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Soros blasts 'lies' of Hungary government campaign

Budapest - George Soros spoke out Monday for the first time about Hungary's "survey" on the US financier and philanthropist's views and alleged intentions on immigration, accusing Budapest of "distortions and outright lies".

Two killed in protests after Kenya's top court upholds election

Nairobi - Kenya's Supreme Court on Monday validated the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta, sparking opposition protests that left two dead, according to police.

Chinese envoy ends N.Korea trip

Bejing - A Chinese special envoy on Monday ended a four-day trip to North Korea during which the two sides discussed regional concerns but made no direct statements about the nuclear crisis.

Merkel battles turmoil as German coalition talks collapse

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel was scrambling to drag Germany out of crisis on Monday after high-stakes talks to form a new government collapsed, potentially forcing Europe's top economy into snap elections.

India's Rahul Gandhi set to take over as Congress party chief

New Delhi - India's opposition Congress party will hold leadership elections next month, an official said Monday, amid growing speculation Rahul Gandhi will take over from his mother as its leader.

EU's top diplomat 'encouraged' by Rohingya talks with Suu Kyi

The EU's foreign policy chief on Monday hailed "extremely encouraging" talks with Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the Rohingya crisis, welcoming steps towards the repatriation of Muslims driven into Bangladesh.

Angela Merkel, fighting to stay Germany's 'eternal chancellor'

Berlin - Germany's veteran Chancellor Angela Merkel has survived multiple crises and outlasted a string of world leaders but now faces a battle for her political life after the collapse of talks to forge a coalition government.

Macron hopes for 'stable' Germany with EU plans on ice

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is hoping for a "strong and stable" German government to emerge, his office said Monday, following the collapse of coalition talks which risks delaying his ambitious EU reform agenda.

What's next for Germany after collapse of coalition talks?

Berlin - Germany could be forced to hold new elections after high stakes talks for a coalition collapsed Sunday between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU-CSU alliance, ecologist Greens and pro-business FDP.

Poland tensions with Ukraine and EU 'Kremlin plan': Tusk

Brussels - European Council President Donald Tusk on Sunday questioned whether tensions between Poland's rightwing government with Ukraine and the EU is a "Kremlin plan"."Alarm!

Mugabe's end game: How the president could leave power

Harare - Zimbabwe's ruling party ZANU-PF sacked President Robert Mugabe as party leader Sunday marking the accelerating collapse of the 93-year-old's support and power base.

North Korean foreign minister set to visit Cuba

Havana - North Korea's foreign minister is to visit Cuba on Monday in a trip that comes at a time when both Pyongyang and Havana have strained relations with Washington.

Mugabe 'agrees to resign': presidency source to AFP

Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule appeared at an end Sunday after a source confirmed he had agreed to resign and was preparing to address the nation.

NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

Brussels - NATO has taken 'disciplinary action' against an individual over an incident in which Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were portrayed as enemies, the alliance's secretary general has said.

Palestinians threaten to cut ties with US if PLO office is shut

Ramallah - The Palestinians will freeze their ties with the US if it follows through on a threat to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation's office in Washington, a senior PLO official warned Saturday.

Pinera, Guillier to contest runoff in Chile election

Santiago - Billionaire conservative Sebastian Pinera, who held a commanding lead in Chile's first round of presidential voting, and leftist former TV journalist Alejandro Guillier will contest a runoff next month.Ex-president Pinera had a 36.

US nuclear commander would resist 'illegal' order for strike

Ottawa - The general in command of US nuclear forces said Saturday that he would resist any "illegal" presidential order for a strike and work to find an alternative.

France, Lebanon and the Hariri family have close ties

Paris - France under President Emmanuel Macron has played a leading role in trying to avert a fresh crisis in Lebanon following the surprise resignation of its prime minister Saad Hariri.

New leader for Macron's party as honeymoon fades

Lyon - Emmanuel Macron's party named a new leader Saturday as the French president faces the first rebellious grumblings in the 19-month-old movement that swept him to power.
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