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The voting closes Monday in the contest to become Britain's next prime minister, with Boris Johnson expected to be confirmed as the winner charged with delivering Brexit.

Trump undecided what to do after Turkey buys Russian missiles

Trump appears uncertain about what to do in response to Turkey's purchase of S-400 missiles from Russia. Trump said earlier in the week that the US was not even looking at sanctions as they would be unfair to US weapons makers and also to Turkey.

Taiwan foreign minister calls for 'genuine' elections in Hong Kong

Taiwan's foreign minister on Monday called for "genuine" democratic elections to be held in Hong Kong after the city was rocked by fresh political violence, comments that will likely infuriate Beijing.

N. Korea leader votes in elections with 99.98% turnout: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un voted in nationwide local elections on Sunday that registered the near 100 percent turnout claimed for every ballot held in the nuclear-armed state.

Vakarchuk: the rock star shaking up Ukrainian politics

As if a comedian-turned-president wasn't enough, Ukraine now has a rock star as a potential political kingmaker.

Britain's bookish Hammond turns unlikely resistance chief

Philip Hammond's decision to resign as Britain's finance minister should Boris Johnson become prime minister thrusts him into the frontlines of a brewing internal revolt against the likely incoming leader.

With a team 'he'll be fine': UK braces for maverick leader

Supporters of Boris Johnson, who looks certain to become the next British prime minister, hail his optimistic vision for post-Brexit Britain, but insist he will have a team to take care of the details.

Trump agrees Rand Paul can negotiate with Iran to reduce tensions

President Trump confirmed yesterday that he has authorized Senator Rand Paul a Republican from Kentucky to negotiate with Iran to help reduce tensions.

North Korea slams Japan over its trade spat with Seoul

North Korea's state media has slammed Japan for its recent trade restrictions against Seoul over wartime slavery disputes, accusing Tokyo of "destroying the trend of peace" on the Korean peninsula.

Turkey's Erdogan faces new threat: former allies

Following losses in key cities this year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now risks losing more voters as former allies stick their head above the parapet and appear to be on the verge of creating new parties.

NHL star Panarin says Putin must go

Russian star hockey player Artemi Panarin said strongman Vladimir Putin can "no longer tell good from bad" and that his time is up and he must go.

Trump blames 'crazed' media for rally taunt backlash

US President Donald Trump on Friday slammed what he called "crazed" media coverage of taunts targeting a Somali-born Democratic lawmaker during one of his rallies, alleging political bias against him.

Merkel says Trump tweets 'go against what makes America great'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday condemned President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets against four minority Democratic congresswomen, saying the US leader's attacks "go against what makes America great".

New wave of young Ukrainians shakes up parliamentary polls

At 33, Kira Rudyk already heads a company with a thousand employees and is among a host of ambitious young political novices standing in Ukraine's parliamentary polls on Sunday.

Trump doesn't see sanctions 'right now' on Turkey

US President Donald Trump said Thursday he was not considering economic sanctions "right now" on Turkey after its major weapons purchase from Russia."We're not looking at that right now," Trump told reporters.

Mexico not in favor of Trump's safe-third-country agreement

Mexico is not ready to sign a safe-third-country agreement with the Trump administration regarding asylum seekers at their shared border, the Mexican ambassador to the United States said on Thursday ahead of a Monday deadline.

In rare US criticism, Pence urges Saudis to free blogger Badawi

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday urged Saudi Arabia to free Raif Badawi, a blogger jailed and publicly whipped for insulting Islam, in a rare criticism of the US ally as he vowed to champion religious freedom worldwide.

Putin and Macron call for efforts to save Iran deal: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French leader Emmanuel Macron agreed Thursday on the need to "consolidate efforts" to save the Iran nuclear deal following months of soaring tensions, the Kremlin said.

Spain PM says does not want far-left leader in his government

Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Thursday that he would not accept far-left Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias being part of his government.

Op-Ed: Why in the world do we have a racist sitting in the Oval office?

A combative President Donald Trump rallied Republican supporters Wednesday in North Carolina, harshly criticizing four fiery, left-wing congresswoman of being un-American and claiming they are the face of the Democratic Party that will ruin the country.

