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French candidate Le Pen


Paris's annual May Day union march descended into violent clashes between police and protesters yesterday, as tensions ran high in France as it chooses its next president. An official of her National Front (FN) party said she had made a "nod" to Fillon and it showed she was "not sectarian". The founder of the far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has called on the French to vote for his daughter Marine Le Pen in Sunday's presidential runoff. Read More »

Drunk Trump supporter abuses Pakistani family in Texas


The last thing we want is for someone to be harassed and taunted by an intoxicated subject that is blatantly out of line". City leaders have devoted time in marketing South Padre Island as family friendly, Chief Smith calls the incident isolated and not tolerated, "As a matter of fact i just finished looking at letter after letter from different families that sent me back comments about what a good time they had [during Spring Break] and what a positive positive impact it has had and they look ... Read More »

Trump attacks 'Richie' Blumenthal on Twitter over Comey


Blumenthal also said that Trump himself may ultimately be the subject of criminal charges. Speaking on WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show, Senator Chris Murphy said he believes Comey was sacked because he wanted to pursue allegations of possible Russian interference in the presidential election, but the Department of Justice wasn't behind the effort. Read More »

Rod Rosenstein reportedly threatened to resign after Comey firing

Another person said: "He couldn't figure out why Comey would go out and say that". There's more fallout over the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Democrats and Republicans alike didn't back Comey, she said. "After Rosenstein had been given as the reason by the White House, he 'threatened to resign, '" Tapper explained, reading that report. Read More »

Vehicle carrying UK Labour leader Corbyn runs over BBC cameraman's foot


Corbyn backers said the manifesto was "transformative" and the policies in it widely supported. It was an upbeat end to a tricky day for the party. A auto carrying British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ran over the foot of a BBC cameraman on Thursday, while on its way to a party policy meeting ahead of the UK's June 8th election. Read More »

Russian Federation probe will go on without Comey — Acting FBI director

The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus explains how FBI Director James Comey's firing is a big deal, yet not quite "Nixonian". In his letter to Comey, Trump said, "I have received the attachment letters from attorney general and the deputy general of the USA, recommending your dismissal as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)". Read More »

Afghan Leader of Islamic State Group Declared Dead

The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed , President Ashraf Ghani's office has said. The official statement stated that Hasib ordered a series of high-profile attacks including one on March 8 on the main military hospital in Kabul that killed almost 50 people. Read More »

Merkel: No voting in Germany for potential Turkish death penalty referendum


On May 8, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that if Turkey went through with the reintroduction of the death penalty, it would mean the end of the country's talks on the accession to the European Union. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told Reuters TV the decisions were made on a case-by-case basis, but declined to give any details about those affected, citing privacy rules. Read More »

Kushner Family Business Pitch In China Prompts Questions About Investor Visas


Mr Kushner, 36, who is married to President Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and serves as a White House senior adviser, has come under scrutiny for his private business interests. Muzaffar Chishti with the Migration Policy Institute explains. In Beijing on Saturday, potential investors in the Kushner project were told they should act quickly because the minimum investment for the EB-5 program could go up. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn's vehicle runs over BBC cameraman's foot


The Labour leader was arriving at Labour HQ to sign off his party's manifesto, which had already been leaked to two newspapers. A senior Labour source said the party was looking into the incident, and added Mr Corbyn has travelled with the specialist protection unit on other occasions during the campaign, as is customary for an opposition leader in a General Election. Read More »

Acting FBI chief contradicts White House claim

Comey confirmed in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee that the FBI was investigating Trump's campaign. Democrats accused the Republican president of firing Comey to try to undermine the FBI's probe into Russia's alleged efforts to meddle in the 2016 election and possible collusion with members of the Trump campaign, and demanded an independent investigation. Read More »

Trump has unscheduled meeting with Kissinger

During a visit to Moscow in April Tillerson met both Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin and described the low level of trust between the two nations, who have sharp differences over Syria, Ukraine and a host of other matters. When a reporter asked whether the dismissal has "cast a shadow" over their talks, Lavrov stopped and seemed to look genuinely quizzical when he responded, "Was he fired?" - but then adopted a deadpan tone as he told the reporter, "You are kidding, you are ... Read More »

