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10:40 a.m.
President Donald Trump is warning that if Iran restarts its nuclear program it “will have bigger problems than they have ever had before.”
Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron will be discussing the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday during their meetings at the White House.
Macron wants Trump to maintain the deal. Trump is undecided but has called it “a terrible deal.”
Though Trump has warmly welcomed Macron to Washington, the two have disagreements to sort through, including Trump’s decision to leave the multinational Paris climate change agreement.
While with Macron, Trump refused to answer a reporter’s question as to whether he is considering a pardon for his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, whose office was raided by the FBI. Trump called it “a stupid question.”
Cohen has not been charged.
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9:54 a.m.
French President Emmanuel Macron is highlighting the close ties between his nation and the United States during his visit to the White House.
Macron, standing alongside President Donald Trump Tuesday, said “America represents endless possibilities for my country.”
He also told Trump that “France shares with your country an ideal of freedom and peace.”
Macron touted how the French fought alongside George Washington during the American Revolution, which laid the blueprint for cooperation between the nations.
The French president, who enjoys a closer relationship with Trump than many of his European peers, said that France works alongside the U.S. on challenges like terrorism, North Korea and Iran.
He is expected to lobby Trump to maintain the Iran nuclear deal and reconsider the decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
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9:30 a.m.
President Donald Trump is sending prayers to the Bush family and wishing former President George H.W. Bush a “speedy recovery.”
Trump is recognizing the former president as he greets French President Emmanuel Macron on the South Lawn of the White House.
Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just days after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara Bush.
Trump is also sending the nation’s sympathies to the Canadian people following the “horrendous tragedy” in Toronto.
A driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15 others. Trump says the nation’s hearts are with the grieving families in Canada.
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9:25 a.m.
President Donald Trump says the “wonderful friendship” he has developed with French President Emmanuel Macron is a testament to two nations’ enduring alliance.
Trump is thanking Macron for his “steadfast partnership” in responding to the recent chemical attack in Syria.
The president is speaking at an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.
Trump and Macron are meeting Tuesday on a number of issues, including the future of the Iran nuclear deal and the crisis in Syria.
The two leaders are holding a joint news conference later in the morning and then Macron will be honored with Trump’s first state dinner.
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9 a.m.
President Donald Trump is welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House in a formal arrival ceremony.
The president and first lady are greeting Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, on rolled-out red carpet on the South Lawn.
The arrival is heavy on pomp, with nearly 500 U.S. service-members from all five military branches participating in the ceremonial welcome, which includes a “Review of the Troops.”
Vice President Mike Pence and several members of Trump’s Cabinet, lawmakers, and military families are in attendance. The audience includes students from the Maya Angelou French Immersion School in Temple Hills, Maryland.
The two leaders are spending the morning in meetings and then will hold a joint news conference. On Tuesday night, Macron will be feted at Trump’s first state dinner.
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12:50 a.m.
A sit-down between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron followed by a joint news conference highlight the business portion of the French leader’s second day in Washington.
The pageantry of Macron’s official state visit, the first of the Trump presidency, comes Tuesday night with a lavish state dinner at the White House. About 150 guests are expected to dine on rack of lamb and nectarine tart and enjoy an after-dinner performance by the Washington National Opera.
Monday night was more relaxed, featuring a helicopter tour of Washington landmarks and a trip to the Potomac River home of George Washington for dinner.
Pomp and ceremony aside, Trump and Macron disagree on some fundamental issues. A prime dividing point is the multinational Iran nuclear deal, which Trump wants to abandon.
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Jeffrey Gundlach, CEO of DoubleLine Capital LP, presents during the 2018 Sohn Investment Conference in New York City, U.S., April 23, 2018. (Reuters)


Billionaire fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach recommended on Monday that investors short Facebook amid rising concerns about federal regulation and bet on energy.

Facebook shares have fallen more than 10% after revelations that British data firm Cambridge Analytica misused the personal data of as many as 87 million of the social network’s users. In the days after the data breach became public, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions from both chambers of Congress and said he saw federal regulation of internet giants as “inevitable.”

“Equity bubbles pop by regulation,” Gundlach said while speaking at the Ira Sohn investment conference in New York, according to Fortune. Gundlach added that Facebook’s base of 2.2 billion users could be seen as “2.2 billion compliance breaches.”

He said he would pair a short position on Facebook with a long stance on the SPDR Oil & Gas Exploration ETF, Bloomberg reported.

Gundlach, 58, is best known as the founder of investment firm DoubleLine Capital. He has a history of betting against top tech stocks, previously advising investors in 2012 to sell Apple shares just before they plummeted from above $600 to below $400. Concerns about rising inflation and Federal Reserve interest rate hikes have rattled the markets in recent months.

Commodities, Gundlach noted, tend to perform well when the economy struggles.

“Some people think inflation should not rise going into a recession, but actually the opposite is true,” Gundlach said. “One should expect that as the next recession approaches, commodities should have a big gain.”


