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Fillon, Melenchon level as French presidential election nears

Fillon, Melenchon level as French presidential election nears

The current President, Francois Hollande, is so unpopular that he decided not to run - the first president since World War II not to seek re-election. That's well below the 79.5 percent turnout in the first round of the 2012 presidential election. Economic news: Preliminary readings on April purchasing managers' indexes for the eurozone, France and Germany were all released Friday morning. Read More

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Watchdog sounds alarm over media freedom worldwide

Watchdog sounds alarm over media freedom worldwide

RWB said a major cause of that increasing percentage stems from the spread of the "authoritarian strongman model" of government in countries that have a heritage of democracy. Al-Sisi tolerates no criticism, suppresses protests, shamelessly erodes media pluralism, attacks the journalists' union, and encourages self-censorship amongst reporters on a daily basis", RSF said. Read More

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Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack

Ayrault said the chemical fingerprint is "typical of the method developed in Syrian laboratories". "This method bears the signature of the regime and that is what allows us to establish its responsibility in this attack", the top French diplomat added, saying that France is working to bring those behind the "criminal" atrocities to global justice. Read More

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Seoul: North Korea Holds Drill to Mark Military Anniversary

Seoul: North Korea Holds Drill to Mark Military Anniversary

North Korea conducted a massive live-fire drill Tuesday with up to 400 artillery pieces to celebrate the 85 anniversary of the founding of the country's army. Senate. Six trailers reportedly carrying the high-profile X-band radar of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, mobile launchers and other elements were seen entering the deployment site in the southeastern county of Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, starting around midnight. Read More

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Alitalia Workers Wrap up Voting on Deal to Save Airline

Alitalia Workers Wrap up Voting on Deal to Save Airline

Alitalia has been bailed out by Italian governments and private investors repeatedly over the years, rarely requiring strong industrial strategies in return. "At this stage, as we await the decisions of Alitalia's current shareholders, the government's aim is to keep the cost to Italian citizens and passengers to a minimum", they said. Read More

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Facebook Murder Suspect Fatally Shoots Self In Erie County

Facebook Murder Suspect Fatally Shoots Self In Erie County

Authorities say they pursued Stephens for about two miles and attempted to disable his vehicle using a PIT maneuver. Stephens killed himself , authorities said. "This is something that should not have been shared around the world, period", said Williams, the police chief. "Each one of us forgives the killer, the murderer", Godwin-Baines said Monday. Read More

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Patriots Celebrate Super Bowl At Trump's White House -- Some Of Them, Anyway

Brady has missed the team's last two visits to the White House . Later on Wednesday, the Times tweeted photos of the of Patriots at the White House celebrating their Super Bowl victory in 2015 vs. Mr Trump jumped on the apparent error, tweeting, "Failing @ nytimes , which has been calling me wrong for two years, just got caught in a big lie concerning New England Patriots visit to WH". Read More

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The significance of Ivanka Trump's clothing being rebranded under Adrienne Vittadini

The significance of Ivanka Trump's clothing being rebranded under Adrienne Vittadini

By now it's common knowledge that , although she professes to support her dad's "buy American, hire American" agenda, all of Ivanka Trump's clothing line is manufactured overseas - most of it in China. Of course, Trump's brand is far from the only fashion label that sources its labor from G-III or similar factories. Some say " Ivanka Trump " while others say "Adrienne Vittadini". Read More

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Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother petitions Pakistan for his release

Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother petitions Pakistan for his release

According to Economic Times , on Tuesday, the Lahore High Court Bar Association, apparently under pressure from the Pakistan Army, had threatened to cancel the membership of any lawyer who offers his services to Jadhav. As per the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) press release, the Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale handed over two documents in his meeting with Tehmima Janjua at the Pakistan foreign office. Read More

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Wild Boars Brutally Maul 3 ISIS Terrorists to Death in Iraq

Wild Boars Brutally Maul 3 ISIS Terrorists to Death in Iraq

According to Iraqi News , the ISIS fighters were near a farm in Kirkuk in the al-Rashad region when the boars tore through the farmland and attacked them. "The area is dense with reeds, which are good for hiding in", Assi added. The Iraqi government is under increasing pressure to get rid of the Isis stronghold, but it will not have the resources to do so until it retakes Mosul, the Islamic State's biggest stronghold in the country. Read More

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Russia, Iran, Syria Issue Warning to US

Russia, Iran, Syria Issue Warning to US

China, which has also vetoed several resolutions in the past along with Russian Federation, abstained on this one - a move welcomed by President Donald Trump at a White House news conference. in other parts of Syria including in the southern Damascus suburbs where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using chemical weapons", he said on Tuesday. Read More

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New issue in executions: Should the death chamber be silent?

