers Association blame the army for pushing the herders into other private lands the moment they push them out of another. He said a "a small handful of inciters" were driving the violence in the region. Read More

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Trump tells Kim Jong-Un: Behave

Trump tells Kim Jong-Un: Behave

Kredo said Trump administration military action, like the recent missiles fired at Syria over its chemical weapons attack, could be a "wake-up call" for North Korea. Experts, however, believe that Pyongyang requires more time to master the necessary technology. -South Korean military camp, which is just outside the 2.5-mile (4.02-kilometer)-wide DMZ. Read More

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United States tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one

United States tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations had a message for North Korea on Wednesday: "We're not trying to pick a fight so don't try and give us one". For Beijing, it would preserve a strategic buffer state and avert the adverse strategic consequences of a nuclear-armed North Korea. The New York Times reports that President Barack Obama "ordered a surge in strikes against the missile launches... Read More

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Oilers score twice shorthanded, beat Sharks 2-0 in Game 2

Oilers score twice shorthanded, beat Sharks 2-0 in Game 2

There needs to be balanced zone time and better play from the Oilers in the neutral zone. My linemates played well. "He dominated the game tonight". The Sharks got away with some high-profile mistakes; there's no guarantee they'll dodge those bullets again tonight. The Sharks know they'll need to ramp things up to take a two-games-to-none lead over the Oilers , who have all kinds of ways they want to improve. Read More

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Iowa unemployment rate drops slightly to 3.1 percent

Iowa unemployment rate drops slightly to 3.1 percent

The state Department of Economic Opportunity announced Friday the unemployment rate dipped to 4.8 percent in March, down from 5 percent one month earlier. National rate: The national unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in March. The state added an estimated 49,000 jobs from March 2016 to March 2017. Leisure and hospitality with 13,000 new jobs. Read More

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Afghanistan mourns over 140 killed in Taliban attack

The attack took place at an army command centre a few kilometres from Mazar-e Sharif, the capital of Balkh province. The soldiers, a lot of them unarmed, were shot while eating lunch or emerging from Friday prayers at the headquarters of the Afghan army's 209th Corps in Balkh by assailants in military uniforms, who entered after another attacker had detonated explosives at a check post. Read More

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Australia Plans To Tighten Rules For Citizenship

It will also add a component that tests whether the applicant displays " Australian values ", asking questions like whether applicants send their children to school, or have jobs. Australians hit social media to question or mock what " Australian values " were, with the hashtags #AustralianValues and #ausvalues trending on Twitter . Read More

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