Macron's first non-Europe trip focuses on fighting extremism

The debut at the centrist leader's Elysee palace offices in central Paris followed publication of an opinion poll suggesting Macron's start-up party, Republic on the Move (REM), will come first in mid-June parliamentary elections; but it remained unclear whether he would win a majority.

OPEC Panel Looking At Deepening, Extending Oil Cuts

OPEC Panel Looking At Deepening, Extending Oil Cuts

In late trade, USA crude dropped 58 cents to $48.26 a barrel; it had settled at $48.66, off 19 cents. Prices gained 41 cents to settle at $49.07 on Wednesday, the highest level since April 28. Brent for July settlement added 35 cents, or 0.7 percent, to $52 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. Together, they control around 20 million bpd in daily output, equivalent to a fifth of daily global consumption.

Emmanuel Macron visits French troops posted to Mali on anti-jihad mission

Polling shows that the majority of French people are satisfied with Macron's new cabinet, "but they question whether it will be able to address the country's problems", says Politico . Mali's president expressed his gratitude toward France for its military intervention that began in 2013 after extremist groups overran the country's vast northern region.