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Political novice elected Iceland president amid football fever

Reykjav - Political newcomer Gudni Johannesson claimed victory in Iceland's presidential election after riding a wave of anti-establishment sentiment, though the vote was eclipsed by the country's eagerly-anticipated and historic Euro football match.

Corbyn urged to quit after Labour voters back Brexit

London - After a strong vote for a Brexit in Labour heartlands, party leader Jeremy Corbyn was fighting for his future Saturday amid accusations that he had lost the referendum by failing to rally working-class voters.

China, Russia eye closer friendship amid tensions with West

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin promised ever-closer cooperation and oversaw a series of deals Saturday, as the two countries deepen ties in the face of growing tensions with the West.

Britain faces bitter EU divorce after Brexit vote

London - Europe angrily demanded a quick divorce as sparks flew Saturday over Britain's seismic vote to abandon the EU, toppling Prime Minister David Cameron, pounding world markets and dividing the island nation.

Abbas rejects charges of 'blood libel' against Jews

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Saturday he opposed "any attack on any religion" after Israel accused him of libelling the Jewish people in an address to the European Parliament."Palestine is the cradle of the three monotheistic faiths.

China cuts official contact with Taiwan over new president

Bejing - China said Saturday that communications with Taiwan had been suspended after the island's new government failed to acknowledge the concept that there is only "one China".

Italy to EU after Brexit: Change or risk collapse

Rome - Italian ministers warned Saturday that the European Union must change direction or risk collapse after Britain's vote to leave the bloc."The unthinkable is happening," Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said.

Iceland elects president in vote eclipsed by football fever

Reykjav - Iceland voted in a presidential election Saturday -- expected to see newcomer Gudni Johannesson cruise to victory on a wave of anti-establishment sentiment -- although the country was more excited about its team's Euro football debut.

Cameron resigns as Brexit vote shocks EU, pummels markets

London - British voters dealt a seismic blow to the European Union by voting to leave the bloc, triggering the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and sending world financial markets into freefall.

Britons split after seismic Brexit vote

London - More than a million Britons pleaded for a second referendum Saturday as Britain's seismic vote to abandon the EU split the country after pounding world markets, toppling the prime minister and raising the threat of the island nation's break-up.

Radical change or safety first? Spain wavers before vote

Jerez De La Frontera - In Spain's southern tourist hotspot Jerez de la Frontera, Cristian Garcia whiles away the day sitting on a bench with his mates. Unemployed, he will vote for a far-left coalition led by Podemos in Sunday's elections.

Venezuela opposition say enough signatures for Maduro recall vote

Caracas - Opposition leaders in Venezuela said they have finished the process of authenticating signatures on a petition to recall President Nicolas Maduro, and have enough to hold a referendum on removing him.

Russian MPs approve anti-terror 'Big Brother' measures

Moscow - Russia's lower house of parliament on Friday approved a raft of anti-terror measures that the opposition called the "Big Brother" law, which may also cost Internet companies billions to store mandated users' data.

Erdogan meets Hamas leader amid reports of Israel deal

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday met the leader of radical Palestinian group Hamas for unscheduled talks following reports Ankara was close to agreeing a deal on normalising ties with Israel.

Frustrated Venezuelans finish fingerprinting for referendum

Caracas - Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro finished giving their fingerprints to electoral authorities Friday to wrap up a key stage in their drive for a referendum to remove him.

Thousands of Londoners demand independence after Brexit

London - Tens of thousands of Londoners signed a petition for their metropolis to stay in the European Union on Friday, as Mayor Sadiq Khan said the city must have a say in Britain's exit negotiations.More than 40,000 people signed a petition on the change.

Brexit blow to Obama and US 'special relationship'

Washington - Britain's vote to leave the European Union was a severe blow to one of the United States' key alliances and a setback for its influence across the old continent.

Irish leaders dismiss call for unity vote after Brexit

Dublin - The leaders of Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland dismissed a call Friday for a vote on unification after Britain's shock decision to leave the European Union.

Brexit vote a victory for populist politics

Paris - British voters' decision to leave the European Union highlighted working class dissatisfaction with the UK and Europe's ruling elite and the mass appeal of populist politics.
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