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Subscribe To This Feed -- President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that the United States 'will not stand for' Canadian dairy trade policies that hurt American dairy farm exports, adding that the rules have "made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult."


Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017


It's the third time in the last week that Trump has bashed America's northern neighbor and close ally for its rules on imported dairy products.

"In Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace. It's a disgrace," Trump said in the Oval Office last week, as the President welcomed union leaders, steel workers and CEOs of steel companies for the signing of the memorandum ordering an investigation into steel dumping.

Trump made similar remarks in Wisconsin last Tuesday, calling the dairy trade relationship between the United States and Canada "very, very unfair."

"We're also going to stand up for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin," Trump told the crowd. "I've been reading about it and I've been talking about it for a long time and that demands, really, immediately, fair trade with all of our trading partners."

"That includes Canada, because, in Canada, some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers and others," Trump continued. "It's another typical one-sided deal against the United States and it's not going to be happening for long."

Several countries with high dairy product exports oppose Canada's current protectionist policies, which include high tariffs on imported milk and cheese products.

Trump based his 2016 presidential campaign on increasing the number of jobs in the United States by renegotiating trade pacts like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), both of which Canada has signed.

Halting business from moving overseas has been a key promise of Trump's early presidency.

The comments precede the upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA, expected this summer. The U.S. has been at odds with Canada over other imports, as well; one of the largest disputes has been about softwood lumber imports from Canada to the U.S. On Monday, Trump told media attending a reception that he would impose a 20 percent tariff on imports of the Canadian product.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross told reporters in today's White House briefing that even though Canada is a "good neighbor, that doesn't mean they don't have to play by the rules." He went on to say "there may be a small increase" in lumber prices because of the tariff.

Ross added that it's not a matter of "Trump messing with the Canadians," but rather, the White House believes "they violated legitimate practice."

The tariff would be "collected on a retroactive basis going back 90 days," Ross added.

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ABC News(BERLIN) -- Ivanka Trump brushed off the hissing that some audience members directed at her during the Women 20 Summit in Germany Tuesday when she expressed pride in her father’s advocacy of women, and specifically his campaign proposal for paid family leave.

“Politics is politics, as I’m learning,” Ivanka Trump said, taking questions from reporters after the panel discussion where she was jeered.

She then further defended her father as a “champion for all Americans,” including women.

Asked whether she thought the moderator’s questioning of her was a little tough, Ivanka shrugged it off: “I’m used to it. It’s fine.”

When the jeers erupted during the panel, the moderator referenced the crowd’s reaction in following up with Ivanka by noting that many people are suspicious of President Trump’s stated support for women’s empowerment.

“I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media and that’s been perpetuated,” Ivanka said, prompting further heckling from some in the crowd at the panel on women’s entrepreneurship.

She went on to vouch for her father’s record in empowering women -- pointing to his business and her own upbringing -- as evidence of his belief in gender equality.

“As a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level knowing that he encouraged me and enabled me to thrive,” she said, noting that her father did not distinguish between how she and her brothers were treated at home.

Ivanka Trump participated in the panel along with other high-profile women, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who personally invited her to Germany for the summit, and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.

Trump, 35, was also asked by the moderator whether she is representing her father, the U.S. people or her business.

“Certainly not the latter,” she said, going on to say the role as first daughter is still very new to her but that she’s looking for the best ways to empower women in the workplace.

She said she’ll bring the knowledge she gains at the summit back to her father.

She specifically pointed to equal pay and paid family leave as useful policies to help level the playing field for women, and noted that the United States is the only developed country without a paid family leave policy.

She also touted the cause of STEM education -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- for young women and girls.

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zabelin/iStock/Thinkstock(BARCELONA) -- Nine suspected members of a jihadi group were arrested in raids today in Spain, most of whom are alleged to have a direct connection to people suspected of carrying out attacks in Brussels in 2016 that killed 32 people and wounded 300 others, according to police.

All nine are Moroccan citizens living in Spain, police said. Guns and drugs were found during the arrest.

A Spanish interior ministry official said the arrest of the nine in the Catalonia region was focused on Oussama Atar, the suspected mastermind of the attacks on Brussels' airport and subways last year.

In a separate operation, two other people were taken into custody in what authorities described as an anti-terror raid in Segovia, north of Madrid, a Spanish interior ministry official said. One of the two was a Spanish citizen, the other Moroccan, the official said. Authorities provided no confirmation that the two arrested have any connection to the Brussels attacks.

