Monday, May 8, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 8, 2017

Outgoing French President Francois Hollande (R) and President-elect Emmanuel Macron attend a ceremony to mark the end of World War II at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Reuters: Macron wins French presidency, to European allies' relief

Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union.

The centrist's emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France’s mainstream parties, will bring huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain's vote to quit the EU and Donald Trump's election as U.S. president.

The euro currency, hit a six-month high against the dollar while Asian shares gained and U.S. stocks briefly touched a record high.[FRX/]

With virtually all votes counted, Macron had topped 66 percent against just under 34 percent for Le Pen - a gap wider than the 20 or so percentage points that pre-election surveys had suggested.

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Islamic State mounts fierce resistance on new Mosul front. IS attacks Iraq base where US advisers stationed.

Syria’s Kurds march on to Raqqa and the sea.

Syrian army advances despite deal to cut violence, monitor says.

Evacuation of Syrian rebels starts in Barzeh.

Mattis: US reviewing Syria safe zones but has many questions.

Lavrov will meet Tillerson in Washington DC to talk Syria & Ukraine on May 10. Tillerson to discuss Syria crisis with Russian counterpart.

Saudi Arabia will be razed except for Mecca & Medina if it attacks Iran – defense minister.

Bill to declare Israel a Jewish state back on national agenda.


North Korea claims plot reveals US state-sponsored terrorism.

North Korea detains another American over alleged 'acts of hostility'.

No time to relax for South Korean opponents of controversial US anti-missile system.

Taliban again threaten key northern Afghan city.

Pakistan and Afghanistan dispute toll after clashes. Pakistan claims it killed 50 Afghan border troops.

Philippine 'war on drugs' comes under fire at UN Human Rights Council.

Indonesia to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir group in Jakarta protest counterstrike.


Nine Chadian soldiers killed in clash with Boko Haram.

Al-Shabab allegedly beheads 2 captured Somali soldiers near Mahaday.

Egypt says kills 8 Brotherhood members before terrorist acts.

Thousands seek aid amid Somaliland drought.

UN: 2m children displaced by South Sudan conflict.

South African police fire rubber bullets to quell riot.

'Optimism' over release of remaining Chibok hostages.

Chinese Navy hands over notorious pirate leader.


France's mainstream breathes sigh of relief.

EU leaders thrilled to welcome Monsieur President Macron.

Vladimir Putin reaches out to France's Emmanuel Macron during 'difficult time for Europe'. Putin urges end of 'mutual distrust' in message to Macron.

Trump congratulates Emmanuel Macron on French election win.

Macron hackers linked to Russian-affiliated group behind US attack.

Merkel's CDU wins elections in Schleswig-Holstein.

US calls on Kosovo to ratify border deal with Montenegro.

Ukraine bans American actor Steven Seagal for 5 years.


Trump's revised travel ban goes before federal appeals court.

Worried world urges Trump not to pull out of Paris climate agreement.

Legal war over Trump’s halted travel ban resumes without fanfare.

Obama voices 'fervent hope' Congress will tread carefully on healthcare.

Obama warned Trump not to hire Flynn: reports.

Cuba concerns over US trade embargo.

Montreal declares state of emergency over flooding.


US and Afghan officials: 'IS' leader in Afghanistan killed in military raid. Pentagon: Islamic State's Afghan leader killed in April raid.

Remedial ISIS tutorial steers jihadists toward heavier, deadlier truck attacks.

Trump counterterrorism strategy urges allies to do more.


Nimble shale drillers outpump giants, confounding OPEC clampdown.

Warren Buffett just confirmed the death of retail as we know it.

Apple just got its most bullish forecast yet: Worth $1 trillion in a year.

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