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Eight reasons why Emmanuel Macron has little reason to celebrate his win

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Copper prices fell 1.4 percent to four-month lows around $5,015 a tonne as Chinese trade data showed April imports of the metal dived 30 percent from a month earlier. "The results came in as expected and the market had already factored that in", said Andre Bakhos, managing director at Janlyn Capital in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Read More »

U.S. troops patrolling Turkish-Syrian border

The escalation of force between Ankara and the YPG could complicate the operation to liberate Raqqa, the ISIS capital in Syria. But Turkey views Syria's Kurdish People's Protection group, known as YPG, as a terrorist organization and an extension of the Kurdish militants who have been waging a three-decade-long insurgency against Turkey. Read More »

Report on 2017 budget laid

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The report was laid before the senate by Danjuma Goje , chairman of the senate appropriation committee. The event which had been listed on the order paper has been stepped down by deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu during plenary on Thursday, May 4. Read More »

Phoenix Police Announce A Break In The 'Serial Street Shooter' Case

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On Monday, they raised the number of people killed to nine and said there were 12 total shootings - with the first one happening in 2015. Police on Monday linked Romero's death what were dubbed the "Serial Street Shootings" at the time, as well as the shooting death of Jesse Olivas , 22, killed in a drive-by shooting January 1, 2016. Read More »

North Korean missile test fails

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North Korea seems to be intent on developing both missile technology and nuclear weapons capability, a top Trump administration official said today, hours after Pyongyang carried out a missile test. Trump has also recently sent a nuclear-powered submarine and aircraft super-carrier USS Carl Vinson to Korean waters. The standoff on the Korean Peninsula will be dealt another shock in a week when South Korea elects a new president. Read More »

What happens to Americans detained in North Korea?

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He worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, the same workplace as another American, accounting instructor Kim Sang Dok, whose detention was announced last Wednesday. Kim Dong Chul , a South Korean-born USA citizen told CNN he was president of a trade and hotel services company in Rason, North Korea. "The Department of State strongly recommends against all travel by USA citizens to North Korea", the official added. Read More »

Indonesia courts jails Jakarta's Christian governor for blasphemy against Islam

The protests also assumed central focus during the Governor's re-election on April 19, in which Ahok conceded victory to Muslim candidate and former Education Minister Anies Baswedan. 156, which punishes persons found to be spreading hatred or hostility against one more groups in Indonesia. Human rights organizations believe that Purnama's fall represents a major setback for Indonesia, where most Muslims practice a moderate form of Islam in a country that is relatively tolerant of Buddhists, ... Read More »

Federal Appeals Court Takes Skeptical View Of Trump's Travel Ban

A panel of 13 appeals court judges in Virginia will hear a challenge to President Donald Trump's revised executive order targeting six predominantly Muslim countries. District Court's opinion states. "There has to be some deference" to the president's decisions about national security, he added. The 9th Circuit hears appeals from federal courts in nine western states. Read More »

Venezuelan Opposition Calls on People to Rebel against Maduro's Assembly Call

Julio Borges, president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, called the idea of a constitutional assembly a "giant fraud" by Maduro and his allies created to keep them in power at any cost. Many in the opposition consider Maduro's offer of gubernatorial elections an empty concession and are pushing for an early presidential vote after the government cancelled regional races a year ago. Read More »

Trump and Turnbull discuss shaping more peaceful Asia Pacific

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Upon hearing Trump's praise for Australia's universal health care system, Sanders laughed out loud during an interview with Chris Hayeson MSNBC . In a tweet , Sanders said Trump was right when he praised Australia's system of universal health care in a meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull in NY. Read More »

Trump Today: A surprising statement on Australia's universal health care

Trump promised several times during the campaign not to make any cuts to Medicare or Medicaid. We might focus on the fact that Republicans are rushing to pass it without having held a single hearing on it, without a score from the Congressional Budget Office that would tell us exactly what the effects would be, and before almost anyone has had a chance to even look at the bill's actual text - all this despite the fact that they are remaking one-sixth of the American economy and affecting ... Read More »

A United Nations birthday slap at Israel

Representatives from three countries were not present. France, Spain and India were among the countries which abstained. "This biased and blatantly deceitful decision, and the attempts to dispute the connection between Israel and Jerusalem , will not change the simple fact that this city is the historic and eternal capital of the Jewish people". Read More »

