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Senate panel narrowly recommends Pompeo as US diplomatic chief

Washington - US President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, narrowly won approval from a Senate panel Monday, paving the way for the CIA director to become America's top diplomat.

Mexico candidates pile on leftist front-runner in debate

Mexico - Mexico's presidential candidates sparred feistily on the crime and corruption racking the country in their first debate Sunday, but achieved near-unanimity on one issue: attacking the leftist front-runner, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Iran, trade to dominate Macron's US visit

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron began a pomp-filled three-day state visit to Washington on Monday, a test of whether his studied bonhomie with President Donald Trump can save the Iran nuclear deal and avoid a trans-Atlantic trade war.

Axes, sunglasses and now a summit at Korea's DMZ

Andong - In the Demilitarized Zone that has divided the two Koreas for decades, the two sides come face to face -- along with the contradictory narratives that will underlie a summit at the site this week.

Black ex-high court justice touted as Brazil's savior

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilians are desperate for a fresh face in the presidency after years of crisis. And in Joaquim Barbosa, a black former Supreme Court justice who started as a janitor, they may have just found him.

Canada to host the world's female foreign ministers

Toronto - Canada will host the world's small but growing band of female foreign ministers for talks ahead of this year's UN General Assembly, Canada's Chrystia Freeland announced Sunday.

Macron's party divided as France debates immigration law

Paris - French lawmakers were set to vote Sunday on a controversial immigration law that has exposed unprecedented divisions in President Emmanuel Macron's young centrist party.

Three Shiites lead field for Iraq election

Baghdad - An incumbent prime minister, his ousted predecessor and a paramilitary chief instrumental in defeating the Islamic State group are the three favourites vying for Iraq's premiership.

Bipartisan House legislation would repeal Trump solar tariffs

Washington - A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would throw out Trump administration tariffs on imported solar products.

Trump: US has conceded 'nothing' to N.Korea

Washington - President Donald Trump asserted Sunday that North Korea has agreed to "denuclearization" and a halt to testing while the United States had so far conceded "nothing" in return.

G7 ministers meet against backdrop of Russia stand-off

Toronto - The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized nations were gathered in Toronto on Sunday seeking a common front against what they see as provocation from Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Conservative wins Paraguay presidency with narrow victory

Asunci - Paraguay's Mario Abdo Benitez, who represents the country's long-dominant Colorado conservatives, was elected as president on Sunday, landing the top job in one of Latin America's poorest countries.

German Social Democrats elect Andrea Nahles as first female leader

Wiesbaden - Germany's centre-left Social Democrats on Sunday elected Andrea Nahles, a combative and outspoken former labour minister, as the first woman leader of the 155-year-old party.

Can Macron's White House visit save the Iran deal?

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron seems, as much as any world leader, to have developed a rapport with his American counterpart Donald Trump.

Empty promises? N.Korea watchers greet Kim move with skepticism

Washington - Pyongyang's announcement it will halt nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches has left experts puzzling over Kim Jong Un's true intentions -- and the extent to which US President Donald Trump deserves credit.

Turkey's Erdogan chides Austria over election campaigning

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saturday criticised Austria for planning to ban any possible campaigning for the June elections, saying that countries attempting to undermine his country's democratic struggle would "pay a price".

China carries out aircraft carrier drills in Pacific as Taiwan tensions rise

Bejing - China has carried out aircraft carrier drills in the Pacific, its navy said Saturday, ramping up tensions with Taiwan over its military exercises in the sensitive region.

North Korea's nuclear declaration: what it does and does not mean

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared an end to the nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests that sent tensions soaring on the peninsula, in the region, and beyond.

Senate panel likely to reject Pompeo for State as Democrats balk

Washington - President Donald Trump's secretary of State pick Mike Pompeo is likely to be rejected by a Senate panel after all its Democrats opposed his nomination, but he may still win final confirmation next week.
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