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Avoid insults, UN urges Syrian rivals at tense talks

Geneva - A ban on mobile phones, recording devices and "offensive language": the ground rules handed out at Syrian talks reflect the high tension in the corridors of Geneva, where peace is a long way from anyone's lips.

Brexit bill faces delay in House of Lords

London - Britain's Lords were on a potential Brexit collision course with Prime Minister Theresa May's government Monday as they weighed changes that could delay a landmark bill to trigger the EU exit.

Asian markets start week with fresh losses

Hong Kong - Asian markets kicked the week off with losses Monday, with Tokyo hit by a stronger yen, as the global Trump rally shows signs of fragility ahead of a key speech by the new president to Congress.

French election turns ugly as political attacks mount

Paris - Journalists accused of bias. Judges said to be taking orders from the president. The country in a state of "near civil war."This isn't America's especially bitter presidential election campaign last year, but France's in 2017.

Macron's inspired grassroots activists driving campaign

Paris - Aymar Delacroix lights up when he talks about the candidate who inspired him to become involved in French politics for the first time -- at the age of 83.

France's farm expo: a high-stakes photo op as election looms

Paris - With France's election just two months away, glad-handing at the annual farm show is not just a photo op for presidential hopefuls, it's a must.

Le Pen blames media as Macron jumps in French polls

Paris - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday accused the media of "campaigning hysterically" in favour of Emmanuel Macron, her centrist rival for the presidency, as polls showed him enjoying a jump in support.

Op-Ed: GOP lawmakers introduce bills to curb protests in 18 states

It appears that some GOP lawmakers have gone a bit too far in their attempts at putting a halt to the freedom of people in America to express their views by protesting, and so far, 18 states have either introduced or voted on laws to curb protests.

Macedonia Social Democrats name leader as PM candidate

Skopje - Macedonia's Social Democrats on Saturday officially nominated their leader Zoran Zaev as candidate for prime minister, after gathering enough support to form a new government.

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

Cairo - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt.

Italy's leftwing rebels abandon Renzi for new party

Rome - Rebels from Italy's ruling party, who quit in defiance of former prime minister Matteo Renzi, struck out on their own on Saturday founding a movement they hailed as a "renewal" for left-wing politics.

French presidential candidate Macron to meet Merkel

Paris - France's centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in March, his team said Saturday.The exact date has not yet been fixed, they said.

Obama-era veteran picked to lead Democratic Party

Washington - Opposition Democrats chose Tom Perez as their new leader, tapping an establishment figure to lead the fight against President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress.

French legal probe ratchets up pressure on Fillon election bid

Paris - A French prosecutors' decision to launch a full judicial inquiry into claims that presidential candidate Francois Fillon paid his family for fake jobs leaves him facing a fraught two months before elections, media commentators said Saturday.

PM vows defence of Dutch values on campaign trail

Wormerveer - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte hit the campaign trail Saturday vowing to defend Dutch values as he seeks to drain support from his far-right rival Geert Wilders amid a polarising debate over immigration.

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

Washington - President Donald Trump came to the White House promising a radical reset of US-Russia relations after years of rising tensions under his predecessor.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Ankara - Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger.

Oil to start flowing through Dakota Access pipeline soon

According to papers filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, the Dakota Access Pipeline should begin operations within two weeks, now that drilling under Lake Oahe has been completed.

Mexico warns US it will refuse non-Mexican deportees

Mexico - Mexico will not accept deportees from the United States unless they are Mexican nationals, Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong declared on Friday, a day after meetings with top US officials.
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