France’s Macron forced to curb his ambitions for Europe

Macron wanted the May 23-26 European Parliament elections to be the key moment that he could push his ambitions for a stronger Europe — but instead, nationalists and populists who criticized the 28-nation bloc could achieve unprecedented success. They argue that EU leaders have failed to manage migration into the continent and remain out of touch with ordinary workers’ concerns. “We have a crisis of the European Union. This is a matter of fact. Everywhere in Europe, when you look at the past five to six years, in our country but in a lot of countries, all the extremes, extreme-rights, are increasing,” Macron said Thursday, making an unexpected appeal for European unity on the sidelines of a technology trade show. …

‘I wrote a crime novel and went to prison’

Having never been inside a prison before, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. It was a lot like the buildings you see in films and on TV; a maze of tall brick walls, barbed wire, and thick metal bars. It was also noticeably cold, in more ways than one, and the guard behind the reception desk did not look happy to see me. My fingerprints were scanned, my details were put into “the system” and my belongings were locked away. No phone. No liquids. No sharp objects. Image copyright Alison Feeney My footsteps echoed on the stone floor, and prisoners stared at me as we passed. Eyes full of suspicion and intrigue followed me down the hall, and a …

Attorney and police union question doctor’s view a chokehold killed Eric Garner. She isn’t backing down

New York (CNN)A defense lawyer and a New York City police union have cast doubt on her findings that an officer’s chokehold led to Eric Garner’s death, but the medical examiner stood by her conclusion during Wednesday testimony. The chokehold, she said, was “part of the lethal cascade of events.” Explaining that “application of pressure to the anterior neck is a painful phenomenon,” Persechino said Garner’s neck displayed fresh hemorrhaging when she examined him. Eric Garner’s family makes music video The medical examiner’s testimony comes a day after Inspector Richard Dee, the commanding officer for the New York police’s training section, saw a still from the arrest video and testified that the move meets the definition of a chokehold. Whether …

Abortion bills push women’s reproductive rights into political spotlight

(CNN)Eight months after the contentious hearings over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, progressives fear that the most dire warnings of abortion rights groups are now coming to fruition. “We think that women understand their rights are under fire and that there is a dire need to ensure that the right policymakers are making the decisions,” said Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications for EMILY’s List. “What we’ve seen is a bunch of mostly male Republicans making really bad decisions on behalf of the women in this country.” “This is a deliberate Republican effort to end abortion altogether and to take away this right,” Reynolds said. “I think a number of us thought this was coming. For those of us who …

Dallas police raid Catholic diocese properties in investigation of alleged sex abuse by clergy

(CNN)Dallas police searched the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and other properties Wednesday as part of the church’s widening sex abuse scandal, police and church officials said. The diocese said in a statement that Paredes and the other four priests who were the subjects of Wednesday’s search warrant were on a list of accused clergy that Bishop Edward Burns released in January. Burns said the diocese has been cooperating with investigators even before the list was made public. “We recognized throughout our collaboration with the police there are some who are not satisfied and want to look for themselves,” he said. “We know we have given them the files. And so we say by all means look.” The …

The riddle of Winchester Cathedral’s skeletons

Dr Heidi Dawson-Hobbis said the project focuses on three main areas of research: DNA extracted from a small sample cut from the bones from each individual Radiocarbon dating which indicates when each individual lived and died Historical records She said: “We will be trying to tie these three stands of evidence together to add another piece to this puzzle.” ‘Royal blood’ Twelve names are inscribed on the caskets – nine kings, one queen and two bishops but many others are thought to have been buried at Winchester Cathedral, or the Old Minster, which was demolished in 1093 after the new cathedral had been built. Radiocarbon dating has confirmed that the bones date from the same periods as the names on …

How can wine be worth 4,500?

So for those of us who would struggle to justify spending quadruple figures on anything, let alone a single bottle of wine, how does this one – a Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001- actually taste? “It’s really, really good,” enthuses Fattorini. “I haven’t had the 2001, which is quite hard to get hold of. But it’s the epitome of their house style. “It’s glossy, rich and voluptuous with lots of cherries and leaves your mouth coated with a glycerine feel. It’s exceptional.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A vineyard in Bordeaux – the one owned by Le Pin occupies just one acre He adds of the Le Pin 2001 wine: “It’s also very exotic. It’s a really good vintage …

She let a student take lunchroom food without paying. Then she was fired

(CNN)When a student at a New Hampshire high school put items on his tray that he didn’t have the money for, lunchroom employee Bonnie Kimball didn’t think it was a big deal. A photo of her termination letter provided to CNN shows that the company accused her of violating its procedures as well as federal and school policies. The letter was dated April 9 and said Kimball was fired on April 4. “On March 28, a District Manager was on-site and witnessed a student coming through the line with multiple food items that you did not charge him for. This in strict violation of our Cash Handling Procedures, the Schools Charge Policy and Federal Regulation governing free meals,” the letter …

