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April World News Highlights

Global Politics Highlights from April 2017, courtesy of Leak of Nations. If you have anything to share please feel free to post to the site.

The two largest French Parties fail to make the second round of the French election for the first time.

Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron make up the second round. Le Pen has since stepped down as leader of the Front National.

Theresa May calls a General Election scheduled for early May.

Theresa May’s surprise plan to hold a general election on June 8 means very different things in Scotland to the rest of the UK. While it is hard to see a bad outcome for the Conservatives in England, the prime minister is certainly taking a risk north of the border.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells international election observers to “talk to the hand”

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told international election observers on Monday to “talk to the hand” after they criticised the conduct of Turkey’s referendum, saying it was held on an “unlevel playing field”. Sunday’s narrow referendum victory gave the Turkish president sweeping powers. Unofficial results, which the opposition said it would challenge, showed a narrow victory with…

Ron Paul back the 'Audit the Fed' bill

Audit the Fed recently took a step closer to becoming law, when it was favorably reported by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. This means the House could vote on the bill at any time. The bill passed by voice vote without any objections, although Fed defenders did launch hysterical attacks on the bill during the debate as well as at a hearing on the bill the previous week.

Russian Journalists Say One of NYT’s Pulitzer-Winning Stories Was Stolen

This week, The New York Times was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for ten articles about “Vladimir Putin’s efforts to project Russia’s power abroad.” Ivan Kolpakov, the chief editor of Meduza, an independent Russian news site, says one of those articles was stolen from his newsroom.

G7 says no sanctions on Russia over Syria

The French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, confirmed that the group of seven nations had not agreed to place sanctions on Russia.

President Bashar al-Assad interview with Croatian newspaper Vecernji List

Damascus, SANA_ President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to Croatian newspaper Vecernji List published Thursday, following is the full text:

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi denies ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

‘Muslims killing Muslims’ is how she describes the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in this interview. Shameful. Awful. Inexcusable. https://t.co/2OSzmz9Y9q

Rand Paul leads calls for a full investigation into Susan Rice scandal

Sen. Rand Paul followed a bomb-blaster of a tweet about Susan Rice’s supposed “spying on [the]Trump campaign” with a call for her to come to Capitol Hill, take the oath and testify. She won’t. But she should. At the very least, it’d be good for the former Barack Obama national security adviser to explain just…

CIA shadowed a black hat hackers’ conference in order to develop their Sonic Screwdriver Mac exploit

In the second batch of ‘Vault 7’ documents Wikileaks released a user guide for Sonic Screwdriver – an implant on the Apple Thunderbolt-to-USB converter that allows code to be booted onto an attached device, even if the device is password-protected.