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France's Macron appears set for Elysee in runoff with Le Pen

PARIS Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are set to face each other in a May 7 runoff for the French presidency after coming first and second in Sunday's first round of voting, according to multiple projections. | Video

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Germany's Merkel encouraged U.S. will consider EU free trade deal

HANNOVER, Germany German Chancellor Angela Merkel fueled expectations of a future EU-U.S trade deal on Sunday, saying she was "very encouraged" talks were being looked at after her recent trip to Washington.

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Afghan Taliban's brazen attack eclipses Trump's 'mother of all bombs'

KABUL Eight days after the U.S. military dropped its largest ever conventional bomb on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban militants breached an army base in the north of the country and killed scores of local soldiers.

World, Afghanistan 2:35pm EDT

North Korea detains third U.S. citizen

SEOUL North Korea detained a U.S. citizen on Saturday as he attempted to leave the country, bringing the total number of Americans held by the isolated country to three.

World, North Korea 12:55pm EDT

Congo rights group urges attorney general to investigate costly passports

DAKAR A Congolese rights group has written to the attorney general to demand a criminal investigation into a Reuters report that most of the money from fees for printing new passports goes overseas.

World, Congo 2:10pm EDT

Saudi Arabia restores perks to state employees, boosting markets

RIYADH Saudi Arabia reinstated financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel on Saturday after better-than-expected budget figures, ending unpopular cuts to a key perk triggered by low oil prices and cheering the stock market.

World, Saudi Arabia 1:50pm EDT

Florida evacuation orders lifted as rain quells wildfires

Florida officials on Sunday lifted evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes threatened by wildfires in drought-stricken central and southwestern parts of the state, after rainfall helped firefighters battle the blazes. | Video