The arrest in Segovia was linked to an arrest Saturday of an Egyptian citizen, Hatem Mokhtar Abdallah Said, the interior ministry official said.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks in Brussels in March 2016.

Last month, Brussels observed a moment of silence to remember the victims on the one-year anniversary of the bombings, which were the deadliest such attacks in Belgium's history.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A pledging conference to raise funds for war-torn Yemen is taking place in Geneva on Tuesday to help combat what the United Nations has called "largest humanitarian crisis in the world."

Ongoing violence has created a food crisis in Yemen, leaving nearly 7 million people, including, 2.2 million children, malnourished, the UN's United Nations Children's Fund said in a statement on Monday.

Hosted by the U.N. and the governments of Switzerland and Sweden governments, the funding event aims to make up for a $2.1 billion funding shortfall in the U.N,'s fight to deliver crucial aid and lifesaving assistance to Yemen, a country that has been dogged by intense war conflict for more than two years.

Yemen has been hit by at least 325 verified attacks, which have hit health facilities, schools, markets, roads, and other infrastructure, according to research released by the World Health Organization on Monday.

The conflict has disrupted essential aid and resources to the county, causing the flow of key medicines to declined 70 percent since March 2015, when the fighting first began, according to WHO.

“Without further action from parties to the conflict and the international community, Yemen is at a serious risk of plunging into famine – with even more children’s lives hanging in the balance,” UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappelaere said in a statement Tuesday. “We are in a race against time,” he added.

UNICEF said the rampant violence has made large parts of Yemen inaccessible to humanitarian workers, leaving many of the county’s 25.6 million occupants vulnerable to famine.


Time is running out for families in Yemen. As famine looms, urgent action is needed now to save lives. #Aid4Yemen 🇾🇪

— World Food Programme (@WFP) April 25, 2017

In a joint statement with the World Food Program humanitarian agency on Tuesday, UNICEF said its efforts were less than 20 percent funded and called for “an immediate political solution to end the war in Yemen.”

“If we act now, many lives could be saved in Yemen,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe. “We call on the international community to urgently provide us with sufficient funding and to help us avert famine across Yemen.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- Leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign has been the target of cyberattacks at the hands of the same group linked to attacks against the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign team, according to a reputable security research firm.

Feike Hacqueboard, a senior threat researcher with security firm Trend Micro, told ABC News that he has identified four internet domain names connected to a group called "Pawn Storm" that were used to target the French centrist's campaign with so-called phishing attacks.

"The attacks could have started [in the middle of] March and I think they went on for half of April," Hacqueboard told ABC News in a phone call from the Netherlands.

Pawn Storm is also known as Fancy Bear and APT28, among a number of other monikers. The group has been linked by several private security firms to the Russian government, and in some cases, the Russian military intelligence agency called the GRU.

For its part, Trend Micro -- as a policy -- does not point fingers at state actors for fear of interfering in the political process, Hacqueboard said. But he conceded that Pawn Storm are after targets that are of interest to the Russian government.

In addition to the DNC, the group was behind the recent cyberattacks on the Turkish parliament and Angela Merkel's party in Germany (the CDU), as well as cyberattacks on the parliaments of Montenegro and Germany, according to Hacqueboard.

“We see that the fingerprints of these attacks are the same," the researcher said. "The mode of operation is very, very similar."

A spokesman for the French government cybersecurity agency ANSSI confirmed the attacks on the Macron campaign to Reuters, but would not comment on whether Pawn Storm was behind them.

Among the group's favored attack methods, Hacqueboard said, is an attack called "phishing."

This attack method sees hackers send duplicitous emails to their targets that appear to be from legitimate institutions or organizations. The emails usually demand that the target hand over some personal information, such as a password, in order to avoid some negative outcome, such as having a social media or email account locked.

The emails appear authentic, but in reality are designed to gather personal information that hackers can then exploit to gain further access to systems.

Richard Ferrand, secretary-general of Macron's party, previously accused Russia of trying to influence the French election in a February news conference and urged the French government to take action to prevent any "foreign meddling," according to Reuters.

The French election is in full swing. A first round of votes on Sunday saw Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen best nine other candidates and advance to a second round of voting that is scheduled for May 7.

