• France's far-right reaches across spectrum as runoff looms
France's far-right reaches across spectrum as runoff looms

The absence in the runoff of candidates from either the mainstream left Socialists or the right-wing Republicans party - the two main groups that have governed post-war France - also marked a seismic shift in the French political landscape.

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  • UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election
UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

Inside Parliament, opposition members of the House accused the Prime Minister of political opportunism. A two-thirds majority of MPs must agree to a move that will shorten the lifespan of a parliament. The early general election will not change the two-year departure timetable, but has opened up a new episode of bickering over the measure, which ha...

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  • Labour leader says UK election 'establishment vs people'
Labour leader says UK election 'establishment vs people'

Theresa May last night presented the country with a choice between "five more years of stabilty" or the "chaos" of a Labour-led coalition, as she fired the starting gun on the Conservative election campaign. "We will not let the elite extract wealth from the pockets of ordinary working people any longer". When asked in an ITV television intervi...

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  • Insurers say Trump must do more to stabilize 'Obamacare'
Insurers say Trump must do more to stabilize 'Obamacare'

The AHCA largely drew on the pro-insurance company underpinnings of Obamacare, further shoring up the for-profit private insurers while cutting costs for the government and corporations. This provision has always been a sticking point with insurers, who have maintained that too many customers who made a change during the special enrollment period w...

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  • Easter, time to renew one's life
Easter, time to renew one's life

Recognising the celebrations, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak took to Twitter today to wish Christians in the country a "Happy Easter ". Of course, I am speaking of Christmas and Easter . It's the message of Easter that resonates with me and reminds me over and over again why Easter is one of those holidays that is special...

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  • Opposition to challenge votes on expanding Erdogan's powers
Opposition to challenge votes on expanding Erdogan's powers

In a major disappointment for the president, the "No" vote was just ahead in his hometown of Istanbul and in the capital Ankara and clearly ahead in the third city of Izmir. Opposition parties claim a win for the Yes side was called before all ballots had been counted. Erdogan's victory sets in motion a transformation of Turkish politics, replaci...

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  • Johnson's drive at buzzer lifts Jazz over Clippers in Game 1
Johnson's drive at buzzer lifts Jazz over Clippers in Game 1

Favors, who missed the last two regular-season meetings between the Jazz and Clippers, finished with 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and, presumably, a host of kudos from his Utah teammates in the locker room. He'll likely land on an all-NBA team for the first time. He got the ball all 10 times. Utah comes into the postseason pretty strong a...

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  • Trump talked missile strike with Xi over chocolate cake
Trump talked missile strike with Xi over chocolate cake

During an interview with Fox Business which aired Wednesday morning, President Trump once again responded to the flattering attention of a television correspondent by running his mouth, further confirming the disintegration of the United States as a global authority.

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  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismisses chemical attack as '100% fabrication'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismisses chemical attack as '100% fabrication'

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad claims he didn't use chemical weapon against his own people, and adds that any reports claiming that he did are fake news. "I would say the level of trust (between Russian Federation and the US) is at a workable level, especially in the military dimension, but it hasn't improved".

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  • Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria attack, China abstains
Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria attack, China abstains

Beyond Syria, Russia's alleged meddling in the USA presidential election also hovered over what was the first face-to-face encounter between Mr Putin and any Trump administration Cabinet member. The U.S. and its partners have accused Damascus of being responsible for the deaths in Khan Sheikhoun. Putin himself said earlier Wednesday that trust be...

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  • North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified
North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

Xi. Although the U.S. State Department said before the meeting that Washington had "moved on" from the Taiwan issue, Lin said it was too early to tell what the outcome of the meeting between Trump and Xi would be. Rather than targeting Chinese exports through punitive actions, the aim of the plan proposed during the meeting appears to be incr...

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  • Trump discusses Syria, North Korea with Japanese prime minister
Trump discusses Syria, North Korea with Japanese prime minister

After his first encounter with the man leading the nation he once criticized as a menace, President Trump was full of praise. It was the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar al-Assad since the outbreak of the war - an assault that could shape the future of the conflict and will certainly shape the summit.

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  • 'Only time will tell' on improving US-China trade
'Only time will tell' on improving US-China trade

Earlier this year, China called on both North Korea and the U.S. to tone down tension on the Korean peninsula - North Korea by suspending its nuclear weapons programme and the USA by stopping military exercises with South Korea that inflame Pyongyang.

