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Marine Le Pen Is In A Much Deeper Hole Than Trump Ever Was

Emmanuel Macron, a centrist candidate, and Marine Le Pen, of the far-right-wing National Front, will advance to a runoff in the French presidential …

Austria

China’s fight with Visa and MasterCard goes global

For Myanmar’s first generation of bank customers, there is little difference between a Visa card and one from China’s...

China

US General on Russia arming the Taliban: 'I'm not refuting that'

KABUL (Reuters) - The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday he was "not refuting" reports that Russia was providing support, including weapons, to the Taliban.<p>General John Nicholson was speaking in Kabul during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.<p>Asked about …

Taliban

China calls for restraint as US carrier group nears Korean waters

China's president has urged US President Donald Trump to show restraint in dealing with North Korea. Trump also spoke with Japan's premier Shinzo Abe as a US fleet heading to Korean waters trained with Japanese warships.<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe both spoke …

North Korea

French election: How the pollsters got the last laugh

The results of the first round of the French election came late Sunday: Of the 11 candidates, independent centrist Emmanuel Macron came out on top, followed closely by far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Both will now progress to a second round of voting.<p>It's a landmark election that saw France's main …

Elections

The Future of U.S.-China Relations Depends on North Korea

<i>Jacob L. Shapiro is the Director of Analysis at Geopolitical Futures. This piece is part of a special RCW series on the U.S.-China geopolitical</i> …

North Korea

One 12-Year-Old’s 800-Mile Drive Across Australia

SYDNEY, Australia — Some of you probably think your adolescence was filled with adventure because you drove your parents’ car to the local pizza place when you were, what 15 years old?<p>Well, just try to compete with this: Police officers near the Australian mining town of Broken Hill stopped a sport …

Australia

North Korea warns of all-out war over US provocations

Pyongyang has warned the US over what it said were its "mad-cap nuclear war provocations", aimed at violating "the sovereignty and vital rights of North Korea at any cost".<p>A statement of the Foreign Ministry, released on Friday and read out on state TV on Saturday, said North Korea possessed a …

North Korea

Diplomats representing ancient civilizations meet in Athens

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Diplomats representing ancient civilizations have met in the Greek capital for the first time as part of a new 10-member international club.<p>The Ancient Civilizations Forum held its inaugural session in Athens on Monday, attended by foreign ministers or senior diplomats from …

Greece

The 5 Most Jaw-Dropping Moments from Trump’s A.P. Interview

The transcript has to be read to be believed.<p>In an era filled with media malpractice, sensationalism, accusations of “fake news,” and corresponding recriminations on both the left and the right, there is something to be said for the purposefully straightforward, often deliberately dry style of the …

Donald Trump

North Korea won't bow to Donald Trump's threats. It needs assurances

Brinkmanship won’t convince Kim Jong-un to negotiate. It can serve only to strengthen North Korea’s belief in the indispensability of its warheads<p>Anyone who harbors the illusion that Donald Trump will be able to threaten North Korea into peacefully giving up its nuclear weapons should think about …

Foreign Policy

Nikki Haley to North Korea: ‘Don’t give us a reason’ to fight with you

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, tells TODAY that Kim Jong-un “is starting to flex his muscles because he feels the pressure,” but add that “it’s a new day” when the U.S. and China are working together to contain North Korea. She says the U.S. is not looking for a fight with …

North Korea

Top Afghan Defense Officials Resign After Attack Kills More Than 100 Troops

Afghanistan's defense minister and its army chief of staff stepped down in the wake of a Taliban-claimed attack Friday in which at least 100 Afghan soldiers died. It was one of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan since 2001.<p>Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced the high-level resignations …

Afghanistan

Trump Was Wrong About France

Thursday’s terrorist attack in Paris did not “help” Marine Le Pen.<p>Following Thursday’s terrorist attack on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, which killed one police officer and wounded two others, Donald Trump made a prediction. “The people of France will not take much more of this,” he wrote on …

France

North Korea Took Tony Kim Hostage to Show Strength Ahead of Potential War, Nikki Haley Says

She said she believed the arrest was leader Kim Jong Un "trying to really show his strength to the people of North Korea."