Le Pen has in the past expressed support for Russia's annexation of the Crimea region from Ukraine, according to BBC News. That annexation was widely condemned by the international community.

Le Pen has also called for the European Union to lift sanctions imposed on Russia, saying that they were "counterproductive," the BBC reported.

The Macron campaign did not return ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Russia is believed to be the source of an influx of weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a press conference on Monday.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who appeared with Nicholson at Resolute Support headquarters, said the U.S. would have to "confront Russia" over "denying the sovereignty of other countries," including Afghanistan.

"For example, any weapons being funneled here from a foreign country would be a violation of international law," said Mattis.

Asked if he would refute claims that Russia is providing weapons to the Taliban, Nicholson answered definitively.

"Oh no, I’m not refuting that," the general said.

Nicholson said the U.S. has continued to receive reports of Russian assistance to the Taliban.

While Mattis said that the U.S. would "engage with Russia diplomatically," he spoke in stronger terms about the threat of the Taliban and of ISIS in Afghanistan and expressed confidence about his ability to advise President Donald Trump on U.S. policy in the region upon his return.

“We are under no illusions about the challenges associated with this mission,” said Mattis, who called the Taliban a "barbaric enemy" as he referenced an attack Friday that killed more than 100 at an Afghan military base.

On ISIS, Nicholson issued a warning to the terrorist organization that is currently centered within Iraq and Syria.

"If they come here to Afghanistan, they will be destroyed. In keeping secretary’s intent, they will be annihilated," said Nicholson, who noted that ISIS attempts to gain a foothold in the country have been mostly repelled.

"We’re going to keep going until they’re defeated in 2017," said Nicholson. "Now they have an aspiration, I think, to move fighters here from Syria. We haven’t seen it happen. And, in fact, by reducing their sanctuary here, by annihilating them here, it should very clear to ISIS main there is no space to come to in Afghanistan.”

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Subscribe To This Feed -- An estimated 1 million refugees came to Germany in 2015 alone, nearly half of them hailing from war-torn Syria. Thousands of Syrian newcomers seeking asylum in Germany have since settled in the nation's capital of Berlin, a city that itself has a recent history marked by political division and war. Now several Syrian refugees are leading a weekly walking tour of Berlin's historic center that draws parallels between the city’s history and the civil war in Syria. Organized by the initiative Refugee Voices Tours, the tour is aptly called “Why we are here.”

The two-hour excursion includes stops in locations such as the Topography of Terror, an outdoor museum on the site of the former Nazi secret service headquarters, and Checkpoint Charlie, which was an entry point to the Soviet-controlled East Berlin during the nearly three decades that the city was divided by the Berlin Wall. In that time, many East Germans attempted to sneak into West Berlin in hopes of finding a better life.

“It’s similar to what happened in Syria,” guide Eyas Adi tells ABC News' Sarah Hucal and tour participants. “A lot of people tried to go as refugees to the Western world because they wanted more freedom; they wanted the opportunity to build a new life for their families and more suitable situations in a more stable country.”

The tour also seeks to clear up any misconceptions about refugees. “Many ask, ‘Why Germany, why Europe?” says Adi. He points out that Germany and Europe as a whole aren't the only places hosting Syrian refugees. Turkey is currently home to 2.9 million Syrians, according to figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Lebanon and Jordan, which have relatively small populations of about 6.5 and 4.4 million respectively, host over 1 million Syrians each. Many Syrians in those countries live in camps with only basic life necessities.

For Adi, leaving Syria was not something he had wanted. Before he moved to Berlin in May, he was studying medicine and working with UNICEF and the humanitarian aid group Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Damascus. But when it came to the point that he could no longer avoid the Syrian government's mandatory service in the military, he decided that fleeing the country was preferable to serving with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Today, Adi and others lead the weekly walking tour while they continue to settle into life in Berlin. He shares with tour-goers his own experience as a refugee in Germany. He also fields common questions, such as why Germany was a popular destination for asylum-seekers and why so many refugees are young men.

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Chesnot/Getty Images(PARIS) -- French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen announced Monday that she is temporarily stepping down from her party's leadership as she battles for the presidency. She will face off against Emmanuel Macron during the second round of the election on May 7.

"I'm taking a leave of absence as president of @FN_officiel [the Front National]; I'm now simply a candidate in the presidential election," Le Pen tweeted from her official account.

