• Macron wins Merkel backing for bid to shake up Europe
Macron wins Merkel backing for bid to shake up Europe

Shortly after Mr Philippe's appointment, Mr Macron travelled to Berlin on his first foreign trip as French leader. French President Emmanuel Macron's conservative prime minister has plenty in common with his boss, but the 46-year-old who boxes in his spare time has not shied from throwing a political punch at the young centrist in the past.

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  • Local elections: Sturgeon plays down Tory success in Scotland
Local elections: Sturgeon plays down Tory success in Scotland

There are differences of opinion on the constitutional future of Scotland, just as there are differences of opinion on Brexit. The First Minister then went on to dismiss the prospects of the other parties running in the general election. And a source said: "An SNP-Labour coalition with the numbers we're talking about would only risk defeat if the...

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  • US says Syrians built crematorium at prison complex
US says Syrians built crematorium at prison complex

The status of Tice and other American hostages in Syria is unknown, according to Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, who spoke during a press conference Monday morning at the State Department in Washington , D.C.

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  • Trump on Mideast peace: 'We will get it done'
Trump on Mideast peace: 'We will get it done'

In an interview with Fox News in mid-April, Netanyahu demanded that the Palestinians stop the payments if they intend to show a genuine commitment to peace with Israel . "So I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like". Many Palestinians have become disillusioned with Mr Abbas' strategy, after two decades of...

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  • Israel Ambassador David Friedman Prayed For Trump
Israel Ambassador David Friedman Prayed For Trump

The new U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, stepped out of the diplomatic protocol by visiting the Western Wall on Monday. But not only are the prospects of relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem grim, but even an American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is at risk.

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  • Donald Trump reportedly considering 'purge' of high-ranking White House staff
Donald Trump reportedly considering 'purge' of high-ranking White House staff

The warning followed after Trump believed a mocked up, 1970s-style magazine cover about how global warming didn't exist, which was a hoax that had circulated for years online. In February, a printout of an article from GotNews.com that accused deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh of being "the source behind a bunch of leaks" landed on Trump's desk...

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  • Injured bear euthanized after hit near LA-area freeway
Injured bear euthanized after hit near LA-area freeway

A bear that was apparently hit by a vehicle in La Verne is seen in some bushes near the 210 Freeway on May 15, 2017. The bear, believed to weigh about 200 pounds, made its way to a nearby embankment after being struck, La Verne Police officials said in a news release .

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  • Governments, businesses worldwide brace for new ransomware attacks
Governments, businesses worldwide brace for new ransomware attacks

The minister assisting the prime minister for cyber security, Dan Tehan, said that government agencies and the nation's critical infrastructure have not been affected by the malware campaign. Problems with cyber security in NHS organisations were highlighted past year by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the national data guardian, who warned that issues wer...

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  • Macron, Merkel say ready to change EU treaties if needed
Macron, Merkel say ready to change EU treaties if needed

Among names being bandied around for the top job in Macron's first government, speculation mostly centered on Edouard Philippe. Speaking of the widespread reforms suggested by Macron she said it may be possible to change European Union treaties as would be required to enact them.

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  • North Korea Also Wants 'Right Circumstances' for Meeting With Trump
North Korea Also Wants 'Right Circumstances' for Meeting With Trump

China has defended North Korea's invite, saying the forum is inclusive and open to all countries. The test gives a boost to leader Kim Jong Un as he seeks to show his people that he's standing up to America and South Korea. North Korea said it fired the missile at a high angle to avoid neighboring countries. Tensions between the USA and North Kor...

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  • 1 killed, several wounded by army mutiny in Ivory Coast
1 killed, several wounded by army mutiny in Ivory Coast

The mutineers aren't letting people leave their homes to demonstrate", said a Bouake resident as soldiers took up positions in a square in front of the police headquarters and started shooting into the air. They also backed Ouattara against Ivory Coast's long-time leader Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to accept his defeat to Ouattara in a much-delayed...

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  • Election success would give SNP mandate on Brexit talks - Nicola Sturgeon
Election success would give SNP mandate on Brexit talks - Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw responded to Ms Sturgeon's comments by claiming her position on Europe had descended into "complete chaos". Ms Sturgeon said: "I've made no bones about the fact that while there is lots and lots of strength in Scottish education, there are big challenges".

