Syria: France's Macron No Sees No Clear Successor for Assad

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France's President Emmanuel Macron, left, and his wife Brigitte Macron awaiting Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez for a dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Nobel Peace Prize winner and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos starts a three-day visit to Paris for talks on cooperation.

Funding Bill Clears Hurdle in House

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to extend funding for the U.S. government through Dec. 22 and avert agency shutdowns on Saturday cleared a procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives on Thursday, paving the way for a vote on passage later in the day.

Macron's untested party secures clear majority in French parliamentary elections

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PARIS – President Emmanuel Macron's party, which includes untested novices, is set to sweep into the lower house of the French parliament, holding a clear majority of seats after winning an overwhelming victory in Sunday's elections and clinching the young leader's hold on power. Macron fulfilled his wish to disrupt politics as usual with a new approach and new faces -- a farmer, a teacher and a math genius among them. But he may be getting more than he bargained for with the entry into parliament of loud voices from the ultra-left, and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Both promise to fight his plans to overhaul French labor laws, one of the touchiest subjects in France. "Through their vote, a wide majority of the French have chosen hope over anger," said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, reiterating his "total" determination to work on major reforms in the coming months.

India Clears Sale of 'Enemy Shares' Held by People Who Moved to Pakistan

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Modi's cabinet on Thursday approved a plan to sell stocks in 996 companies held by 20,323 shareholders, deemed as "enemy shares" the government said in a statement. The government said 588 were active firms including 139 listed on the stock exchange.

Baghdad authorities clear site of deadly mall bombing

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A municipal worker passes by a poster of a bomb victim during the cleaning process at the site of a deadly Islamic State group-claimed mall bombing in the Karradah neighborhood of central Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. The scene of the blast that ultimately claimed the lives of nearly 300 people, according to the ministry of health, sat as a memorial to the dead for weeks after the attack. The July 3 attack was the single deadliest bombing in Baghdad since the 2003 toppling of Saddam Hussein and it fueled anger toward the Iraqi government over the lack of security in the capital.