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This could be the era not just of business startups but also of political startups. Emmanuel Macron has come seemingly out of nowhere – his party En Marche! was formed just a year back – to decimate candidates from established political parties and win France’s presidency.

 

 

It is a remarkable moment for France, the country voting for the 39-year-old political newbie, Emmanuel Macron, as its next president.

 

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president-elect, is being celebrated today as the saviour of Europe’s liberal-democratic tradition. His resounding defeat of Marine Le Pen’s Front National, whose media makeover only thinly veiled its fascist core, is being seen as a new dawn.

 

For many a westerner, Borat remains the man who single-handedly put Kazakhstan on the map. Today, the whole world knows the country’s capital — Astana — as backdrop to a series of dud talks on Syrian peace.

 

Just before Sunday’s presidential election in France, the task of organising the final battle between the two run-off contenders was given over to French television. In itself, this wasn’t new.

 

The new political charter of Hamas marks a departure from several of its earlier controversial positions, indicating that the Islamist movement is willing to take a more realistic view of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

 

Nerves are being frazzled by a rising arc of sabre rattling in northeast Asia. After the US decided to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group to the region to counter North Korea’s nuclear buildup, US President Donald Trump has asserted that a major conflict with Pyongyang was indeed possible.

 

That China strictly implements the UN Security Council resolutions that sanction North Korea is seen by all. If Pyongyang continues with its nuclear and missile tests, China is bound to support more harsh resolutions on this country.

 

The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.

 

 

The first round of voting for France’s presidential election concluded earlier today. As results have shown, the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face off in the second and final round of the election on May 7.

 


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