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82 freed Chibok school-girls arrive in Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari said Saturday that some Boko Haram prisoners had been released for the freedom of the schoolgirls, but he did not give any details. In April 2014, nearly 300 girls were abducted from their boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria. Girls who have escaped described some of their number being shot for disobedience and said they were held in camps and raped daily. Read More »

French trade unions warn against Macron win, demonstration set for Monday

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A crowd of Macron supporters roared with delight, jubilantly waving red, white and blue tricolour flags at a victory party outside the Louvre Museum in Paris. "It raises issues around how the political system will function with a president who doesn't control the National Assembly". Once president, Macron will have to quickly designate a prime minister and form a government. Read More »

French Polls Open for Final Round of Presidential Election

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The country also is a central pillar of the European Union and its mission of keeping post-war peace via trade and open borders. Voter turnout at noon was measured at under 30 percent, less than the previous two elections at the same time, said the Interior Ministry. Read More »

Thousands of women march across Venezuela as political crisis deepens

Lilian Tintori (R), wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, shouts slogans during a women's march to protest against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas , Venezuela , May 6, 2017. Others marched topless. One woman came in her wedding dress. Highlighting vandalism and violence by young masked protesters, Maduro says opponents are seeking a coup with United States support and harbour "terrorists" and "murderers" in their ranks. Read More »

French choose new president; vote to affect all of Europe

The new leader has just over a month to take over from outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande, form a new government and push to win a majority in the June legislative elections. She said it was a victory for a renewed European Union. "I am delighted that the ideas you defended of a strong and progressive Europe , which protects all its citizens, will be those that you will carry into your presidency in the debate about the history of Europe ", Jean-Claude Juncker said in a letter. Read More »

Theresa May 'taking nothing for granted' despite local elections triumph

And it was a disastrous day for the anti-EU, anti-immigration UK Independence Party, which lost all 114 seats it was defending, and won only one new one. Initial results confirm what has been expected - the Conservatives have made significant gains while the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn has suffered heavy losses. Read More »

"Everybody" has better health care than the US

In Australia, a publicly funded government-run universal health care system has existed alongside a private health care system since the 1980s. "I think he believes that they have a good healthcare system for Australia", she said. "But I have been delighted and honored to meet with each of them", said Turnbull. Australian and USA officials were breathing sighs of relief after the two leaders seemed to enjoy each other's company. Read More »

Israel cuts funding to UNESCO

On Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry posted several tweets on the key elements of the resolution outlining its significance and components. "Israel will not sit by while the organization calls for the denial of our sovereignty in Jerusalem ", he said . Read More »

Chibok schoolgirls swapped for 5 Boko Haram commanders

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The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, security operatives, and the International Red Cross over the release of the girls. The party also congratulated the girls who survived "the very harrowing experiences" of the past three years and their parents and families who endured "the nervy and traumatic wait" for their children. Read More »

Trump will meet Pope Francis and visit Saudi Arabia

The President is set to visit the Vatican , Israel and Saudi Arabia this month, as part of his maiden global trip. The US president is not expected in Ramallah but may visit Bethlehem where he will meet the Palestinian leader, according to Channel 2. Read More »

Mark Green withdraws his nomination for Army secretary

Green's nomination and exceptional qualifications last week, noting that this would be a litmus test for Republicans - a choice between military readiness or political correctness: Time to Restore Courage, Character and Integrity to this Office. Read More »

N Korea's Kim a 'smart cookie' says Trump

But eventually, he'll have good missiles". Trump also told the show he's not going to talk about USA military options with North Korea because "we shouldn't be announcing all our moves". allies in the region on edge. He also praised Chinese President Xi Jinping over his handling of the North Korea. Seoul's presidential Blue House says White House National Security Adviser H.R. Read More »

Paris police burned as May Day protests turn ugly

One police officer was seen spraying a troublemaker in the face. Le Pen has repeatedly said that she wants to negotiate with the European Union to "restore monetary sovereignty to the French people" and would hold a referendum on whether France should remain in the EU. Read More »

Man ran 'world's largest child-pornography website' gets 30 years

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His sentencing follows those of his two co-defendants, 46-year-old Michael Fluckiger and 47-year-old David Browning , who were given 20-year terms earlier this year. In January, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation partnered with the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and law enforcement groups around the world in the somewhat-unfortunately named Operation Pacifier to go after Playpen's thousands of members. Read More »

Ismail Haniya elected new political chief of Hamas

The leadership change comes as the Islamist group looks to reconcile with Palestinian rivals. The goal of "destroying Israel" has also been removed from the agenda, however, the task is called "liberation" of historic Palestine, which includes modern Israel. Read More »

Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron elected French president: Estimates

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Almost 47 million voters are expected to cast their ballots, choosing between pro-Europe, pro-business centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, and anti-immigration, anti-EU far-right leader Marine Le Pen. One of his most unsafe opponents, conservative former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, was hobbled by allegations that his family benefited from cushy taxpayer-funded jobs for years. Read More »