South Korea exit polls forecast win for new president

But while North Korea's burgeoning nuclear program grabs headlines overseas, many South Koreans said the election issues most important to them are domestic: sluggish economic growth, soaring youth unemployment, corruption and air pollution. Read More »

Fireworks Cache Explodes In Mexico, Killing At Least 12

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In Mexico, where festivals and holidays are frequently celebrated with fireworks, accidental blasts with deadly consequences have become a common occurrence. The house was destroyed and nine people were killed, three more died in hospital. During the high season between August and Christmas, people in Mexico state buy more than 100 tons of fireworks, according to officials there. Read More »

Watch Sally Yates Shut Down Ted Cruz

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Appearing to mishear Yates' response, Cornyn said he could not understand how she could override an order that she described as "lawful". Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had asked Yates whether she was aware of a situation where the attorney general overruled a decision of the Office of Legal Counsel days after it issued an order. Read More »

Gold Gains In Asia On Fed Views, Trade Cautious

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The spot gold price was down 0.5 per cent at US$1,219.97 (RM5,303.94) an ounce at 1414 GMT, falling below its 100-day moving average, a key technical support level now at US$1,224. Louis Federal Reserve bank president James Bullard sounded a little dovish when he said the economy's weak performance at the start of the year should slow Federal Reserve plans for further rate increases. Read More »

International Court Puts Freeze On Kulbhushan Jadhav's Execution By Pak

Jadhav's detention until long after his arrest and that Pakistan failed to inform the accused of his rights. The Applicant also points out that it learned about the death sentence against Mr. Pakistan has turned down 16 requests from India for consular access to Mr Jadhav. "We haven't seen, we haven't met (Jadhav)". He has been in Pakistan's custody for more than a year. Read More »

Le Pen's niece says will not seek re-election as French MP

Marechal-Le Pen also took part in the "Manif pour tous" (Protest for all) rallies against gay marriage laws introduced in 2013 - a movement which Le Pen, who has striven to extend her party's appeal to a wider base, avoided. "This will create a huge disappointment". Marine Le Pen did what she set out to do: bring the National Front into the mainstream. emilyrs reports from Paris: https://t.co/WyjZKfQqQ0 pic.twitter.com/1y7W2Qafc9- The Atlantic (TheAtlantic) May 8, 2017 Marine Le Pen claimed ... Read More »

The next-in-line to the Le Pen political dynasty to quit

She also failed decisively in last week's debate with centrist Mr Emmanuel Macron, who leads new party En Marche, where analysts said she effectively "redemonised" herself and the party. The National Front, far from crying into the pastis are looking for major gains in the legislative elections in June. "There was no choice". Ms Maréchal-Le Pen, 27, who is an MP for the National Front (FN), had been seen by some as a future leader of the party. Read More »

Venezuelan president Maduro calls for new constitution amid further clashes

A demonstrator wears a mask during an opposition May Day march in Caracas , Venezuela, Monday, May 1, 2017. For example, last week he posted to his more than 3 million followers on Twitter a video showing him driving a vehicle at night through a neighborhood that hours earlier experienced street clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces. Read More »

Anti-government protesters block streets in Venezuela

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He has for months been resisting calls for a vote on removing him from office as the oil-rich nation staggers under food shortages, a near-crippled state-run economy and one of the world's highest inflation rates. Apart from the elections, the opponents demand autonomy for the legislative body where they have a majority, freedom for over 100 imprisoned activists, and a humanitarian aid channel from overseas to offset the brutal Venezuelan economic crisis that led to food and medicine shortage. Read More »

Boko Haram releases 82 Chibok girls

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday night met with the 82 schoolgirls recently freed by Boko Haram, assuring them of the government's commitment to their continuous education and welfare. Now they will be able to verify if they should make the journey. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to reporters on the matter. Read More »

Democrats are united, Republicans are fractured in budget fight

The bill's passage represented a vital step toward fulfilling a top Trump campaign pledge and a seven-year Republican quest to dismantle Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. The House passed a $1. 1 trillion spending deal Wednesday that funds the government through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends September 30. They kept money flowing to sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood, they earned budget hikes for the National Endowment for the Arts and a ... Read More »