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Modi congratulates French President-elect Macron on victory


The former investment banker's electoral win - 65.17% of votes versus Le Pen's 34.83% - makes him France's youngest-ever leader. Emmanuel Macron has said a "new page of our history" has opened after he defeated far-right populist Marine Le Pen to become France's new president. Read More »

Trump congratulates Emmanuel Macron on his 'big win' in the French election

A crowd of Macron supporters roared with delight at the news, jubilantly waving red, white and blue tricolor flags at a victory party outside the Louvre Museum in Paris. However, Trump had earlier hinted that Le Pen should benefit from security fears in France. A Downing Street spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister warmly congratulates President-elect Macron on his election success". Read More »

US citizen detained in North Korea

The North Korean news outlet provided no further details. The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency says Kim Hak-song is being held on suspicion of "hostile acts" against Pyongyang. Otto Warmbier, a USA student, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea. "North Korea is persecuting their savior, a person who came to help them". Read More »

Trump will meet Pope Francis in Rome on first foreign trip

When Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump at the Vatican next month, the world will be watching how the Argentine "slum pope" interacts with the brash, NY billionaire-turned-president. Mr Trump has vowed to do "whatever is necessary" to broker such a peace, a feat successive United States presidents have failed to achieve. On the other hand, the official channel Al-Arabiya and the state agency SPA stressed that the visit of May 23 to Riyadh could mark the beginning of the ... Read More »

French voters decide between Le Pen and Macron

About half of the voters The Straits Times spoke to yesterday said they had cast their votes for other candidates in the first round, but opted for Mr Macron this time to avoid a Le Pen presidency. Le Pen immediately turned her focus to France's upcoming legislative elections in June, where Macron will need a working majority to govern effectively. Read More »

Tight BC election puts vote splitting on agenda in campaign's final days


I have a plan to create 96,000 construction jobs in British Columbia", he said , referring to the NDP promise to create these jobs through building schools, hospitals, roads, housing and public transit. Clark capped her day with events in Surrey and Burnaby. But he says a more recent rally he went to drew a crowd 10 times that size. He said if his party wins the election, "one of my first orders of business when I talk to the Prime Minister is to make sure we have a common front and we ... Read More »

To Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican

On Thursday, the White House announced that President Donald Trump will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican later this month during his first trip overseas as president. The trip is meant to show that Trump's "America First" motto is "fully compatible with American leadership in the world", another official said. "From Rome, the President will continue on to previously announced visits to Brussels for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and meetings with European Union and ... Read More »

French election: Le Pen to be crushed by Macron, early results show

Three projections, issued within minutes of polling stations closing at 8pm (1800GMT), showed Macron beating Le Pen by about 65 percent to 35 - a gap wider than the 20 or so percentage points that pre-election surveys had pointed to. She said her National Front (FN) needed to undergo a "profound transformation" ahead of parliamentary elections in June. "I will fight with all my strength against the divisions that separate us", he said. Read More »

All 32 National Football League teams have requested information about Gareon Conley's Cleveland case


Smith, who was benched in Week 1 and was a constant target on the NFL's 24th-ranked pass defense, is due to earn $5 million in base salary in 2017 and could make another $4.25 million as a roster bonus. He missed nearly all of the 2015 season with a torn ACL and struggled with his weight last season. "I think he's the most physical guy I've played against", Mack said. Read More »

Emmanuel Macron declared French president in early vote counts

Supporters of French independent centrist presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron react outside the Louvre museum in Paris , France, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Macron's resounding defeat of a nationalist who had threatened to take France out of the European Union brought relief to investors who had feared another populist upheaval after Britain's vote to exit the European Union and Donald Trump's election to president previous year. Read More »

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed


Sheikh Abdul Hasib was the mastermind behind the hospital attack that killed more than 30 people and injured 80 others, the Afghan Presidential Palace said in a statement. Abdul Hasib was the target of an April 26 raid in Nangarhar Province, to the east of Kabul along the Pakistani border. The Pentagon said that more than 50 U.S. Read More »

House oversight panel: No sign Flynn complied with the law

Chaffetz made his remarks alongside Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the committee's ranking member, after a classified meeting. Mr Cummings noted that failing to disclose payments from foreign governments when applying for security clearances is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Read More »

