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Macron's party set for big parliamentary win

The Kantar Sofres-onepoint estimate, made for French newspaper Le Figaro , put the number at between 400 and 440 seats for LERM. But turnout was sharply down, at 48.7 per cent compared with 57.2 per cent in the first round in 2012, which analysts said reflected a sense of resignation among Macron's opponents. Read More »

I will form new government, says Theresa May


That means the DUP will back the government on key votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact. The deal has also caused consternation in Dublin, with Irish premier Enda Kenny warning such an alliance could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace. Read More »

Conservatives and DUP reach deal on government

That means the DUP will back the government on key votes , but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact. Later, Downing Street confirmed that the DUP agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservatives on a confidence and supply basis. Read More »

Corbyn: Majority of one million 'decent jobs' would go to United Kingdom workers

Asked by an NHS worker about the current one per cent limit on annual public sector pay rises, the Prime Minister responded: "We have had to take hard choices across the public sector in relation to public sector pay restraint". I personally don't think that the markets are prepared for a close election as it is, let alone other possibilities such as the potential for a hung parliament . Read More »

Labour leader Corbyn sees possible new election this year or next


But reports suggest they demanded the departure of May's joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, as the price for allowing the 60-year-old vicar's daughter to stay in office. The northern leader of the DUP's Sinn Fein opponents, Michelle O'Neill, recently said any deal between the Conservatives and the DUP will not last. Read More »

New UK election only alternative to deal with DUP

But pro-Brexit Tory MPs will not let go of a hard Brexit without a fight: they are furious at any moves to water down something they see as the will of the British people. Now Mrs May is having to seek support from outside her party in order to form a government, with the anti-abortion, and anti-gay marriage DUP being just about her only option. Read More »

Battle for IS 'Capital' Raqqa Begins

As the SDF has drawn closer to the city, reports of civilian casualties in coalition air strikes have swelled. The Raqqa fight also poses complications among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. The SDF is a coalition of forces, but dominated by the YPG. Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist group aligned with the PKK which has fought a bloody campaign in southeast Turkey since 1984. Read More »

May seeks deal to cling to power in Britain


Theresa May is facing a mounting revolt from her own party over plans to form a minority government with the DUP amid fears that it could put the Northern Ireland peace process at risk. However, even though the British people expected that the results of the general election would provide a level of certainty the country needed, especially after the Brexit referendum, the Manchester bombing, and the London Bridge terror attack, all of which shockingly generated an atmosphere of ... Read More »

Some toast Comey testimony, others shrug at United States bar 'watch parties'

That would seem clearly inappropriate if not illegal, especially since Trump fired Comey after he refused that request and cited the investigation as the reason. Senator Tim Kaine, the 2016 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, said Mr Comey's testimony provided a wealth of information for both the congressional and special counsel investigations. Read More »

Britain's PM Theresa May to face party lawmakers after election disaster

Her weakened position in the party rules out big changes, and May's office has said that the most senior Cabinet members - including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - will keep their jobs, but she is expected to shuffle the lower ranks of ministers. Read More »

MP CM Shivraj Singh continues fast for 2nd day


If this projection holds true, it could further aggravate the problems plaguing the farm sector and increase rural distress, fuelling anger and resentment among the farming communities. "For three days, the state Home Minister did not know who had fired at the protestors". During this period, thousands of farmers have killed themselves in both the states due to their miserable living and financial conditions. Read More »

UK Government must not endanger the Good Friday agreement

May lost her majority in the House of Commons in last week's election and is looking to get the backing of the DUP's 10 lawmakers. The European Union's executive arm has indicated that negotiations with the British government over the country's exit from the bloc may not start next week as planned. Read More »

Guterres calls for two-state solution for Israel, Palestine

In six days, Israel had occupied three times more territory in the region than it did after the 1948 war, which had driven 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland. No amount of Israeli investment in illegal settlements will change the Palestinians' will, and eventually settlers will have to go back where they came from. Read More »

$447M Powerball Jackpot Ticket Sold in California

Saturday's drawing was the largest since July 2016, and the 10th largest USA lottery drawing in history. The winning numbers were: 20, 26, 32, 28, 58, Powerball: 3, according to the statement. The year began terribly for the family because Alberre's father was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Officials say the retailer where the winning ticket was sold will receive a $1 million "retailer bonus". Read More »

Scottish Conservatives support single market membership in Brexit deal


But she has hinted that she wants Mrs May to change course on her Brexit objectives. Ms Sturgeon appealed for MPs of all parties to "join together to keep the United Kingdom and Scotland in the European single market". "I want to ensure that we can look again at issues like Brexit which we know we are now going to have to get cross-party support for", she said. Stephen Gethins, the party's spokesman on Europe at Westminster, said Mrs May must rethink her Brexit plan after the snap General ... Read More »

Hawaii will stick with Paris climate accord, ignore President Trump's exit


The article notes that 13,000 Pittsburgh resident are employed by the renewable resource industry. While other states have pledged to adopt the Paris Agreement standards, Hawaii is the first state to make it official policy. "If we talk about responsibility, which countries created the issue of climate change?" "Hawaii's natural environment is under threat", Ige said. Read More »

Govt committed to fast tracking of development in NE: Rajnath

He will meet the chief ministers of four northeastern states. "The meeting discussed the status of border infrastructure along the India-Myanmar border and implementation of the Border Area Development Programme projects", a Mizoram Home Department official said. Read More »

Police attend incident at Manchester service station


It is understood that the search did not uncover the suitcase and... They have put a cordon around the area, evacuated nearby buildings and asked people to stay away. It's as police continue tracking the movements of Salman Abedi before the bombing . Officers had been tracking the assailant's movements in the days before the attack as they researched how he had been able to make the bomb. Read More »

Irish premier warns May not to put Good Friday Agreement at risk

Irish PM designate Leo Varadkar said on Monday that Theresa May's failure to win a majority in last week's election might result in a softer Brexit, as it leaves her more dependent on lawmakers who would favour such a deal. "If the Tories do agree a confidence and supply arrangement , the public will have little confidence in it". DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson said the party would be a in a "very, very strong negotiating position" if the Tories asked for their help. Read More »

Two of Theresa May's closest aides quit after election result


MPs were "vitriolic" at the state of the campaign, which saw the party lose 13 seats and Labour gain 30, and "demanded that someone must take responsibility", a senior party figure told POLITICO. Graham Brady, who chairs the influential 1922 committee of Conservative lawmakers, said there was no public appetite for a second election after May's party failed to win a majority in Thursday's vote. Read More »

Lordy! Ex-FBI chief sets Twitter abuzz but @realDonaldTrump is silent

That said , Comey didn't shy away from implying that the president tried to stifle an open criminal investigation into former National Security Council adviser Michael Flynn's contact with Russian officials. And former acting USA solicitor general Neal Katyal, who is a partner at Hogan Lovells and one of the lead attorneys for Hawaii in the travel ban lawsuit against Trump, agrees that the choice of Dreeben is telling. Read More »