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Mexico will not pay for any border wall built by the United States, President Enrique Pena Nieto told visiting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday.

EU VP tells British to 'get their act together'

Britain's political leaders should "get their act together" and tell the EU what they want from their divorce, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said in an interview with AFP.

Macedonia's twice delayed poll to be held in December

Political leaders of crisis-hit Macedonia agreed late on Wednesday to hold elections in December that have already been delayed twice following international pressure to ensure a free and fair vote.

Venezuela freezes Brazil ties after Rousseff removal

Venezuela on Wednesday withdrew its ambassador from Brazil and froze ties with its southern neighbor in response to president Dilma Rousseff's removal from office.

Turkish interior minister resigns in surprise move

Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala, a loyalist of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday resigned in a surprise move, the prime minister announced.

Temer: Brazilian political kingmaker turned king

Michel Temer used to be known in Brazil as a behind-the-scenes operator. That was before he triggered a bid to topple his boss, Dilma Rousseff, and took her job as president.

Italy and Germany signal tougher EU stance on migrants

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed Wednesday to step up efforts to send migrants with no right to asylum in Europe back to their homelands.

Pena Nieto stirs storm in Mexico with Trump invite

Criticism rained down on President Enrique Pena Nieto Wednesday as indignant Mexicans asked why he invited Donald Trump, of all people, to visit.

What next for post-impeachment Brazil?

Senators have fired Dilma Rousseff as president of Brazil in an acrimonious impeachment trial.Here are five ways the drama affects key players and ordinary people in Latin America's biggest country:- What's Dilma's future? -Murky.

Brazil's Rousseff: From insurgent to impeachment

Dilma Rousseff survived torture as a guerrilla opposing Brazil's military dictatorship before rising to become president, but plunged from the heights to end up fired in an impeachment trial Wednesday.

Brazil's Rousseff stripped of presidency, Temer sworn in

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff was stripped of the country's presidency in an impeachment vote Wednesday and replaced by her bitter rival Michel Temer, shifting Latin America's biggest economy sharply to the right.

Clashes as Gabon's Bongo narrowly wins re-election

Gabon's president Ali Bongo was declared winner Wednesday of contested weekend elections, extending half-a-century of rule by the Bongo family which sparked clashes in the Central African nation.Protesters shouting "Ali must go!

EU, France urge 'transparent' result in tense Gabon

Gabon's head of state Ali Bongo came under pressure from his ruling party and the international community Wednesday to deliver a fair result in a tight and increasingly tense presidential election race.

Spain's Rajoy faces doomed parliament vote to form govt

Spanish MPs were expected to reject the acting prime minister's bid to form a government Wednesday, deepening the political crisis and triggering a countdown to a third election within a year.

Kerry says united with allies over South China Sea

The United States is united with its allies in upholding freedom of navigation rights in the South China Sea following a tribunal's decision on the contested waters, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.

Venezuela's Maduro vows crackdown on protest violence

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed to jail opposition leaders if they incite violence during upcoming protests seeking a referendum on removing him from power.

Trump may visit Mexico before immigration speech: report

White House hopeful Donald Trump may travel to Mexico Wednesday to meet with the country's president just hours ahead of his highly anticipated speech on immigration, US media reported.

Venezuela's Maduro vows crackdown on protest violence

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed Tuesday to jail opposition leaders if they incite violence at upcoming protests to pressure authorities to allow a referendum on removing him from power.

Estonian presidential vote delayed until late September

Estonia's divided parliament failed on Tuesday to elect a successor to two-term liberal President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, delaying the choice until September 24.The head of state plays a largely ceremonial role in the Baltic NATO country of 1.

Rajoy seeks support for second term as Spanish PM

Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday urged lawmakers to back him for a second term, arguing ahead of a confidence vote which he appears set to lose that the country "urgently" needs a government.

Editor from top Turkish daily held in post-coup crackdown

Turkish authorities arrested an editor from the leading Hurriyet daily on Tuesday, continuing a sweep of the media triggered by last month's failed coup, the newspaper said.

