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France votes in cliffhanger presidential election on Sunday

France votes in cliffhanger presidential election on Sunday Investors' greatest worry had been that the far-left, eurosceptic Jean-Luc Melenchon, who had surged in the polls in recent weeks, could jump ahead of Macron and make it into the final run-off against Le Pen, giving voters the choice between two radical candidates who would threaten the future of the EU. [Full Article...]

Erdogan denies he's a dictator after Turkish referendum

To the dismay of opposition parties and "No" supporters, the YSK made a last-minute decision on Sunday to accept ballot papers in envelopes without an official stamp. In their petitions, the residents of Ankara said the decision and other reported irregularities were in open violation of the law. Demonstrations have been held across Turkey to protest the YSK decision to consider the unstamped ... [Full Article...]

White House praises China for efforts to rein in N. Korea

White House praises China for efforts to rein in N. Korea The rather explosive mock-up video may lead people to wonder how things have escalated to this point, apparently, the North Korean tension is the result of several events in the past weeks. Mr Donald Trump's deputy is in the region to reassure allies fretting over Pyongyang's quickening missile programme, and its apparent readiness to carry out another banned nuclear test in its quest to develop... [Full Article...]

Aaron Hernandez's family, medical examiner's office tussle over ex-NFL player's brain

Aaron Hernandez's family, medical examiner's office tussle over ex-NFL player's brain Neither the family attorney nor the family had any idea Aaron was going to kill himself. After Baez spoke out, the district attorney announced in a statement that it would release Hernandez's brain to the CTE Center now that his death has officially been ruled a suicide. [Full Article...]

Warwickshire Police officers in London for PC Keith Palmer's funeral

PC Palmer's funeral cortege, including his hearse topped with a floral tribute reading "No 1 Daddy", left the palace through the Carriage Gates he died defending. She said: "We all want to pay honour to the ultimate sacrifice that Keith made". The Queen gave permission for the 48-year-old officer's body to rest in Westminster's Chapel of St Mary Undercroft. [Full Article...]

Biloxi church holds annual Easter egg hunt

Biloxi church holds annual Easter egg hunt The Easter Bunny also stopped at this egg hunt and spent time posing for pictures with children. Hoboken Grace hosted its seventh annual Easter Egg Hunt on Mama Johnson Field, an event that draws thousands. "We are here because of the community". The Desert Classics Car Club in Deming helped bring oohs and aahs from the Easter revelers with an exhibit of early model wheels to the latest musc... [Full Article...]

Normalcy restored in Kashmir Valley

Normalcy restored in Kashmir Valley The Srinagar constituency went to the polls again after Srinagar representative Tariq Hamid Karra, elected in 2014, resigned his seat in protest of the killing of over 90 civilians by Indian forces last summer. The turnout in Sunday's by-poll was only seven per cent - the lowest in 30 years. The by-election in Srinagar is being held to fill a vacant seat in the Lok Sabha, India's lower house... [Full Article...]

Afghans lash out at authorities after attack by Taleban

Afghans lash out at authorities after attack by Taleban Friday's terror attack in the provincial capital Mazar-e-Sharif is being billed as one of the deadliest ever assault on the Afghan army by Taliban militants. Taleban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Saturday the attack was retribution for the recent killing of Taleban leaders in northern Afghanistan. [Full Article...]

OPS camp stands tough in merger talks with Edappadi group

KP Munuswamy, a senior OPS camp leader, told reporters on Thursday that EPS became the chief minister only with the blessings of Sasikala, who was sent to jail for 20 years by the Supreme Court in a corruption case. Though the Palaniswamy and Panneerselvam camps have shown inclination for the merger of the two factions, there have not been any direct talks between them so far. [Full Article...]

