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June 23, 2017
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen wins seat in French parliament: party
Paris (AFP) June 18, 2017
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday won a seat in the French parliament, but her anti-EU National Front (FN) party faced disappointment, winning only four to eight seats, polls and party figures said. The number of lawmakers, if confirmed, would be too small to form a parliamentary group which would give the FN a role in setting the agenda and win positions on committees. Le Pen, 48, who lost her presidential bid to centrist Emmanuel Macron, triumphed in her northern fiefdom of Henin-Beaum ... read more

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The year-old centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron prepared Saturday for the first round of parliamentary elections looking set to grab the lead in the race for a clear majority. ... more
Suu Kyi, Trudeau talk federalism for Myanmar
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi sat down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday to learn about Canadian federalism, a system of government she believes could bring stability to her nation. ... more
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France's traditional bastions of the left and right for 60 years fear they will be swept aside by President Emmanuel Macron's centrist candidates in Sunday's first round of parliamentary elections, leaving the country without an effective opposition. ... more
Philippines' Duterte faces martial law legal challenge
Philippine opposition lawmakers on Monday asked the Supreme Court to reject President Rodrigo Duterte's imposition of martial law in the south of the country, branding it unconstitutional. ... more
Suu Kyi to consult Trudeau on constitutional reform
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to Canada next week to consult with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on constitutional reforms, his office announced Friday. ... more
Scottish Conservative leader hopes to rein in independence
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Philippines' Duterte vows to ignore Supreme Court on martial law
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will ignore the Supreme Court and congress as he enforces martial law across the southern third of the country, even though the constitution gives them oversight. ... more
Trump meets Macron, says whole world talking about win
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Myanmar's Suu Kyi defends slow-moving peace process
Peace talks got underway in Myanmar on Wednesday, with de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi defending her government's stuttering attempts to end decades of fighting between the military and ethnic rebel groups. ... more
Zuckerberg: not running for office, but wants 'to learn'
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg says he is not running for public office but is making a series of public appearances "to learn about people's hopes and challenges." ... more
Bahrain sends first civilian case to military court
Bahrain has referred its first civilian case to a military court following a constitutional amendment approved by the king last month, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. ... more
Police boost security at Eiffel Tower after demo reveals 'flaws'
Greenpeace activists on Friday pulled off a daring stunt in central Paris, attaching a giant banner to the Eiffel Tower and leaving police to admit security "flaws" at a time when terror fears remain high. ... more
Political left, right similarly motivated to avoid rival views
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French presidential vote: international media react
The results of France's first round of presidential election made front page headlines around the world on Monday. ... more
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Trump's far-right backers rebel over 'hoax' Syria attack
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