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Pence thanks US military members during stop in Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence ended his trip to Asia on Monday with a thanks to U.S. service members based in Hawaii and promises of robust military spending under President Donald Trump....

Old-guard rallies around newcomer Macron for French runoff
PARIS (AP) -- France's established parties are rallying around the man who helped shut them out of the presidential runoff, maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron - an alliance of convenience aimed at keeping far-right Marine Le Pen out of the Elysee Palace....

Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign
PARIS (AP) -- Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding a little more detail to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin....

Analysis: A Le Pen wins more acceptance than ever in France
PARIS (AP) -- When France last put a Le Pen onto the threshold of the presidential Elysee Palace, one step from power, it could write off the 2002 election shock as a mere accident....

Macron vs. Le Pen: Opposing styles and visions for France
PARIS (AP) -- They could hardly be more different: Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron is facing anti-immigration, anti-EU Marine Le Pen in France's presidential runoff May 7....

France's steely Le Pen gets far-right in presidential runoff
HENIN-BEAUMONT, France (AP) -- Marine Le Pen's steely resolve, helped by a cutting tongue, propelled her political career, but it was her masterful use of a soft touch that has brought her one step away from the French presidency....

US general in Afghanistan suggests Russia arming the Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan, top U.S. military officials said Monday....

Venezuelans stage sit-in on roads to protest government
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela's cities Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government....

Boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece sinks; 16 dead
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A migrant boat sinking in the eastern Aegean between Greece and Turkey left at least 16 people dead, including two children, Greek authorities said Monday, while two people were rescued. Patrol boats and helicopters were searching for several more people believed missing....

South Korea, allies brace for North Korea follow-up act
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea marks the founding anniversary of its military on Tuesday, and South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that it could conduct another nuclear test or launch an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time....

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