Macron vows to step up French fight against Islamists in Africa

By Marine Pennetier GAO, Mali, May 19 : France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe today. Visiting Mali days after taking office, Macron vowed to […]

Macron wins French presidency, to European allies’ relief

By Mathieu Rosemain and Matthias Blamont PARIS, May 8 : Emmanuel Macron was elected French president with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union. The centrist’s emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France’s mainstream parties, will bring […]

Hamas elects former deputy Haniyeh as new political chief

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, May 6 : The Palestinian movement Hamas today elected Ismail Haniyeh to head its political office, a leadership change that comes as the Islamist group looks to reconcile with Palestinian rivals. Haniyeh, a former deputy chief, will replace Qatar-based veteran Khaled Meshaal, who steps down at the end of his term […]

Macron’s French presidential campaign emails leaked online

By Eric Auchard and Bate Felix FRANKFURT/PARIS, May 6 : Leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign said on Friday it had been the target of a “massive” computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online 1-1/2 days before voters choose between the centrist and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen. Macron, who extended his […]

Macron stretches lead as French presidential campaign enters final day

By Mathieu Rosemain and Andrew Callus PARIS, May 5 : Centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron extended his lead in the polls over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen today, the final day of a tumultuous election campaign that has turned the country’s politics upside down. The election is seen as the most important in […]