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New French President Emmanuel Macron Pledges to Strengthen EU, Redesign French Politics

In ceremonies marked by youthful optimism and old-world Napoleonic pomp, Emmanuel Macron swept into office Sunday as France’s new president pledging to fortify the European Union, redesign French politics and glue together his divided nation.

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Edward Snowden Blames NSA for Not Preventing Massive Ransomware Attack

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who in 2013 leaked details of America’s surveillance programs, has blamed the intelligence agency for not preventing the global cyber attack on Friday.

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Decades After Fall of Atheistic Communism, Christianity Is Flourishing All Over Eastern Europe

Christianity across Central and Eastern Europe continues grow and flourish a quarter of a century after the fall of the Soviet Union and atheistic Communist regimes, a Pew Research Center survey has said.

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‘Was he Fired? You’re Kidding!’: Russian Foreign Minister’s Sarcastic Response to Comey Firing

Russia’s foreign minister sarcastically acknowledged the abrupt dismissal of FBI director James Comey by saying ‘Was he fired? You’re kidding. You’re kidding’ as he posed on Wednesday for photographs with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Euro Still Needs to be Fixed Even With Macron’s Win

Vitor Rodrigues remembers when they told him in the 1990s that the euro would bring affluence. The owner and only full-time employee of the Leituria bookstore on a leafy street in Lisbon’s Estefania district says he believed it.

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French President-Elect Macron Begins Laying Out Foundation for Presidency

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron laid the groundwork Monday for his transition to power, announcing a visit to Germany and a name change for his political movement and appearing with his predecessor at a solemn World War II commemoration.

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French Voters Head to the Polls to Pick a New President

After months of improbable twists in its campaign to pick a president, France hurtled toward a choice Sunday with voters opting between a far-right firebrand who wants to deconstruct modern Europe and a centrist political neophyte who has promised to revive it.

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Emmanuel Macron’s French Presidential Campaign Hacked

The front-runner in France’s presidential race, Emmanuel Macron, has been the victim of a “massive and coordinated hacking operation,” his campaign team said, slamming the attack as a last-ditch attempt to undermine the candidate’s lead.

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Feeling Grows That Eastern Ukraine is Lost to Russia

Leonid Androv, an electrician from Kiev, was drafted into the Ukrainian army and spent a year fighting Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine after the conflict broke out in 2014. Now, like many other Ukrainians, he is ready to accept that those lands are lost.

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Brigitte Macron Becomes in an Unusual Presence in French Presidential Campaign

As French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron prepares for a Sunday runoff against far-right rival Marine Le Pen, his wife is pondering the prospect of a prominent job herself. That’s unusual for France, as is the fact that throughout the campaign Brigitte Macron has been her husband’s closest collaborator.

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Merkel Meets Putin to Dicuss Syria, Crimea and Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has begun talks with President Vladimir Putin on her first visit to Russia since 2015.

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French Rallies During Final Election Week Show Unrest

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron hunted working class votes Monday, entering the final week of an increasingly nasty campaign for president. Thousands across France celebrated May Day by showing their top concerns are jobs and the kind of country the next leader will give them.

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