Russia, Iran, Turkey Establish Syria De-Escalation Zones for 6 Months: Memorandum

Col. -Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of Russia's military general staff emphasized to reporters today that the agreement will allow the Syrian military to concentrate its war on Daesh and al-Nusra. They have always been requested by rebel groups and rejected by the government. The observatory reported some clashes, but added that it has not recorded any deaths as a result. Read More »

Afghan Soldiers Killed, Over 100 Injured in Border Firing with Pak


An Afghan government statement issued Sunday accused Pakistan of "unprovoked firing" Friday and Saturday. He claimed that 4 Afghan policemen and 2 civilians were killed and 37 wounded by fire from Pakistan forces. The Pakistani DGMO required its Afghan counterpart that their forces stay on their side of the border and defuse the situation. The Foreign Office summoned the Afghan charge d'affaires to lodge a protest against the cross-border attack. Read More »

US Senate approves spending bill to fund government


The bill also increases funding for NASA, medical research and federal law enforcement agencies. The House passed the measure Wednesday on a big bipartisan vote, though 103 conservative Republicans opposed it. He and Scalise tried to defend the GOP plan against criticism that it would harm Americans with preexisting conditions. Republicans left their weekly conference meeting Tuesday with no vote on the schedule. Read More »

"Everybody" has better health care than the US

While Mr Trump admitted during the evening that their first phone call in January "got a little bit testy" over a refugee swap deal, the two insist they are now getting on like a house on fire. Opponents took the opportunity to relish over Trump's admittance that universal healthcare system is the right system, with Senator Bernie Sanders tweeting: "Thank you Mr Trump for admitting that universal healthcare is the better way to go". Read More »

Trump warns North Korea's missiles will become more unsafe

Washington has asked China for help in getting North Korea back to the negotiation table but has not ruled out military action to prevent Pyongyang from developing a nuclear missile that can hit the USA if diplomacy does not work. "So say what you want, but that is not easy, especially at that age", the president said. "This was a small missile". Asked whether that policy was working, Trump said: "Well, I didn't say, 'don't test a missile.' He's going to have to do what he has to do". Read More »

Tim Farron vows to fight for public vote on Brexit deal


So young, in fact, that two-year-old Angus Braden emerged as his biggest fan. " Are you proud that they will inherit a poorer, less powerful, less secure country? ". But the pensioner, from Begbroke, responded: "I'm proud they will be coming out of Europe and we will have control of our own destiny". "You don't need to agree with us on everything to agree that Britain needs a strong opposition to fight for you and your communities against Tory cuts to our schools, our NHS and our social care ... Read More »

77 miles of Mississippi River closes to traffic

Louis will be allowed to return home, but they have warned of the dangers that await them. Thunderstorms that started last weekend caused flooding and pushed many rivers to records levels in Missouri, Arkansas and neighboring states. "The Mississippi River at St. Louis is expected to reach a top five crest on record Saturday, about 12 feet above flood stage, just below the crest from January 2016", Erdman said. Read More »

US service members killed in firefight with ISIS in Afghanistan


In the statement he did not mention any peace talk between the Taliban and government. Attempts to find a peaceful end to Afghanistan's protracted war have been relentlessly unsuccessful. Earlier on April 13, USA dropped a huge "Mother of All bombs" (MOAB) in a network of tunnels in Nangarhar province, killing at least 90 ISIS militants. Read More »

Auto driver ran red light in Vegas school bus crash


The district's Crisis Response Team provided support for students at the school. Tanzanian police say at least 34 people are dead after a bus carrying students lost control and crashed. They were treated for minor injuries and released. Police say the driver of a demolished white sedan died and a child who was in the auto was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Read More »

Turks claim 14 PKK deaths in Iraq raids


Days after a Turkish airstrike killed 20 Kurdish fighters who were assisting United States troops, American armed vehicles have been filmed patrolling the same area where the fatal clash took place earlier this week. The deployment of tanks comes after Turkish airstrikes in the region last week. The monitoring had not yet begun, but the forces would report to senior USA commanders, Sharvan Kobani told Reuters after meeting us military officials in the town of Darbasiya next to the ... Read More »