"Je me mets en congé de la présidence du @FN_officiel : je ne suis plus que la candidate à la présidentielle." #JT20h

— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) April 24, 2017

Le Pen and Macron bested nine other candidates to advance past the first round of voting on Sunday. They will now spend two weeks fighting for votes ahead of the second and final round.

Her decision to step down from the leadership of the National Front party appears to be an attempt to broaden her appeal as she and Macron battle to gain the support of voters who backed losing candidates in the first round of voting.

Since the results of the first round of voting became clear, Macron has enjoyed a number of high-profile endorsements, including from French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

The National Front's image has been tarnished by the reputation of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who led the party until his daughter took it over in 2011.

The elder Le Pen was widely rebuked for calling Nazi gas chambers "a detail of history."

Marine Le Pen has denounced these remarks and worked to broaden her party's appeal.

The two opposing French candidates received tacit support from two opposing U.S. politicians in the lead up to the first round vote.

President Donald Trump, while not offering a formal endorsement, said in an interview that Le Pen was "the strongest on what's been going on in France."

Former President Barack Obama, meanwhile, phoned Macron to wish him well ahead of the vote. Obama's spokesman said it was not an official endorsement.

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Subscribe To This Feed -- This Canadian bride and groom hit the slopes after their wedding ceremony, using the few hours before their reception for a “quiet moment together to reflect.”

“It was super sentimental,” Andrew Leonard of Vancouver told ABC News. “The day we got married, it was important to do a run on the mountain. We didn’t bring the wedding party up, no friends or family, just us.”

“It felt like a really sacred ritual to do that run together on our wedding day,” bride Chela Davison explained. “It symbolized some of the underlying values of what we care about in our relationship and partnership -- not just big adventure in a ‘woohoo’ fun way, but really going after dreams and things that are meaningful to us. Those runs together really felt like a symbolic ceremony of what we’ve been in together and where we’re headed.”

The newlyweds, both on the leadership team with Integral Coaching Canada, had a ski-themed wedding at Whistler Blackcomb Resort in Whistler, a location that holds special meaning for them.

“That’s where we had our first date,” said Davison. “We got engaged up in Whistler and we go every year for our anniversary.”

Obviously comfortable on the slopes, the adventurous couple skied black diamonds in their full wedding attire, including the bride’s wedding gown and the groom’s dapper top hat, which remained on his head the entire time.

“I had a jacket for when it got colder and layers I could work with,” said Davison. “But when I went shopping for my dress I really had in mind, ‘I need to be able to ski in this.’”

“The dress, because it was so big and heavy, she looked like a beautiful bride floating down the mountain,” Leonard added.

They chose their wedding photographer, Pascale Gadbois, a former member of a national freestyle ski team, based on her ability to ski with them to capture these awesome yet tender moments.

“She was incredible,” Davison said of Gadbois. “She knows the mountain really well. She lives up there. She had great ideas about where to take us.”

“We had the mountain all to ourselves,” Leonard added.

Although they were physically alone on the mountain, Leonard said there was a touching moment when he realized there was one additional guest shining down on them on their big day.

“One of the most impactful parts of my day, we got up to the top of the lift and Chela and I are messing with our bindings and ski [stuff] and then from behind us Pascale says, ‘I don’t know what you believe in or what your religion is, but I believe in the power of nature,’” Leonard recalled. “And that was when she pointed out the rainbow around the sun.”

“My brother passed away in November and he was going to be the best man at the wedding,” the groom added. “It looked like an eye in the sky. It was the amount of presence and intimacy that brought that whole moment together, having that feeling of knowing he was there.”

Davison couldn’t agree more.

“It did feel sacred,” she said. “And it did feel like a deeply spiritual moment for the two of us.”

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Subscribe To This Feed -- The U.S. Treasury has announced sanctions against 271 employees of the Syrian government agency believed to be responsible for developing chemical weapons like those used in an attack on dozens of civilians in the country earlier this month.

"These 271 SSRC employees have expertise in chemistry and related disciplines and/or have worked in support of SSRC’s chemical weapons program since at least 2012," the Treasury said in a statement.

The attack on April 4 in the village of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria killed more than 80 people and prompted a U.S. missile strike on the air base linked to the attack.