Palestinian prisoners just launched a mass hunger strike

One of the largest demonstration took place in Ramallah, where thousands gathered in Yasser Arafat Square, raising flags emblazoned with the face of imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti and Palestinian flags. "There is no reason to give them additional conditions in addition to what they already receive", he told Israel's Army Radio. Israel has denied suggestions that Palestinian prisoners h... [Full Article...]

Asian markets mostly higher, post first round of French elections

Asian markets mostly higher, post first round of French elections With 90 per cent of votes counted, the Interior Ministry said Macron had almost 24 per cent, giving him a slight cushion over Le Pen's 22 per cent. Fillon, with just under 20 per cent, was slightly ahead of the far-left's Jean-Luc Melenchon, who had 19 per cent. [Full Article...]

Le Pen took French party from pariah to spotlight _ and now?

Le Pen took French party from pariah to spotlight _ and now? Supporters of Ms Le Pen and Mr Macron went wild with cheers as the projections were revealed. His three close rivals, according to voting surveys, are the anti-EU, anti-immigration National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who would dump the euro currency and return to national ones, far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who wants France to rip up worldwide trade treaties and quit NATO, and the cons... [Full Article...]

Turkey election board 'rejects referendum annulment bid'

Turkey election board 'rejects referendum annulment bid' Mr Erdogan yesterday hailed the vote as a major and much-needed step in restoring stability, saying it was the first time that Turkey had changed its political system through "civil politics". "It is clear that the High Electoral Board is not receiving its power from the people, the law or the constitution but rather from a specific centre, a specific political authority", CHP leader Kemal Kilicda... [Full Article...]

Turkish opposition party files to have referendum voided

Turkish opposition party files to have referendum voided But if unresolved, they will leave deep questions over the legitimacy of a vote which split the electorate down the middle, and whose polarising campaign drew criticism and concern from European allies. Asked what Donald Trump would like to see Erdogan do, Spicer added, "I think we'd rather not get ahead of that report and start to make decisions without knowing". [Full Article...]

China 'seriously concerned' about North Korea

China 'seriously concerned' about North Korea Chang said that President Trump will also have to work with China, because China has deep ties to North Korea. "This represents a general direction that we believe is correct and should be adhered to", Lu said. Two weeks ago, the USA announced it had ordered the deployment of nuclear aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson on the Korean peninsula, a move that was interpreted as a warning against Py... [Full Article...]

Russia Relations At All-Time Low

MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hasn't produced any positive shift yet in Russia-U.S. relations, the Kremlin said Thursday. The Russian president once gave the then-CEO the Kremlin's Order of Friendship award, but the climate has cooled considerably since then. Tillerson said both nations would set up a "working group" to seek ways to ... [Full Article...]

North Korea warns against US 'hysteria'

Choe Ryong Hae - believed to be the second-most powerful official in the country - in his address to the soldiers during the parade, blamed Donald Trump for " creating a war situation " in the Korean Peninsula promising to respond with all out war to United States aggression. [Full Article...]

IMF withdraws vow to combat protectionism

IMF withdraws vow to combat protectionism If more isn't done, "we will see more protectionism and countries retreating from globalization", said Germany's finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble. China has said that political and policy uncertainties, the rising anti-globalisation and protectionism sentiment against worldwide trade and investment pose challenges to global growth. [Full Article...]

Islamic State launches chlorine gas attacks in western Mosul

The ISIS caliph al-Baghdadi has recently moved to Syria after being injured in an airstrike by the US-led coalition in northwestern Iraq. Iraqi forces also announced on Saturday killing senior chief of Islamic State . "They are being shot at, there are artillery barrages, families are running out of supplies, medicines are scarce and water is cut-off", Grande added. [Full Article...]

North Korea detains third US citizen: Yonhap

North Korea detains third US citizen: Yonhap According to the news agency, Kim, aged in his late 50s and a former professor at China's Yanbian University of Science and Technology, had been involved in aid programmes for the North. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervising a ballistic rocket launching drill. Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 15 years hard labour for crimes against the state. [Full Article...]


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