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After Donald Trump's shock victory, Francois Hollande's decision not to seek re-election and populism on the rise, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is next up on the campaign podium to set out her strategy for winning in 2017 polls.

After rapid rise, Italy's Renzi braced for fall

Matteo Renzi rose from local government in Florence to running Italy in the space of only a few months.

White House reaffirms 'One China' policy after Trump calls Taiwan leader

The White House reaffirmed Friday its backing for the policy that recognizes Beijing as the sole government of "One China" after President-elect Donald Trump risked Chinese ire by calling the leader of Taiwan, in a break with US norms.

Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of cautious US diplomacy to speak with the president of Taiwan, at the risk of provoking a serious rift with China.

U.S. House easily passes $619 billion defense bill

The U.S. House easily passed a defense policy bill to the tune of $619 billion. It will fund operations in Afghanistan, against the Islamic State (IS) and also halt reductions in military manpower as well as fill gaps in military readiness.

Polish lawmakers approve change to freedom of assembly

Polish lawmakers on Friday voted to amend the freedom of assembly law to give preference to rallies organised by religious and state institutions over citizen initiatives, sparking human rights concerns at home and abroad.

Cyprus leaders to resume peace talks, keep up momentum

Rival Cypriot leaders have agreed to resume UN-backed reunification talks in what was hailed Friday as a "significant development" after negotiations broke down in Switzerland last month.

Dutch to seek EU nod for freeze on Turkey talks

The Dutch government will seek EU support to temporarily freeze accession talks with Turkey, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday, in a move set to ratchet up tensions between Ankara and Brussels."We are going to see whether there's support in Europe....

Angola's longtime President Dos Santos to stand down in 2017

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled for 37 years, will stand down before next year's general election, state radio said Friday citing sources in the ruling MPLA party.

Manuel Valls: man on a mission to save the French left

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has a reputation for never ducking a fight. But France's former top cop may be about to embark on his biggest battle yet.

Heavy security as opposition takes Banjul in Gambia vote

Security forces deployed heavily in Banjul Friday as counting got under way after a tense election, with early results showing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh had lost ground in the capital, his traditional stronghold.

Trump's cabinet picks so far

US President-elect Donald Trump has added a new name to his cabinet, tapping retired general James Mattis to be his secretary of defense.

S. Korea opposition to file impeachment motion

South Korea's three opposition parties said they would file an impeachment motion Friday against beleaguered President Park Geun-Hye, and push for a national assembly vote next week.

Italy's Renzi next to be swept aside by 2016 populist wave?

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi heads into a career-defining constitutional referendum this weekend hoping a last-minute turnaround in voter sentiment will help him hold on to power.

Austria's marathon election: 'sloppy' breaches, faulty glue

Irregularities in ballot counting, faulty glue and over 350 days of mud-slinging -- Austria's presidential race has turned into a marathon slugfest pitting far-right hopeful Norbert Hofer against Greens-backed Alexander Van der Bellen.

Trump allies move to stop Rust Belt recount

President-elect Donald Trump turned back to cabinet-building Friday after a victory rally in the Rust Belt, where allies of the billionaire were pushing to stop a vote recount in three states that were key to his victory.

UN and others criticized by fired Libya ambassador to the UN

The ambassador, Ibrahim Dabbashi, had already been fired three times as ambassador to the UN. He was fired twice by the al-Thinni administration of the House of Representatives (HoR) government.

Op-Ed: Border agents stop Canadian journalist from entering U.S.

The recent abusive and unlawful treatment by U.S. border guards of an award-winning Canadian photojournalist on assignment to cover the DAPL protests in North Dakota should serve as a warning that freedom of the press is questionable in the U.S.

Trump embarks on Midwest jobs, election victory lap

Donald Trump embarks on a victory lap of Indiana and Ohio Thursday to celebrate his election victory and apparent success in brokering an agreement to keep 1,000 jobs in the Rust Belt.

Putin demands economic reforms after 2018 polls

Russia needs to introduce economic and tax reforms to end its stagnation, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, urging the government to plan for 2019 and beyond, after the 2018 presidential polls.

Bill to boost Erdogan's power heads to Turkey parliament

A bill expanding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's power will be submitted to parliament next week, just months after he survived a coup attempt that led to a massive crackdown on his opponents.

