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French presidential hopeful has Marie Antoinette moment

Paris - French presidential hopeful Jean-Francois Cope had a Marie Antoinette moment on Monday, when he said he had "no idea" of the cost of pain au chocolat, a French pastry favourite."I have no idea but...

Lithuania opts for change in poll upset

Vilnius - A party of political outsiders fronted by a former police chief pulled off a stunning election victory in Lithuania on Sunday on the back of promises to deliver much-needed economic growth to curb a labour exodus.

Belgium cannot sign off on EU-Canada trade pact

Brussels - Belgium has conceded it cannot sign off on a landmark EU free trade deal with Canada because of continued objections from Wallonia and other regional leaders who rejected a late Monday deadline.

Lithuanians vote for change handing farmers' party surprise win

Vilnius - Lithuanians fed up with low wages and a labour exodus voted for major changes in Sunday's general election, handing victory to a farmers' party that previously held just one seat in parliament.

Scuffles disrupt Hungary 1956 revolt anniversary

Budapest - Scuffles between supporters and opponents of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban disrupted a state commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising in Budapest Sunday.

Venezuelan assembly declares 'coup' by Maduro govt

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition-majority legislature declared Sunday that President Nicolas Maduro's government had committed a coup d'etat by blocking a referendum on removing him from power, vowing mass protests and international pressure.

Britsh PM seeks to unite first ministers over Brexit plans

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday meet the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in London, where she will face calls for each region to vote on the government's Brexit plans.

Clinton jumps to double-digit lead over Trump: poll

Washington - Hillary Clinton has soared to a 12-point lead over Donald Trump in the race for the White House, according to a new poll released Sunday, with the real estate magnate's support tanking among key voter groups.

Clock ticking as Spain races to avoid third elections

Madrid - Spain's Socialists voted Sunday to allow the conservatives to take power, likely averting a third election for Spaniards tired of going to the polls.

Chile's embattled Bachelet put to test in local polls

Santiago - Chile's opposition is leading with a razor-thin margin in local elections that could deal a disappointment to embattled President Michelle Bachelet by returning conservatives to power.

Spain heads for minority government as Socialists lift veto

Madrid - Spain's Socialists voted Sunday to allow the conservatives to take power, likely ending a protracted political deadlock and avoiding a third election for poll weary Spaniards.

U.S. attempts to negotiate role for Turkey in Mosul offensive

Mosul - Ashton Carter, U.S. Secretary of Defence said that he was confident that Turkey would be able to play a role in the offensive designed to liberate the city of Mosul from the Islamic State.

Actor Ricky Gervais says Trump candidacy a joke gone bad

Actor and writer, and 'Golden Globe Awards' host Ricky Gervais commented on Donald Trump this week and his remarks suggest the funnyman finds the Donald a less than credible politician. Gervais doesn't think Trump's candidacy began seriously.

Socialists decide Spain's political fate in showdown

Madrid - Spain's divided Socialists gathered in Madrid on Sunday for a meeting widely expected to help finally unblock the country's ten-month political impasse.

Riding high in polls, Clinton barnstorms swing states

Raleigh - With just over two weeks to go before Americans vote for a new president, a new poll released Sunday shows Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Donald Trump, who is now in jeopardy in traditionally Republican states.

Moscow calls US 'anti-Russian' in election observer row

Moscow - Moscow on Saturday escalated a row over its attempts to send observers to the US presidential polls, accusing Washington of adopting an "anti-Russian" stance.

Campaigning begins ahead of I.Coast referendum on new constitution

Abidjan - The president of Ivory Coast insists it will heal a nation beset by violent turmoil, but as a referendum campaign for the nation's new draft constitution began Saturday, his opponents decried the text as dangerously anti-democratic.

Ivanka Trump backs her father but doesn't want to fall with him

New York - She is as calm and thoughtful as her father is strident and impetuous. She is Ivanka Trump, and the distance she has taken from her father Donald has earned her both the respect of Democrats and the head-scratching of analysts.

Philippines' Duterte says will not sever US ties

Davao - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday he would not sever his nation's alliance with the United States, as he clarified his announcement that he planned to "separate"."It's not severance of ties. Severance is to cut diplomatic relations.
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