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France new government announced; women half of new ministers

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Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, is seeking to attract support from the right-wing Republicans party and appointed a prime minister from their ranks, Edouard Philippe, on Monday. Goulard's appointment signals that Macron wants to follow through on his calls for deeper European cooperation and intelligence-sharing following recent extremist attacks on European soil. Read More »

Labour Party: 'Help us stop Scottish nationalists'

Mrs May was speaking the day after she unveiled the Tories' General Election manifesto for the United Kingdom as a whole, which included a pledge to deliver a "strong and stable Union, with no divisive Scottish referendum at this time". With recent figures showing less than half of Scotland's 13 and 14-year-olds are performing well in writing, the Prime Minister said: "After a decade of SNP neglect, standards in Scottish education - which were once the envy of the civilised world - have ... Read More »

Israel police: Palestinian assailant stabs Israeli officer

President, I appreciate the fact that you went to the Western Wall and you're the first acting President who's done that". In planning for Trump's visit to Israel, the USA delegation rejected a request that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompany him to the Western Wall, telling the Israelis it is "not your territory". Read More »

Pacific ministers commit to move ahead with pact without US

The TPP was signed in February 2016 by the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand , Singapore , Vietnam , Malaysia , Japan , Mexico, Peru, Brunei, and Chile; however, it was then dumped by new President Donald Trump on his first week in office in favour of bilateral trade deals that promote Trump's "America first" protectionist policy, despite warnings that he risked "abdicating" trade leadership in the Asia-Pacific region to China. Read More »

23-year-old man arrested in connection with Manchester terrorist attack

TV news outlets are quoting multiple USA officials who were briefed on the incident as saying British authorities suspect that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber with a backpack bomb. "It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen, but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight". Read More »

Tensions deepen between Saudi, Iran, US after Trump visit

Relations with the U.S. and Iran have been under deep freeze since the Islamic revolution of 1979, which deposed the Washington-backed shah. The Iranian president championed a nuclear deal with the United States and five other major powers in 2015 that led to the lifting of most sanctions against Iran past year, in return for curbs on its nuclear program. Read More »

Mike Smyth: B.C.'s voters have spoken. Now what?

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If the students had their say, the NDP would have formed government with 60 seats, the Green Party would have been the official opposition with 14 seats and the Liberals would have won just 12 seats. Christin Geall, who ran for the Greens in 2001, said she was "ecstatic". Traditionally, the party in power - the Liberals - get the first chance to convince the lieutenant governor that they can form government, especially if they have the largest number of seats. Read More »

Trump's First International Trip as President: Saudi Arabia, Israel

But he did not mention what has always been the goal of USA diplomacy in the region - a two-state solution to the conflict: Israel and a Palestinian state. "It's brought a lot of folks together", Trump said. Trump is expected to hold around 40 minutes of talks with Abbas, whom he met at the White House earlier this month, before the two issue separate statements. Read More »

Former French PM Manuel Valls pledges allegiance to Emmanuel Macron´s movement

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Emmanuel Macron has won a resounding victory in the French presidential election but the focus will shift immediately to whether he can govern the country without the support of a traditional party. Meanwhile, the head of the US National Security Agency said Russian Federation was behind the 11th-hour hack of Macron's campaign team 36 hours before voting and that it was US officials who had informed France that a cyber-attack was underway. Read More »

China, Philippines confirm consultation mechanism on S China Sea

China and Asean countries had agreed to sign the code of conduct 15 years ago, but the progress was slow. The Philippine president recalled Monday conversation with China's President Xi Jinping regarding the disputed areas of the South China Sea and explained why he abstained from pressing the claims. Read More »

United Nations blasts Pyongyang's latest missile launch

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The missile advances North Korea's weapons capabilities because solid-fuel missiles can be fired faster and more secretly than those using liquid fuel, which much be added separately and transported to a launch site using trucks that can be seen by satellites. Read More »

White House puts 'Jerusalem, Israel' on website

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In US President Donald Trump's final speech in Israel on Tuesday, he praised Jerusalem's diversity and vowed to stand with Israel in the global war on terror. But as Trump arrived in Jerusalem after meetings in Saudi Arabia , the president indicated that he and those Arab states see an agreement with the Palestinians as integral to that new regional alignment. Read More »

Trump Arrives in Bethlehem, Meets Palestinian President

Trump spoke from Bethlehem in the West Bank , the morning after a blast that killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert. Hossam Zomlot, an aide to Abbas, told AFP news agency that "if President Trump wants to mediate and leads us to a historic agreement, a major agreement, we are ready to be his partners". Read More »

Sessions Brings Back Tougher Drug Sentences

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His memo replaced the orders of former Attorney General Eric Holder , who in 2013 encouraged prosecutors to consider the individual circumstances of a case and to exercise discretion in charging drug crimes. Sessions' memo says there could be exceptions, but those cases must be approved by a US attorney, assistant attorney general or other supervisor, and the reasons documented in writing. Read More »

PM shocked at deaths in Manchester attack

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Police believe the blast was carried out by one man and are trying to find out whether he was acting alone. Early Tuesday, Hopkins said there are children among the deceased. Asked if he would describe it as an explosion , he said yes - "It was an explosion". "I didn't know what was going on", he said. Fan: Georgina, left, was one of the victims . Read More »

8-Year-Old Among Victims Of Manchester Arena Attack

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A suicide bomber blew himself up as concert-goers left a show by the American singer Ariana Grande. "Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina's friends, family, and all of those affected by this loss". Saffie's mother, Lisa Roussos , and her sister, Ashlee Bromwhich, survived and were being treated for their wounds in separate hospitals. Charlotte Campbell told CNN that her 15-year-old daughter, Olivia, was still missing: "It's the most awful feeling ever to ... Read More »

Trump in Bethlehem to meet Palestinian president

He has spoken of reviving long-stalled peace efforts between the Israelis and Palestinians, but few specifics have emerged of how he intends to do so. President Donald Trump's first visit to Jerusalem as president is being overshadowed by reminders of tumult back home. The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over parts of the Old City seized in the 1967 war. Read More »

India is a victim of terrorism, says Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia was a rotten first choice, she said , of all the nations in the world the new president could visit. A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. US President Donald Trump on Sunday regarded India among the nations that suffered terrorism, according to a report. He praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, telling him, "You have done a tremendous job under trying circumstances". Read More »

Homeless man in Manchester Arena cradles dying woman arms

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We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity", Hopkins said . Witnesses said they saw bolts and other bits of metal, indicating the bomb may have contained shrapnel meant to maximize injuries. Read More »

Why Trump is on track to disappoint Israel's Netanyahu

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And in today's attack it was mostly innocent children. "I extend my deepest condolences to those so teribly injured. and to the so many families of the victims". Meanwhile, UK President Theresa May has suspended her election campaign following the attacks. The explosion struck around 10.30pm Monday night as Grande was ending the concert, part of her Dangerous Woman Tour. Read More »

Philippine troops battle IS-linked gunmen in southern city

Clashes broke out as troops and police raided an apartment where more than a dozen bandits reportedly hid, police said . Pictures on social media show the fighters, clad in black, moving through streets while heavily armed. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which has an office near Marawi and operates in the area, voiced alarm that civilians may get caught up in the fighting. Read More »

Islamic State's Days Numbered in Iraq — UN Official

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The paperwork revealed that one victim was fed thallium sulphate - a colourless, tasteless salt - causing him to suffer a fever, nausea and swelling of the brain and stomach, before dying in agony ten days later. The Islamic State (ISIS) is using humans as guinea pigs to test out the effects of chemical weapons before deploying them against Western forces. Read More »