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  • Trump, Xi Showdown Fails To Materialize At Mar-A-Lago
Trump, Xi Showdown Fails To Materialize At Mar-A-Lago

The White House said Trump also stressed to Xi the importance of creating "reciprocal market access" that did not disadvantage American workers. Although Trump during the presidential election campaign had pledged to label China a currency manipulator on the first day of his administration, he has refrained from doing so.

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  • Rubio: Kim Jong Un 'Probably Worried' After Syrian Strike
Rubio: Kim Jong Un 'Probably Worried' After Syrian Strike

The latest two resolutions (Resolutions 2270 and 2321), adopted past year in response to North Korea's fourth and fifth nuclear tests, represent the strongest-ever sanctions by the Security Council. But in order for that to happen, North Korea's posture has to change before there's any basis for dialogue or discussions, ' Tillerson added. North K...

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  • Trump, Xi meet again - in shadow of missile strikes on Syria
Trump, Xi meet again - in shadow of missile strikes on Syria

During his campaign, Trump promised to stop what he called the theft of American jobs by China and to rebuild the country's manufacturing base. But Willy Lam, a professor at the Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said Beijing wasn't a major player and the conflict hadn't been expected to top the agenda during d...

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  • Minnesota leaders call on Trump to consult Congress on Syria
Minnesota leaders call on Trump to consult Congress on Syria

It was the ghastly images of men and women gasping for breath, small children foaming at the mouth and in agony, which President Donald Trump saw two days before he OK the launch of missile on attack Syria . Administration officials are signaling that the missile strike was a one-time response to the gas attack that killed dozens of civilians, inc...

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  • Trump boosts coal as China takes the lead on climate change
Trump boosts coal as China takes the lead on climate change

North Korea had previously been suspected by researchers of being behind several major thefts, including one a year ago in which up to $81 million was stolen from Bangladesh's central bank account in NY, as well as other attempted heists in Ecuador, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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  • Trump tells Abe all options on table to handle N. Korea
Trump tells Abe all options on table to handle N. Korea

Mr Trump is due to arrive in Florida later. Observers believe the countdowns have finally begun on North Korea's sixth nuclear test and the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), regarding which Japan, the United States and South Korea are on particular alert.

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  • How the US-China Relationship Has Changed Over the Years
How the US-China Relationship Has Changed Over the Years

Now, as President Donald Trump prepares to host his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping , at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, a reversal of sorts has emerged: It's the US leader who is seen as an unpredictable wild card and a skeptic of free-trade deals - and it's China that is casting itself as a champion of rules-based global trade.

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  • Trump administration considering military action against Syria
Trump administration considering military action against Syria

Though Trump didn't mention it, both Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have argued that Russian Federation and Iran - Assad's two staunchest allies - must use their influence to prevent him from mounting further attacks. Charter and not "take unilateral action". Moallem said Damascus wants guarantees that any investigation would be impar...

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  • Syria chemical attack death toll now at 72; new strikes hit
Syria chemical attack death toll now at 72; new strikes hit

He says the strikes did not cause any casualties because the area had been evacuated following Tuesday's attack. Witnesses say the attack was carried out by either Russian or Syrian Sukhoi jets. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konoshenkov said,"On the territory of the depot there were workshops, which produced chemical warfare munitions".

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  • Tillerson's terse words seen as tactical change over NKorea
Tillerson's terse words seen as tactical change over NKorea

He added that it is "very unlikely" that the U.S. will take military action against North Korea. North Korea may be raised as an issue, but I would be very surprised to see any significant breakthroughs on that front. Hayden went on to call North Korea the intelligence community's toughest target on the planet. And he is not alone in issuing such...

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  • Senate prepares to change rule on Supreme Court
Senate prepares to change rule on Supreme Court

As soon as Gorsuch is blocked, McConnell likely would ask for a new vote to end debate on the judge's confirmation. Gorsuch is. He should be confirmed. A filibuster is an unlimited debate that delays a vote, and technically not what stopped Garland. We did not even get our nominee, when Sen. "There's three paths forward here, and now it is clear ...

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  • Pence casts tie-breaking vote that could cut Planned Parenthood grants
Pence casts tie-breaking vote that could cut Planned Parenthood grants

Republican Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska crossed party lines to vote against the measure, resulting in the 50-50 tie. Vice President Mike Pence seems bound and determined to limit women's ability to have an abortion, even if it comes at the cost of revoking funding for family planning services and women's pre...

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