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Nepal's PM Koirala to run for a second term in office

Kathmandu - Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Saturday filed his nomination for re-election, a day before the parliament of the troubled Himalayan nation elects a new premier.

Belarus opposition struggles to get heard in presidential vote

Minsk - In Minsk, street posters, television ads and even automated text messages exhort Belarussians to vote in Sunday's presidential polls.Who to vote for is barely mentioned.

Op-Ed: U.S. ditches training program for moderate rebels in Syria

Washington - After considerable criticism, the Pentagon has announced that it is ending its $500 million program to train and equip vetted moderate Syrian rebels to form a New Syrian Force to fight the Islamic State.

Congress chaos exposes U.S. Republican divide ahead of 2016

Washington - US Republicans have feuded since 2011. Now with the latest Washington chaos over who rises to House speaker, the GOP competes for the presidency struggling to show it can govern without compromising conservative doctrine.

Tens of thousands rally for Congo leader's bid to extend rule

Brazzaville - Tens of thousands of supporters of Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso took to the streets of the capital Brazzaville on Saturday to back his controversial bid to change the constitution in order to remain in power, an AFP journalist said.

Op-Ed: D.C.'s 16-week paid leave act serves as a national model

Washington - Conflicts between work and family life are common for U.S. workers. The term "work-life balance" describes the ultimate goal of the employed. D.C.'s proposed 16-week paid family leave would provide benefits to most who live in the nation's capitol.

German populist far-right gains amid refugee wave

Berlin - Almost declared dead only months ago, Germany's populist far-right is seeking a comeback amid a record wave of asylum-seekers, hoping to anchor itself in mainstream politics.

India PM's reform push faces crunch test in Bihar vote

Patna - Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a crucial test on Monday when Bihar, one of India's largest and poorest states, begins voting in polls that could have major consequences for his troubled reform drive.

Op-Ed: Key members of Libyan Government of National Accord named

Skhirat - The UN has announced the names of key officials of the planned Government of National Accord(GNA) even though one of the two rival governments — the General National Congress(GNC) based in Tripoli — has not even submitted names as yet.

Peru protesters tell IMF 'imperialists' to go home

- Activists marched through the Peruvian capital Friday to protest what they called the anti-poor policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which are holding their annual meetings here.

Op-Ed: Will the next president tear up the Iran agreement? Special

Washington - The Iran nuclear agreement may be a done deal, but its detractors are hardly ready to back down and its advocates are preparing to dig in for the long haul.

Portuguese centre-right TV star billed to win presidential poll

Lisbon - The former leader of Portugal's centre-right Social Democratic Party (PSD) and prominent television commentator Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Friday announced his bid to run for the presidency in next January's election.

Tunisia's Nobel Peace Prize bolsters fragile democracy

Tunis - Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet winning the Nobel Peace Prize is a breath of fresh air for a fragile emerging democracy facing serious security issues that threaten its economy.

Portugal coalition talks bogged down say Socialists

Lisbon - The leader of Portugal's opposition Socialist Party, Antonio Costa, said Friday that talks with conservative Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho on forming a coalition government had been "unfruitful".Coelho's "Portugal Ahead" coalition won 38.

Tunisia Nobel winners 'show way out of regional crises': EU

Brussels - The EU hailed Tunisia's national dialogue mediators Friday after they won the Nobel Peace Prize, saying they had shown North Africa and Middle East a democratic path out of turmoil.

Tunisian democracy activists win Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo - Tunisian civil society groups won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for helping to save the the only democracy that emerged from the Arab Spring, offering the country symbolic support after it was shaken by a wave of jihadist attacks.

Nobel Prize 'tribute to martyrs of democratic Tunisia': Joint winner

Tunis - The Nobel Peace Prize awarded Friday to Tunisian national dialogue mediators is a "tribute to martyrs" of the country's democracy, the head of a labour union within the quartet said.

Hamas Gaza chief calls unrest a new 'intifada'

Gaza - Hamas's chief in Gaza on Friday called violence that has hit the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem in recent days an "intifada" and urged further unrest."We are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the intifada....

Nuclear opponents, Good Samaritans tipped for Nobel peace award

Oslo - The pope, the German chancellor and a Congolese doctor were all tipped as top contenders for Friday's Nobel Peace Prize, but speculation was mounting that the honour could go to two octogenarian survivors of the atomic bombings of Japan 70 years ago.
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