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Challengers unite in Israel election threat to Netanyahu

Jerusalem - The two main challengers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an electoral alliance Thursday, posing a threat to the premier's long rule as he also faces potential corruption charges.

Orban attacks pose dilemma for European conservatives

Apo - Three months from the European Parliament election, the assembly's dominant centre-right bloc has been weakened by a rift over how to handle Hungary's populist leader Viktor Orban.

Crunch time as high-level US-China trade talks resume

Washington - With only eight days left in their trade truce, top US and Chinese officials on Thursday returned to the daunting task of bridging a chasm between the world's two largest economies.

Three MPs abandon May over Brexit as UK political sands shift

London - Three MPs quit Britain's governing Conservative Party on Wednesday in protest at its "disastrous" hard line on Brexit, joining a rebellion in parliament that is redrawing the country's political landscape just weeks before it leaves the EU.

Putin warns new missiles could target 'decision-making centres'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia would have to deploy missiles targeting "decision-making centres" if Washington sends missiles to Europe.

Gloves are off for Netanyahu and Gantz in election bout

Jerusalem - The main challenger to Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel's April elections had long sought to fight clean, but the gloves are now off after a series of attacks by the premier.

North Korea's US envoy arrives in Hanoi ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Hanoi - Pyongyang's special representative for the US arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday with a North Korean delegation, an AFP reporter and source confirmed, ahead of a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un next week.

North Korea's US envoy arrives in Hanoi ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Hanoi - Pyongyang's special representative for the US Kim Hyok Chol arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday with a North Korean delegation, an AFP reporter and source confirmed, ahead of a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un next week.

May heads back to Brussels but EU not budging on Brexit backstop

Apo - Prime Minister Theresa May heads back to Brussels on Wednesday to renew her quest to reopen the terms of Britain's Brexit divorce, but appears headed for disappointment.

Putin threatens to target West with new missiles

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to deploy new missiles against Western capitals as he delivered a state of the nation address Wednesday aimed at boosting falling approval ratings.

Trump's threat raises Venezuelan fears — and hopes

Caracas - US President Donald Trump's threat to the Venezuelan military enraged government loyalists on Tuesday and raised hope among its critics in a potentially volatile standoff over aid shipments.

Trump wanted ally to lead probe targeting him: report

New York - US President Donald Trump denied a report Tuesday that said he had sought to install an ally to oversee an investigation into payoffs to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Bernie Sanders, from gadfly to serious White House contender

New York - Once dismissed by many as a fringe candidate with wacky socialist ideas, Bernie Sanders campaigned to the brink of the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and has now set his sights on the White House once again.

Tusk warns Ukraine against populism ahead of election

Kiev - EU President Donald Tusk warned Kiev against using populist and nationalist tactics ahead of a presidential vote next month during a speech to Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday.

Netanyahu seeks to save face after cancelled central Europe summit

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to save face Tuesday after a summit with four central European nations was cancelled over a Holocaust-linked dispute with Poland, instead holding meetings with the remaining three leaders.

Pelosi pledges long-term US backing of NATO, EU

Apo - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought Tuesday to reassure Europeans that there is broad-based and long-term US support for the transatlantic alliance despite President Donald Trump's harsh criticism.

N. Korean envoy en route to Hanoi ahead of Trump-Kim summit: Yonhap

Seoul - The North Korean special representative for the US arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, apparently en route to Vietnam to meet his Washington counterpart ahead of a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.

Brazil president sacks close aide amid political scandal

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday sacked a close aide who helped get him elected after a storm within his party over suspected improper campaign financing.

Ireland expresses 'frustration' at Brexit deal delay

Apo - Ireland's deputy prime minister expressed annoyance on Monday at Britain's continued failure to ratify a deal on its orderly withdrawal from the European Union.
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