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Macron has been invited to the White House for his "first state visit" under the Trump administration, said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a daily briefing.


"The date is still being finalized and we don't have that yet done," Sanders said.


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Trump and Macron met and phoned each other several times last year. The two struggled to soften their divergence over climate change and trade liberalization by seeking common ground on security and the fight against terrorism.


Trump visited Paris in July 2017, weeks after the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.




ISTANBUL, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Turkey celebrated the birthday of the European Union with an exciting street festival calling the rhythm of Europe here on Sunday.


Performers coming from 18 EU member states displayed their art and performances in Istanbul's busiest tourist street of Istiklal. The musicians drew the attentions to the multicultural characteristic of Istanbul and agreed that the music is the universal language.


"It was very nice to play on the street and Istiklal is my favorite street in the world," said Daniel Kahn to Xinhua. Kahn is an American musician living in Germany.


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Augustinas Rakauskas who plays accordion in the Lithuanian music band "Tutto a Dio" said "The festival is very attractive and very brilliant actually as it brings together many people from different cultures in one place."


The violinist Greta Staponkute said "It is very good to see another country to listen different music with joy and energy."


The festival also featured theater and dance shows and DJ performances as well as giant dinosaurs, stilt walkers, and jugglers beloved by children.


Turkey has been celebrating the Europe Day along with all other EU member states and the candidate countries since 1999 when European Union has recognized Turkey's candidate status.


Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a press release published on Friday that the EU should look into Turkey's accession process from a broader perspective and consider the contributions that Turkey would make for EU.


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"It took significant political and economic reforms in parallel with regional and global developments particularly during the last decade," the minister said.


He added that Turkey's main expectation is that the accession negotiations are conducted and concluded as a technical process without being subjected to political obstacles.


Turkish President Abdullah Gul in his written statement in the occasion of May 9, Europe Day underlined Turkey's commitment to the EU principles and said that the European Union has reached its current position by opening up, not by introversion.


Turkey has been in negotiations with EU since 1999 over its membership bid.


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"In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the (Federal Open Market) Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 1.25 to 1.5 percent," said the Fed in a statement after concluding two-day monetary policy meeting.


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She emphasized the risks of labor market overheating, saying that it would require the central bank to tighten monetary policy abruptly, jeopardizing economic expansion.


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