Chelsea Manning To Ask Court To Quash New Grand Jury Subpoena

Spokesman Andy Stepanian also said Manning’s lawyers have asked the court to order the government to disclose any evidence it has that Manning was targeted by U.S. agencies for electronic surveillance. Earlier in May, Manning was freed after spending 62 days in a Virginia jail after being found in contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia, where Thursday’s hearing on the latest subpoena will be heard, recently unsealed an indictment issued in secret in late 2017 against Julian Assange, the Australian-born hacker who founded and led WikiLeaks. U.S. prosecutors publicly released the indictment against Assange after the WikiLeaks founder was forcibly evicted from Ecuador’s London Embassy, where he took refuge in 2012 fearing extradition to the …

South Africa election: Ramaphosa holds power as memory of Mandela fades

(CNN)Some had expected a slap in the face for the ruling ANC in this election. Still, under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC held onto a significant majority just a few points shy of 60%. Their win is as much about history as it is about performance — which even Ramaphosa admits has been below par. The ANC is the liberation party in South Africa and a main force in throwing off the yoke of the racist Apartheid regime a quarter century ago. That counts for a lot, especially amongst the older generation of South Africans. The ANC-led government has brought electricity and housing to huge swathes of the country that had none — a powerful legacy at …

Any Brexit deal ‘must include fresh vote’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMichael Gove resists calls to set a deadline for the talks A cross-party Brexit deal will not get through Parliament unless it is subject to a fresh public vote, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer says. Talks between Labour and ministers over leaving the EU have been going on for a month with little sign of progress. Sir Keir told the Guardian that without a new referendum up to 150 Labour MPs would vote against any agreement made. Environment Secretary Michael Gove suggested Labour needed more time to come to terms with the idea of a deal. “For some in the Labour Party it will be a significant step to accept supporting …

PM’s negotiator to seek Brexit changes

This declaration was published alongside Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement and sets out the parameters for the future relationship between the UK and the EU, but is not legally binding. Kuenssberg: Policy and politics Cross-party deal must include new referendum – Sir Keir Starmer What’s in the political declaration? In Brussels, Mr Robbins will explore how quickly changes could be made to the political declaration if the government and Labour can come to an agreement. But as the cabinet and shadow cabinet take stock of the progress so far in the cross-party talks, pressure is mounting on both sides for negotiations to be abandoned. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, and 13 former cabinet ministers have written …

Tommy Robinson faces new contempt case

The allegations concern a Facebook broadcast by Mr Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, which was watched by thousands of people. He was jailed on the day by the trial judge at Leeds Crown Court – but that was quashed by the Court of Appeal after it ruled that his case had been unfairly handled. Mr Robinson, who is standing for election as an MEP in the European elections later this month, was released after serving two months of his sentence. The case was referred back to the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who announced in March that there were “strong grounds” to bring new proceedings against him. After more than six months of complex legal delays, Lady Justice Sharp …

Brexit bill to be introduced in early June

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBarclay: There needs to be an “end point” to Brexit talks A bill implementing the Brexit deal will be introduced in the first week of June, the government has confirmed. Downing Street said this was “imperative” if the UK was to leave the EU before MPs’ summer recess. The government also said talks with Labour would continue on Wednesday in an attempt to agree a way through the Brexit impasse. Attempts to find a cross-party compromise began after the PM’s Brexit deal was rejected three times by MPs. A Labour spokesman said Jeremy Corbyn had raised concerns “about the prime minister’s ability to deliver on any compromise agreement”. Image copyright Reuters and …

Pakistan agrees to 13th bailout in 30 years from the IMF

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)Pakistan will receive around $6 billion in a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) it was announced Sunday, the thirteenth time the South Asian country has received financing from the IMF in 30 years. Khan met with IMF director Christine Lagarde in February, as he sought to secure funding from the agency despite being a longterm critic of its previous dealings in Pakistan. The IMF has been criticized in the past for imposing strict austerity on receiver nations, forcing governments to cut social programs and privatize national industries. Khan has spoken of the need for a major anti-poverty program to boost Pakistan’s economy and help its worst off citizens, but this will involve considerable spending that is …

It’s been a week since anyone has seen 4-year-old Maleah Davis. Here’s what we know

(CNN)A mother is missing her little girl and the girl’s stepfather has told a story of abduction and a 24-hour blackout. Here’s what we know about the case: Stepfather says he was attacked and abducted Darion Vence, the stepfather, told police he, Maleah and Maleah’s 1-year-old brother were driving to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in north Houston to pick up Maleah’s mother, Brittany Bowens, who had been in Massachusetts. Vence said he heard a “popping noise.” Thinking it was a tire, he stopped to check. A blue pickup truck then pulled up behind his car and two Hispanic men got out. One of the men said, “Maleah looks very nice, looks very sweet,” Vence told police. That’s when the other …