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French Presidential elections: Macron, Le Pen through to second round

Emmanuel Macron's task is to persuade the French he has the gravitas and experience to be president. The May 7 runoff will be between the populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, and French politicians on the moderate left and right immediately urged voters to block Le Pen's path to power.



Saudis reinstate public sector perks after 7-month cutback

The Saudi share index gained 1.0 percent on Sunday, buoyed by expectations of a positive impact from higher disposable incomes on consumer sectors like retail and food. Prince Khalid, the new ambassador in Washington, is a fighter pilot who has trained in the USA and carried out air strikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.


Trump effect on French election: Anything is possible

Trump effect on French election: Anything is possible

However, conservative Francois Fillon , a former prime minister whose campaign was initially derailed by corruption allegations, appears to be closing the gap, as is far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon. The big surprise here would be Le Pen's failure to make it to the run-off, confounding years of opinion polls. "Fight for victory, until the very last minute", she said.



Game Six Thread: Washington Capitals vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Braden Holtby made 37 saves for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals, who will next face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight year in a series that begins in Washington on Thursday night.


Japan's Abe agrees to keep close contact with US on North Korea

Japan's Abe agrees to keep close contact with US on North Korea

Xi stressed China is strongly against any action that would violate any UN Security Council resolutions. "Xi noted that if the parties shoulder their due responsibilities and meet each other halfway, they can solve the nuclear issue of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula", Xinhua added.



Putin-linked group drew up US poll plan

Putin said: "The president's successor will be decided by the Russian people only during a democratic election and by nobody else". The second document warned that as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seemed more poised to win, it would be better for Russian Federation to focus on highlighting voter fraud in the U.S.