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France’s Macron appears set for Elysee in runoff with Le Pen

Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards the French presidency on Sunday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Though Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has never held elected office, new opinion polls …

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Death toll in Afghan base attack rises to 140, officials say

As many as 140 Afghan soldiers were killed on Friday by Taliban attackers apparently disguised in military uniforms in what would be the deadliest attack ever on an Afghan military base, officials said. The Defense Ministry said the toll was “over 100” Afghan soldiers killed and wounded. One official in …

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South Korea on heightened alert as North Korea readies for army anniversary

South Korea was on heightened alert on Friday ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang. North Korea will mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of …

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North Korea says don’t mess with us as U.S. plans next move

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program as North Korean state media warned the Americans of a “super-mighty preemptive strike”, saying don’t “mess with us”. U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with …

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As Trump warned North Korea, his ‘armada’ was headed toward Australia

When U.S. President Donald Trump boasted early last week that he had sent an “armada” as a warning to North Korea, the aircraft carrier strike group he spoke of was still far from the Korean peninsula, and headed in the opposite direction. It was even farther away over the weekend, …

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Pence warns North Korea of U.S. resolve shown in Syria, Afghan strikes

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence put North Korea on notice on Monday neither the United States nor South Korea would tolerate further missile and nuclear tests, with U.S. attacks in Syria and Afghanistan showing its resolve. Pence and South Korean acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn, speaking a day after a failed …

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North Korean missile ‘blows up’ on test launch as Pence heads for South

A North Korean missile “blew up almost immediately” on its test launch on Sunday, the U.S. Pacific Command said, hours before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was due in South Korea for talks on the North’s increasingly defiant arms program. The failed launch from North Korea’s east coast, ignoring admonitions …

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China says North Korea tension has to be stopped from reaching ‘irreversible’ stage

China said on Friday tension over North Korea had to be stopped from reaching an “irreversible and unmanageable stage” as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed toward the region amid fears the North may conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test. Concern has grown since the U.S. Navy fired 59 Tomahawk …

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U.S. unleashes ‘mother of all bombs’ for first time in Afghanistan

The United States dropped “the mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear device it has ever unleashed in combat, on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, the military said. President Donald Trump touted the bombing as evidence of a more muscular …

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Assad allies say U.S. attack on Syria air base crosses ‘red lines’

A joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and militias supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday said the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base on Friday crossed “red lines” and it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally. …

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