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French vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics

Sylvie Corbet and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:42am

French voters shut out the country's political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in the country's modern history, and on Monday found themselves being courted across the spectrum for the runoff election.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:42am

With a budget deadline looming, President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight his administration's accomplishments. He also is putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even if that pressure risks a possible government shutdown. Trump approaches the symbolic 100-day mark for his administration juggling a renewed health care push and demands that a must-pass government funding bill include money for the wall.

New Zealand: US doctor must pay reparations for deadly crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:30am

A Wisconsin heart surgeon who was vacationing in New Zealand when he caused a highway accident that killed two people and injured four others has been ordered to make reparation payments but has avoided jail time.

Siren wails as Israel marks annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:10am

Israel has come to a standstill as people stopped in their tracks for a two-minute siren that wailed across the country in remembrance of the Holocaust's 6 million Jewish victims.

The Latest: EU VP Lambsdorff backing Macron

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:00am

The Latest on the French election (all times local):

Afghan army chief, defense minister resign following attack

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:00am

Afghan officials say the country's army chief and the defense minister have resigned following the weekend Taliban attack at a northern army base that killed more than 100 military and other personnel.

Officials: Afghan army chief, defense minister resign following weekend attack on army base that killed more than 100

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:40am

Officials: Afghan army chief, defense minister resign following weekend attack on army base that killed more than 100.

Xi urges restraint on N. Korea in phone call with Trump

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:12am

President Xi Jinping called for restraint when dealing with North Korea during a telephone call with President Donald Trump, Chinese state media reported Monday, amid speculation that Pyongyang could soon carry out a sixth nuclear test.

France's far-right reaches across spectrum as runoff looms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:04am

France's far right is reaching out to voters who backed the defeated far-left contender, hoping to peel away voters from the extremes of the political spectrum.

Xi urges restraint on N. Korea in phone call with Trump

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 11:24pm

President Xi Jinping called for restraint when dealing with North Korea during a telephone call with President Donald Trump, Chinese state media reported Monday.

Pence cites 'challenging times' to troops in American Samoa

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:57pm

US Vice President Mike Pence is thanking US service members based in American Samoa.

N. Korea detains US citizen; 3rd American being held

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:55pm

North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there.

Guatemalan land activist wins prestigious Goldman prize

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:17pm

Rodrigo Tot, a 60-year-old farmer and activist, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday for work in his Guatemala homeland, an honor that comes after two previous Latin American winners were murdered in the last year.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:41pm

Emmanuel Macron is celebrating his victory in France's first-round presidential election at a Left Bank eatery frequented by Ernest Hemingway and other artistic dignitaries. The choice to dine in La Rotonde in the Montparnasse neighborhood fits with Macron's literary leanings _ he quotes poets and philosophers in his campaign rallies.

American monitor killed in Ukraine when mine blasts vehicle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:32pm

A land mine blew up a vehicle carrying an OSCE monitoring team in the separatist Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine on Sunday, killing an American observer and wounding two European members of the mission, officials reported.

The Latest: French candidate Macron revels at Paris eatery

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:50pm

The Latest on the first round of France's presidential election (all times local):

France: 2 men charged in thwarted pre-election attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:40pm

French authorities have filed preliminary charges against two people of plotting an attack days before a tense presidential election.

Tight, tense French presidential vote echoes around world

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:05pm

Whatever the result of France's presidential election, the choice will resonate far beyond France's borders, from Syrian battlefields to Hong Kong trading floors and the halls of the U.N. Security Council.

Le Pen took French party from pariah to spotlight _ and now?

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:54pm

Marine Le Pen, whose passion for far-right values was forged in the cradle, is now one step away from the French presidency, hoping this time to finish what her father could not when he ran in 2002.