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The area around the Arc de Triomphe monument and top half of the Champs Elysees was closed off and packed with police vans, with heavily armed police shutting the area down nears a Marks and Spencers store. And it is not connected to the Paris attacks on November 13, 2015, which killed 130 people and hurt hundreds more. The attack comes just days before the first round of the French elections on Sunday.
  • Corbyn hits election trail with rallying speech in marginal Croydon

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    May pushed for the snap poll in hopes of smoothing the Brexit process. A YouGov survey published on Sunday night showed that 44% of Brits intends to vote for the Tories at the next election, up 2% on the company's last poll. Somewhat unkindly, some papers are saying May called the election because she feared the controversial Corbyn was about to resign and she would face a stronger Opposition leader.
  • How a single Trump sentence enraged South Korea

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    The United States is aware of a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bomber planes, signaling a possible heightened state of readiness, USA officials told Reuters on Thursday, but downplayed concerns and left open a range of possible reasons.
  • Williams fined again over cocaine possession

    Williams fined again over cocaine possession

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    French news sites were reporting the conviction would cost Williams his job at Racing 92. "I have given all the evidence, and I think they will understand that I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, so yes, I'm sure it will work out", O'Connor told media outside the hearing.
  • Patriots players make trip to White House, 34 don't

    Patriots players make trip to White House, 34 don't

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    The Patriots posted another photo to their Twitter account Wednesday showing Patriots staff and players who visited the White House Wednesday, among other personnel. Another crowd size controversy at the White House? Trump did eventually get around to congratulating the Patriots on their improbable victory - which he, of course, likened to his in last year's election.
  • Iran reiterates commitment to nuclear deal

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    Tillerson insisted that the nuclear deal was a failure as it only delayed and does not avert Iran's goal of becoming a nuclear state. Trump said Thursday that Iran is "not living up to the spirit of the agreement", adding he considers the overall accord "terrible".
  • Britain's queen celebrates 91st birthday

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    The queen is Britain's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, having become queen on February 8, 1952. For her 90th birthday past year, the queen enjoyed a large celebration with members of the royal family on the June date. The Queen was not in the area at the time as she was having lunch in the royal box. "Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and ...
  • Tory election manifesto 'will include PM's Brexit pledges' to stifle rebellion

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    The polls - admittedly not always a reliable indicator - give the Tories a 24 point lead and unless there is some sort of political natural disaster, it is hard to see how Labour can pull off a most unlikely victory. However, elections can be held early with enough support in the House of Commons. Commenting on social media, Ruth Howard said: "Whoever in this area wants to get in [to government] needs to get out and about and communicate with the community all the time , not just see their ...
  • North Korea warns U.S. of 'super-mighty preemptive

    North Korea warns U.S. of 'super-mighty preemptive

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    These steps by China were being assessed as part of an effort to "reduce the time to react to a North Korea contingency", the official said. North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
  • Prime minister asks for backing for early vote

    Prime minister asks for backing for early vote

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    MPs voted overnight by a resounding 522 to 13 to back May's call for an election, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority in the 650-seat House of Commons needed to trigger an early vote. Riding high in the opinion polls, May is seeking to increase her slim majority of 17 in the 650-seat Commons before the battles begin with the European Union over Britain's exit bill and future trade and immigration ties.
  • NewsAlert: Ontario to tax foreign buyers, expand rent control

    NewsAlert: Ontario to tax foreign buyers, expand rent control

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    There is very little data available on the number of vacant homes in the region, and speculation - which this tax would effectively try to curb - tends to account for a very small proportion of the market. Better known as a foreign buyer tax , this fee will be implemented on any non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents and non-Canadian corporations buying residential properties containing between one and six units in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region (GGH).