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Pastor has faith he can unseat Maduro in Venezuela poll

Caracas - Despite unpopularity and a deepening economic crisis, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro seems such a certainty for reelection in April that only an evangelical pastor has found the faith to run against him.

Cameroon opposition party picks presidential candidate

Bamenda - Cameroon's main opposition party on Saturday selected deputy leader Joshua Osih as its presidential candidate to challenge the long-ruling President Paul Biya in elections later this year.

Egypt presidential race starts with Sisi favourite to win

Cairo - Campaigning began in Egypt's presidential election on Saturday with incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi likely to romp to victory in the absence of a serious challenger in the two-candidate race.

Luigi Di Maio: the reassuring face of Italian populism

Rome - Derided as an empty-headed puppet by his opponents, telegenic young gun Luigi Di Maio has been tasked with completing the Five Star Movement's rise from populist insurgency to Italy's party of government.

EU opens door for Balkan states, but hurdles remain

Belgrade - The European Union has offered some of the six Balkan states who hope to join the bloc the prospect of becoming new members by 2025, but warned them they still have many obstacles to overcome.

Trump says China ties 'best ever' but trade a problem

Washington - Donald Trump papered over superpower rivalries with China on Friday, saying relations had never been better but trade was a major problem.

Modi talks tough on separatists after meeting Trudeau

New Delhi - Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke out against separatism Friday in an apparent warning to his Canadian counterpart, whose week-long visit to India has been marred by claims his administration is soft on Sikh extremists.

Maldives warns India against interfering as ties fray

Male - The Maldives has warned India against interfering in its political crisis, deepening a rift with the country once seen as its closest ally.

South Korean MPs demand execution of North's Olympic delegate

Seoul - South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution.

EU leaders split over post-Brexit budget

Brussels - European Union leaders were divided at a Brussels summit on Friday over calls to pay more to fill the huge hole that Britain's departure will leave in their budget.

Canada rescinds invitation to Sikh militant to dine with Trudeau

New Delhi - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted Thursday that a convicted Sikh extremist had been invited to dine with him in New Delhi, just the latest controversy to dog his visit to India.

EU to give Sahel force funding boost

Brussels - European leaders will Friday give a financial boost to a joint African force tackling jihadists in the Sahel at an international conference in Brussels, as fresh violence highlights the region's fraught security situation.

Trump plan to do away with Energy Star sparks industry uproar

President Donald Trump is facing strong opposition in his drive to eliminate federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) popular Energy Star program.

Early election plan an 'attempted coup': Venezuelan legislature

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature on Thursday branded the government's plan to hold elections for the assembly two years early an "attempted coup.

Slovak PM refuses to ratify treaty to protect women

Bratislava - Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico on Thursday said he refused to ratify a treaty safeguarding women because he considers it at odds with the country's constitutional definition of marriage as a heterosexual union.

Trump's nominee to lead UN agency rejects anti-Muslim charge

Geneva - President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to lead the UN migration agency dismissed allegations of anti-Muslim bias on Thursday, telling AFP he "never" considers the faith of those in need.

Italy's Five Star populists aim for election top spot

Casette - In the industrial town of Guidonia near Rome, its first Five Star mayor is pulling out all the stops as the populist movement gears up for a shot at national governance.

Russian opposition protester jailed for a year

Moscow - A Russian court sentenced a protester to a year in a penal colony Thursday for hitting a police officer during an anti-government demonstration in March 2017.

Iran's Ahmadinejad calls for immediate free elections

Tehran - Iran's hardline former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the immediate holding of free presidential and parliamentary elections in a letter to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published on Thursday.
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