"The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons by any actor and we intend to hold the Assad regime accountable for its unacceptable behavior," the statement from the Treasury said.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Please check back for the latest.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- North Korea is trying to show strength at home by detaining another U.S. citizen while overall Chinese pressure on the East Asian nation is “working,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday morning.

"I think that North Korea’s been playing games from the very beginning," Haley said Monday on ABC News’ Good Morning America.

"I mean what we’re seeing is that Kim Jong Un is trying to really show his strength to the people of North Korea, whether it’s just with all of these threats or what he’s trying to do in terms of talking in terms of trying to start a war. And what we’ve said is we don’t want war, so don’t start one,” she continued.

Tony Kim, a U.S. citizen and professor, was detained in North Korea Saturday while trying to leave the country with his wife.

Haley said the United States is going to work with China to negotiate his release. Kim is at least the third American citizen now detained in North Korea.

Haley also said that China has "shown genuine concern" in regard to rising tensions with North Korea after the country tested another missile earlier this month.

"I think really the power has been through China, they have shown genuine concern," she said. "I think that they are trying to put the pressure on North Korea, and I think it’s working."

Chinese state media reported that President Trump had a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday in which Xi urged restraint in dealing with North Korea. Trump has pressured China to increase its economic pressure on the North Korean regime.

China has proposed that the U.S. suspend military exercises with South Korea in exchange for North Korea halting its nuclear program, a proposal Haley strongly rejected.

"We're not going to do that," Haley said, adding that the U.S. will protect South Korea.

"What we can say is South Korea has been an ally from the very beginning. We want to protect them just as we’re protecting ourselves, and that’s what we said we were going to do is we were going to have the backs of our allies and we were going to call out our adversaries," she said.

When asked about how the president has modified campaign positions since entering office, Haley responded that he is reacting to changing times.

"I think it’s changing with the times," Haley said. "I mean the times that we’re dealing with right now we’re seeing some aggression from some bad actors, we’re seeing the need for strength with our allies and we’re seeing the need that we have to show force when we have to show force. And I think what we’ve seen the president do is say that he’s not afraid to make a decision, he’s not afraid to act, and he’s going to change with the circumstances. And that’s exactly what we want to see in a leader."

Trump will meet with Haley as well as the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council at the White House later Monday.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(BERLIN) -- Ivanka Trump is set to make her debut on the world stage Tuesday with her first official foreign trip to attend the W20 Summit in Germany, where she will be received not only as first daughter but as one of the closest, most trusted advisers to the president of the United States.

While President Trump's nationalist campaign rhetoric may have rattled the European continent, his globalist and polished 35-year-old daughter may be able to smooth her father's image ahead of his own trip to Europe next month to attend the NATO and G7 Summits.

"There is really no greater emissary than a family member when you're traveling abroad, because these are the people who are closest to the president," says Anita McBride, a former chief of staff to former first lady Laura Bush. "They show something that is quite unique that no staff member, no adviser, no other emissary can really do."

Ivanka Trump is traveling to Berlin at the direct invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom the president famously accused of "ruining Germany" during the campaign but for whom he has since expressed respect. He received her at the White House for a visit last month.

According to the White House, Ivanka Trump's trip to Berlin, where she will attend the women-focused W20 Summit, was spurred by Merkel's participation in a roundtable the president's daughter hosted on Vocational Education and Workforce Development in Washington in March.

At the W20 summit, Ivanka Trump will take part in a high-profile panel on women's entrepreneurship that includes Merkel, International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, among others.

Trump will also visit the U.S. embassy for a meet-and-greet with embassy staff while in Berlin, in addition to visiting a technical academy and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. She will cap her day by attending a gala dinner.

So, how unusual is it for a first daughter to represent the president abroad?

McBride says Ivanka Trump is in fact not breaking new ground here, even though she has taken a uniquely active role in her father's administration as an unpaid adviser, along with her husband Jared Kushner.

"It is not unusual that first family members would be engaged internationally with the full support of the president and the White House behind them," McBride said.

"We've had other first children represent their parents abroad. One of the best examples of that is Maureen Reagan, who traveled to Africa quite a bit on her father’s behalf," she continued. "She was very involved and very engaged."

And during her time working in President George W. Bush's administration, McBride said the 43rd president made it a priority to send a family member on a presidential delegation whenever possible.

"George Bush had traveled for his father to Zambia back in the 1990s and he saw first-hand how well received that was, as the son of the president, and he always remembered that," McBride said.

