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Marine Le Pen steps aside from Front National leadership – video

Leader of France’s far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, announces she is focusing on her campaign to become president in the runoff against centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron Le Pen savages Macron as France’s mainstream rallies behind him Continue reading...

French presidential election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen set for final round showdown – live

Independent Macron projected to have taken around 24% of vote with Front National leader Le Pen on roughly 22%; conservative François Fillon concedes French election: first round results tracker If you voted in the French election, share your thoughts with us 12.51am BST More reaction is flowing in from across Europe. Show More Summary

Pope Francis urges connection not division in TED talk

Pope Francis urged harmony over division in a surprise papal TED talk, delivered via video to the big-ideas gathering in Vancouver. Francis embraced the theme of this year's conference - 'The Future is You' - saying it was relations and connections between people that would shape society going forward. Show More Summary

Cuban sugar burns to recapture sweet smell of success

A sweet smell of treacle used to fill the air in the village of Pedro Betancourt -- but like the workers from the derelict Cuba Libre sugar refinery, it has dispersed. It was the smell of success against the odds for Cuba, reviled by...Show More Summary

Mourning and joy for Egypt's Christians as Pope visits

Egypt's Christians are still mourning fellow members of the Coptic Orthodox community murdered this month by jihadists, but there is also joy ahead of Pope Francis's visit this weekend. In a Cairo church amid wafting incense, strident...Show More Summary

Mozambique battles illegal logging to save tropical forests

A squad of Mozambican forest rangers made their first arrest just minutes after arriving at a checkpoint near the northern port city of Pemba. Nicolau Moises, the forestry department chief in Cabo Delgado province, one of Mozambique's top timber-producing regions, quickly seized a truck piled high with freshly-cut bamboo stalks. Show More Summary

Islamic romance novels set hearts aflutter in Bangladesh

Kasem bin Abubakar was told nobody would buy his chaste romance novels about devout young Muslims finding love within the strict moral confines of Bangladeshi society. And yet his tales of lovers whispering sweet nothings between calls...Show More Summary

Massacre in Brazilian farmland highlights brutal struggle

The nine men were lowered into the reddish earth they once sweated over, but the burial of their mutilated bodies didn't lay to rest a brutal power struggle in Brazil's agricultural heartland. The massacre of poor farmers would be a major scandal in many countries. Show More Summary

Pope to boost Muslim ties on security-tight Egypt trip

Pope Francis heads to Egypt Friday to bolster relations with Muslims and show solidarity with the largest Christian community in the Middle East following devastating attacks. Security will be high for the Cairo visit after two bombings...Show More Summary

UK PM May to meet EU's Juncker, Barnier ahead of key summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday hold talks with EU Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker and chief negotiator Michel Barnier, ahead of a summit to set the bloc's Brexit "red lines". In the first such meeting between...Show More Summary

Colombia's ELN rebels free two hostages: Red Cross

Colombia's last active rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), freed two hostages after more than a month in captivity, the Red Cross said, a boost to ongoing peace talks. The hostages, who were seized in mid-March, were handed...Show More Summary

'You will not have my hatred': moving eulogy for slain French policeman – video

Etienne Cardiles delivers a moving eulogy at his partner’s funeral at Paris police headquarters on Tuesday. Politicians and dignitaries attended to pay their respects to the officer, Xavier Jugelé, who was shot dead on the Champs-Elysées in Paris last week. Show More Summary

UN council to vote on re-launching Western Sahara talks

The UN Security Council is expected to vote Thursday on a draft resolution backing a UN bid to re-start talks on settling the decades-old Western Sahara conflict. The draft resolution would also put pressure on the Polisario Front independence...Show More Summary

Brazilian police, indigenous tribes clash outside Congress

Thousands of Brazilian indigenous tribe members clashed with riot police Tuesday while demonstrating in the capital, Brasilia, for greater rights. Some of the indigenous people were armed with bows and arrows, while police rained tear gas onto the protesters. Show More Summary

NASA's Cassini poised to plunge beneath Saturn's rings

An unmanned NASA spacecraft, Cassini, is poised to plunge into the gap between Saturn and its rings, a pioneering journey that could offer an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the Sun. The first of the spaceship's 22 deep dives between Saturn and its innermost ring is scheduled for April 26 at 5:00 am Florida time (0900 GMT), NASA said. Show More Summary

Complacency threatens Macron in France’s unhappy democracy

Hailed as a victory for hope, Emmanuel Macron’s strong showing in the first round of France’s presidential election belies the deep frustration and despondency expressed by voters, many of whom vow to shun the decisive run-off against Marine Le Pen.

Arkansas stages first double execution in US in 17 years

The southern state of Arkansas has carried out the first double execution in the United States in nearly 17 years, forging on with a controversial push to execute a string of inmates before a lethal drug expires at the end of the month. Show More Summary

European lawmakers reopen Turkey rights probe

Lawmakers from across Europe voted Tuesday to reopen a monitoring probe into Turkey over rights concerns, sparking anger from Ankara as its relations with the continent continue to slide. The move by the Parliamentary Assembly of the...Show More Summary

Rajoy pushes for EU-Mercosur deal by end of year

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called Tuesday for the European Union to sign a free trade deal by the end of the year with South American bloc Mercosur. "This deal is closer than ever, and that's why we must speed up negotiations to close it by the end of 2017," he said at a meeting with business executives during a trip to Brazil. Show More Summary

Uber wants to launch 'flying cars' by 2020

Uber said Tuesday it wants to launch a system of flying cars to move people around cities, with a goal of putting demonstration projects in place by 2020. The ridesharing giant announced a series of partnerships to manufacture "vertical takeoff and landing" (VTOL) vehicles and put networks in place, a system dubbed Uber Elevate. Show More Summary

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