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BELLWETHER: French Election: Macron Wins (France Takes the Easy Way Out)

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The result wasn't close: With about 90 percent of votes counted, Macron had 64 percent support. The French presidential verdict is a battlefield victory and an important one. "Macron will be Juncker's puppet". U.S. President Donald Trump called to congratulate Macron, while on the Kremlin website, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Macron to "overcome mutual mistrust and unite to ensure worldwide stability and security". Read More »

UNESCO Rejects Israel Sovereignty Claims Over al-Quds

The draft resolution is also expected to condemn the work of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem and call for the deployment of worldwide observes to the city. The Palestinian Authority (PA) praised a newly passed United Nations resolution which denies Israel's rights to Jerusalem , a report said . These resolutions accuse Tel Aviv of "human rights violations in the occupied Syrian Golan" and the West Bank. Read More »

Trump warns N. Korea's missiles will get better

But, speaking to CBS, Mr Trump said that Mr Kim must be a "pretty smart cookie" to keep hold of power in his country. North Korea is said to be fearing the powerful U.S. "It's possible that something could be sped up", the official said of the potential for imposing new unilateral sanctions on North Korea. North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile from an area north of Pyongyang on Saturday, a news agency report said, but it failed seconds after it was launched. Read More »

Pope Francis in Egypt: 'No to every form of violence'

He also attended an global peace conference organized by Al-Azhar, the world's foremost seat of Sunni Islamic learning. In a split second, the Pope smiled and laughed, saying jokingly, "But we are in Egypt". "It's a heavy fight, because ISIS knows that if Egypt falls, the whole region will fall". But the visit appeared to have caused little disruption to the city of 18 million as it fell on the Muslim Friday-Saturday weekend, when the usually congested traffic is much lighter. Read More »

Theresa May warns ministers against election complacency

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Speaking to Sky News in an interview aired today, Blair said that if the polls are correct: "we know who is going to be prime minister on June 9 - that's not the issue". "There is no alternative possible outcome and it's extraordinary that the Prime Minister feels unable to face a direct television debate with the leader of the only other possible government". Read More »

You will never be forgotten, Nirbhaya: Priyanka Chopra

India's top court has upheld death sentences for four men convicted in the gang-rape and torture of a woman on a moving bus in New Delhi. Referring to the National Crime Records Bureau data she said a total of 3,27,394 cases of crime against women were reported in the year 2015, which was an increase of over 43 per cent since 2011. Read More »

German president favours two-state solution on Israel visit

Israeli ministers have approved the wording of a new law that would downgrade Arabic as an official language and which states that the right to self-determination in Israel "is unique to the Jewish people", despite the country's sizeable non-Jewish minority. Read More »

Two Dead In West Virginia Cargo Plane Crash

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It was not immediately known what caused the accident. He says Yeager Airport, serving West Virginia's capital, will remain closed until further notice , since the gouge marks may need fix. Barlow Drive and Keystone Drive are shut down. He's urging drivers to avoid any roads in the area. It took off from Louisville, Kentucky at 5:41 a.m. Read More »

Pakistan opens border crossing for ailing Afghans to return

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A deal is in place to resolve the situation according to both Afghan and Pakistani officials, following an agreement to use Google Maps and Global Positioning System tracking to settle exactly where the Durand Line border is. Talking to APP, they said border skirmishes between the two countries can harm common objective of peace and prosperity in the region. The incident happened after a Nicaraguan commander cited Google's version of the border map in an interview with Costa Rican newspaper ... Read More »

Yates Says She Warned White House Flynn Could Be Blackmailed

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Graham opened the hearing with an implicit rebuke of the President and his alternative explanations for the interference in the election. "The Russians also knew about what Gen. In the Senate hearing, the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, described as accurate a report in the Guardian newspaper that British intelligence officials became aware in late 2015 about suspicious interactions between Trump advisers and Russian intelligence agents, and that the information was ... Read More »

1 arrested in fires at Jewish center in central Las Vegas

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The Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a auto fire about 8:10 p.m. Monday at Chabad of Southern Nevada - Desert Torah Academy, 1261 Arville St., near West Charleston Boulevard. Though that fire caused no damage, a investigation of video surveillance taken in and around the building showed a suspect on the property during both incidents. Read More »

