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Radical options on offer as French vote nears climax

PARIS (Reuters) - France voted on Sunday in the first round of a bitterly fought presidential election that could define the future of the European Union, and is sure to be seen as a gauge of the anti-establishment anger that has brought upsets in Western politics. Read More

 

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Delays dog 'shovel ready' projects in Trump's infrastructure plan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump reassured manufacturers gathered in the White House Roosevelt room on March 31 that a massive infrastructure program was coming soon. More »

 

Sweet home Chicago: Obama re-emerges in city where it all began

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday makes his first major appearance since leaving office, having chosen Chicago, the city where his political career started, to emerge from a three-month hiatus from the public eye. More »

 

North Korea says ready to strike U.S. aircraft carrier

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. More »

 

Trump pressures Democrats on Obamacare to get border wall deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump weighed in on congressional efforts to avoid a government shutdown, telling Democrats on Sunday that Obamacare will die without a cash infusion the White House has offered in exchange for their agreement to fund his border wall. More »

 

North Korea detains third U.S. citizen

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea detained a U.S. citizen on Saturday as he attempted to leave the country, bringing the total number of Americans held by the isolated country to three. More »

 

Vice President Pence tries hand at koala diplomacy Down Under

SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence crouched down in the shade of a eucalyptus tree on Sunday at Sydney's Taronga Zoo where Penny, a red kangaroo, dozed in the midday heat, scratching her behind the ears before she lazily rolled onto her back. More »

 

Hundreds flee Mosul fighting as others return to former IS areas

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Heavy two-way traffic of carts carrying children, clothes, and the elderly crowded the main Baghdad-Mosul road on Sunday as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy fighting or made their way back to areas seized back from Islamic State. More »

 

Restored Saudi state perks may avert recession, help economic reforms

DUBAI (Reuters) - The decision by Saudi Arabia's King Salman to restore cuts to financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel is being seen as helping the kingdom avoid recession this year while smoothing the path toward economic reforms. More »

 

Germany's AfD picks leaders for election drive, seen shifting right

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Sunday chose a tough-talking former member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and an economist to lead its campaign for a September election in a line-up likely to drag the group further right. More »

 

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