U.S. Sanctions Hundreds of Employees of Syrian Research Center

A man breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday blacklisted 271 employees of a Syrian government agency it said was responsible for developing chemical weapons, weeks after a poison gas attack killed scores of people in a rebel-held province in Syria.

Nearly Complete French Vote Count Puts Macron, Le Pen in 2nd Round

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PARIS (Reuters) – Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are leading in the official count of votes from the first round of France’s presidential election with 46 million tallied so far, figures from the Interior Ministry showed on Monday.

Putin-Linked Think Tank Drew Up Plan to Sway 2016 U.S. Election

A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.

U.S. Trade Group Hacked With Chinese Software Ahead of Xi Summit

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A sophisticated hacking group that pursues Chinese government interests broke into the website of a private U.S. trade group ahead of Thursday’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to researchers.

U.S. Withdraws Funding for U.N. Population Fund

The United Nations stands in midtown Manhattan

The State Department said on Monday it was ending U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund, the international body’s agency focused on family planning as well as maternal and child health in more than 150 countries.