In the case of Ivanka Trump, McBride said, the first daughter has added credibility for this particular trip to the W20 Summit given her own experience as a woman entrepreneur and aide to the president on these issues.

"On a lot of levels, she's the right person to send," McBride said. "First, she's been personally invited by the chancellor. Two, she holds an official role and cares about these issues. And three, as the president's daughter, she's one of the closest people to him and he trusts her, and expects and wants her to be fully engaged on these issues for his administration."

Beyond participating in a panel discussion on women entrepreneurship, McBride said she's curious to see what deliverables the first daughter may have by the end of the trip.

"Is there something concrete? Is there something that she is going to point to that we are either doing or will be doing?" McBride said. "When you go to an event like this overseas, you are, as a general rule, bringing something to the table, so that will be interesting to see what she is offering."

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- Far-right populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron claimed victory in Sunday's first-round vote in the French presidential election.

Besting nine other candidates, the two will now face off in a second and final round on May 7.

Celebrating his advancement, Macron addressed supporters in Paris, in a speech that called for unity and reiterated his support for the European Union.

"The deep seated feeling, age old feeling that has always pushed our people forward, the commitment to our country, the collective interest over division, this is what has won tonight," he said as a sea of supporters waved French flags. "This election has opened the door to optimism, to a new path to hope for Europe for the world."

With his words, he drew a sharp contrast with his opponent, who has floated the idea of referendum -- dubbed "Frexit" -- on whether to leave or remain in the E.U.

Favored to win the second-round, Macron -- a 39-year-old former government minister who has never held elected office -- was quick to cast himself as a political outsider, saying, "I have heard your expectations, for true change, for true democracy," and urged his voters to "start writing a whole new page in the political history of our country."

Le Pen, who appears to have come in second place, according to exit polls, said that the victory was an "honor" that she received "with humility and gratitude."

"From now on I have an immense responsibility of defending the French nation, its unity, its culture and its independence," she said. "The French must take advantage of this historical opportunity offered to them, because what is at stake here is the wild type of globalization endangering our civilization."

"The survival of France," was at stake in the second-round vote, she said.

She took shots at the European Union and sitting President François Hollande during her speech, before concluding and leading her supporters in singing the French national anthem.

Reports suggested that protesters in Paris have clashed with police in demonstrations against Le Pen's victory.

Sunday's result marked the first time that no major-party candidate would contest the second-round vote.

"This is still an anti-establishment outcome, even though Macron represents a centrist platform," Erik Brattberg, director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Europe Program, told ABC News. "Worth watching now is whether other French politicians will be rallying around Macron to defeat Le Pen in second round."

François Fillon, the conservative candidate who appears to have come in third place, conceded defeat, saying: "There is no other choice than to vote against the extreme right. Therefore I am voting for Emmanuel Macron."

French voters were going to the polls for a first-round vote to choose their next president from among 11 candidates, including Le Pen, who opposes immigration and has voiced skepticism about France's membership in the European Union.

Pre-election polls suggested Le Pen and Macron, an independent centrist and former economy minister, were in the lead.

"Le Pen did as expected. There was no hidden Le Pen vote in the first round. While she can get more votes in a second round with only one opponent, she has likely reached a ceiling among her core voters," Brattberg predicted.

Leading up to the vote, Fillon, a former prime minister embroiled in a scandal over alleged fake jobs given to his wife and children, appeared to be closing the gap in recent days, as was far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon.

"A last-minute push by Fillon and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon was not enough to get them into the run-off," Philip Crowther, a correspondent for France 24 in Washington, told ABC News. "This result is a disaster for France's main two parties -- the conservative Republican party and the Socialist party."

The election is seen as a litmus test for the future of the European Union and the spread of populism around the world.

More than 50,000 police and gendarmes were deployed to protect 66,000 polling stations for the election, which comes just three days after a deadly attack on Paris's famed Avenue des Champs-Elysees in which a police officer and a gunman were slain.

The presidential poll has consequences for the future of the European Union, for France's millions of Muslims and for world financial markets. It's also the first ever to be held while France is under a state of emergency, put in place since the November 2015 attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.

President Trump said this week that he believed Le Pen was "the strongest on what's been going on in France," while former President Barack Obama called to wish Macron well in the poll.