Williams's execution was delayed at the last minute by a federal district judge after his attorneys argued that Jones's execution was "torturous". The attorneys claimed Jones "was moving his lips and gulping for air ", a story the state's attorney general Leslie Rutledge denied, but the judge lifted her stay about an hour later and Williams was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m. Read More

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Russian Federation allegedly hacked socialist Macron's campaign

Macron's campaign cited as evidence the results of a study by security firm Trend Micro , which said it had found proof that the spy group, dubbed " Pawn Storm ", had target its campaign. Five or 10 attempts, he said, were particularly noticeable, but the hackers were not successful because staff had been "thoroughly trained to be careful with their emails and to spot suspicious activities". Read More

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Trump Blinks on the Border Wall

The current spending plan for US government operations runs out at midnight Friday, leaving Trump and congressional negotiators just days to reach an accord on funding priorities through the end of September. "In case anyone has any question, the wall is going to get built". Q: On the wall, just want to be clear: Is the president no longer insisting that there is money for the wall in this current appropriations bill? White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he was "very confident" ... Read More

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Germany: Divisions Emerge as Anti-Immigrant Party Tries to Take 'Mainstream' Stance

One police officer suffered a facial injury, leading to the arrest of a male protester. She decided not to lead the election campaign but remains a co-leader. As reported by the Reuters news agency, Petry had become the face of the anti-immigration party, which hurt Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives during the migrant crisis but has leaked support this year. Read More

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Sarin or similar used in Idlib: watchdog

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on April 6 that he was "100pc certain" that the attack was "directly ordered and planned by Assad". The strike aimed to destroy airplanes as well as prevent take-offs and landings. In this handout provided by the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross fires a Tomahawk land attack missile April 7, 2017 in the Mediterranean Sea. Read More

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Australian Olympic staffer steps down pending investigation

Australian Olympic staffer steps down pending investigation

Coates and Wylie have been embroiled in a public feud in recent months. Tancred will stand down until the resolution of a complaint made against him by Ms de Jong. 'We also had an email exchange where she told me she had a stomach bug and would be returning to work the next day. An increasingly bitter Olympic election in Australia has intensified with IOC Vice President John Coates describing the campaign against him as malicious and created to damage him personally. Read More

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Canadian leader responds to lumber tariffs imposed by the US

The NDP pointed to donations to the B.C. Liberals from Weyerhauser, a member of the US lumber industry coalition pushing for import duties. "Canada", it said, "would continue to defend its interests". Trump is signing a flurry of executive orders this week as he approaches his 100th day in office and looks to rack up accomplishments to tout. The move to impose so-called countervailing duties ranging from 3 percent to 24.1 percent on Canadian lumber producers, including West Fraser Timber ... Read More

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New federal marijuana legislation pushes ahead

Canada's proposed legislation follows success at US ballot boxes past year in several states, including recreational marijuana laws in Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and California. "We are pleased to see the government moving towards laws that better reflect our society". Despite recreational marijuana's all but certain future status as legal, Blair said "pot pardons" are not under consideration. Read More

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Trump 100 days, ridiculous landmark or bad start?

That proved hard, however, with House Republicans splintering over a health care bill favored by Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, tax reform delayed until later this year and infrastructure possibly pushed off until next year. Not only is Trump not close to getting any of his major first-100-days priorities through Congress, the one major piece of legislation he did try to push - repealing and replacing Obamacare - had a 17 percent approval rating and stalled before the House even voted on it. Read More

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Ossoff Race Shows Democratic Turnout at Levels Needed for Midterm Wave

Ossoff Race Shows Democratic Turnout at Levels Needed for Midterm Wave

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump would campaign in Georgia for Handel "if needed" but dismissed the race as overhyped. Instead, Jon Ossoff will face former Secretary of State Karen Handel in a runoff on June 20. His district in parts of central and northeastern Pennsylvania is rock-ribbed Republican territory, giving 66 percent to Trump and 62 percent to Republican Senator Pat Toomey in 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Read More

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Trump Admin Working With Allies To Pressure North Korea

Trump Admin Working With Allies To Pressure North Korea

Pence will meet with Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo earlier in the day during his first trip to the country. Japan and the USA seem to have different ideas on how to take their trading relationship forward. "The United States of America will always seek peace, but under President Donald Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready ", said Pence. Read More

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Army will play its role in Panama case, says Qamar Javed Bajwa

Army will play its role in Panama case, says Qamar Javed Bajwa

A joint investigation team will probe into charges against PM Nawaz Sharif. "We fail to understand why the SC judges have given observations before the outcome of the JIT investigation", he said. Political analysts are of opinion that Army's role in the formation of JIT would have significant impact on the probe. H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, Foreign Minister of Maldives calls on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at Islamabad on 25th April, 2017 . Read More

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O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out

Though O'Reilly is off television for the time being, he eturned to his No Spin News podcast Monday and told his listeners, "I'm very confident that the truth will come out. O'Reilly's exit from Fox News followed revelations in a New York Times report earlier this month that he and Fox News had paid out roughly $13m in settlements to five women to prevent them from pursuing lawsuits or disclosing sexual assault accusations against O'Reilly. Read More

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OPEC Likely To Extend Oil Output Cut

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' kingpin, Saudi Arabia, said the cartel is likely to reach an agreement next month to extend its production cuts. The U.S. inventory data released the same day was "in line with expectations", and the slide accelerated as prices traded through their 50- and 100-day moving averages, the bank said. Read More

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Cut North Korea's lifeline: PM to China

He called the trade gap with South Korea a "hard truth", with "too many" barriers to entry for US businesses. Worldwide diplomacy in the past, in general, tended to be conducted along the lines of a game of chess with rules and strategy, but in this case, it has become a game of Texas hold'em poker, with hidden cards, bluffing and the calling of the other player's bluffs. Read More

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Bill O'Reilly returns with new podcast Monday

O'Reilly made the announcement with a banner on the home page of his website , which also included a statement addressing his ouster from Fox News . If it's really the case, Fox News will be contractually obligated to pay him his monthly salary until his contract expires. "When Ailes is under assault and then fired, when Bill O'Reilly is under assault and then fired...they are making changes, they are making statements of some kind", she said. Read More

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