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Macron poised to launch next stage of his French 'revolution'

Icon Books is to publish a "careful examination" of Emmanuel Macron, the 39 year-old president-elect of France, by freelance journalist Adam Plowright. The head of the En Marche! commission in charge of deciding on the movement's candidates told broadcaster Europe 1 that Valls "does not fulfil the criteria" to be a candidate.

Led warplanes hit Syria forces

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Friday described the attacks as "unacceptable", which also claimed the lives of civilians. Russian Federation on Friday condemned strikes by the US-led coalition against Syrian forces as "unacceptable", state media reported, after the bombing of pro-government troops.

Syria says US airstrike killed several soldiers near Jordan

There have been reports in recent days of Syrian forces and Iranian-backed Hezbollah fighters moving south and east from regime strongholds in the direction of al-Tanf, but this was the closest the two sides have come to date. -Sarah El Deeb in Beirut and Lolita Baldor in Washington. Also on Thursday, SANA reported that Assad met with Iraq's national security adviser Faleh al-Fayad to discuss steps to improve coordination between their countries' militaries in the anti-terrorism campaign ...

Swedish prosecutors drop rape probe against WikiLeaks's Assange

The Ecuadorian government is to step up efforts to allow Mr Assange to continue his asylum in its country after Sweden's Director of Public Prosecutions Marianne Ny said she had made a decision to "discontinue" her investigation. She told a press conference in Stockholm that the investigation could be reopened if Mr Assange returns to Sweden before the allegation against him elapses under Swedish law in August 2020.

Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation

White House and campaign records may be subpoenaed, and Trump's presidential privilege to keep West Wing conversations private could be challenged. Current and former staffers will likely have to hire pricey lawyers and sit for interviews. Still, he is not subject to the day-to-day supervision of the Justice Department. In the 1990s, President Bill Clinton was engulfed by an independent counsel investigation that started as a probe into failed land deals but ultimately exposed his affair ...

Basquiat painting fetches record $110.5 million at NY auction

In India rupees, applying an exchange rate of ₹64.80, it translates to a staggering ₹716 crores. The winning bidder plans to make the painting the centrepiece of a new museum - a great relief to fans of the artist, considering that the work has been under wraps since it was last sold in May 1984 for $19,000.

Text of Swedish prosecutor's decision to drop Assange probe

He has been there ever since, fearing that if he was in custody he might ultimately be extradited to the United States for his role at the helm of WikiLeaks , which has enraged governments around the world by publishing tens of thousands of leaked classified USA documents.

Adults brawl at high school graduation

The man who shot this video told WREG the fight started over a seat. She's the woman reportedly at the center of the commotion, seen on the viral video throwing punches at other parents and even grabbing another woman's hair as graduates marched inside.

U.S. aircraft strikes pro-Assad forces in Syria

But a statement on Syrian state news agency Sana said that the air strikes at 16:30 (13:30 GMT) on Thursday had targeted one of the "military points" of its army. Assad condemned that us strike on a Syrian airfield as "reckless", "irresponsible" and "short-sighted". This is totally unacceptable; it is a violation of Syrian sovereignty.

Syrian Army confirms US strike on military convoy

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said the strikes were "completely unacceptable", according to state-run news agency Ria Novosti. Separately, Syria's military supported by Russian Federation and Iranian-backed militias are fighting against the militant group only sporadically, preferring to instead focus their efforts against pro-democracy rebel factions across the country.

Jean-Claude Juncker: 'English is losing importance'

British ministers blasted the European Commission on Friday, accusing EU officials of trying to "bully" the United Kingdom ahead of two years of grueling negotiations. European Council president Donald Tusk said: "These negotiations are hard enough as they are". "Despite the successes and despite the growth, our British friends have chose to leave the European Union, which is a tragedy", Juncker said, adding that while the European Union has its weaknesses, the British decision to leave ...

Special Counsel Confronts Task Of Overseeing FBI's Russia Investigation

He misstated the record on jobs and a violent national gang as well as on the matter that prompted the Justice Department a day earlier to appoint a special counsel with wide-ranging powers to investigate the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Just 29% of Americans approve of Trump's decision to fire Comey

That's not idle bragging or exaggeration on Trump's part, either ― Spicer's briefings, notorious for their awkwardness, combativeness, and a slew of false and misleading statements, have drawn more viewers that some daytime TV shows . "We have to ask ourselves what is the right thing to do and then do it". Comey had told Congress that Abedin had sent "hundreds and thousands" of emails to her husband's laptop, including some with classified information.

Deputy AG to brief Senate on Mueller nod; Trump unhappy with move

Trump strongly disagreed. The appointment, he said in a briefing with news anchors, "hurts our country terribly". And I think it's a very, very negative thing. of developing "political schizophrenia". Now Mueller will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges.

J&K: Arun Jaitley reviews security, hails 'domination, readiness' of Armed Forces

He said that the government would want the average Kashmir citizen irrespective of his politics to be on the Indian side of the debate. About his visit to the Line of Control in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, he said: "I compliment the Army for its preparedness and enthusiasm".

SANA: Syria, Iraq discuss direct cooperation against Islamic State

Fifteen of the dead have so far been identified as non-combatants and 27 as pro-government fighters, the Observatory said. The official Sana news agency said 52 residents had been killed and 45 injured when the death cult's fighters stormed the village of Aqarab al-Safiyeh east of the town of Salamiyeh.

Malden school faces state ACLU complaint

So along with his wife Colleen, Aaron agreed to let the girls get their hair braided. The next day, the girls were called to the office for a "uniform infraction". "Our policy on hair extensions, which tend to be very expensive, is consistent with, and a part of, the educational environment that we believe is so important to our students' success".