Pakistan says Trump declared its PM 'terrific' in call

Pakistan said Donald Trump praised its prime minister as a "terrific guy" and offered support for a "fantastic" country, in an effusive phone call that baffled many after sharp criticisms in the past.

Gambia's internet cut as 'billion-year' leader faces challenge

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the strongest electoral challenge of his 22-year rule Thursday as voters went to the polls, braving an internet and phone blackout the government defended as a security measure.

New era for Thai monarchy as prince set to be proclaimed king

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be proclaimed the new king of Thailand later Thursday, his office said, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father.

The economy, stupid: how growth woes shape Italy referendum

The way Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tells it, there is no economic case for him to quit, as he has vowed to do if he loses Sunday's referendum on constitutional reform.

'Ich bin Charlie': French satire mag hits Germany

Some put Chancellor Angela Merkel on a pedestal, but French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo placed her on a toilet seat in seeking to conquer Germany with its provocative brand of humour.

Op-Ed: Trump adding to the swamp, not draining it as promised

Trump campaigned as a person who was going to fight against the establishment and drain the swamp of corrupt politicians with links to Wall Street from his administration. He has done nothing of the sort.

Brazilian graft judges threaten to resign over intimidation

Brazilian prosecutors running a giant corruption probe threatened to quit Wednesday over what they said was intimidation by members of the graft-plagued Congress, many of whom face investigation.

UK hits back after EU rejects early Brexit talks on expats

Prime Minister Theresa May hit back Wednesday at the European Union's refusal to open talks on the future of EU citizens in post-Brexit Britain before formal divorce talks begin.

Trump vows to put aside doubts over business empire

Donald Trump on Wednesday sought to head off criticism that his vast business empire poses an unprecedented conflict of interest for an incoming US president, even as he comes under attack for packing his cabinet with fellow billionaires.

Moscow demands answers after Erdogan vows to oust 'tyrant' Assad

The Kremlin on Wednesday demanded an explanation after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara intervened in Syria solely to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Trump picks Treasury secretary, says he'll leave his business

President-elect Donald Trump named Wall Street veteran Steven Mnuchin for Treasury secretary Wednesday, filling key slots on his economic team even as he announced plans to leave his businesses to avoid any conflict of interest.

Palestinian leader Abbas to address first Fatah congress since 2009

Mahmud Abbas addresses his Fatah party's first congress since 2009 on Wednesday as he contends with internal dissent and grim prospects for advancing his decades-long goal of achieving a Palestinian state.

CIA chief warns Trump against ripping up Iran deal

CIA director John Brennan warned Wednesday that tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, as US President-elect Donald Trump promised during his election campaign, would be "disastrous".

South Korean lawmakers delay presidential impeachment vote

An impeachment vote against South Korea's scandal-hit president will be postponed by at least a week, lawmakers said Wednesday, after Park Geun-Hye announced she was willing to stand down early.

A Paris satellite town's unabashed shift to the far right

Emilie Fougerolles voted for the far left in 2012 and is "troubled by the racism" of France's far-right National Front, but nevertheless she is seriously thinking of voting for its presidential candidate Marine Le Pen next year.

Op-Ed: Libyan military commander Haftar meets Russian foreign minister

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), the armed forces associated with the eastern-based House of Representatives(HoR) government met Tuesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Haiti vote results contested, spark protests

Businessman Jovenel Moise's election as Haiti's next president was challenged by losing rival candidates, signaling more political upheaval in the troubled nation as sporadic protests erupted in the capital.

Trudeau government approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines

The waiting is over and it looks like a new line will be drawn in the tar sands of Alberta. The Trudeau government announced on Tuesday afternoon it has approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain and Enbridge Line 3 pipelines.

Texas rule on cremation or burial of fetal remains takes effect

Despite fierce opposition from abortion rights advocates and the medical community, a Texas rule requiring the cremation or burial of fetal remains, regardless of gestational age will go into effect on December 19, 2016.

Trump's pick for transportation a big boost to Uber and Lyft

While much of Silicon Valley is reeling from the election results, companies that rely on the so-called "gig economy" like Uber and Lyft might be breathing a sigh of relief at President-elect Donald Trump's pick for transportation secretary.