Neither Trump nor Obama said he was making a formal endorsement.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen appear to have won the first round of France’s presidential election.

They now advance to a second round vote that will held on May 7.

And the choice for France could be one of the most consequential in decades, analysts say.

At stake, analysts say, is nothing short of the direction of Europe and the European Union, with the two candidates offering starkly different visions for the future of France and its role on the world stage.

Here's a look at the two candidates who will almost certainly be on the ballot.

Le Pen: The Donald Trump of France?

Le Pen leads France's far-right Front National (FN) party, and was seen as a front-runner during the lead-up to the first round vote.

She has been propelled by similar political forces that saw the British vote to "Brexit" -– or leave the European Union -– and Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency this November.

Trump hinted before the first-round vote that he favored her candidacy over the others.

Ethnic and religious tensions have been stoked by repeated terror attacks. Unemployment has been stuck at around 10 percent for nearly five years. France's economic growth was meek in 2016 -– estimates put it just above 1 percent. These factors are driving frustration and anger in large parts of the country.

She has taken a strong stance against illegal immigration and championed anti-globalist sentiments. Le Pen has also proposed a referendum on France's membership in the E.U. Many have dubbed the hypothetical vote "Frexit."

Analysts have said that Le Pen being elected would pose an existential threat to the European Union –- the bloc of European democratic states that grouped together after World War II with the aim of preventing future strife.

"A Len Pen win would call into question the future of the entire European project," Erik Brattberg, director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Europe Program, told ABC News. "Her anti-EU, anti-immigration and anti-globalization stance would put her starkly at odds with whoever is elected the next chancellor of Germany, France's most important partner in Europe."

It could also be damaging to U.S. interests, Brattberg said: "Le Pen would seek to reorient French foreign policy away from the U.S. and NATO and towards Putin's Russia."

An anti-establish candidate but not an outsider, Le Pen comes from a family that has enjoyed the political spotlight for decades –- if not very successfully. Her father ran for the presidency five times.

The elder Le Pen led the Front National party before his daughter and his reputation continues to haunt her candidacy. He was widely rebuked for calling Nazi concentration camps "a detail of history." Marine Le Pen has denounced these remarks.

Even if she doesn't pull off a victory in two weeks time, Le Pen "would be well positioned to make another run next time around," Brattberg said.

Macron: France's own Justin Trudeau?

French voters have another choice: centrist and political newcomer Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old political neophyte who has been likened by some to Justin Trudeau of Canada..

Macron was the country's economy minister up until he quit in 2016 -- the same year he formed the En Marche! party. He has never held an elected office.

Unlike Le Pen, Macron is pro-Europe and made that clear in his victory speech after the first round vote.

"Macron would pursue a centrist approach, working closely with Germany to reform the Eurozone and the EU," Brattberg said.

His political platform earned him the tacit support of former President Obama, who called Macron to wish him well ahead of the first round vote. Obama's spokesman was quick to note that this was not a formal endorsement; however, the two are seen as political allies.

Populism remains ... popular

Heading into the second round of voting Macron is seen as the favorite to win. But similar predictions were made ahead of the Brexit vote and U.S. election this Fall.

Populism appears to be a driving force propelling far-right and far-left candidates and their ideas in major elections around the Western world over the past few years.

"The fact that some 40 percent of French voters opted for far-right or far-left candidates with anti-EU and anti-globalization agendas means that populism is alive and well in Europe," Brattberg said.

"Given the strong dissatisfaction with the status quo across Europe, there is no reason to think we have seen a 'peak populism' moment yet," he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. citizen and academic was detained in North Korea while trying to leave the country with his wife on Saturday, a spokesperson for the university that employed him has confirmed.

Tony Kim, 58, who goes by his Korean name-- Kim Sang-duk-- was detained while trying to board a flight to China from Pyongyang's international airport, according to Colin McCulloch, director of external relations at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), where Kim taught accounting.

The university's executive leadership released a statement Sunday saying that it "has learned that Mr Sang Duk (Tony) Kim was detained" by North Korean authorities as he was about to leave the country, "after several weeks of service, teaching at PUST.

"We understand that this detention is related to an investigation into matters that are not connected in any way with the work of PUST."

At least two other American citizens are currently being held by North Korea -- Otto Warmbier, a a 21-year-old student at University of Virginia, and Kim Dong Chul.

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