. REUTERS (CANADA)
France’s Macron heads to Le Pen stronghold in search of more votes
Centrist President Emmanuel Macron took his hunt for more re-election support on Monday to France’s former industrial heartland in the north, a blue-collar stronghold of far-right rival Marine Le Pen, who he will face in an April 24 runoff vote.
. NIKKEI ASIA (JAPAN)
Bangkok to hold gubernatorial election for first time in 9 years
Thais living in the capital will go to the polls on May 22 to vote in the first gubernatorial contest in nine years.
. ANADOLU (TURKEY)
Putin to meet with Austrian chancellor for talks on Ukraine, gas
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will meet with the visiting chancellor of Austria on Monday to discuss the situation in Ukraine and issues related to Russian gas deliveries to Europe, according to the Kremlin.
. TASS (RUSSIA)
Berlin condemns manifestations of Russophobia over Ukraine conflict — government
The German government condemns any manifestations of Russophobia over the situation in Ukraine, Christiane Hoffmann, a federal government spokeswoman said at a news conference on Monday.
. AL JAZEERA (QATAR)
Pakistan live news: Parliament meets to elect Khan’s replacement
Pakistan’s parliament is meeting to elect a new prime minister after Imran Khan became the first leader in the country’s history to lose a no-confidence vote.