Florida Legislature ends 'bizarre' session with 3 extra days

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Scott said GKN was a win, but the legislature's recent decision is a loss to our competitive edge. Scott dismissed any notion that the Legislature's rejection of his priorities -- the budget also doesn't include his requests for money to speed repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee or to help residents convert from septic systems to sewers -- is a personal slight. Read More »

Okefenokee wildfire spreads, forces evacuations in Georgia

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The blaze was only 12 percent contained Sunday since April 6 when a lightning bolt ignited it at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge , fire officials said. George Resident. A fire official says a wildfire in the Okefenokee Swamp is continuing to spread in southern Georgia. According to the Incident Information System, the St. Read More »

ASEAN summit leaders discuss DPRK, South China Sea

Further, ASEAN leaders welcomed the operationalization of the guidelines for hotline communications among ASEAN and China in response to maritime emergencies in the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. Read More »

Afghanistan IS head Hasib killed

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The IS Khorasan leader Abdul Hasib died on April 27 in the joint operation in Nangarhar, the presidential office of Afghanistan confirmed late on Sunday. In April, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said Hasib might have been killed during a raid in Nangarhar, but there had been no confirmation of this prior to Sunday's announcement. Read More »

Niece of France's Le Pen quits politics for now

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And the senior Le Pen went on to criticise Marion's demeanour, claiming she was "rather stiff". Valls told RTL radio on Tuesday that Macron's victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the presidential runoff on Sunday was a blow to populism in Europe, and gave a "terrific" image of France overseas. Read More »

ACLU issues 'travel alert' for Texas following SB4

A small Texas town on the Mexico border filed suit in federal court on Tuesday seeking to throw out on US constitutional grounds a new Texas law that aims to punish so-called " sanctuary cities". The Texas law, the first such measure passed since Trump took office, calls for jail time for police chiefs and sheriffs who fail to cooperate in immigration enforcement. Read More »

Donald Trump to wade into Middle East politics on first foreign trip

The call was conducted directly after President Trump's Religious Liberty event in the Rose Garden. A second senior administration official said that a recent visit to Saudi Arabia revealed an open-mindedness to stepping up and leading in a way the official had not seen in the country since right after 9/11. Read More »

Sen. Graham: 'I want to know more about Trump's business dealings'

Yates was a holdover from the administration of President Barack Obama. Prior to her testimony, former Obama administration officials told multiple media outlets that President Obama directly warned President-elect Trump against hiring Flynn during their face-to-face meeting in November. Read More »

Coal mine blast kills 23 in northern Iran

However, the efforts have been made to inject oxygen to Azadshahr coal mine in order to increase the chance of survival for the people being trapped in the mine, Sadeq-Ali Moqaddam said . Moghadam said about 25 people were injured in the accident. Earlier reports said that more than 50 workers were trapped in a two-km-long tunnel filled with gas. Read More »

UNESCO Adopts Resolution Denying Israel's Rights to J'slm

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday called on all countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem in response to a UNESCO committee's decision to pass a resolution critical of Israel . The resolution was submitted to the 59-member UNESCO Executive Board by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan. Late past year, UNESCO passed a series of resolutions which attempted to erase the connection of the Jewish people to the holy places in Jerusalem and to present those ... Read More »

French voters skeptical Macron, Le Pen have answers on key issues

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He criticised Marine Le Pen's "rude manners" and called her "the heir", a reference to her father, who has been convicted of racism and anti-Semitism. Mr Macron joined the man's son and anti-National Front protesters at an annual commemoration near the Louvre Museum in Paris . He visited Paris's Holocaust memorial. Read More »

Kremlin Reveals What Putin, Trump Discussed Over the Phone

The U.S. will be sending a representative to the Russian-Turkish mediated peace talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana on Wednesday and Thursday. Trump has been muted in his criticism, but tensions between the White House and the Kremlin have resurfaced after the suspected use of the chemical agent sarin against civilians prompted Trump to strike a Syrian regime airbase also used by Russian Federation. Read More »