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Ten quotes from the Republican debate

Manchester - Republican candidates for the White House held their eighth debate ahead of the all-important New Hampshire primary election, which takes place Tuesday.Here are 10 of the most memorable quotes from the event, which took place late Saturday. - Buckle up!..

Algerian lawmakers adopt reforms, recognise Berber language

Alger - Algeria's parliament adopted a package of constitutional reforms Sunday that authorities say will strengthen democracy, but opponents doubt it will bring real change.

Canada's Justin Trudeau: Key dates in his first 100 days

Ottawa - In his first three months as Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, 44, has traveled abroad extensively and has made symbolic changes in the way the government serves its citizens.

Op-Ed: HoR may debate new Libyan GNA on Monday

Tobruk - The Libya Herald reports the Presidency Council of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA), meeting in Skhirat, Morocco, has agreed to a reduced cabinet of 12 ministries together with the nine members of the Presidential Council.

Donald Trump expected to return to Republican Party debate roster

Manchester - Opinion poll-leading Republican presidential nomination candidate Donald Trump is expected to join six challengers Saturday night in the last debate before New Hampshire primary voters cast ballots on Tuesday.

With no president in sight, Haiti gets transitional government

Port-au-prince - Haitian politicians inked a last-minute agreement to install a transitional government Saturday, just hours before President Michel Martelly was scheduled to step down with no replacement in line.

UK press takes swipe at Assange and UN panel

London - British newspaper columnists on Saturday took aim at Julian Assange and the UN panel that found the anti-secrecy campaigner had been "arbitrarily detained".

Kabul peace talks with Taliban 'expected this month': officials

Islamabad - Direct peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban are "expected to take place" by the end of the month, representatives from four countries involved in pre-cursor roadmap negotiations said in a joint statement issued Saturday in Islamabad.

Erdogan calls Russian claim of Syria invasion plan 'laughable'

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday blasted as "laughable" Russia's accusation that Turkey was actively preparing to invade Syria."I find this Russian statement laughable...

New Hampshire may be now or never for Jeb Bush

Concord - In a state whose motto is "Live Free or Die," New Hampshire's primary Tuesday is do or die for Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush.

Op-Ed: Pres. Obama pushes gas tax on poorest Americans

Washington - Well into his final year as president, Barack Obama, who has overseen the largest federal budget deficit expansion in history, couldn’t find the money in his eight-year spending spree to properly update infrastructure.

Russian Patriarch Kirill, Kremlin's unwavering backer

Moscow - A close ally of President Vladimir Putin, Patriarch Kirill has helped to transform the Russian Orthodox Church into a powerful institution of the post-Soviet state.The 69-year-old native of Saint Petersburg will meet Pope Francis next week in Cuba.

Setback for Spain government formation as Podemos, Socialist talks deadlocked

Madrid - Spain suffered a fresh setback Friday after the Socialists and anti-austerity party Podemos -- key players in a weeks-long bid to form a government -- hit a deadlock in talks.

Erdogan calls Russian claim of Syria invasion plan 'laughable'

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday blasted as "laughable" Russia's accusation that Turkey was actively preparing to invade Syria."I find this Russian statement laughable...

Britain rejects UN panel ruling on Assange: Government

London - Britain rejected a UN panel's ruling on Friday that called for Julian Assange's "detention" at Ecuador's embassy in London to be brought to an end, saying it would challenge the report's findings."This changes nothing.

Cameron fights for his place in history with EU vote

London - Prime Minister David Cameron is playing a high-stakes game which will decide his place in political history with negotiations aimed at preventing Britain from leaving the EU in a looming referendum, experts say.

Venezuela president vows to resist ouster

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro vowed Thursday the opposition's attempts to drive him from power would not prosper "by fair means or foul" in a political crisis gripping the oil-rich nation.

Venezuela opens debate on political prisoner amnesty

Caracas - Venezuelan lawmakers opened debate Thursday on an amnesty bill for political prisoners, a key legislative initiative for the opposition majority that risks unleashing another political crisis with President Nicolas Maduro's administration.

Rise in support for 'Brexit' after EU draft deal

London - Support for Britain leaving the European Union has risen since Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled proposals for a deal to keep the country in the bloc, according to a poll published on Friday.
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