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  • 'Epic' battle how F1 should be - Wolff
'Epic' battle how F1 should be - Wolff

I gave you space, otherwise we would have touched". "And that was for every lap". Hamilton delivered the flawless response to his off-colour performance in Russian Federation to record his second victory of the season. With Bottas holding down Vettel for a few laps, Hamilton was able to close the gap and eventually pounce. Hamilton ran an...

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  • Lalu's benami property case: IT raids 22 locations
Lalu's benami property case: IT raids 22 locations

Defending her daughter from the allegations, Lalu said "They are indulging in character assassination" while saying that shell company "does not exist at all", reported news agency PTI. This comes a day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stated that if there was documentary proof against Yadav. Bharti sold her company's shares of face value ...

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  • Trump's attempt to intimidate Comey could come back to haunt him
Trump's attempt to intimidate Comey could come back to haunt him

The White House also shifted its stance on whether Comey's termination had anything to do with the Russian Federation investigation, at first saying it was not linked. Trump also attempted to defend his administration's struggle to come up with a consistent timeline and rationale for the abrupt firing of Comey this week, first saying it was in resp...

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  • Christian governor of Jakarta jailed for blasphemy
Christian governor of Jakarta jailed for blasphemy

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday in a south Jakarta courtroom over comments he made regarding what he believed to be the misinterpretation of certain verses of the Quran. Home affairs minister Tjahjo Kumolo said Purnama's deputy would take over in the interim. The ruling came as thousan...

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  • Gaza Strip Israeli navy shoots dead Gaza fisherman after 'blockade breach'
Gaza Strip Israeli navy shoots dead Gaza fisherman after 'blockade breach'

What began with some 1,000 prisoners participating, Israeli authorities say some 894 Palestinian prisoners have kept up the strike, while Palestinian officials maintain that the number remains over 1,000. In the Gaza Strip, a march in Khan Younis Camp was organised by the Higher Committee to Commemorate the Nakba to commemorate both 1948 and the ...

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  • Trump Meets Palestinian Leader Abbas to Weigh Peace Prospects
Trump Meets Palestinian Leader Abbas to Weigh Peace Prospects

Hosting Abbas at the White House, Trump said he would do " whatever is necessary " to bring together the Palestinians and Israelis, who have been warring over the same small patch of land for generations. Asked what distinguishes Trump's plans from previous attempts, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said merely: "The man is different". "Mr. Pres...

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  • Red Sox Fan Who Yelled Racial Slur Ejected, Banned From Fenway Park
Red Sox Fan Who Yelled Racial Slur Ejected, Banned From Fenway Park

One night after Jones spoke out about being called the N-word by a fan in the Fenway stands, rekindling the debate about the city's mixed history of racial tolerance, the ballpark was the site of another racist encounter. Red Sox officials apologized and said that only one of 34 fans kicked out of the game was ejected for using foul language toward...

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  • UK Conservatives gain in local election; Labour, UKIP sink
UK Conservatives gain in local election; Labour, UKIP sink

Opinion polls give May a runaway lead in the national election next month of around 20 percentage points, which could hand her more than 100 more seats in parliament and bolster her hand in divorce negotiations with the EU. The Scottish Conservatives - with 23 of 32 councils declared - have more than doubled the number of councillors they have in t...

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  • White House denies Comey loyalty pledge — Federal Bureau of Investigation chief sacking
White House denies Comey loyalty pledge — Federal Bureau of Investigation chief sacking

Then, asked to answer a yes or no question about whether Trump records his official conversations, Spicer again refused to say. The president is reported to have asked Comey whether he could be loyal to him during a dinner meeting in February shortly after his inauguration.

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  • Trump congratulates South Korea's Moon on election win
Trump congratulates South Korea's Moon on election win

Moon had vowed on the campaign trail to resume engagement with North Korea, a sharp change from the hard-line approach taken by South Korea's past two governments - and by the worldwide community - in response to North Korea's nuclear tests and missile launches.

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  • North Korea Launches Missile That Doesn't Immediately Explode
North Korea Launches Missile That Doesn't Immediately Explode

Moon has advocated dialogue with North Korea to denuclearize. In the statement, all members including China, North Korea's main ally and trading partner, "vowed to fully implement all measures imposed" on North Korea and to "strongly urge" other countries to follow suit.

