France’s Macron and Le Pen through to run-off

PARIS -- The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, multiple projections indicate.

Macron leads with 23.7% in first round voting while Le Pen won 21.7%, an Ipsos/Sopra Steria poll suggests. The French interior ministry said that 20 million votes have now been counted.


Macron set for Elysee in runoff with Le Pen

PARIS -- France’s hotly contested and divisive presidential election sees centrist Emmanuel Macron facing off against the extremist right-wing Marine Le Pen in next month’s runoff.


Iran’s presidential candidates confirmed

TEHRAN -- The final list for Iran’s May 19 election has been released, with moderate incumbent Hassan Rouhani likely to face a strong challenge from hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi.


Marginals – the battleground for UK election

LONDON -- Theresa May’s snap general election will be decided in marginal constituencies -- seats with majorities of 10% or less that require a swing of 5% for the incumbent party to lose.

Policeman killed in Paris attack

PARIS -- A gunman opened fire on police on Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard Thursday night, killing one officer and wounding two others before police shot and killed him.



Giant shipworm found in Philippines

MINDANAO -- A live specimen of the rare giant shipworm has been found in the Philippines. Though its existence has been known for centuries, no living specimen has been studied until now.


North Korea may be planning nuke test

PYONGYANG -- Satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site from April 12 suggests that preparations are well underway for its sixth nuclear test since 2006.

Fuels for life found on moon of Saturn

SPACE -- NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has discovered hydrogen and carbon dioxide erupting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus – ingredients that sustain microbial life on Earth.



Motorsports 2017


May 2: Champions League semi-final draw

NYON, Switzerland -- Real Madrid clash with city rivals Atletico, while Juventus -- who have only conceded twice in the competition this season -- face fearless AS Monaco.

May 4: Europa League semi-final

NYON, Switzerland -- Jose Mourinho's Manchester United continue their quest for a first ever Europa League title against Celta Vigo, while former winners Ajax face Olympique Lyon.


Apr 28-30: F1 Russian GP on the Black Sea

SOCHI -- Sebastian Vettel takes a seven point lead into the next GP but rival Lewis Hamilton holds an impressive record at Sochi having won it twice in the last three years.

Apr 29: Klitschko returns to face Joshua

LONDON -- Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko returns to the ring to face undefeated Anthony Joshua for the IBF and IBO heavyweight titles, and the WBA Super crown.


Apr 23: Title decider in 234th El Clasico

BARCELONA -- After elimination from the Champions League, Barcelona now face a crucial contest with La Liga rival Real Madrid which could decide the destination of the title.

Calls for video ref after Real defeat Bayern

MADRID -- A series of controversial refereeing decisions in the match have heightened calls for Video Assistant Referee technology to be introduced at the highest levels of the game.


Apr 23: Strong field for London Marathon

LONDON -- After running the second fastest marathon of all time in Berlin last year, Kenenisa Bekele will lead a strong elite men’s field - plus over 35,000 runners - in London.

Apr 26: Sharapova returns after drug ban

STUTTGART -- Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will return to tennis at the Porsche Grand Prix, after serving a 15-month suspension for testing positive for meldonium.


Apr 27-30: WRC Rally Argentina

CORDOBA -- Racing ranges from the fast, sandy tracks in the Santa Rosa de Calamuchita valley to the rocky, moonlike Traslasierra mountains, with a night street test in the city.


Apr 22-23: English Premier League

BOURNEMOUTH -- At the foot of the table the Cherries take on Middlesbrough in a six-pointer, while struggling Swansea City face Stoke and Hull City meet Watford.



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