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Apr 24

Centrist Macron, populist Le Pen claim victory in French election that has consequences for Europe

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — Far-right populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron claimed victory in Sunday’s first-round vote in the French presidential election. Besting nine other candidates, the two will now face off in a second and final round on May 7. Celebrating his advancement, Macron addressed supporters in Paris, in a speech that called for …

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Apr 24

North Korea detained a professor who is US citizen; at least 3rd American held

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. citizen and academic was detained in North Korea while trying to leave the country with his wife on Saturday, a spokesperson for the university that employed him has confirmed. Tony Kim, 58, who goes by his Korean name– Kim Sang-duk– was detained while trying to board a flight to China from …

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Apr 24

France’s choice: European globalism or populist nationalism

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen appear to have won the first round of France’s presidential election. They now advance to a second round vote that will held on May 7. And the choice for France could be one of the most consequential in decades, analysts say. At stake, analysts …

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Apr 24

William, Kate and Harry carry message on mental health to London Marathon

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Prince William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry put their hands together to push the red button that started the London Marathon. The royal trio, who founded a charity that aims to break the stigma surrounding mental health, were on hand to support the runners at the starting line Sunday morning. It’s #LondonMarathon day! …

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Apr 24

Antarctica is melting faster than originally thought, new study finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — While it’s no secret that the ice on Earth’s poles is melting, scientists are still learning about how rapidly these changes are happening. Now a new study of water across the surface of Antarctica finds that the melting is occurring to a greater degree than previously thought. “This study tells us there’s …

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Apr 24

Mike Pence takes a break from diplomacy to go sightseeing in Sydney with his family

ABC News(SYDNEY) — Vice President Mike Pence took a brief break from being a statesman on Sunday, instead opting to be a tourist on his last full day in Australia. And like any camera-toting tourist in a foreign land, he was quick to share photos of his excursions on social media.  Pence, along with his …

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Apr 23

Father of US-Egyptian teen jailed in Egypt says US should do more to help free him

Family of Ahmed Hassan(NEW YORK) — The family of a 17-year-old New Jersey boy who has been imprisoned in Egypt since December are calling on U.S. authorities to do more to secure his release. Ahmed Hassan was arrested on Dec. 1, 2016 while staying with his extended family at their home in Zagazig, a city …

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Apr 23

What's at stake in the French election

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — Some 47 million French voters are set to head to the polls on Sunday in what could be one of the most consequential elections France has held in decades. On the ballot are 11 candidates who span the political spectrum; if no single candidate garners a majority of the votes, two will advance …

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Apr 23

Taliban leader killed in US airstrike

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Taliban leader once known as a shadow governor of an Afghanistan province has been killed in a U.S. airstrike, U.S. forces in that country said. Quari Tayib, at one time known as the Taliban shadow governor of Takhar Province, was killed in an airstrike in Archi District, Kunduz Province, Afghanistan on …

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Apr 23

United States remains vulnerable to North Korean cyber-attack, analysts say

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As North Korea blusters about launching missile strikes against the United States and its allies, experts are warning that aggressive action from North Korea is more likely to come from cyber space. While Kim Jong-Un has struggled to develop a traditional arsenal to rival those of his enemies as international sanctions have barred …

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