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Emmanuel Macron: Tough task ahead after victory in France

Emmanuel Macron took his first steps as France’s president-elect on Monday but faces a tough task establishing a team that can govern effectively. His party has announced it is changing its name from En Marche to Republique En Marche (Republic on the Move). It must pick candidates quickly ahead of parliamentary elections on 11 and 18 June. It wants to be the biggest party but at the moment has no seats at all. Mr Macron beat the far right’s Marine Le Pen by 66.1% to 33.9% on Sunday. But a ...

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Auction houses see signs of art market uptick ahead of New York sales

By Chris Michaud| NEW YORK As auction powerhouses Christie’s and Sotheby’s gear up for their New York spring sales, hopes are high that a host of major works the likes of which have not hit the block for several seasons will reap strong, even record, prices. After years of gangbuster results marked by soaring prices, both auction houses staged relatively modest sales last year, owing largely, they say, to hesitancy on the part of consignors in an unsettled global market. No works carried estimates much beyond $ 40 million, in ...

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Politicians woo voters ahead of 4 May poll

Political parties will be taking to the streets in the last day of campaigning ahead of Thursday’s local elections. A total of 4,851 council seats are up for grabs across England, Wales and Scotland on 4 May. The poll will give voters a chance to deliver verdicts on the major parties before the general election, which is being held on 8 June. There are also eight mayoral elections, including elections in six new “combined local authorities”. The Manchester Gorton parliamentary by-election triggered by the death of Labour MP Gerald Kaufman ...

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France election: Le Pen and Macron spar ahead of run-off

Media playback is unsupported on your device The two rivals in France’s presidential race have traded accusations at the start of the last week of campaigning. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen lambasted pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron as a “candidate of continuity”. Mr Macron said he would fight “until the last second” against Ms Le Pen’s ideas “of what constitutes democracy”. Meanwhile, clashes broke out between police and protesters on the sidelines of a traditional May Day labour march in Paris. Four officers were hurt when masked demonstrators threw petrol bombs ...

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Dodd-Frank in Trump's sights ahead of Friday Treasury meeting

Robert Rubin: Much of Dodd-Frank was ‘necessary’ President Donald Trump is planning to take the next step Friday in his steady attack over the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law. The president will direct Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to review regulators’ authority to unwind a bank on the brink of failure and to label nonbank firms — insurance companies, private equity firms and hedge-funds — as risky institutions, according to a preview of the president’s schedule from the White House. He will also sign an executive order at the Treasury Department ...

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Probate fees: Planned increase scrapped ahead of election

Controversial plans to raise the legal fees payable after death are to be scrapped ahead of the general election. Probate fees had been due to rise from £155 or £215 to up to £20,000 for some estates in England and Wales from May. The Ministry of Justice said there was now not enough time for the legislation – dubbed a “stealth death tax” by critics – to go through Parliament. A senior Conservative declined to say if the scheme would be brought back if the prime minister was re-elected. Probate ...

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Agent: D. Johnson hurt in fall ahead of Masters

7:52 PM ET ESPN.com news services AUGUSTA, Ga. — Dustin Johnson took a serious fall on a staircase Wednesday and injured his lower back, and his manager said it was uncertain whether the world’s No. 1 golfer would be able to play in the Masters. It was a stunning development on an otherwise quiet day at Augusta National, where the course was shut down at 1:30 p.m. because of storms. The real calamity struck a few hours later. Dustin Johnson took what his agent called a “serious fall” down a ...

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Boat Races go ahead after WW2 bomb find

The 163rd University Boat Race will go ahead after a World War Two shell was removed from the River Thames. The Met Police confirmed the submerged item was assessed and removed by specialist officers earlier on Sunday. It was found on the northern shore near Putney Bridge, west London, on Saturday. Experts had to wait for the tide to recede to examine the item. Crowds of up to 300,000 people are expected to line the banks of the river for the men’s and women’s races. Metropolitan Police Ch Insp Tracy ...

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PM says Brexit plan to 'strengthen Union' ahead of Sturgeon meeting

Theresa May will meet Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland later for the first time since the SNP announced their proposals for a second independence referendum. At the beginning of a week that will see Article 50 triggered on Wednesday, the PM will say she wants to “build a more united nation”. Mrs May has said “now is not the time” for a Scottish independence referendum, as the Brexit process is due to begin. Meanwhile, Labour is due to outline its Brexit negotiation demands later. The prime minister is travelling to Scotland ...

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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors, Thunder rising ahead of final battle

12:53 PM ET The Golden State Warriors, truth be told, have returned to the summit of ESPN.com’s weekly NBA Power Rankings somewhat by default. A 3-0 week against three sub-.500 teams from the Eastern Conference doesn’t exactly signal that the Warriors are back to their best. The Committee (of One) can’t simply forget the fact that Golden State recently went 2-5 over a seven-game stretch starting with the night in Washington that it lost Kevin Durant. ESPN’s NBA Basketball Power Index (BPI) is a measure of team strength developed by ...

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