South Korea's newly elected liberal president starts duties


Another pledge was for the transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) from the United States to South Korea during his term. He is also expected to nominate a prime minister, the country's No. Last week, Washington and Seoul announced that THAAD was partially up and running, and analysts have warned Moon may be able to do little to prevent its full deployment. Read More »

Trump delays decision on Paris climate agreement, spokesman says

High-profile supporters of the deal on Monday urged the stay in the Paris accord. Trump famously promised on the campaign trail to "cancel" the Paris agreement. Other members of the administration, including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, have advocated a "renegotiation" of the United States commitments to the agreement, but legal questions have been raised about the feasibility of lowering USA carbon reduction goals. Read More »

Air Canada to launch own loyalty program


The company said it intends to offer redemption of Aeroplan seats to members after the new loyalty program kicks in "with pricing competitive with other third-party rewards programs". One vexing issue for passengers is frequent flyer status. "I can see why Air Canada's made this move", Chapman told All Million Mile program qualification activity and status will also be honoured in the new program. Read More »

Euro Weakens as Markets Look Past Macron Victory Toward Draghi


Sell the news has knocked the euro at least temporarily from its recent highs. "Nervous investors, who were shell-shocked by massive upsets related to the Brexit and US presidential votes recently, appeared more willing to test riskier waters, which saw traditional safe-harbors like the Japanese yen and Swiss franc fall overnight", said Omer Esiner, chief market analyst at Commonwealth Foreign Exchange. Read More »

Palestinian man charged with murder of UK student in Jerusalem


The indictment said that Tamimi chose to attack Bladon because she looked like a weak and easy target. She said: 'Thanks guys. Tamimi only stopped stabbing the victim when a police officer took him down. Jamil Tamimi, 57, from east Jerusalem, has been charged with the shocking attack, that saw Miss Bladon suffer fatal wounds to her back, chest and right arm. Read More »

Russian blogger convicted for playing 'Pokemon Go' in church


A Russian YouTuber who filmed himself playing Pokémon Go in a church has been convicted for "inciting religious hatred". The video now has racked up over 9.1 million views on YouTube - but they may not be there for long. Sokolovsky during the trial pleaded not guilty and refused to testify. "How can one offend by entering a church with a smartphone?" Sokolovsky's treatment has drawn comparisons with the jailing of the Pussy Riot performance artists after they staged a punk performance ... Read More »

Trump's trade nominee easily overcomes Senate hurdle


The Senate voted to limit debate over the nomination of veteran trade lawyer Robert Lighthizer. Some Democrats, while critical of Trump's own views on trade, said they were confident Lighthizer, who served in the Reagan administration as deputy US Trade Representative, would work to help US workers. Read More »

Flynn documents sought by Senate panel in Russia probe

Trump still hired Flynn, but he fired him three weeks after the start of his administration because he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States about economic sanctions. Concerns have also been raised about undisclosed payments Flynn received from the Russia-backed TV network RT, and his unregistered lobbying that may have benefited Turkey, which took place when he was advising the Trump campaign. Read More »

Twenty-four Chibok girls to return to school - Nigerian officials


Alhassan said Nigeria's government had no regrets about exchanging Boko Haram commanders for the schoolgirls' release. "The release of the Chibok Girls might appear to have delayed but we take cognizance of the fact that all hopes were lost in the months after their abduction until the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari's administration". Read More »

Trump, Putin will meet in July, Russian state media reports

The Kremlin outmaneuvered the White House over the dissemination of photos of a rare Oval Office meeting between President Trump and top Russian diplomats that was closed to the USA press. Trump's meeting with Lavrov came a day after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, reportedly in part because he was unhappy with Comey's expanding investigation into alleged ties between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign previous year to win the presidency. Read More »

Trump, Putin to Meet in July, Russian State Media Says

That said, this official also admitted that the White House had thought the photographer worked only for Lavrov, not for a state-run news agency. However, U.S. When pressed on why members of the American press weren't allowed to attend, however, Acosta's source insisted it was standard practice for meetings with "lower-level foreign officials" who weren't heads of state. Read More »

Tillerson thanks Russian envoy for coming to DC


Less than a month into Trump's presidency, he fired his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, saying Flynn misled senior administration officials about his pre-inauguration talks with Kislyak. "Was he fired?" he sarcastically answered NBC News' Andrea Mitchell, who shouted a question about the move overshadowing the US-Russia talks. The president also said the issue had not affected his meeting with Lavrov. Read More »