Colombia sets question for peace referendum

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree Tuesday setting out the question voters will answer in a decisive referendum on the government's historic peace deal with the FARC rebels.

Vowing to 'transform' France, Macron quits as economy minister

France's Emmanuel Macron vowed after stepping down as economy minister Tuesday to "transform" an ailing country but stopped short of declaring a presidential run.

Brazil's evangelicals pray for sinful politicians

If pastor Francisco Carlos Soares de Menezes's prayers are answered, Dilma Rousseff won't be the last Brazilian leader sent to the political hellfires.

World Vision urges Israel to try 'Hamas aid' case in public

World Vision's global president has questioned Israeli accusations that the NGO's Gaza head diverted millions of dollars in aid to Hamas and said his trial should be open to the public.

France rules out imminent EU-US trade deal, wants talks halted

France said Tuesday it wanted to halt thorny EU-US trade talks as President Francois Hollande said there would be no deal until after President Barack Obama leaves office in January.

Brazil's Rousseff urges vote against 'coup' in trial

Suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff told senators in emotional testimony at her trial that voting for her impeachment would amount to a "coup d'etat.

Haiti ex-leader Aristide makes rare outing to back candidate

Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide made a rare public appearance to support his party's presidential candidate.

Op-Ed: In Libya only four members of PC to select new cabinet

The nine member Presidency Council (PC) of the UN-backed Libyan Government of National Accord has only until Wednesday to select a new Cabinet of just 8 members, 9 fewer than the present 17.

Estonia fails to elect president in first round

Estonia's parliament failed to elect a president Monday after none of the contenders for the largely ceremonial role received the necessary two-thirds majority of votes in round one of the race.

Santos and Timochenko: Colombia foes turn peacemakers

A conservative politician from a rich family and a rural Marxist guerrilla are the lead players in the Colombian peace process, which culminated in a ceasefire Monday after five decades of conflict.

Islam Karimov: Ex-Soviet strongman who dominates Uzbekistan

Long lambasted for brutally crushing dissent, Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov has kept a stranglehold on power for over 25 years -- even at the expense of his own daughter.

US alarm as Turkey warns Syrian Kurd militia of more strikes

Turkey warned Monday it would carry out more strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria if it fails to retreat, as Washington said President Barack Obama will meet his Turkish counterpart over the weekend.

Five key points on five decades of conflict in Colombia

Here are five key points on Colombia's five-decade conflict, after the FARC rebels and the government began a historic ceasefire Monday:- Disputed origins -There is disagreement on when and why war broke out.

Third vote looms as Spain's opposition blocks government deal

Spain's main opposition Socialist party on Monday refused to back Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's efforts to form a minority government, pushing the country closer to its third general election in a year.

Trump to deliver speech on immigration Wednesday

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, beset by questions over whether he is softening his hardline stance on immigration, says he will make a speech on the subject Wednesday in Arizona.

UN chief urges Myanmar to respect human rights

Myanmar's new leadership must overcome discrimination and promote inclusive development with "full respect" for human rights, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday on the eve of a visit to the country.

Gabon presidential poll 'lacked transparency': EU observers

Gabon's presidential election "lacked transparency", the head of the 73-strong EU electoral monitoring team in the country said on Monday, a day before the official results were due out.

Burkinis and Islam's role in France cause sparks in presidential race

The campaign to choose a centre-right candidate for the French presidential election has already descended into clashes between former president Nicolas Sarkozy and his main rival Alain Juppe over bans on the burkini swimsuit.

Clashes between Turkey, US-backed Kurds in Syria 'unacceptable' for US

Clashes between Turkish forces and units affiliated with a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in Syria are "unacceptable", the Pentagon said Monday, calling on all sides to "stand down".

Kerry says evidence of IS links to Bangladesh extremists

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday there was evidence to link the extremists behind a recent series of deadly attacks in Bangladesh to the Islamic State group.