North Korea claims US South Korea exercises endanger diplomacy

Military exercises involving the US and South Korea have long been a source of increased tensions with North Korea. Nevertheless, the US is preparing to hold a new round of the exercises with the South.

In rebuke to Trump, US Congress blocks Saudi arms sales

The US House voted Wednesday to block $8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other allies, a rebuke of Donald Trump that will likely lead to a veto by the president.

Trump diverts $40 million humanitarian aid to help Venezuela coup

The Trump administration has informed the US Congress that it intends to divert $40 million in humanitarian aid for Central American countries and give it to the Venezuelan opposition in support of Juan Guaido and his US-financed coup attempt.

Canada, EU to discuss trade accord at summit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepared Wednesday to welcome senior EU officials for a brief summit at which they will promote a free trade agreement.

No-deal Brexit looms as race for new British PM wraps up

The battle to become Britain's next prime minister enters the home straight on Wednesday with both candidates hardening their positions on Brexit, putting the future government on a collision course with Brussels.

Merkel heir apparent joins cabinet in risky bid for power

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's heir apparent joined her cabinet Wednesday as defence minister, a high-profile job often called a poisoned chalice in Berlin's fraught political landscape.

Op-Ed: NRC aims for fewer inspections of nuclear reactors to save money

Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that the agency cut back on inspections at the country's nuclear reactors, a cost-cutting move promoted by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety.

Saudis and Houthis reach a deal on the port of Hodeidah in Yemen

Houthi and Saudi representatives have within the last 48 hours reached an agreement on board a UN ship in the Red Sea, according to UN officials. The deal would see the ceasefire at the port of Hodeidah enforced.

Pompeo to take up immigration, Iran on Latin America tour

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will press US efforts to curb immigration and counter Iran during a four-nation tour of Latin America, the State Department said Tuesday.

French minister resigns in luxury dinners scandal

A senior French cabinet minister resigned Tuesday after reports accused him of extravagant spending, including on luxury dinners, but lashed out at what he termed a "media lynching.

Russia bars opposition candidates from Moscow city ballot

Russian officials on Tuesday refused to register nearly 30 candidates for elections to Moscow's local parliament, including prominent critics of President Vladimir Putin despite protests over the move.

Democratic congresswomen hit back after 'racist' Trump tirade

Democratic congresswomen targeted in a xenophobic tirade by President Donald Trump hit back Monday, saying he was trying to distract attention away from his policies with his "blatantly racist attack.

Op-Ed: Trump’s Twitter wars — What do the Twitter numbers mean?

If President Trump has a reputation for anything, it’s creating conflict. In business, in politics and in all types of media, the guy starts a war wherever he goes. Nowhere is this more obvious than on his nigh-legendary Twitter account.

Op-Ed: 5.7 percent of Americans think Israel top meddler in elections

Mainstream news coverage of foreign government influence on US elections has been extensive since information first came to light about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.

Iran's top diplomat warns US is 'playing with fire'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Monday that the United States is "playing with fire," echoing remarks by President Donald Trump as the two sides are locked in a standoff over Tehran's nuclear program.

Ukraine mixed-race wrestler tackles prejudice in run for parliament

Zhan Beleniuk, an Olympic wrestler with Rwandan roots, is seeking to enter Ukraine's parliament as the first mixed-race MP in a bid to overcome racist attitudes and support the country's young new leader.

MEPs narrowly elect von der Leyen to EU top job

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was narrowly elected president of the European Commission on Tuesday after winning over sceptical lawmakers.

Venezuela government, opposition reopen Barbados talks

Representatives for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido have arrived in Barbados to continue talks to resolve the country's political crisis.

Trump again attacks liberal US congresswomen

President Donald Trump lashed out again Monday at progressive Democratic congresswomen he attacked over the weekend in tweets dismissed as racist.

Spanish PM accuses far-left of ending talks to form government

Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Monday that far-left party Podemos had withdrawn from talks on forming a new government, a week before he faces a confidence vote in parliament.

Populist pro-China mayor to face Tsai in Taiwan presidential clash

A populist mayor who favours closer ties with Beijing was announced as the presidential candidate for Taiwan's opposition on Monday as it looks to unseat President Tsai Ing-wen in upcoming elections.
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