Jakarta’s Christian governor jailed for blasphemy against Islam

Jakarta's Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, speaks to his lawyers after the guilty verdict in his blasphemy trial in Jakarta on May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Bay Ismoyo/Pool

INDONESIA: Jakarta’s Christian governor was sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy, a harsher-than-expected ruling that critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. Tuesday’s guilty verdict comes amid concern about the growing influence of Islamist groups, who organized mass rallies during a tumultuous election campaign that ended with Basuki ...

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Merkel’s party scores strong win in state poll

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KIEL: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives secured a strong win on Sunday in state polls in northern Germany, early results showed, lending a boost to her bid to retain power in September’s national elections. Voters in the small, northern state of Schleswig-Holstein on the Baltic Sea handed her CDU party 34 per cent, while the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) clinched ...

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French presidential election 2017: Macron wins French presidency by decisive margin over Le Pen


PARIS: Centrist independent is projected to win by 65.1% to 34.9% but defeat still marks historically high vote for France’s far right. The pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency with a decisive victory over the far-right Marine Le Pen that his supporters hailed as holding back the tide of populism. Macron, 39, a former economy minister who ...

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French candidate Macron claims massive hack as emails leaked


PARIS: 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 barely 24 hours before voters choose between the centrist and his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen. Macron, who is seen as the frontrunner in an election billed as the most important in France ...

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Le Pen and Macron clash in crucial French election debate

(COMBO) A combination of video grabs from an AFP video taken on May 3, 2017 during a live brodcast televised debate in television studios of French public national television channel France 2, and French private channel TF1 in La Plaine-Saint-Denis, north of Paris, shows French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party, Marine Le Pen (L) and French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron talking during a face to face debate ahead of the second round of the French presidential election.
Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen face off in a final televised debate on May 3 that will showcase their starkly different visions of France's future ahead of this weekend's presidential election run-off.  / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

PARIS: The two contenders for the French presidency traded insults in a fiery head to head TV debate, in a key moment of a long and bitter campaign. Centrist Emmanuel Macron said his far-right rival Marine Le Pen’s strategy “is to lie”, while she called him a shameless “darling of the system”. Mr Macron is well ahead in the polls, ...

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Violence against journalists in highest record


KABUL: Violence against journalists is in highest record in 2016 and the first quarters of 2017 with 128 cases from which 14 are murder, according to reports. The chief executive expressed concerns over the increasing violence against journalists, but said Tuesday that the national unity government is committed to the principles of the freedom of speech. Journalists from different provinces ...

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Erdogan actions have severely hit German-Turkish ties as well as European-Turkish relations: Merkel


German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed concerns about the latest measures taken by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying they have adversely affected relations between the European Union and Ankara. “The developments over the past weeks have severely hit German-Turkish ties as well as European-Turkish relations,” Merkel told the parliament in Berlin on Thursday. She further accused Turkey of holding journalists without ...

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Brexit negotiations will demand a lot from both Britain and Europe: Merkel


German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin.—Reuters Britain must answer questions about its plans to exit the European Union before negotiations on the split can begin, and the country cannot be under any illusions that it will retain the same rights and privileges as a member of the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said ...

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Hollande urges voters to block Le Pen


PARIS: French President Francois Hollande on Monday urged voters to reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen in next month’s presidential run-off against pro-EU candidate Emmanuel Macron. Macron is the clear favourite to become France’s youngest-ever president after topping Sunday’s first round of voting with 24.01 per cent of votes, ahead of National Front (FN) leader Le Pen on 21.30 per ...

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France’s election reveals a new political divide

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On Sunday night, Le Pen called on French “patriots” to support her in the second round. In response, Macron must now define new forms of patriotism, and new forms of solidarity, for those in France who want to remain French but embrace the world. (ANNE APPLEBAUM) TRUE to the spirit of 1789, the revolutionary French are a step ahead of ...

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