Chibok girls released in Boko Haram swap

In spite of that Grace is "praying to God that is, I am praying that may God help us maybe my niece she is among those girls". The government has published a list of the girls' names, and parents in Chibok, some 900 kilometers northeast of the capital, are slowly learning if their daughters were among those freed .

U.S. releases 2 Turkish bodyguards after violence

In its protest against Trump's decision, Turkey's foreign minister demanded Thursday that Trump dismiss the US envoy in charge of the anti-IS coalition, Brett McGurk. He went on to call for a diplomatic response from the USA and said the government should press charges against Turkish officials involved in the brawl.

Anti-government protests claim another life in Venezuela

The opposition has accused the government of violently repressing protests by Venezuelans demanding early elections to remove Maduro from power. That action, which was later reversed in the face of global criticism and street protests , was one of a half-dozen rulings by the court that USA officials say "interfere with or limit the National Assembly's authority".

Man and young girl missing in Quebec flooding

Heavy rains and melting snowpack across Quebec have so far flooded 2,429 residences in the province, forcing the evacuation of 1,520 people in nearly 150 municipalities. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard walks through the floodwaters after a visit to city hall in Oka, Que. on Tuesday. Provincial authorities say water levels should peak across the province by midweek and begin receding.

Rangers: Gers boss made a mistake - Ferguson

Here are three worrying signs that the new Rangers boss might not be up to the task... "We are not anxious about second position, we are anxious about being the first ones, and that's what we are working on. "At this stage of the season you always get asked about players and speculation", said McInnes. Right-back James Tavernier admits the players expect major changes this summer.

1 firefighter killed, 2 seriously hurt in San Antonio fire

One was a priority one transport, while the other was a priority two. "But we're gonna continue to do the good job we always do", he said. But the fire required responders to evacuate. Firefighters later stood by saluting an ambulance. A procession was held at the scene for Deem, a 6-year veteran of the department. So far, officials have not said what led to Deem's death.

Trump denies asking Comey to stop Flynn probe

Trump, of course, was none too happy, and he said in a statement that Muller would only "confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity". 'Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side that were saying such bad things about Director Comey, ' Trump said.

NAFTA renegotiation opportunity to improve trade deal for Ontario: Wynne

The time line to get a deal done is narrow too. The U.S. has run a surplus in farm trade with Mexico for 20 of the 23 years since NAFTA took effect. Thursday's letter said the deal needs "modernisation". USA congressional leaders promise to work closely with the Trump administration to renegotiate NAFTA.

ISIS chief in Afghanistan killed in April raid, U.S. military says

Hasib is believed to have been behind March's attack on a military hospital in Kabul, killing at least 50 people. Hasib switched his allegiance to the Islamic State in Afghanistan, taking over from his predecessor, Hafiz Saeed Khan, who was killed nine months ago in a US airstrike.

US, Turkey spar over Erdogan visit violence, Kurdish support

The Turkish security officials were briefly detained at the site of the protest by USA law enforcement for their role in the altercation. Police said they were checking reports that some of the attackers worked as bodyguards for the Turkish president.

US detained, released 2 Turkish security officers involved in massive fight

On Thursday, Voice of America's Turkish Service released video showing Erdogan observing from the back seat of a vehicle while his security team pursued and attacked the protesters. He added that "this kind of thing can not go unresponded diplomatically". There are several reasons that's probably not going to happen, but the most persuasive is video that shows Erdogan pulling up outside the Turkish embassy in a Mercedes Benz sedan, moments before the brawl occurred.

Key moments of Trump-Comey clash and what's come after

Comey later writes a memo saying Trump asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into Flynn and his Russian Federation ties. In February, a day after ousting Flynn, reportedly for misleading the vice president about previous contacts with the Russian ambassador, Trump asked Comey to go easy on Flynn, according to news reports citing a Comey memo on the meeting.

Japanese government clears way for Akihito to abdicate

The bill will be submitted to the Diet (Japan's parliament) later on Friday, with the government expecting it to come into effect by the end of the current Diet session in mid-June. It may become hard for me to carry out my duties as the symbol of the state with my whole body and soul as I have done so far". The emperor avoided using the word "abdication" in his address.

U.S. laptop and tablet ban could extend to United Kingdom and Europe

The US Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday it was close to a decision on extending to Europe an existing ban imposed on eight countries , as the busy summer transatlantic travel season looms. Ironically, the ban itself is meant to mitigate the threat of terrorists smuggling explosive devices on board in electronic devices. The proposed expanded ban is based on growing concern about an explosive getting past airport scanners.

Fractious House panel at center of latest Trump probes

Rosenstein on Thursday tapped former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead a probe of alleged Russian election interference. Later, though, Trump told NBC News that he would have fired Comey "regardless" and was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so.

President Trump to embark on first foreign trip as president

In fact, for some senior officials who have lost the President's confidence, the tour may be a final chance to save their jobs. "The mood music is going to be very different than during the Obama presidency", said the Heritage Foundation's Gardiner.

China Wants Ties With South Korea Back on 'Normal Track'

Chinese President Xi Jinping said China was ready to work with South Korea to get bilateral ties back on track, Xinhua news agency reported Friday. "China highly regards relations with South Korea as does South Korea", Xi was quoted as saying.

State Dept. summons Turkish ambassador over DC brawl

New footage has emerged showing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looking on as his armed guards violently clash with a group of protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington D.C. "President Trump's embrace of Erdogan is another in the line of similarly warm embrace of autocrats around the globe", Schiff wrote on Facebook. The man then turns and rushes quickly in the direction of the protests.