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Emmanuel Macron warns world leaders against nationalism on centenary of Armistice

Emmanuel Macron warns world leaders against nationalism on centenary of ArmisticeCold rain and grey skies mirrored the sombre mood of world leaders commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in Paris on Sunday, in a reminder of the atrocious conditions endured by troops. In a show of unity, more than 60 presidents, prime ministers and ­dignitaries, many of them holding black umbrellas, walked the last few yards to the Tomb of the Unknown ­Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe, after arriving in a fleet of buses. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said the grim weather was fitting for an occasion that was not a ­celebration of victory but a ceremony marking the end of four years of ­horrific bloodshed. Donald Trump, the US president, who was criticised the previous day for cancelling a scheduled visit to a US ­military cemetery because of rain, ­arrived after the others in his armour-plated limousine, the “Beast”, because of security concerns. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, also arrived ­separately a few minutes later. Mr Macron delivered a politically-charged speech warning of the dangers of rising nationalism and praising the European Union and the United ­Nations for their contribution to peace. The signatories of the Armistice treaty pose outside the railway carriage where they ended the First World War on November 11, 1918 Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images Afterwards he said he was delighted that so many world leaders had ­attended, but questioned whether the occasion would be remembered as “a symbol of lasting peace or the last ­moment of unity before world falls into disorder. That depends on us.” Warning the assembled leaders that re-emerging “old demons” were to threaten peace, he said: “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.” Mr Trump, who has proudly ­declared himself a nationalist, sat stony-faced, but smiled broadly as he exchanged a handshake with Mr Putin, who flashed him a thumbs-up sign. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Morocco's Prince Moulay Hassan, Moroccan King Mohammed VI, US First Lady Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove attend a ceremony the Arc de Triomphe in Paris Credit: AFP POOL The US president’s cordiality ­towards his Russian counterpart – ­despite alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election – has alarmed western European leaders who see Russia as a growing threat. Feminist activists from the Femen group broke through the security ­cordon and staged a brief topless ­protest near Mr Trump’s car before ­being dragged away by police. Despite a plea by Mr Macron for a strong EU, Europe’s deep political divisions were underscored by an independence day celebration in Warsaw, in which the Polish president and prime minister marched with far-Right groups for the first time. The Paris event produced some unlikely pairings. It was attended by the presidents of both Serbia and Kosovo, which are struggling to normalise ­relations nearly 20 years after a Nato bombing campaign ended the conflict in Kosovo and paved the way for its ­independence from Serbia. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the ceremony commemorating the end of the First World War Credit: BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, spoke to Mr Putin for the first time since a Russian plane was shot down in Syria during an Israeli air strike. French commentators criticised the lack of high-level British representation in Paris. Franck Ferrand, an author and broadcaster, said it was regrettable that “no British leader or member of the Royal Family has chosen to attend”.  The UK was represented by David Lidington, the de facto deputy prime minister and Minister for the Cabinet Office. Before Mr Macron spoke, teenagers read out letters written by First World War soldiers on the day the bloodshed ceased. One of them, from British ­officer Charles Neville of the Royal Horse Artillery, described streets “packed with wildly cheering civilians, chucking flowers at us and carrying on only like a foreigner can”. After the ceremony and lunch at the Elysée Palace, dozens of leaders ­attended the inaugural meeting of the International Peace Forum, intended by Mr Macron to promote multilateral cooperation to resolve conflicts. Mr Macron told the gathering that the allies had won the war, but not the peace, as they had failed to prevent the Second World War.  Mrs Merkel denounced the “national vaingloriousness and military ­arrogance” that led to the “senseless bloodshed” of two world wars. Mr Trump did not attend the ­session, instead visiting a US military cemetery in Suresnes, western Paris, where he paid tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of French and American soldiers, ­before flying home.



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McConnell touts 'bipartisanship,' warns Democrats against 'presidential harassment'

McConnell touts 'bipartisanship,' warns Democrats against 'presidential harassment'Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear Wednesday that he is happy with the outcome of the election that has increased his majority by at least three senators.



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Indonesia warns over 'fake news' after deadly jet crash

Indonesia warns over 'fake news' after deadly jet crashIndonesia warned social media users on Tuesday against spreading hoaxes, as rescue teams searched for human remains from a horrifying jet crash. A string of false stories have been circulating online since the Lion Air plane plunged into the sea off Jakarta on Monday with 189 people on board. Please be wise,” Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, tweeted.



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FBI warns potential targets that suspicious packages may still be in the mail

FBI warns potential targets that suspicious packages may still be in the mailMail bombing suspect makes first appearance in court.



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Khashoggi killing undermines stability in the Middle East, warns US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis

Khashoggi killing undermines stability in the Middle East, warns US Defence Secretary Jim MattisUS Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warned the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi threatened the stability of alliances in the Middle East, as the kingdom’s foreign minister claimed the ongoing global outcry had become “hysterical”. Speaking at a conference in Bahrain on Saturday, Mr Mattis said Washington would take “additional measures” against those found responsible.



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Paul Krugman Warns Trump Is Poised To Disregard Democratic House Victory

Paul Krugman Warns Trump Is Poised To Disregard Democratic House VictoryNew York Times columnist Paul Krugman fears that President Donald Trump's



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Khashoggi warns in last column of free rein to silence media

Khashoggi warns in last column of free rein to silence mediaWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post has published a new column by missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in which he warns that governments in the Middle East "have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate."



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JPMorgan Chase profits up; warns on geopolitical risk

JPMorgan Chase profits up; warns on geopolitical riskJPMorgan Chase on Friday reported a jump in third-quarter profit on an improving global economy, but warned that geopolitical uncertainty could slow future growth. The bank notched revenue gains across all of its business units, boosted in part by higher interest rates and an increase in overall loans. “The US and the global economy continue to show strength, despite increasing economic and geopolitical uncertainties, which at some point in the future may have negative effects on the economy,” said Chief Executive Jamie Dimon.



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UK no-deal Brexit paper warns of complications for power imports

UK no-deal Brexit paper warns of complications for power importsCompanies operating electricity interconnectors, which include Britain’s National Grid and French grid operator RTE, should “carry out contingency planning for a ‘no deal’ scenario”, a government paper said. In the event of no deal on Britain’s EU exit, European energy law will no longer apply to the UK electricity market. The paper said the government and energy regulator Ofgem were working with interconnector operators “to ensure new access rules are approved in Great Britain and are providing support to interconnectors engaging with EU Member State authorities”.



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'We will not stand down,' VP Pence warns China

'We will not stand down,' VP Pence warns ChinaVice President Mike Pence criticized China for its militarization of the South China Sea and its political interference in the U.S. and around the world.



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