Merkel says she won't tell France what to do

Edouard Philippe, 46, a lawmaker and mayor of the port city of Le Havre, is from the moderate wing of the main centre-right party, The Republicans, and will provide a counterweight to former Socialist members of parliament who have joined Mr Macron's cause.

France's Macron to name PM on first full day in office

France's Macron to name PM on first full day in office

New French President Emmanuel Macron is set to name a prime minister and visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel on his first full day in office today. "This will be slow work, demanding, but indispensable". Macron assumed power after an hour-long private meeting with Hollande in which official access to France's nuclear missile launch codes was handed over.

China to hold next Belt and Road forum in 2019

Twenty-nine foreign heads of state and government leaders are attending the forum. The Chinese-bankrolled project seeks to link the country with Africa, Asia and Europe through an enormous network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks.

North Korea's latest missile launch suggests progress towards ICBM

If confirmed, that would make it the highest test out of the seven Pyongyang has conducted this year. Defying United Nations resolutions and warnings from the US, the country conducted its latest missile test Sunday.The weapon, said North Korea, was a mid- to long-range ballistic missile that could survive re-entry into the atmosphere, a key feature needed for a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States.

Labour poll boost after manifesto leak but Tories maintain big lead

New protections for workers in the so-called "gig economy", such as drivers for Uber and internet delivery firms, follow a review set up by the Prime Minister led by Matthew Taylor, a former adviser to Tony Blair. Mr Tommy Sheppard, a lawmaker for the Scottish National Party, said in a statement: "The very fact that this draft manifesto has been leaked shows how divided and chaotic the Labour Party is".

Backed Syrian forces expect Raqqa assault soon, await weapons

Backed Syrian forces expect Raqqa assault soon, await weapons

The advance left no significant IS-held urban settlements between SDF lines and Raqqa, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the east. Felat spoke at a press conference in Tabqa , which the SDF captured from IS on Wednesday along with its nearby dam in one of its most important victories yet.