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Le Pen, Macron ahead in French presidential vote, partial official figures show

Le Pen said the second round would be a battle over France's future, with her vision of a France out of the European Union and behind reinforced borders radically different from her opponent's. Le Pen wants to print money to finance expanded welfare payments and tax cuts, ditch the euro currency and possibly pull out of the EU. In order to calm down and disperse the protesters in Paris , French police had used tear gas and stun grenades. Read More

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Macron and Le Pen spark French revolution in fight for presidency

She has made it clear she wants power. Support for Macron to prevent Le Pen gaining the presidency came quickly from some defeated candidates. With a hard line on immigration in Europe, 48-year-old Le Pen promised to protect French citizens against "savage globalization", and "to defend the French nation its unity, its security, its culture, its prosperity and its independence". Read More

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Westbrook goes on rant defending Thunder teammates

The league plans on investigating what exactly happened, but rumors are already swirling of the incident that went down. Maybe Billy Donovan will keep Westbrook on the floor for all 48 minutes in that must-win game. His surrounding cast has been a target for criticism all season, as the issue of the Thunder's play with Westbrook sitting has popped up throughout. Read More

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Venezuelans march in memory of those killed in unrest

Venezuelans march in memory of those killed in unrest

She also said that President Nicolas Maduro ordered the evacuation of the hospital, adding, "We will defeat the coup attempt". Similar marches took place across the country. Borges said that far from scaring him, such attacks and the government's growing reliance on force to squash protests is a sign of its increasing weakness. Read More

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Erdogan insists Turkey reforms don't make him a dictator — CNN Exclusive

The protestors accuse the election commission, which earlier rejected all opposition requests to annul the referendum, of partisanship. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in a central neighbourhood, clanking pots and pans and chant. On Monday, the head of Turkey's electoral board, Sadi Guven, strongly defended his decision to allow the controversial ballots, citing high demand for ballots and saying similar procedures had been followed in the past. Read More

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British PM May says June election result 'not certain' despite front-runner status

British PM May says June election result 'not certain' despite front-runner status

But he called for a "movement of informed voters" to demand candidates make clear whether they would support the United Kingdom leaving the European Union with no deal, or one that does not give good access to the single market. Despite this, she had repeatedly said in the past that she would not seek a new election before 2020. At present, if she wanted to face down the Tory Right she has a Parliament with a majority to do so. Read More

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Pence Admits Syria, Afghanistan Were Used as Props to Warn North Korea

Pence Admits Syria, Afghanistan Were Used as Props to Warn North Korea

Pence told reporters near the Demilitarized Zone that President Donald Trump was hopeful China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure the North to abandon its weapons program, a day after the North's failed missile test launch. He warned Pyongyang "would do well not to test" the resolve of Mr Trump. South Korea hosts 28,500 United States troops to counter the threat from the North. Read More

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'Fun'-filled time during Easter egg hunt

'Fun'-filled time during Easter egg hunt

While the custom of giving eggs at Easter also celebrates new life. Whoever finds the Golden Egg will receive a special grand prize courtesy of Build-A-Bear Workshop. Several volunteers were able to guide those who needed a little help to the right place to find the right egg. "Kids get to get out and exercise instead of playing video games", she said. Read More

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Yorkshire police officers join tributes to PC Keith Palmer

Palmer's coffin, draped in a police flag, was brought to the 13th-century crypt Chapel of St. Mary Undercroft on Sunday, accompanied by police officers and family members. He will have a full police funeral. "Palmer will be greeted by a Guard of Honour, formed by officers from his team at the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command (PaDP)", they said. Read More

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Violence escalates after Kashmir by-election day

Violence escalates after Kashmir by-election day

Meanwhile, the broadband services have been restored but mobile internet continues to remain suspended, as thirty-eight polling stations are going to re-poll in Budgam on April 13. As the day began with small queues of voters outside polling booths, slogan shouting mobs attacked polling stations in Budgam, damaged EVMs and prevented voters from exercising their franchise. Read More

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Won't talk until Jaya's death is probed: OPS camp on AIADMK merger

Amid reports that the talks had hit a roadblock with leaders of the two factions insisting on the Chief Minister's post, the former minister said that they never asked for the post of the CM or party general secretary. The OPS camp is also said to be seeking the post of general secretary for its senior leader E Madhusudhanan, who is also expected to be the leader the negotiating committee from the former chief minister's side. Read More

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Palestinian prisoners go on mass hunger strike

FILE - In this April 6, 2003 file photo, Marwan Barghouti waves as he enters a Tel Aviv court . Similar protests were held throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Palestinians regard the detainees as political prisoners. Nowhere is there any reference to Barghouti's leadership of the Palestinian terror group Tanzim, or his multiple murder convictions. Read More

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Iran's Ahmadinejad says won't endorse other candidates

Iranian media reported that televised debates among presidential candidates would not be livestreamed instead recorded before being broadcast by state-run TV for the citizens. Rouhani, though no radical, has the support of many reform-minded Iranians. Khamenei has said Ahmadinejad candidacy would create a "polarized situation" that would be "harmful for the county". Read More

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White House praises China for efforts to rein in N. Korea

Amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, North Korea has escalated a war of words with the United States, warning of full-out nuclear war if Washington takes military action against it over its nuclear and missile ambitions. The United States, Japan and South Korea, as well as Russian Federation and China, took part in talks with North Korea on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula between 2003 and 2009, when Pyongyang withdrew from the talks. Read More

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IS launches 'chlorine gas attacks' in western Mosul

Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq, was captured by the ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim fighters in mid 2014. Iraqi forces also announced on Saturday killing senior chief of Islamic State. The military also told the people to hide into basements of their houses or to stay in the downstairs of their buildings, if no basement available, when clashes erupt in their neighborhoods, the statement said. Read More

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Iran violating 'spirit' of nuclear deal, Trump alleges

Tillerson said the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers failed "to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran and only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state". Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani made the remarks in an interview with the French daily Le Monde, which was published on Friday. Read More

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All options need to be explored to rein in North Korea

All options need to be explored to rein in North Korea

Pence met in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, focusing on the U.S. resolve to defend Japan and persuade China to assume a larger role in dealing with North Korea. He did not comment on what might have caused the missile to fail. Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an intelligence matter, said the missile was a Scud variant that the US calls a KN-17. Read More

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Supreme Court reinstates Kerala DGP T.P. Senkumar

Supreme Court reinstates Kerala DGP T.P. Senkumar

Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave appeared for Senkumar, while Senior Advocate Harish Salve represented the Kerala government. The decision is likely to have repercussions in States were police chiefs were removed by the political dispensation against the Supreme Court's ruling in Prakash Singh that DGP should have a fixed tenure of two years and not be subject to the whims of the political powers in the State. Read More

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Out at Fox, Bill O'Reilly denies harassment claims

Fox News Channel's Dana Perino concluded the first episode of The Factor without Bill O'Reilly by addressing the situation with the departing host, as she had done at the show's open. Last month, Fox re-signed O'Reilly to a multimillion-dollar, three-year contract, fully aware of the history of complaints against him. That's why I think it's important to give a lot of credit to [former Fox News anchor] Gretchen Carlson for coming out and really being the person who started this conversation. Read More

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25 years for ex-Saint's killer in 'profoundly sad' case

She said the sentences will be served concurrently, meaning that he will serve a total of 25 years in prison. The former National Football League star's loaded gun was found in his vehicle, unused. "Take me instead", she said, crying so hard that her daughter had to stand next to her while she testified. Saints head coach Sean Payton, seen here with Will Smith's widow Racquel in Decemeber, was among key members of the organization to show support during the trial. Read More

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Delhi MCD Exit Polls Predict AAP's Defeat in Home Turf, BJP's Win

The balloting was peaceful but both voters and political parties reported numerous cases of malfunctioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), which themselves have come under a cloud. However, the polling remained peaceful as the election commission ensured elaborate security arrangements with over 56,000 officials of the Delhi Police and the Central Para Military Forces standing guard at 13,022 polling booths. Read More

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USA tells North Korea to cease 'destabilizing actions and rhetoric'

USA tells North Korea to cease 'destabilizing actions and rhetoric'

Recent U.S. commercial satellite images indicate increased activity around North Korea's nuclear test site, and third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un has said that the country's preparation for an ICBM launch is in its "final stage". It also past year launched a long-range rocket that delivered a satellite into orbit, which Washington, Seoul and others saw as a banned test of missile technology. Read More

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Evacuation Resumes after Terrorist Blast Killed Scores of Foua, Kefraya Residents

Evacuation Resumes after Terrorist Blast Killed Scores of Foua, Kefraya Residents

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported the convoy continued, and the first buses arrived late Saturday in Aleppo . "We're sad and angry about what has happened". It said the remainder of the dead were aid workers and rebels tasked with guarding the buses. Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the blast, which targeted pro-government evacuees, but the two sides have both blamed each other. Read More

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Afghan officials: 100 casualties in Afghanistan attack

Afghan officials: 100 casualties in Afghanistan attack

Some of the attackers posed as wounded soldiers and joined an army convoy as it drove to the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, an Afghan provincial military official said. ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack last month on Kabul's heavily fortified diplomatic quarter. Mawlawi Ahmadullah - who has been the Imam at the Army's Mosque where the horrific attack happened for a decade - has said luck was on his side as he was not there that morning, but was close enough to hear the gunfire. Read More

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Impact of Ontario housing measures on market may be short-lived

Ontario's provincial government on Thursday introduced a 15% tax on property purchases by foreign buyers as part of 16 measures created to cool Toronto's red-hot housing market. However, Geordie Dent, executive director of the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations, noted the rent control will come too late for tenants who've recently seen outrageous rent increases. Read More

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Turkish FM: Trump and Erdogan to meet in May

Turkish FM: Trump and Erdogan to meet in May

Turkey's main opposition CHP party said on Wednesday it will employ all legal ways to appeal the referendum granting President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers, after the main electoral board rejected opposition challenges to the vote. However, the head of Turkey's electoral body, Sadi Guven, said the unstamped papers had been produced by the High Electoral Board and were valid. Global election monitors, including from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, noted a series of ... Read More

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