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April 27, 2017 5:28 AM Observers: Large explosion rocks Syrian capital

BEIRUT – A large explosion rocked the Syrian capital early Thursday, followed by a fire near the Damascus airport, Syrian opposition activists and a monitor said. The explosion was heard across the capital, jolting residents awake, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdurrahman said. He said the explosion was reported to have happened 39

April 26, 2017 10:30 PM Macron, Le Pen Cross Swords at Closing Whirlpool Plant in Northern France

Presidential candidates present differing stances on how to stanch France’s industrial decline AMIENS, France—French presidential candidates on Wednesday turned a Whirlpool Corp. factory slated for closure here into an impromptu stage for an ideological battle over how to revive the country’s declining industrial might. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has made the plant’s 40

April 25, 2017 7:01 AM Macron Struggles in Media Spotlight as Presidency Beckons

Emmanuel Macron stumbled out of the gate in his quest to unify France behind his bid for the French presidency, with some critics accusing him of complacency and a lack of guile in the aftermath of his first-round success. After qualifying for the May 7 runoff alongside nationalist Marine Le Pen, the political rookie gave a 15-minute speech that some observers 52

April 25, 2017 3:32 AM Asia stocks rise, euro steady as relief from French vote buoys sentiment

SINGAPORE Asian equities advanced on Tuesday as the return of risk appetite following a centrist victory in the first round of the French presidential election lifted several regional markets to multi-year highs, while the euro retained most of its overnight gains. Safe-haven assets, including the yen and gold remained under pressure, while the Canadian 67

April 25, 2017 3:05 AM French Vote Fuels Hopes for Growth

Emmanuel Macron’s rise as heavy favorite in race spurs investors to set aside political worries The ascension of centrist Emmanuel Macron as the heavy favorite in France’s presidential race spurred investors to set aside the political worries that have long plagued European markets and to make new bets on economic growth. Mr. Macron is now seen as the leader 49

April 24, 2017 8:33 PM French election spurs equity market, euro rally

NEW YORK Global equity markets rallied on Monday to lift a gauge of world stock indexes to a fresh peak, while the euro briefly jumped to a five-month peak against the U.S. dollar as the first round of an election in France went to the market's preferred contender. Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards the French presidency on Sunday by winning 66

April 24, 2017 4:30 PM Albania grants citizenship to Kosovo's ex-premier Haradinaj

TIRANA, Albania – Albania's president has granted citizenship to the former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj. Bujar Nishani on Monday issued a decree granting Albanian citizenship to Haradinaj and his wife Anita. Many Kosovars have been granted Albanian citizenship in order to profit from the country's visa-free regime with the European Union's 58

April 24, 2017 3:08 PM Euro surges, yen dives as French election fears abate

NEW YORK The euro surged against the U.S. dollar and the yen sank on Monday on relief over Emmanuel Macron's victory against anti-euro nationalist Marine Le Pen in the first round of France's presidential elections. The euro was last 1.2 percent higher against the dollar at $1.0855, not far from the 5-1/2-month high of $1.0935 it reached after the initial 63

April 24, 2017 2:40 PM Uber Challenges France in Latest European Legal Dispute

Case at Europe’s top court challenges France’s transport rules BRUSSELS—Uber Technologies Inc. on Monday opened a new front in its European legal battles, part of its combative effort to convince governments that it should be regulated as a technology company and not a transportation firm. The case, before the European Union’s top court, challenges French 33

April 24, 2017 1:30 PM After French vote, European leaders come out against Le Pen. But what if she wins?

BERLIN — With the future of Europe in French hands, the continent’s leaders have cast aside their tradition of staying out of each other’s elections and weighed in with some unsolicited advice: Pick the candidate who wants to make the European Union stronger, not the one who wants to blow it up. Hearty endorsements of independent centrist Emmanuel Macron 69