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Macron to name PM on first day as French President

France's new Prime Minister Edouard Philippe took the job offered to him by President Emmanuel Macron because the country is in a "unique situation", he said on Monday hours after his appointment was announced. Senior US officials told AFP that the internationalist Macron and protectionist Trump would have a "lengthy lunch" on May 25 to "compare perspectives".


New Hong Kong-China bond trade link widens foreign access

New Hong Kong-China bond trade link widens foreign access

Central bank officials in Hong Kong and the mainland said Tuesday that the Bond Connect program will let investors trade bonds on each other's markets. The average yield on China's AAA rated corporate bonds due in five years has jumped 106 basis points this year to 5.01 per cent, around the highest since 2014.


President Trump defends 'absolute right' to share intel with Russian officials

President Trump defends 'absolute right' to share intel with Russian officials

Powell said Trump discussed "common threats" faced by Russian Federation and the U.S. But the Post and Times stories don't accuse the president of revealing sources, methods or military operations. His criticism has been followed by a steady stream of leaks to the media that have been damaging to him and exposed an FBI investigation into his associates' possible ties to Russian Federation.


Trump claims 'absolute right' to share info with Russia

Trump claims 'absolute right' to share info with Russia

The New York Times , which later picked up the story , said the ally had previously shared information with the United States only to see it leaked, and had warned USA officials that it may cut off access to such information if it is shared too widely.


Vancouver Park Board approves cetacean ban by-law

Vancouver Park Board approves cetacean ban by-law

The debate over whether cetaceans should stay at the aquarium comes after two belugas died last fall from an unidentified toxin. A previous version of the bylaw limited which cetaceans the aquarium could acquire to those injured or in need of rehabilitation that could not be released back into the wild after treatment.


White House says no classified info was discussed with Russians

White House says no classified info was discussed with Russians

And they spoke for a president who less than a week ago said publicly that his aides and surrogates can't be expected to give accurate statements, because they don't always know what's going on. Earlier this month, Yates testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism regarding the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia, particularly Flynn's contact with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.