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French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy ordered to stand trial.

A French judge has ordered ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial in an illegal campaign finance case. Mr Sarkozy faces accusations that his party falsified accounts in order to hide 18 million euros of campaign spending in 2012. Mr Sarkozy has repeatedly denied that he was aware of the overspending. He lost the 2012 race to Francois Hollande, and failed in his bid to run again in this year's upcoming presidential election.

Speaker Bercow says Trump should not speak in Parliament.


House of Commons Speaker John Bercow would be "strongly opposed" to US President Donald Trump addressing the Houses of Parliament during his state visit to the UK, he has said. Mr Bercow told MPs that "opposition to racism and sexism" were "hugely important considerations".

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States urges retention of temporary block to Trump’s travel ban.


Restoring President Donald Trump's ban on immigrants from seven mainly Muslim countries would "unleash chaos again", lawyers for two US states argue.

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Trump to meet NATO leaders in May also criticizes judge for travel ban setback.

US President Donald Trump will meet fellow NATO leaders in May. The White House confirmed the meeting after the President’s call with the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. In a statement yesterday, the White House said, Trump expressed “strong support for NATO” but called on European members to pitch in more adding that Trump “agreed to join in a meeting of NATO leaders in Europe in late May.It also said the parties agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation to address the full range of security challenges facing NATO.

Seattle judge issues nationwide block over Trump travel ban

A US judge in Seattle has issued a temporary nationwide block on President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven mainly Muslim nations. Federal Judge James Robart ruled against government lawyers' claims that US states did not have the standing to challenge Mr Trump's executive order. Last week's order has led to protests and confusion at US airports. Some 60,000 visas have since been revoked.

White House defends deadly Yemen raid.

The White House has said a raid in Yemen on an al-Qaeda stronghold that likely killed civilians was a "very thought-out process". As many as 23 civilians were killed in the raid on a village in Yakla district on Saturday, including 10 children, rights group Reprieve says.

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US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is 'strong'

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong. Mr Mattis said the relationship would only be strengthened in the face of threats from North Korea.

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Democrats boycott health and treasury picks.

US Senate Democrats are boycotting confirmation votes for two of President Donald Trump's key cabinet nominees, forcing the votes to be postponed. Senate committees had been expected to approve several candidates, in the second week of Mr Trump's presidency. Democrats said they wanted more information about the financial activities of health nominee Tom Price and treasury pick Stephen Mnuchin.

Kremlin says Putin and Trump could meet before G20 in July.

The Kremlin said today it was too early to talk about any possible deals with the United States over sanctions on Russia, but that President Vladimir Putin could meet U.S. President Donald Trump before the G20 in July.

Putin and Trump spoke by phone on Saturday and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Monday the exchange had been a good one. Peskov said that Putin and Trump had not discussed sanctions in their phone call on Saturday, their first conversation since Trump's inauguration.

Indian High Commissioner in Colombo says Sri Lanka continues to be a key part of India’s neighborhood first policy.

Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu has congratulated the Government of Sri Lanka on completion of two years in office stating that Sri Lanka continues to be a key part of India’s “neighbourhood first” policy.

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