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France's Macron holds 1st Cabinet meeting; half are women


Macron, a centrist who had served in governments led both by Socialists and Republicans before his election on May 7 on an independent ticket, appointed on Wednesday as his foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, a former defense minister under the previous president, Francois Hollande of the Socialist Party. Read More »

Pope Francis declares two Portuguese shepherd children saints in Fatima


Peter's Square on May 13, 1981 - the anniversary of the first reported apparition - to the intervention of the Virgin Mary. The three young visionaries, who were all under ten years old at the time of that first encounter with "the attractive Lady" - as Jacinta called her, are buried here side by side in the basilica. Read More »

New French President Macron's cabinet unveiled


From the outgoing Socialist government, Jean-Yves le Drian, ex-defense minister and a close ally to former president Francois Hollande was the sole survivor. Macron is known as a passionate literature lover. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would welcome new French President Emmanuel Macron with an open mind at a meeting on Monday, aiming to reinvigorate the Franco-German relationship and the troubled European project that it underpins. Read More »

WannaCry malware exploited OS weakness to spread


Over the weekend, a cyber attack the likes of which the world has never seen held important data, pictures, and information hostage demanding Bitcoin ransom payments from anxious users everywhere. Now computers in an estimated 150 countries have been infected . A confluence of events led to discovery of and then spread of the devastating malware. Read More »

Syrian sides agree to new UN process on constitution


Free Syrian Army factions now present in Geneva have chose to freeze their participation in the ongoing round of intra-Syrian talks as part of the opposition's High Negotiations Committee (HNC) delegation, criticizing the decision-making process in it, a paper obtained by Sputnik on Thursday reads. Read More »

President Trump claims he is worst-treated politician in history

A Republican lawmaker suggested on Wednesday that allegations against US President Donald Trump may be grounds for impeachment. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday mocked US news reports suggesting President Donald Trump inappropriately shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes. Read More »

Tories deny plans to raise taxes after manifesto launch

She rejected suggestions that policies such as an energy price cap, a commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on global aid and new rights for workers represented a move away from the Conservatism of Margaret Thatcher. May said she would tighten laws on company takeovers and ensure that any foreign group buying important infrastructure did not undermine security or essential services. Read More »

Ryan calls for 'responsible, sober' oversight in wake of Comey scandal


Mnuchin said the details are still being worked out, but- "One of the things we've done is we've proposed getting rid of nearly every single deduction, which is something that is used by the rich, in return for a slight reduction in taxes, and our objective is that 95 percent of Americans won't need to use itemized deductions and will be able to fill out simplified tax returns". Read More »

FBI Agents Were Fed Up With Comey? Simply Not True

Anonymous sources told the Associated Press that Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and US District Judge Henry E. Hudson were also interviewed. Trump also issued a tweet about White House press briefings, suggesting he might end the daily event that has been accused by some of providing misleading information. Read More »

United Kingdom opposition to unveil election manifesto

The Guardian reported that the party was also planning a levy on businesses with staff earning large salaries, set at 2.5 percent on those earning over £330,000 and 5.0 percent on those earning more than £500,000. Hannah Newton, 39, who has lived in Bramley for five years, took her daughter Arrietty, 21 months, to see the Labour leader in person. The Conservatives immediately slammed the plan as "nonsensical" and not properly costed. Read More »

Portugal win Eurovision for first time


The black-clad singer took to a small separate stage for his minimalist performance of the song composed by his sister Luisa. "The song was meant to be sung in Portuguese, but we need to feel whatever we are singing, no matter the language". Read More »

Former First Minister Rhodri Morgan has died


Corbyn called Morgan an incredibly effective first minister, saying that he had stood up for his country, "its people's future and its public services". "As First Minister, his answers in the chamber were always worthy of attention and his encyclopedic knowledge across his brief ensured he was rarely wrong-footed". Read More »

The Donald Trump Obstruction Inquiry Isn't Mainly About the Comey Memo


The Comey memo is likely to raise questions about whether Trump tried to interfere with a federal investigation. "There's two investigations going on in the House and Senate and he wants to get to the bottom of this". But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly". Read More »

US Gov't 'Under Assault' by Trump After Comey Firing: Clapper


When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told him, "You will have that", the associates said . Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of a judiciary subcommittee investigating Russian Federation, said that Comey should testify before his Senate panel about his discussions with Trump over Flynn, who resigned earlier this year. Read More »

Japan's Cabinet OKs bill to let Emperor Akihito abdicate


These problems have recently been highlighted when Akihito's granddaughter, Princess Mako, 25, announced three days ago that she plans to marry her college friend, which will result in the princess losing her royal status. It also makes no reference to the controversial issue of changing the system to allow women to inherit the throne, or to stay in the imperial family upon marriage, Japanese media said, although political parties are discussing a separate resolution on the topic. Read More »

Two Chinese fighter jets intercept U.S. plane over East China Sea


The American plane was flying within in worldwide airspace and thus in accordance with global law, two us military officials told the news site. The four-engine USA plane looks for airborne evidence of possible nuclear tests. Earlier, a United States official told CNN the Chinese jets came within 150 feet of the USA plane, with one of the Su-30s flying inverted, or upside down, directly above the American plane. Read More »

Boston Celtics get top pick in NBA draft thanks to Nets trade


Game 2 is on Friday night before the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4. Both teams passed, but that was before the Celtics won the lottery. It's very exciting. We've never had that before, so that would be a lot of fun to explore those options. Boston's going to take Markelle Fultz , he's a good player. Read More »

Former FBI chief Mueller appointed to probe Trump-Russia ties

But in tweets early Thursday, Trump claimed he was the victim, the New York Times reports. "They still haven't shown anything that Russian Federation did that affected the election". That raised questions about whether the president improperly attempted to interfere with a federal investigation. The issue spilled over onto Wall Street on Wednesday, where the S&P 500 and the Dow had their biggest one-day declines since September as investor hopes for tax cuts and other pro-business ... Read More »