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  • Few in US Support Trump's Firing of FBI Chief
Few in US Support Trump's Firing of FBI Chief

Trump is "frustrated, and angry at everyone", one source told Axios, and said that the president is also upset with Cabinet officials, like commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, attorney general Jeff Sessions, and health and human services secretary Tom Price.

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  • Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns
Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns

It blamed governments for storing data on software vulnerabilities which could then be accessed by hackers. Earlier this week, the BMJ said up to 90 per cent of NHS computers still ran Windows XP and previous reports found public health organisations were using an outdated version of Microsoft Windows that was not equipped with security u...

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  • New French prime minister took job because of
New French prime minister took job because of "unique" situation

His portfolio will include implementing Macron's economic reforms, reports Bloomberg . Merkel said that Germany needs France to succeed, emphasizing that "Europe will only do well if there is a strong France". Macron faces his first big test next month in legislative elections that will determine how far he is able to advance his reform agenda. ...

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  • Trump shared secret info with Russians about IS
Trump shared secret info with Russians about IS

On Capitol Hill, the report of Mr. Trump's possible disclosure of classified information to the Russia's top diplomat and its USA envoy prompted a chorus of concern from Democrats and Republicans. Later, as the U.S. media worked itself into a frenzy over being excluded from the event, the Russian Embassy twisted the knife, tweeting a photo of...

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  • UK interior minister says health system has recovered from cyber attack
UK interior minister says health system has recovered from cyber attack

The attack, already believed to be the biggest online extortion scheme ever recorded, is an "escalating threat" after hitting 200,000 victims across the world since Friday, according to Rob Wainwright, the head of Europol, Europe's policing agency.

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  • Democrats Keep Pressure on Trump Over Comey Firing
Democrats Keep Pressure on Trump Over Comey Firing

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went on Sunday talk shows to harshly criticize President Donald Trump and undermine his claims that there was no Russian interference in the campaign. "Even that is possible", Trump said, speaking on Air Force One before departing for Lynchburg, Virginia, where he delivered a commencement a...

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  • Xi urges countries to coordinate development policies, reject protectionism
Xi urges countries to coordinate development policies, reject protectionism

The plan, which was first released in 2013, intends to expand trade relationships between Asia, Africa, and Europe. Xi told a press conference at the conclusion of the summit that he had every reason to be confident in the future of the ambitious project, although it will be a long undertaking.

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  • Ousted FBI director James Comey is willing to testify
Ousted FBI director James Comey is willing to testify

The White House first said this week that Trump made the move because of a negative memo about Comey from the Justice Department, only to have the president later say he made the decision before seeing the memo. Trump's tweet raised "the specter of possible intimidation and obstruction of justice", wrote Reps. Has President Trump secretly tape...

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  • Greece: Latest cuts extend austerity to decade mark
Greece: Latest cuts extend austerity to decade mark

A compromise is needed to unblock a tranche of loans Greece needs for debt repayments of €7bn ($7.6bn) in July. The 2015 agreement was the third of its kind in five years. Economists were predicting a smaller increase in GDP during the first quarter but a decline by 0.5 percent has left many surprised about the strength of Greek economy.

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  • Why North Korea's latest missile test is a huge step forward
Why North Korea's latest missile test is a huge step forward

Beijing is wary of piling on economic pressure that could cause North Korea's collapse, and it wasn't clear Monday if it would support new sanctions . "It appears to have not only demonstrated an intermediate-range ballistic missile that might enable them to reliably strike the USA base at Guam, but more importantly, may represent a substantial ad...

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  • We'll reunite released Chibok girls with parents next week - FG
We'll reunite released Chibok girls with parents next week - FG

A total of 276 girls were kidnapped and 113 have not escaped or been released . She said pictures of the 82 girls had been sent for their parents to confirm their identification as some have similar names. Mediator and lawyer Zannah Mustapha said some of the abducted girls refused to be freed with the 82 girls last weekend, fuelling fears tha...

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  • Local elections: Full list of Scottish results published
Local elections: Full list of Scottish results published

The party's own analysis suggests it could be in contention in more than a dozen constituencies across the country after finishing second in the council ballot with a 25% share of first preference votes . The leader of the Labour group, Frank McAveety, held his seat, also in Shettelston, after 26 years but his role as council leader looks uncertai...

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