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US Defense Secretary Mattis Makes A Stop In Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Mattis Makes A Stop In Afghanistan

The base is the headquarters of the Afghan National Army's 209th Corps, responsible for much of northern Afghanistan, including Kunduz, a province which has seen heavy fighting. The death toll from a Taliban raid on a key army base has exceeded 160, an official said Saturday, the bloodiest single incident in an attack by the resurgent militants since their ouster in 2001.


Tokyo shares rally on French presidential vote

Tokyo shares rally on French presidential vote

Regardless of the result, the French election is additional proof that voters around the world's democracies are fed up with mainstream establishment parties. Despite Macron's plans to "relaunch the building of Europe", the combined scores of staunch eurosceptics Le Pen, far-left Jean-Luc Melenchon and nationalist Nicolas Dupont-Aignan add up to around 46 percent.


President Trump Looks to Pressure Democrats on Funding for Border Wall

President Trump Looks to Pressure Democrats on Funding for Border Wall

The timing promises a week of high drama on the Hill. Those were the most pressing unresolved issues confronting lawmakers as they returned from a two-week spring recess to face a critical deadline. "We're going to get it paid for one way or the other", Sessions said. Preibus said he believes the spending bill will include "something satisfactory" regarding the funding for the border wall.



Hollande 'will vote Macron', calls Le Pen 'risk' for France

Gains may be limited for the single currency as investors will start to look to the second round of the French elections on May 7, when Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen battle it out for the presidency. Expectations for a Macron victory could also add to outperformance by European equities SXXP, +0.02% which have already been the subject of growing bullish interest among foreign investors anxious about stretched US stock-market valuations.


Political mainstream shut out in French election

Political mainstream shut out in French election

A turnout higher than expected (77.3%) also explains the relatively low performance of Le Pen, as she was expected to gain from the relative demobilisation of mainstream parties' voters. "The first stage that must lead to the Elysee Palace is overcome", Le Pen said addressing her supports. PARIS Warnings against the dangers of globalisation and terrorism and efforts to portray rival Emmanuel Macron as the establishment candidate will be at the heart of Marine Le Pen's campaign for the ...


UK opposition leader Corbyn says could suspend Syria air strikes if elected

UK opposition leader Corbyn says could suspend Syria air strikes if elected

In the end, 66 Labour MPs backed the bombing. Blair said polls suggested PM Theresa May's Conservatives were on course for a landslide victory and he "wasn't totally sure" what Labor's position was on Brexit. Despite the Tories' pledge before 2010 of "a bigger army for a safer Britain', they slashed the army from 102,000 in 2010 to 80,000 in 2016, breaking a manifesto commitment to keep it at 82,000".