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'Affable' Berlusconi ally takes EU parliament top job

Strasbourg - An affable and canny Italian politician, Antonio Tajani on Tuesday snagged the European Parliament's top job in a comeback of sorts for his mentor Silvio Berlusconi.

Italy's Tajani elected EU parliament head

Strasbourg - Italy's Antonio Tajani, an ally of scandal-hit former premier Silvio Berlusconi, was elected as the new European Parliament president Tuesday after a bitterly fought vote.

Presidential duel with Macron would be 'a dream', says Le Pen

Paris - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Tuesday she would relish a duel for the presidency with former economy minister Emmanuel Macron, as polls show the rising star closing in on the frontrunners.

Russia adoption law discriminatory: European court

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Russia's policy of refusing to allow Americans to adopt Russian children was discriminatory, a decision Moscow said it would appeal.

Italy's Tajani poised to lead EU parliament

Strasbourg - Italy's Antonio Tajani, an ally of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, moved closer to being elected the new European Parliament president Tuesday after two key groups formed a "pro-European" alliance against rising populism.

EU parliament in tense election for new president

Strasbourg - The European Parliament elects a new president on Tuesday in a vote that promises to be stormy after a coalition aimed at keeping eurosceptics out of power broke down.

EU 'has no need for outside advice,' France's Hollande says of Trump

Paris - French President Francois Hollande replied bluntly on Monday to Donald Trump's criticism of the European Union, saying the EU "has no need for outside advice" on its affairs.

Russian protest artist flees to France

Paris - Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky, famous for radical performances denouncing state power that have landed him in jail in the past, has fled to France, where he will seek asylum, he told AFP on Monday.

The global chain that produces your fish

Paris - That smoked salmon you bought for the New Year's festivities has a story to tell.The salmon may have been raised in Scotland -- but it probably began life as roe in Norway.Harvested at a coastal farm, the fish may have been sent to Poland to be smoked....

French presidential hopeful Valls attacked over migrants

Paris - Former French premier Manuel Valls came under fire Sunday for his cautious stance on taking in refugees during the migrant crisis, in a fraught second debate of leftwing candidates for the presidency.

Paris summit warns against 'unilateral' steps in Mideast conflict

Paris - A conference for peace in the Middle East on Sunday warned Israel and the Palestinians against taking "unilateral steps" on Jerusalem and on borders that could imperil a negotiated solution to their seven-decade conflict.

'Robber pulled gun on me', Kardashian told French police

Paris - A French newspaper Sunday published Kim Kardashian's testimony to police of how a robber threatened her at gunpoint when she refused to hand over a ring worth millions of dollars.

France says 'serious consequences' if US embassy moves to Jerusalem

Paris - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Sunday that if US President-elect Donald Trump moves the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem it would have "extremely serious consequences".

Robot arms replace factory hands

Paris - Donald Trump has been crowing as companies including Ford renounce plans to move factories to Mexico. But the main beneficiaries of this shift back to the US aren't saying much by way of celebration -- industrial robots don't tend to speak.

Le Pen follows Trump's lead on social media bombardment

Paris - Domination of social media was a key weapon in Donald Trump's rise to the US presidency, and now France's far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, is looking to follow suit, analysts say.

Trump warned off unilateral Mideast moves at Paris peace talks

Paris - France warned of "serious consequences" on Sunday if Donald Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital as representatives from 70 countries met in Paris to try to revive stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

Chinese leader meets Davos elite as voters revolt

Paris - China's president will preach the advent of a new world order in Davos next week before the high priests of globalisation, who are facing an uprising from voters against their orthodoxy of open markets and borders.

Governments grapple with globalisation backlash

Paris - Governments stung by the political backlash from disgruntled voters left worse off by three decades of globalisation are now scrambling for solutions, but there is no easy fix and the populist remedies on offer risk making things even worse, analysts s...

The EU-Canada trade pact: some key questions

Paris - Every trade agreement produces winners and losers and the free-trade deal between the EU and Canada, still pending ratification, is no exception.The deal is just one example of controversy ignited by trade talks.

Abbas may 'reverse' Israel recognition if Trump moves embassy

Paris - Th Palestinians may consider "reversing recognition" of Israel if Donald Trump moves the US embassy to Jerusalem, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said in an interview released by the French daily Le Figaro on Friday.
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