French elections: Far-right leader Le Pen and centrist Macron to face off, estimates say

French elections: Far-right leader Le Pen and centrist Macron to face off, estimates say

The result upended traditional French politics: Neither candidate hails from the establishment parties that have dominated the country for decades. It was a stunning victory for Macron, 39, a former investment banker who has never before stood for elected office and now becomes the favorite to become France’s next President. “We did it,” he told jubilant supporters. It was also a success for Le Pen, who has spent years attempting to rid the Front National of the toxic legacy of her father. “It is time to free French people from…

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Push to unseat Kelly O'Dwyer during maternity leave a coincidence, campaigner says

Push to unseat Kelly O'Dwyer during maternity leave a coincidence, campaigner says

Posted April 24, 2017 20:17:49 Photo: Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer gave birth just over a week ago. (ABC News: Adam Kennedy) Related Story: Government passes super changes saving budget nearly $3 billion The timing of a push to unseat Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer, just 10 days after she gave birth to her second child, is incidental, according to the man leading the campaign. Key points: Barrister Jack Hammond leading campaign to have Liberal Minister Kelly O’Dwyer replaced Mr Hammond set up the Save Our Super group and is…

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Astronaut breaks US space record, gets call from Trump

Astronaut breaks US space record, gets call from Trump

Posted April 25, 2017 06:27:47 Photo: Astronaut Peggy Whitson is due back on Earth in September. (NASA: Bill Ingalls) Related Story: ‘A burrito of awesomeness smothered in awesome sauce’: Astronaut describes arriving at ISS Related Story: NASA astronaut becomes oldest woman to travel to space Astronaut Peggy Whitson has broken the US record for the most time in space and talked up a mission to Mars during a congratulatory call from President Donald Trump. Key points: Peggy Whitson passes previous record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes Ms…

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Security raised for Anzac Day services across the country

Security raised for Anzac Day services across the country

Posted April 25, 2017 04:50:24 Photo: The dawn service in Melbourne is again being held at the Shrine of Remembrance. (AAP: Tracey Nearmy, file) Related Story: Turkey boosts security ahead of Anzac Day ceremony at Gallipoli The rising of the sun will see thousands of Australians attend Anzac Day dawn services to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli Beach. War memorials and RSL clubs across the country will host memorials throughout the day as Australians remember the sacrifices made by Anzac…

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British woman attacked by shark in St Helena

British woman attacked by shark in St Helena

A British woman has been attacked by a shark while swimming near a remote island in the South Atlantic. She was close to Ascension Island, part of the British territory of St Helena, and a source told the Times her husband punched the shark to scare it away. The woman, who works for the St Helena government, was treated in hospital locally, but later airlifted to the UK. St Helena is a British Overseas Territory, 1,150 miles (1,850km) off the west coast of Africa. The government has warned swimmers entering…

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