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French far-right bars founder Jean-Marie Le Pen on birthday

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The far-right leader Marine Le Pen did win her first-ever parliamentary seat in the Pas-de-Calais district, after two failed attempts in 2007 and 2012. Le Pen topped the poll against 12 rivals in the first round of voting, and went on to topple Anne Rouquet, respresenting Macron's La République en Marche (REM) party which claimed a majority with 308 seats. Read More »

Ramnath Kovind as President: Nominated to Divide the Opposition?

Asked about his earlier charge of caste politics, Thackeray said this question should be asked of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sources said that the CM office has sent invite to all prominent leaders of Opposition parties including SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati. Read More »

Shiv Sena backs BJP's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind

President Pranab Mukherjee completes his five-year term on July 24. "They did inform us but only after they had decided on the name", he said and termed the outreach by the BJP as a "formality". JD (U ) - The Janata Dal (United), a rival of the BJP in Bihar, has not indicated where its support lies. He is a good parliamentarian."Refuting Congress and other opposition parties" assertion that NDA didn't build consensus on the name of presidential nominee, he said the central government ... Read More »

Israeli Policewoman Fatally Stabbed in Jerusalem

Nearly immediately, Hamas rejected the Islamic State claim and said one of the attackers belonged to Hamas, and two others to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine , both domestic Palestinian groups. On Saturday, police cracked down on West Bank Palestinians without permits in Jerusalem , locating and sending home about 350. An approach road full of stalls opened especially for Ramadan was closed off by police. Read More »

Wind, rain buffeting northern Gulf Coast

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Bret is forecast to track west near or along the northern coast of Venezuela through Tuesday and Wednesday while weakening to a tropical depression by late UTC on Wednesday June 21. With weaker storms, the center is far less important, but the heavy rainfall is projected to have a widespread impact. Rain totals from 4 to 10 inches are expected in parts of coastal Louisiana , Mississippi, Alabama and the western Panhandle of Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday. Read More »

Tories admit timetable defeat on day 1 of Brexit negotiations

The British and EU Brexit negotiators agreed how to organise talks on Britain's divorce at a first meeting in Brussels on Monday, where both sides stressed goodwill but also the huge complexity and tight deadline. They denied strongly that Ireland had been sidelined and said it had been the issue which consumed most of their time on Monday and was technically most hard. Read More »

Kovind quits as Bihar governor, gets Z-plus NSG cover

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Kovind's resignation as the Bihar Governor was accepted by President Pranab Mukherjee . Earlier, Naveen Patnaik, the Biju Janata Dal chief and chief minister of Odisha, had extended his full support to NDA's presidential nominee, saying that the decision to elect President is above political considerations. Read More »

US sends supersonic bombers in show of force against N.Korea

Warmbier ", he said . "If the issue of the reunion of families is to be resolved properly, the one who is responsible for the unheard-of abduction of DPRK (North Korean) citizens should be brought to global justice.and the South Korean authorities should repatriate the DPRK women abductees to their parents without further delay". Read More »

Macron wins large majority in French parliament

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As a result, the situation we had in the 1990s, of a president and a parliamentary majority being opposed, is no longer popular with the voters. "(Macron's) En Marche (party). They received far more than the 289 seats needed for an absolute majority, sweeping aside traditional parties and securing a strong mandate for Macron's pro-business reforms. Read More »

Despite tensions, USA inks deal to sell Qatar 36 F-15 jets

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A statement to CNN from the Pentagon says the agreement will "increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar ". This is despite US President Donald Trump's recent criticism of Qatar for supporting terrorism. The Pentagon on Thursday also deployed two warships to waters off Qatar . Read More »

Modi's party backs Ram Nath Kovind for president of India

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The BJP wants a party loyalist who will "toe the party line" and at the same time "won't overshadow the persona of the prime minister", said political scientist and pro-vice chancellor at Jain University in Bangalore, Sandeep Shastri. He said that the BJP and the NDA would finalise the name for the presidential election by June 23. "The parliamentary board can authorise the prime minister or the party president to take a call on the candidate". Read More »

FIFA warns Mexico over discriminatory chants at Confed Cup

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson says the All Whites must be courageous against Mexico, knowing defeat on Wednesday will effectively end their Confederations Cup hopes. New Zealand had their first major chances when Ryan Thomas' powerful effort forced an impressive save from Igor Akinfeev and Smith's header from the resulting corner was hacked off the line by Yuri Zhirkov. Read More »

Tropical storm could form in Gulf this week

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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has extended the Tropical Storm Warning westward to San Luis Pass, TX, and the Tropical Storm Watch from west of High Island to San Luis Pass, TX. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago and Grenada. This could lead to coastal flooding, particularly at high tide. Ahead of Tropical Storm Cindy, there is the threat of a few tornadoes from south-central Louisiana into the western Florida Panhandle through Tuesday. Read More »

Narendra Modi corners Pakistan on terror, tells China to respect mutual concerns

In a rare snub to all-weather ally Pakistan, Chinese President Xi Jinping skipped a customary meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the SCO summit in Astana after the murder of two Chinese teachers in Balochistan. During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi also highlighted his concerns for Indo-China relationships and said that the two countries must boost their cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination in global affairs. Read More »

Naidu Sacked Rao For Controversial FB Posts

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A bunch of Facebook posts shared by former Andhra Pradesh chief secretary IYR Krishna Rao has cost him his post-retirement job. He also criticized the Naidu government for arresting and filing cases against social media activist Inturi Ravi Kiran, who allegedly posted satirical cartoons against the CM and his son Nara Lokesh. Read More »

Sean Spicer Rebuffs Concerns About Lack of Press Access at White House

Spicer is now interviewing candidates to replace him as he prepares to move into a higher role overseeing communications for the entire administration, according to reports. The president has both praised and castigated Spicer for his performances at the briefing room podium but has never told him he was in danger of being fired. Read More »

Punjab to forgive over $1.5 billion in farm debts

Speaking in the Punjab Assembly, Singh said that the "ex-gratia for suicide affected families" will also be increased from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Primary education forms the base of the educational infrastructure and Rs 21 crore have been earmarked in the budget especially for furniture purchase to reform the basic infrastructure of the primary schools, the education minister said in a statement here. Read More »

Russian Federation will now view United States aircraft as targets in Syria

The spokesman made clear, however, that the United States would continue to "work with partners" to counter the threat of the Islamic State in Syria. In the first high-level US public comments about the situation, Marine Gen. The U.S. -led coalition shot down the Syrian army's Su-22 aircraft on Sunday after it claimed that Syrian aircraft had attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions south of Tabqah. Read More »

Venezuela calls countries "lap dogs" at OAS Mexico meeting

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But so far the nations of the Western Hemisphere have been unable to reach consensus on the matter. Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez , suggested the talk of suffering in Venezuela was a pretext for US intervention. Meeting in the Mexican resort of Cancun , OAS foreign ministers are seeking to reconcile two opposing proposals on Venezuela and send them to the regional group's general assembly, which is holding its annual meeting here this week. Read More »

McCain: Travelers to N Korea should sign waiver

The death of an OH college student who returned from North Korea in a coma is sparking outrage from the highest levels of government. Warmbier was returned to the United States from North Korea on June 13 in a coma after a 17-month detention for a "hostile act". Read More »

United States warplane blasts Syrian drone from sky

European Command, said in an email that the RC-135U Combat Sent airplane was flying in worldwide airspace when it was intercepted by the Russian SU-27 Flanker. The incident occurred in the same vicinity as previous conflicts with pro-regime forces, near the combat outpost in At-Tanf, where a contingent of USA and coalition advisers are supporting a force to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS . Read More »