French ex-PM Valls wants to join Macron's movement

A technocrat and former economy minister with business-friendly views, he represented a relatively fresh style and youthfulness, as well as moderate and sensible positions that were reassuring to a country that did not want to elect a president with far-right pedigree.

Prince Philip steps down from public life

Prince Philip steps down from public life

It benefits from " full support of the kidney e" in its decision. When Sir Michael, who is 88, said to him: "I'm sorry to hear you're standing down", the duke joked: "Well I can't stand up much longer". His decision to retire from public life comes after a momentous six-year period for the Royal Family, from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011, the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations last year and the Queen becoming Britain's longest-reigning monarch, passing her ...

Moon rises: New South Korean president raises hopes of regional peace

Which of South Korea's neighbors and allies stand to benefit most from liberal Moon Jae-in's ascension to the presidency this week? Moon will have a hard diplomatic path to tread in his approach to the North, which dreams of a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States, and has vast artillery forces trained on Seoul.

Fighting eases as safe zones plan begins: monitor

Fighting eases as safe zones plan begins: monitor

For his part, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov also said that the flights by US-led coalition aircraft over the de-escalation zones were being discussed by military officials. The Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee has contested Iran's signing of the agreement, saying it is "an aggressor that should be held accountable for violations against Syrians".

Can read EVM vote sequence: AAP

In the meeting, the EC assured all political parties that EVMs were secured and could not be tampered with. The MLA said it was "not a coincidence" that all reports of faulty EVMs "are of those (machines) that favoured the BJP and the BJP happens to be the ruling party".

Russian Stocks Falter As Trump's FBI Problem Distracts Markets

As for the timing of Lavrov's meeting, it was scheduled well in advance of Comey's firing. " Proper protocol was followed in this procedure ", the White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said at a Thursday press briefing, adding that the White House also " had an official photographer in the room ".