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Ghana votes in tight election amid economic slump

Accra - Ghanians voted Wednesday in tight presidential and parliamentary polls that are seen as a litmus test of stability for Africa's most secure democracy as it wrestles with a stumbling economy and corruption scandals.

Trump's advisors want to privatize Native American lands

Two members of President-elect Donald Trump's Native American Affairs Coalition proposed on Monday that Native American lands be put into private ownership, giving them more control over their land. But there could be an ulterior motive behind the idea.

After Trump row, China urges US to bar Taiwan leader

Bejing - China has urged Washington to block Taiwan's president from passing through the US, after reports said she may stop in New York for talks with Donald Trump's team, following a protocol-smashing phone call between the pair.

EU drops human rights condition for Cuba normalisation

Brussels - European Union countries cleared the way Tuesday for full normalisation of ties with communist Cuba next week by dropping demands for Havana to first improve its human rights record.

Italy senate to vote on budget Wednesday

Rome - Italy's senate will vote on the 2017 budget on Wednesday, checking off the last task for outgoing Prime Minister Matteo Renzi before he officially resigns, the upper house of parliament said Tuesday.

Venezuela opposition withdraws from crisis talks

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition Tuesday withdrew from the latest round of crisis negotiations with authorities, insisting the government first release prisoners and allow a vote on the volatile country's political future.

US, NATO stress 'unity' amid Trump fears

Brussels - Top US and NATO officials stressed the importance of preserving transatlantic security ties on Tuesday amid doubts raised by Donald Trump's election as president.

Angela Merkel rebuffs populist claim to German identity

Essen - Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday attacked the rise of right-wing populists in Germany, hitting out at opponents of her liberal refugee policy staking a claim to define German national identity.

Merkel launches election bid with tough line on immigration

Essen - Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday lashed populists seeking to exploit Germany's refugee influx, but set down a tough line on integration -- including a ban on the full-face veil -- as she launched into election campaign mode.

New French PM was on frontline of fight against terrorism

Paris - New French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is a safe pair of hands who as interior minister had to deal with a series of jihadist attacks which were unprecedented in France.

Battle over early elections grips Italy in limbo

Rome - A fight over whether to hold early elections gripped Italy on Tuesday after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation left the eurozone's third largest economy in political limbo.

Op-Ed: Sputnik spouting fake news about Haftar taking control in Libya

A proposal by Ali Al-Gotrani, a member of the Presidential Council (PC) for a transitional phase of the Libyan government with the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshall, Khalifa Haftar, was reported as reality by the Russian news site Sputnik.

Cazeneuve named French PM as Valls aims for president

Paris - French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was named the country's new prime minister on Tuesday after Manuel Valls resigned to seek the Socialist nomination in next year's presidential election.

Brazil judge suspends Senate leader in blow to Temer

Bras - A supreme court judge in Brazil on Monday suspended the Senate's powerful speaker, a key ally to President Michel Temer, before he goes on trial for alleged corruption.

Italy's Renzi to quit after budget

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi formally resigned after a crushing referendum defeat that has sent shockwaves around Europe -- though his departure will be delayed by a final task, passing a budget.

Kerry warns of 'anxieties' driving Western politics

Berlin - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Monday that "anxieties" were sweeping Western democracies and stressed the need for strong transatlantic ties as Europe nervously awaits Donald Trump's start in the White House.

Russia, US to hold talks on rebel withdrawal from Aleppo: Lavrov

Moscow - Russian and US experts will meet in the coming days to determine the routes and timing for a total rebel withdrawal from eastern Aleppo, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

French PM Manuel Valls joins presidential race

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday threw his hat in the ring to succeed Francois Hollande in next year's presidential election.

Suspense builds over Trump secretary of state search

New York - Donald Trump on Monday spent another day sequestered in cabinet-building talks as international suspense grew over who he will pick for secretary of state having already defied diplomatic protocol and provoked China.
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