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Marechal-Le Pen had been seen as an asset in the FN's bid to attract support from the traditional right wing whose scandal-hit candidate Francois Fillon - like her a devout Catholic - crashed out in the first round. But it is a meagre base from which to build a true opposition force. Changing the name was discussed at the height of Le Pen's efforts to scrub the party image and remove traces of racism and anti-Semitism that scared away potential backers.
  • Moon Jae-in sworn in as new South Korean President

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    A separate statement from Moon's Democratic Party said he was briefed on the status of the North Korean military and South Korea's military readiness. Moon, 64, begins his five-year term as president after Park Geun-hye was toppled and indicted for corruption. With Moon as president, the balance in the three-nation alliance could be negatively impacted.
  • Syrian Kurds welcome US arms, Turkey says 'unacceptable'

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    Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of mainly Kurdish and Arab fighters, took the city on Wednesday, SDF spokesman Talal Silo said. A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units ( YPG ) gestures at a convoy of U.S. The PKK is proscribed as a terrorist organisation by both the United States and UK. "I hope they turn back from this mistake", Canikli said. Meanwhile, the Kurdish-Arab force battling the Islamic State group in Syria said U.S.
  • Leery candidate wins in South Korea

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    Moon, speaking during his formal oath of office, also said he'll "sincerely negotiate" with the United States, Seoul's top ally, and China, South Korea's top trading partner, over the contentious deployment of an advanced US missile-defense system in southern South Korea.
  • Tillerson Calls For Pressure Against North Korea

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    Earlier, a ballistic missile was also test fired by North Korea from the same site. "And I can tell you, I don't think the President of China - who is a very respected man - will be happy either", Trump says. "In particular, if North Korea is in possession of nuclear capability, it will be a very, very unsafe situation that has to be avoided", Anikka Soder, Sweden's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs said.
  • Tories claim they could win 15 seats in Scotland at general election

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    Scotland's political leaders are expected to step up their general election campaigns later, with exactly a month to go until polling day. "Scotland's oil and gas sector is emerging from the downturn, businesses are growing in confidence and people are getting back into work after a tough couple of years", Robertson said.
  • Graham: 'I want to know more about Trump's business dealings'

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    Spicer says Trump has no business in Russian Federation or ties to the country. The South Carolina Republican chairs a Senate Judiciary subcommittee that is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. And he said, "well, I'll just see how the FBI can do its own investigation and see how that may coincide with anything that I am going to look at".
  • Trump tabs Minnesota Justice Stras for federal appeals court

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    Sentencing Commission meeting where commission members voted unanimously to allow some 19,500 federal prison inmates, a lot of them black, to seek reductions in their crack cocaine sentences in Washington . Democrats don't seem to understand that there's more than one court in this country. He said, "I favored Trump over Clinton for one main reason - the courts".
  • Syrian Kurdish official praises US decision to provide arms

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    US support for Kurdish forces has been a flashpoint of late in U.S. The SDF is spearheaded by the PKK/PYD, as Ankara often refers to the Kurdish YPG. "We do not envision (that) a long-term YPG presence and governance in the city is acceptable or consistent with the wishes of the local population", she said.