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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, and French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, walk prior to dinner at Mount Vernon, the Virginia estate of the first US president George Washington (AFP / SAUL LOEB)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday kicked off a pomp-filled three-day state visit to the US at the White House -- a test of whether his studied bonhomie with President Donald Trump can save the Iran nuclear deal and avoid a trans-Atlantic trade war.

Before getting the full red carpet treatment at the White House -- payback for wooing Trump with military parades and a dazzling Eiffel Tower dinner in Paris last July -- Macron took an impromptu stroll to the Lincoln Memorial with his wife Brigitte.

Hailing the "very important" visit, Macron then rolled into the West Wing from Lafayette Square -- named after the storied French general who fought in America's war for independence -- beneath dozens of fluttering tricolor French flags and before a full US military color guard.

Waiting at the door, the US president smiled and held out his hand for Macron to shake, and the French leader kissed him on both cheeks.

The pageantry -- designed to underscore Trump and Macron's "friendship" -- comes in stark contrast to the bare-bones one-day working visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel later in the week.

But beyond the 21-gun salutes and dinners of lamb and "Burnt Cipollini Soubise" lurks high political danger for the 40-year-old French leader.

Trump is deeply unpopular in France and Macron, like other world leaders -- from Japan's Shinzo Abe to Britain's Theresa May -- is under growing pressure to show voters the benefits of his courtship with the 71-year-old Republican.

Looming over a joint outing to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate on Monday evening, and working meetings and a state dinner on Tuesday, are two May deadlines that have the potential to wreck already fragile trans-Atlantic relations.

Biting trade sanctions on European steel and aluminum will enter into force on May 1 unless Trump agrees to sign a waiver. If he refuses, there are fears of a full-fledged trade war.

Meanwhile, France and other European nations are battling to save a complex nuclear deal with Iran, which Trump will scuttle if he refuses to waive sanctions against Tehran by a May 12 deadline.

Iran says it is ready to relaunch its nuclear program -- which the West suspects is designed to produce a bomb -- if Trump kills the deal.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte made an impromptu visit to the Lincoln Memorial -- on foot (AFP / Eric BARADAT)

European officials say Trump's demand to reopen the deal are impossible, and are scrambling to address his concerns on Tehran's missile testing, inspections and the regime's behavior in the region.

There is growing frustration in European capitals that Trump's stubbornness over the Obama-era agreement is diverting attention away from other pressing issues.

In an interview broadcast on the eve of his arrival, Macron went on Trump's favorite television channel, Fox News, to make his pitch.

"If you make war against everybody," Macron said, "trade war against Europe, war in Syria, war against Iran – come on -- it doesn't work. You need allies. We are the allies."

Macron will also be keen to temper Trump's instinct to precipitously pull the US military out of Syria, amid cooperation in fighting the Islamic State group and coordinated strikes on chemical weapons installations operated by Damascus.

"I think the US role is very important to play," he said.

"Why? I will be very blunt. The day we will have finished this war against ISIS, if we leave, definitely and totally, even from a political point of view, we will leave the floor to the Iranian regime, Bashar al-Assad and these guys."

- 'Now - we will work together' -

In public, both countries are keen to emphasize their historic relationship -- recalling that France was the first ally of American revolutionaries fighting for independence.

Macron brought with him an oak sapling that he and Trump planted at the White House on Monday as a symbol of friendship.

It comes from near the site of the Battle of Belleau Woods in northern France, where 2,000 US Marines perished at the end of World War I.

The pair, clearly relaxed, also briefly visited the Oval Office before heading to Mount Vernon.

On a personal level, despite sharp differences in political background, age and lifestyle, the presidents seem to have struck up a bond as fellow outsiders who outwitted the establishment to gain power.

"We have a very special relationship because both of us are probably the maverick of the systems on both sides," Macron told Fox News.

Trump himself told Macron their "friendship" was "unbreakable" during his trip to Paris last year.

When asked about their first encounter -- a much-scrutinized six-second handshake during a NATO summit in May -- Macron acknowledged it had was a "very direct, lucid moment" that had set the tone between them.

"And a very friendly moment," he added. "It was to say now, we will work together."

On Wednesday, the centrist leader will demonstrate his English-language skills -- a rarity for a French president -- in an address to a joint session of Congress.
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Britain's Prince William accompanied his wife Kate as she left hospital Monday evening after giving birth to a baby boy, the couple's third child who is fifth in line to the British throne.

The boy, weighing eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes), was born at 11:01 am (1001 GMT) with William, the Duke of Cambridge, present for the birth, Kensington Palace announced.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son will travel home to Kensington Palace," it said.

"Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received.

"They would also like to thank everyone for their warm wishes," the palace added in a statement.

The couple stepped out of St. Mary's Hospital in central London around 6:00 pm to cheers from a crowd of supporters and global media outlets gathered outside.

Their two other children -- Prince George, aged four, and two-year-old Princess Charlotte -- had met the latest addition to the family earlier in the afternoon, before returning home to Kensington Palace ahead of their parents.

