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April 24th, 2017 by admin

Front National leader tells supporters in party’s stronghold of Hénin-Beaumont: I am the candidate of the people

Live: French election 2017 – reaction

Marine Le Pen told supporters the “survival of France” was at stake in the second round of the presidential election in a jubilant speech at her rally in Hénin-Beaumont in France’s northern rust belt.

The Front National president said the first step towards the Elysée had been taken and that it was time to “free the French people from the arrogant elites”.

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April 24th, 2017 by admin
  • University teacher Tony Kim held at airport while trying to leave country
  • North Korea says its forces are ready to sink US aircraft carrier

Amid rising tensions between North Korea and the US, Pyongyang has detained a US citizen, officials said on Sunday, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held in the country.

Related: Julie Bishop hits back at North Korea as Labor backs ‘harder-edged’ US stance

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April 23rd, 2017 by admin

• Payne to ride at Royal Ascot and in Shergar Cup competition
• Churchill fully on course for 2,000 Guineas, says Aidan O’Brien

Michelle Payne has been confirmed to take part in Ascot’s Shergar Cup, the international jockeys’ competition for which the participants were named on Sunday. Payne, who in 2015 became the first woman to ride the winner of the Melbourne Cup, had been lined up for last year’s Shergar Cup until sustaining abdominal injuries in a fall that kept her on the sidelines through the summer.

The Australian has since turned her hand to training but is still a licensed jockey and hopes to make her Ascot debut at the royal meeting in June aboard the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained Kaspersky. The Shergar Cup will give her another five mounts at the Queen’s track when the competition is staged on 12 August.

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April 23rd, 2017 by admin

Independent Macron projected to have taken around 24% of vote with Front National leader Le Pen on roughly 22%; conservative François Fillon concedes

9.34pm BST

Today, the people of France have spoken. As our country confronts an unprecedented moment in its history, it has responded in the best way possible – by voting in huge numbers. It has decided to place me first in this first round.

To all those who have accompanied me since April 2016, in founding and bringing En Marche! to life, I would like to say this: in the space of a year, we have changed the face of French political life.

9.21pm BST

A word of clarification about the official interior ministry count that is under way and shows Marine Le Pen in the lead.

latest interior ministry figures with 28 million votes counted – le pen 23,6, macron 22,78, fillon 19,69, melenchon 18,43

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April 23rd, 2017 by admin

9.38pm BST

Messi.

9.37pm BST

Sergi Roberto surges through the middle. It’s a brilliant run. He finds Gomes. He waits for support. Then he knocks it to the overlapping Alba. The cutback rolls to – gulp – Messi and he sweeps the winner low to Navas’s right from 15 yards! That’s his 500th Barcelona goal! What a time to score it! The title race is back on!

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April 23rd, 2017 by admin

Sophie Walker’s challenge to Tories’ Philip Davies comes as ‘progressive alliance’ gathers support in key marginal seats

She is the leader of the Women’s Equality party (WEP), a new political force committed to furthering the cause of gender equality, but which has yet to make inroads electorally.

He is a Tory MP who tried to derail a bill to protect women against violence, and told a conference hosted by an anti-feminism party that “feminist zealots really do want women to have their cake and eat it”.

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April 23rd, 2017 by admin

Budget hotels always offer basic, boxy rooms, but not many are as creative as this alternative gem in the Belgian capital

Brussels is a city of grand townhouses and art nouveau. Yet plonked in the middle of the Belgian capital, on a nondescript street corner, has appeared a hotel that looks like downtown LA had it been swallowed by lava. An old 1970s art college has been redesigned and rebuilt, by people who usually make film sets, to become the oddest, most fashionable, most affordable stopover in Europe.

The reception desk is held up by a pair of motorcycles dipped in concrete – above it rest maquettes, Paolozzi-like little bricks of angles and texture. Three guests under 10 years old leap joyfully between leather sofas and concrete benches while they wait for their parents to check into one of the Supra rooms which sleep five, one up by the ceiling, in what they call a “cabine bed”.

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April 23rd, 2017 by admin

Why did Ukip’s ex-leader want to slip in unnoticed to meet the WikiLeaks chief at the Ecuadorian embassy?

On 9 March 2017, an ordinary Thursday morning, Ian Stubbings, a 35-year-old Londoner, was walking down the street near his office in South Kensington when he spotted a familiar face. He turned and saw a man entering the redbrick terrace which houses the Ecuadorian embassy, where the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up since 2012. And the familiar face? It was Nigel Farage, the man who spearheaded Britain’s exit from the European Union.

“I thought ‘hang on a moment’,” Stubbings says. “‘That looks a bit dodgy.’ I knew the building was the embassy because I often see camera crews outside. But there was no one else around. I was the only person who’d seen him. And I didn’t know what the significance was – and I still don’t actually – but I thought: that’s got to be worth telling and I was the only person who’d witnessed it.”

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April 23rd, 2017 by admin

British scientists are exploring ways to use the steel industry’s waste to capture carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

The Industrial Revolution left a deep mark on our world. Its dawning saw the start of the widespread burning of coal for factories and steam engines and, as a result, the beginning of significant outputs of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Our climate is now warming noticeably as these emissions have accumulated across the planet.

The British landscape has also been changed dramatically. In particular, the countryside is now peppered with piles of slag left over from old steel mills. Landscaping these piles of industrial waste has required major efforts by local authorities in recent decades.

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April 23rd, 2017 by admin

Top two finishers from 11 candidates will advance to runoff on 7 May that will decide the country’s next president

Voting is under way in the first round of an unpredictable French presidential election whose outcome could prove crucial for the future of a deeply divided country and a nervous European Union.

Less than two days after a gunman shot dead a policeman on the Champs-Elysées in an attack for which Islamic State claimed responsibility, France’s 47 million registered voters – nearly a quarter of whom are still undecided – go to the polls amid heightened security.

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