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France's Macron, Le Pen to Attend Ceremony for Murdered Policeman

The two candidates vying to be France's new president will Tuesday honour a policeman killed in a jihadist-claimed attack on the Champs Elysees, as they ramp up a campaign marked by security jitters.

Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right, anti-immigration candidate Marine Le Pen differ starkly on how to protect France, still reeling from a series of jihadist attacks since 2015 that has claimed more than 230 lives.

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Pentagon Chief Warns of 'Tough Year' for Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned of "another tough year" in Afghanistan as he arrived on an unannounced visit Monday, hours after his Afghan counterpart resigned over a deadly Taliban attack that triggered anger and left the embattled army in disarray.

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Pence the Clean-Up Act in Trump's First 100 Days

Mike Pence has spent many of his first 100 days as U.S. vice president ironing out Trump-induced problems at home and abroad, but he's also been steadily building political capital of his own. 

Whether it's on an isolated runway in the South Pacific or in a hotel ballroom stateside, a positive meeting or a challenging one, in Seoul or in Sydney, Mike Pence is always "honored" to be there.

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Pentagon: Russia Flies Multiple Bomber Missions near Alaska

Russian warplanes last week flew a series of missions near Alaska, prompting the North American air defense agency to scramble U.S. and Canadian jets, officials said Monday. 

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Trump Urges 'Stronger Sanctions' on N. Korea's 'Nuclear, Ballistic Missile Programs'

The U.N. Security Council has to be ready to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday, calling the status quo "unacceptable."

"This is a real threat to the world," Trump said while hosting U.N. Security Council ambassadors at the White House. "North Korea is a big world problem. And it's a problem we have to finally solve."

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Maoist Rebels Kill 12 Police in Central India

Suspected Maoist rebels killed 12 paramilitary commandos on Monday in a remote part of central India, a police official said, the latest attack in the country's simmering internal conflict.

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Kremlin 'Respects' French Vote, Denies Favoring Candidate

The Kremlin on Monday said it respected the result of the first round of the French presidential election, and denied favoring any candidate in the polls.

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Ukraine Opens Terror Probe after OSCE Medic Killed

Ukraine opened a terror investigation Monday into a mine blast that killed an American medic from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's monitoring team in the country's rebel-held east.

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Russia, EU Fail to Mask Divisions on Mogherini Visit

The top diplomats from Russia and the European Union struggled Monday to overcome deep rifts that have plunged ties to a post-Cold War low despite calling for closer cooperation.  

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Hollande 'Will Vote Macron', Calls Le Pen 'Risk' for France

President Francois Hollande on Monday endorsed pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron in May's presidential run-off, citing "the risk for our country" in the event of the far-right's Marine Le Pen winning power.

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