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Emmanuel Macron picks up endorsement from Hollande

Emmanuel Macron picks up endorsement from Hollande

Macron has been widely criticised in the media and by senior political figures for giving a triumphal speech after he topped the first round of the election on Sunday night, then partied in a chic bistro afterwards. Le Pen wants to pull France out of the European Union, which Macron wants to strengthen. " Emmanuel Macron is with the oligarchs, with the Medef (employers' association).I am with the French workers", she said. Read More

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Rangers fan appears to mock Celtic's Scott Sinclair with monkey gesture

Griffiths was on the scoresheet in the resounding win and said the creativity in the Celtic team meant they could have handed their city rivals an even heavier loss. The Scottish striker was sent scurrying away down the left by Stuart Armstrong and as the Rangers defence backed off he let fly with an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box that rocketed into the top corner. Read More

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Pence reaffirms US-Australia alliance, to honour refugee deal

The vice president made the commitment - subject to the refugees passing stringent USA vetting procedures - at a joint news conference in Sydney with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with whom Pres. Pence said his trip to Australia during the administration's first three months in office and Trump's plans to travel to Asia next fall represented "a strong sign of our enduring commitment to the historic alliance between the people of the United States of America and the people of ... Read More

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Israel blamed as blast sparks fires at Damascus airport

Israel blamed as blast sparks fires at Damascus airport

Two senior rebel sources in the Damascus area, citing monitors in the eastern outskirts of the capital, said five strikes hit an ammunition depot used by Iran-backed militias. Hezbollah is a steadfast ally of the Syrian government and has sent thousands of its militants to fight alongside government forces in Syria's six-year-long civil war. Read More

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Turkish authorities block access to Wikipedia

Over the past few months, the internet censorship in Turkey has been at an all time high. But the Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ministry told the state-run agency, "Instead of coordinating against terrorism, (Wikipedia) has become part of an information source which is running a smear campaign against Turkey in the worldwide arena". Read More

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US sets up defense in SKorea

The U.S. now has anti-missile interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and in Fort Greely, Alaska. South Korea said in a statement Wednesday that unspecified parts of THAAD were installed . and other countries have done nothing to slow North Korea's quest for weapons of mass destruction. Instead, "signs are detected that North Korea's military is conducting a large-scale drill around the eastern port city of Wonsan", according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency , ... Read More

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France's Macron urges 'morally weak' rivals to unite against Le Pen

The anti-immigration Ms Le Pen, who wants to withdraw France from the European Union, told reporters she and Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, who lost in the election's first round, shared a "common project that we will promote together". Melenchon has refused to explicitly endorse the liberal Macron, breaking with France's "republican front" tradition of parties coming together to halt the FN. Read More

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Turkey says US, Russia informed of strikes on Kurd militia

The U.S. has backed the YPG with advice and training as part of the Syrian Democratic Forces and "we will continue that support". The US State Department said it was "deeply concerned" that the strikes were conducted "without proper coordination either with the United States or the broader global coalition" against the Islamic State group (IS). Read More

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Journalists honor press freedom at a dinner without Trump

Journalists honor press freedom at a dinner without Trump

Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan in 1981 to skip the event - and Reagan was recovering from an assassination attempt. President Jimmy Carter did not attend in 1978 and in 1980. He says: "Administrations have been hostile to the media before". The remainder of the rally was ripped from Trump's familiar political playbook and was like traveling back in time to his best moments on the 2016 campaign trail. Read More

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Pentagon: blast kills US service member outside Mosul

Iraqi national armed forces, aided by militia groups and advised by USA forces, have been engaged in the battle to retake Mosul since October 2016. This is the second USA military casualty in the battle for Mosul and the fifth U.S. Some of the USA forces are in roles that bring them close and sometimes to the front lines. Since the beginning of the USA campaign against ISIS in Iraq, the number of US troops in the country has steadily grown. Read More

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US urges new sanctions on North Korea

South Korean officials said the test likely was a failure. Trump did not answer reporters' questions about the missile launch as he entered the White House after he returned from a daytrip to Atlanta. Touching upon China's attitude towards the THAAD missiles deployment in South Korea and the overall effectiveness of this system, he said that the system is obviously untested in combat. Read More

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Woman shot and four arrested in counter-terrorism operation

Woman shot and four arrested in counter-terrorism operation

Police said she was the subject of an ongoing investigation. "All four have been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts", police said. Basu said searches were ongoing and that police believed they had contained the threat. Police and security services say they face a challenge monitoring hundreds of people of interest, including Britons who went to join IS militants in Iraq and Syria and have returned. Read More

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Trudeau will stand up to Trump on trade

Trudeau will stand up to Trump on trade

It's not as though Canada is flooding the US with cheap or subsidized dairy products. US farmers, along with dairy producers in other exporting countries, are suffering through a 55 per cent drop in global dairy prices since 2014, caused primarily by a worldwide glut of skim milk. Read More

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Syria: Explosion rocks Damascus airport

Syria: Explosion rocks Damascus airport

It said there no casualties. Civil war broke out in Syria in 2011 after an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad but escalated as militant groups and regional players such as Iran, Turkey Russia and Israel became involved. On Wednesday, Israel's Defense Ministry said Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman had discussed the situation in Syria with Russia's Defense and Foreign Ministers during an global conference in Moscow. Read More

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Terror suspect arrested in Whitehall named

Police said she was a subject of an ongoing investigation by counter-terrorism officers who are searching several addresses in the capital. An unrelated terror attack near the London House of Parliament was also foiled Thursday when police arrested a 27-year-old man wielding multiple knives , the Guardian reported. Read More

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US THAAD missile defence equipment enters South Korea site

The statement came after Pyongyang said it had successfully launched a new ballistic missile. The paper is known for its often stridently nationalistic views. China, North Korea's sole major ally with whom relations appear to be under strain, has called for calm and dialogue from both sides, while President Xi Jinping urged Mr Trump to exercise restraint. Read More

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Palestinians strike in support of prisoners' protest

The crisis between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas continues. It usually produces 60 megawatts, added to the 125 megawatts supplied by Israel and 25 megawatts that come across power lines from Egypt. On Tuesday the PA said it will soon announce steps to pressure Hamas into restoring some of the former's authority over the Gaza Strip . The measures are described as punishment of the Hamas government in Gaza for turning down Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' initiatives to restore PA ... Read More

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Zuckerberg pays surprise visit to Falls family

In an effort to pretend he isn't a billionaire Harvard dropout for just a little bit, Zuckerberg joined some workers on the line and, judging by the pictures, he actually put his hands to work. I've spent significant time in many states already, so I'll need to travel to about 30 states this year to complete this challenge. "Each person told me separately how important it is to have good shoes because you're essentially walking on a treadmill for 10 hours a day. Read More

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Le Pen courts left-wing voters in video call

Her finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has been open on the subject, saying in early April that if he were French, "I would probably vote for Macron". Macron, despite being a newcomer to politics, is very closely tied to the ruling French establishment given his professional history as a Rothschild banker and a Socialist Party functionary. Read More

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Trump condemns Holocaust deniers, anti-Semitism

Trump condemns Holocaust deniers, anti-Semitism

The center will serve as a repository for a vast collection of artifacts by those who survived Adolf Hitler's massacre of Jews during World War II. Survivors lit candles at the end of the ceremony. Spicer later apologized after his comments aroused criticism on social media and elsewhere for overlooking the fact that millions of Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers. Read More

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