Russian Federation says Syria de-escalation deal takes effect at midnight

More details, concerns and objections are expected to be aired in the coming weeks. So they United States can't bomb Syria's infrastructure with impunity, this doesn't seem right. But State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez said later that the agreement does not "preclude anyone from going after terrorists wherever they may be in Syria". Read More »

Kerala doctor from Mavellikara found dead inside auto in MI

Narendra R Kumar was also former president of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) and the Association of Kerala Medical Graduates. The doctor's body was found in the backseat of the vehicle. Police have not confirmed the reason for his death. The family members of Kumar say they do not suspect anyone and have ruled out the possibility of it being an incident of hate crime. Read More »

Venezuela Opposition Boycotts Maduro's Constitution Rewrite

Venezuelan opposition activists take part in a women's march aimed to keep pressure on President Nicolas Maduro, whose authority is being increasingly challenged by protests and deadly unrest, on Saturday. A White House statement said the leader of Venezuela's opposition-held legislature, Julio Borges, had met on Friday with US National Security Adviser H.R. Read More »

Tories 'extremely foolish' over election boasts, says Alex Salmond

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If replicated at the general election on 8 June, this swing would see Mr Robertson lose his seat to the Tories, providing what Scottish Conservatives' leader Ruth Davidson has said will be "a real Ed Balls moment" in reference to the former Labour Chancellor, who was spectacularly unseated in 2015 from his Morley and Outwood seat. Read More »

Strong The Force Is: Star Wars Fans Celebrate May the 4th

I can't wait until we get to celebrate Star Wars Day at the official Star Wars Park in Disney world! It will also continue to run twice a night at 7.45pm and 8.45pm until Jun 2. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, was there a day celebrating everything from Bantha milk to Alderaan Ruge Liquer? Not if you're a Star Wars fan, that is. Read More »

Gunfight between Indian police, rebels kills 5 in Kashmir

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Three civilians and a cop were also killed in the attack on Saturday. More than 70,000 people have reportedly been killed in the conflict since 1989. The troopers were travelling in a civilian taxi when militants attacked it. It was one of the Army's biggest operations in the region. The neutralised terrorist was carrying a grenade and some ammunition, said the police official adding that one terrorist managed to escape while another was injured whose blood trail is being followed by the ... Read More »

General election 2017: Labour have to 'come out fighting'

The move forms part of a Labour bid to position itself as the party of low and middle-income workers, as it fights Conservatives for the support of a social group which has suffered stagnating wages since the financial crash. "We have five weeks to ruin their party". Meanwhile, Labour slumped to become the third largest party in Scotland's councils, and was kicked out of power in its Glasgow heartland for the first time in nearly 40 years. Read More »

Israel targets Hezbollah arms depot in Syria

Israel has repeatedly warned against "game-changing" weapons reaching Hezbollah in Lebanon from Syria. "The Patriot Aerial Defence System intercepted a target above the Golan Heights", the official Israeli army Twitter account said , without elaborating. Read More »

White House Budget Director's On Board with $1 Trillion Spending Deal

His own White House was claiming victory. There are also no cuts to funding for Planned Parenthood or the $18 billion in cuts to nondefense spending that Trump had requested in his budget proposal. "I don't think that's responsible leadership". The Secret Service will receive an extra $60 million including $23 million for providing increased security at Trump Tower in NY. Read More »

İS auto bombs kill 9 police officers in west Mosul

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Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, a spokesman for the joint operations command, told Reuters the militants "didn't have time to make barriers, the advance since yesterday has been good". But the big risk is to civilians, with up to half a million thought to be still in the area controlled by so-called Islamic State. "We came from the early morning at 7am and have been waiting until now". Read More »

Obamacare Replace: What the Senate Should Fix

If the new proposals become law, the younger and richer cohorts will gain as they would not be cross-subsidising others. As for the act's probable chances in the Senate, it might be best to say that the path ahead will be a rocky one fraught with peril. Read More »

Alligator bites girl in shallow lake waters at Florida park

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The girl said she remembered that a smack on the nose could stop the gator (not pictured) attacking. Florida Fish & Wildlife came to the park and captured the alligator. The waterfront will be closed for the next week. Officials will meet with FWC after a review of the area is conducted. Moss Park is flanked by two large lakes, Lake Hart and Lake Mary Jane here gators sometimes appear, according to the Orlando Sentinel . Read More »

Emmanuel Macron comfortably wins French elections

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At a victory party outside the Louvre Museum in Paris, Macron supporters roared with delight at the news, waving red, white and blue tricolour flags. She said: "I do not see why we should keep them in France when they have been welcome with hospitality and thanked by committing a crime". Read More »

82 freed Chibok schoolgirls arrive in Nigeria's capital

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Nigeria's government says the release came in exchange for some suspected Boko Haram members who had been detained by authorities. Buhari, who has missed three straight weekly Cabinet meetings, spent a month and a half in London on medical leave earlier this year and said he'd never been as sick in his life. Read More »