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April 24, 2017 12:22 PM French election result gives markets a start-of-week lift

LONDON — European stock markets and the euro ratcheted higher Monday, particularly in France, after the first round of the country’s presidential election saw centrist Emmanuel Macron emerge on top — stoking hopes that he will defeat far-right Marine Le Pen in the run-off in two weeks’ time. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 spiked 4.6 percent to nine-year 70

April 24, 2017 4:05 AM Anti-Semitic incidents have reached levels unseen in recent years, Anti-Defamation League report says

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. skyrocketed by 86% in the first three months of the year, according to a new report released Monday by a prominent Jewish civil rights organization. The Anti-Defamation League's audit of anti-Semitic events counted 541 anti-Semitic attacks and threats against Americans in the first quarter of the year, a dramatic 79

April 23, 2017 9:25 PM Macron’s success in France signals hope for unifying outsiders

The preliminary results from the first round of the French presidential election indicate that the centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will now advance to the May 7th second round ballot. This is of extraordinary importance for the United States and indeed the civilized world. The narrow margin between Macron and Le Pen, which 76

April 23, 2017 7:48 PM France elections: Macron and Le Pen 'through to run-off'

The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, multiple projections indicate. An Ipsos/Sopra Steria poll puts Mr Macron on 23.7% in first-round voting with Ms Le Pen on 21.7%. Opinion polls have consistently predicted Mr Macron defeating his rival in the run-off. The two fought off a strong 71

April 23, 2017 6:22 PM French Election Will Signal Nation’s Commitment to Economic Reform

Will voters pick a leader who can inject bold improvements into one of the sickest economies among advanced countries? French voters are in a surly mood: As they headed to the polls Sunday, they stood ready to send a complete outsider—perhaps from the far left or the far right—to a runoff in the presidential election. The cause of this misery isn’t hard to find. France’s 36

April 23, 2017 3:34 PM My NBA MVP Vote: No More Awards Shows!

Why is a great sprint for basketball’s most valuable being cooled off for a TV ceremony in late June? The most hotly contested election on the planet isn’t in France, or Georgia’s 6th congressional district, but the vote for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. Voting is closed, however, as pro basketball’s regular season is over, and everyone knows that’s 28

April 23, 2017 2:03 PM Anthony Martial goal triggers Man United payment to Monaco

Manchester United are due to pay Monaco £8.5 million under the terms of Anthony Martial's contract after he scored away at Burnley on Sunday. Martial made it 1-0 to United in the first half and it means they will now have to stump up another fee to Monaco. Louis van Gaal signed Martial in 2015 from Monaco for an initial £36m but the fee could surpass 34

April 23, 2017 8:44 AM Concerns About Trump Administration, Geopolitics Dominate IMF, World Bank Talks

Possible U.S. trade wars, French election result could derail global economic recovery, finance ministers fear WASHINGTON—Economic leaders from around the world sought to find common ground Saturday, worried building geopolitical tensions risk derailing an accelerating global economy. While France’s upcoming elections threaten to upend the European Union 57

April 23, 2017 7:12 AM French Presidential Elections: A Look at the Candidates

Paris: A far-right leader praised by Donald Trump; a scandal-hit conservative; a 39-year-old former investment banker; and a leftwing radical who campaigns by hologram — here are the leading figures bidding to become France's next president. Since becoming party leader in 2011, Le Pen has been on a drive to clean up the anti-EU, anti-immigration National 68

April 22, 2017 10:41 PM ‘In science we trust’: Rainy Boston rally draws thousands

A crowd of thousands booed a vision of a world without science: The Environmental Protection Agency’s staff cut by a third, its science by half. Dirty water, polluted air, unchecked climate change. “As Americans, as New Englanders, as Boston Strong -- we care about our natural world!” shouted Gina McCarthy, the recently departed head of the US Environmental 78