The new royal baby was born at 11:01 (1001 GMT) and weighed eight pounds seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes) (AFP / Ben STANSALL)

Queen Elizabeth II, William's father Prince Charles, and his brother Prince Harry were said to be delighted with the news.

Prime Minister Theresa May led the messages of support saying: "My warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy.

"I wish them great happiness for the future."

Kate, 36, was admitted early Monday to St. Mary's private Lindo Wing, where she had given birth to George and Charlotte.

Royal fanatics, who had been camped outside the hospital wing for several days in anticipation, jumped for joy and popped open champagne.

"We're going to celebrate with fish and chips!" said John Loughrey, who was wearing a Union Jack hat and clutching a plastic doll with a crown.

Maria Scott, 46, a housewife from Newcastle in northeast England, has been in place for 15 days.

"It's really important to show support because they need to know how much they are loved by the people," she told AFP.

"We're very proud of our monarchy."

The baby was born on St. George's Day, England's national day.

Tony Appleton, a town-crier dressed in a flamboyant red uniform, announced the news from the steps of the hospital to a crowd of supporters and media.

The birth was also announced on the display screen atop the 189-metre (620 feet) BT Tower in London, with the message "It's a boy!"

Meanwhile sailors and royal marines aboard HMS Albion lined up on the flight deck of the assault ship on operations in the Asia-Pacific region to spell out "boy!"



By AFP



  • Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal: Gunners boss won't retire and wants immediate return to football.
  • Frenchman confirms he will leave the club after 22 years in charge.

Arsene Wenger has announced that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending his 22-year career as the current longest-serving manager in the Premier League.
In what was a shock announcement on Friday morning ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with West Ham, Wenger confirmed that he will leave the club.
“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season,” Wenger said in a statement.
“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.
“I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.
“I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.
“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high. To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club.
"My love and support for ever.”

Arsenal’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, paid tribute to Wenger and hailed his influence on the club, with the American billionaire admitting that he hopes to build on the Frenchman’s legacy.
“This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport,” Kroenke said. “One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsène has brought to the club on and off the pitch. His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.
“Arsène has unparalleled class and we will always be grateful to him. Everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude. Three Premier League titles, including an entire season unbeaten, seven FA Cup triumphs and 20 successive years in the Champions League is an exceptional record. He has also transformed the identity of our club and of English football with his vision for how the game can be played.
“We have high ambitions to build on Arsène’s remarkable tenure and to honour his vision by ensuring that Arsenal competes for and wins the biggest and most important prizes in the game.
“We must now focus on making a strong finish to the season and ask our millions of fans around the world to join us in paying appropriate tribute to one of the greats of Arsenal’s history and one of the greats of the game.”

The club also announced that they will “make an appointment as soon as possible”, but will not speak on the matter until that time comes.
The timing of the announcement immediately raised eyebrows, with Wenger holding his weekly press conference on Thursday without making any reference towards his imminent departure.

The Manchester United legend has issued a tribute towards the Gunners boss, who is set to leave the club at the end of the season

Sir Alex Ferguson has issued a classy tribute to Arsene Wenger after the Arsenal manager announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season.
The pair were bitter rivals throughout the early years of Wenger's reign at the club, and Ferguson has expressed his happiness at the Frenchman leaving the club on his own terms.
Indeed, the two traded barbs throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, as well as titles, with every Premier League trophy won between 1997-98 and 2003-04 either lifted by Arsenal or United.
Ferguson is outstripped by the Frenchman in terms of FA Cup victories; Wenger has won seven, while the Scot has five.
And the 76-year-old has waxed lyrical about one of his greatest rivals in the game.
"I am really happy for Arsene Wenger,"Ferguson said in a statement issued on United's official website . "I have great respect for him and for the job he has done at Arsenal.

"It is great testament to his talent, professionalism and determination that he has been able to dedicate 22 years of his life to a job that he loves. In an era where football managers sometimes only last one or two seasons, it shows what an achievement it is to serve that length of time at a club the size of Arsenal.
"I am pleased that he has announced he is leaving at this stage of the season, as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves. He is, without doubt, one of the greatest Premier League managers and I am proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to such a great man."
United and Arsenal will clash one more time with Wenger in the dugout, with the Gunners set to visit Old Trafford at the end of April.
The defeat was Atletico Madrid's heaviest in La Liga this season

Barcelona are one win away from a 25th Spanish league title after Atletico Madrid lost at Real Sociedad.

Real Sociedad 3-0 Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone's side were second best throughout and fell behind when Willian Jose turned home a cutback by former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj.

Substitute Juanmi made it 2-0 late on when he drove in before getting his second in stoppage time with a chip.

Barcelona will win the La Liga title with victory at Deportivo La Coruna on 29 April.

Barca finished second last season, three points behind rivals Real Madrid.

Second-placed Atletico, who are 12 points behind Barcelona with five games remaining, travel to Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on 26 April.
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