Korean Peninsula

How French cartoonists reacted to the election results

After Sunday's first-round vote, it is now clear that either the centrist Emmanuel Macron or far-right candidate Marine Le Pen will be the next president of France. Here's how French cartoonists reacted to the options.<p>Two candidates are left after the first round of elections in France. Centrist …

France

Trump: I said NATO was obsolete 'not knowing much about NATO'

President Donald Trump says he referred to NATO as "obsolete" during his presidential campaign because he didn't know "much" about the organization at the time since he was new to politics.<p>Trump recalled in an interview with the Associated Press on Friday that when he was first asked about the …

NATO

'I could not even dream': What it's like to be gay in North Korea

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> Jang Yeong-jin never loved his wife.<p>Throughout their marriage, he felt guilty and confused, ashamed that he was, in his words, "ruining one woman's life."<p>Jang did not hear the word "homosexual" for the first 37 years of his life, saying he had no concept of what it meant, …

Korean Peninsula

Russia is now the world's third largest military spender

Russia is back in the top ranks of military spenders.<p>The country boosted its military spending to $69.2 billion in 2016, according to a new report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The 5.9% increase landed Russia behind only the United States and China in the …

Russia

Five Reasons Trump Won't Reverse The U.S. Military's Long Decline

Politicians of both parties frequently laud the prowess of America’s warfighters. However, the reality is that the U.S. military has been gradually losing its edge over other countries in training and technology for many years.<p>The Air Force’s fleet is the oldest it has ever been. The Navy is at …

War

Marine Le Pen Denounces Efforts to Unite Against Her Candidacy

PARIS — A day after mainstream parties were dealt a heavy defeat in the French presidential election, the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, one of the two candidates to advance to a runoff, on Monday condemned the parties’ calls to unite against her and to support her rival, the independent centrist …

France

Why young French voters don’t want a progressive president

Young voters didn’t get what they wanted on Brexit or Donald Trump. And the French presidential election has proven to be no different.<p>Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen took the two two spots in the first round of voting on Sunday (April 23). Macron is expected …

Bernie Sanders

'Apartheid Without the Racism': How China Keeps Rural Folks Down

YANJIAO, China—An epic property boom restricted to city dwellers has opened a wealth gap that continues to widen in China, setting back a state campaign to ease poverty and shunting rural dwellers from the middle-class dream.<p>China’s system of hukou, or household registration, a decades-old legacy …

China

British-Iranian Woman Loses Final Appeal Against Five-Year Jail Sentence In Iran

On Monday, speaking from the UK, her husband Richard Ratcliffe told ITV News she had lost her final appeal to Iran's supreme court.<p>"The situation is now political," he said. "If we got to a year and she wasn't out I [said I] was going to start pushing again.<p>"We've had a year, the legal process is …

Iran

Refugee boat sinks between Greece and Turkey, 16 drown

Search operation continues after two people are rescued and 16 bodies are recovered off Greece's Lesbos island.<p>At least 16 people, including two children, have drowned when an inflatable boat sank in the eastern Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey, according to Greek authorities.<p>Greece's …

Refugees

Want to know what sea level rise will do to the environment? There’s an app for that

The oceans are rising and already creating problems from Boston to Miami<p>The oceans are rising and already creating problems from Boston to Miami. But the true scope of what the world is in for is hard to imagine.<p>Standing on dry land today and knowing that it will be underwater by 2100 is …

Global Warming

China's Southeast Asia investments: A blessing or a curse?

For Southeast Asian countries, an increased economic cooperation with China can be a double-edged sword. Beijing's investment initiatives are not only aimed at regional connectivity, they also seek ideological hegemony.<p>According to Asian Development Bank estimates, the infrastructure needs for the …

China

The ‘global elite’ breathe a sigh of relief as Trump backs off campaign promises

For President Trump, his fellow Republicans and his supporters, his failure to yet deliver on many campaign promises has become a source of consternation. But for many of the foreign leaders who descended on Washington this weekend for one of the first international meetings of Trump's presidency, …

Economics

The French election, explained in 500 words

The first round of France’s presidential election, held on Sunday, narrowed the field of 11 candidates to the two top vote getters: the charismatic young centrist Emmanuel Macron, who won 23.9 percent of the vote, and far-right populist Marine Le Pen, who won 21.4 percent. These two will now face …

France

More Venezuelans Face Hardship in the U.S. as Their Country’s Situation Deteriorates

People crowd outside a church near Miami's international airport, chatting about family and friends left behind in Caracas, Valencia and Maracaibo as they wait more than an hour to receive rice, beans, yogurt and other food for their families.<p>At a storage space not far away, about 60 other …

Venezuela