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President's opponents rally in tense Venezuela

Caracas - Protesters seeking to drive Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro from office launched fresh street rallies on Wednesday and urged the military to choose sides in the tense political crisis.

Poroshenko vows to take back Crimea following pilot's release

Kiev - President Petro Poroshenko vowed on Wednesday that Ukraine would take back the annexed peninsula of Crimea and rebel-held territory in the east of the country following pilot Nadiya Savchenko's return from Russia.

Op-Ed: Gadaffi's cousin claims thousands of former Gadaffi troops in LNA

Tripoli - Ahmed Gaddaf Al-Dam, a cousin of former Libyan dictator Muamar Gadaffi, claims that thousands of former members of Gadaffi's military brigades are now part of Khalifa Haftar's militia or the Libyan National Army (LNA).

Op-Ed: Libyan militia holding positions in offensive on Islamic State

Misratah - The militia from Misrata who recently retook territory captured by the Islamic State(IS) east and south of Misrata appear to be consolidating their position before advancing further towards the city of Sirte the IS stronghold.

Erdogan chairs symbolic first meeting of Turkey cabinet

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday personally chaired the first meeting of the new Turkish cabinet, in a symbolic move showing his desire to exercise full control over the government and consolidate his own powers.

Brazil leader hails deficit win, corruption scandal lurks

Bras - Brazil's interim president Michel Temer celebrated a first victory Wednesday for his urgent economic reforms after Congress agreed to widen the budget deficit, but fresh corruption allegations haunted his government.

Venezuela demos test of strength in political crisis

Caracas - Protesters seeking to drive Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro from office have vowed fresh street rallies on Wednesday and Thursday, a test of their strength in a tense political crisis.

Neil Young supports Sanders but fine if Trump uses his music

Canadian rocker Neil Young, who lives on a ranch in California, doesn't have a vote in the country he lives in but does have a candidate. That would be Democrat Bernie Sanders, who in Young's opinion is the only one who'll re-democratize the system.

Obama says G7 Hiroshima trip to honour 'all' war dead

Nihon - Barack Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima this week "will honour all those who were lost in World War II" the US president said Wednesday, hours after arriving in Japan for a Group of Seven summit.

Brazil congress approves deficit spending

Bras - Brazil's congress early Wednesday approved a deficit spending plan proposed by the interim government of President Michel Temer after 16 hours of debate. The government says it is facing a record 170.

UN chief fuels presidential speculation with S. Korea trip

Seoul - Ban Ki-moon arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for a six-day visit that has fuelled speculation the UN chief is lining up a tilt at the presidency of his home country.

Netanyahu joins forces with ultra-nationalist in coalition deal

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined forces on Wednesday with a hardline nationalist who is set to become defence minister, forming a government considered the most right-wing in the nation's history.

Op-Ed: Too much baggage grounds Clinton's campaign jet

Washington - Whether you support her or consider Clinton the political equivalent of Bonnie, as in Bonnie and Clyde, one thing is clear, even to those unwilling to admit.

Bomber and bombed: U.S., Japan bound by atomic legacy

Toukyo - Japan and the United States have forged one of the world's most enduring -- some would say improbable -- relationships in the seven decades since American atomic bombs laid waste to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing 200,000 people.

Green Party offers progressives a 'plan b' with a Green New Deal

The Green Party's Jill Stein is offering a plan b to Bernie Sanders supporters in a new interview with Truthout, calling on Sanders supporters to look beyond the two-party system.

Europe's far-right cheers Austria vote but loss highlights limits

Paris - While far-right parties across Europe hailed the near-election of one of their own as Austrian president as a boost for their future prospects, his defeat shows that mainstream forces are still capable of rallying to keep extremists out of power.

Hardliner elected head of key Iran oversight body

Tehran - Iran's Assembly of Experts chose another hardline cleric as its chief on Tuesday, keeping the powerful religious body in ultraconservative hands despite gains by reformists and moderates in February elections.

Obama implores Vietnam to embrace human rights

President Barack Obama urged communist Vietnam on Tuesday to abandon authoritarianism, saying basic human rights would not jeopardise its stability, after Hanoi barred several dissidents from meeting the US leader.

Turkey's pro-Erdogan PM unveils new cabinet lineup

Ankara - Turkey's incoming Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday unveiled his new cabinet line-up two days after being given a mandate by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with most key ministers keeping their jobs but the EU minister switched.
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