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It appears that some GOP lawmakers have gone a bit too far in their attempts at putting a halt to the freedom of people in America to express their views by protesting, and so far, 18 states have either introduced or voted on laws to curb protests.

French presidential candidate Macron to meet Merkel

France's centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in March, his team said Saturday.The exact date has not yet been fixed, they said.

Macedonia Social Democrats name leader as PM candidate

Macedonia's Social Democrats on Saturday officially nominated their leader Zoran Zaev as candidate for prime minister, after gathering enough support to form a new government.

Obama-era veteran picked to lead Democratic Party

Opposition Democrats chose Tom Perez as their new leader, tapping an establishment figure to lead the fight against President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress.

British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt.

Italy's leftwing rebels abandon Renzi for new party

Rebels from Italy's ruling party, who quit in defiance of former prime minister Matteo Renzi, struck out on their own on Saturday founding a movement they hailed as a "renewal" for left-wing politics.

PM vows defence of Dutch values on campaign trail

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte hit the campaign trail Saturday vowing to defend Dutch values as he seeks to drain support from his far-right rival Geert Wilders amid a polarising debate over immigration.

French legal probe ratchets up pressure on Fillon election bid

A French prosecutors' decision to launch a full judicial inquiry into claims that presidential candidate Francois Fillon paid his family for fake jobs leaves him facing a fraught two months before elections, media commentators said Saturday.

Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger.

Trump's Russia reset on hold as White House adds anti-Moscow hawks

President Donald Trump came to the White House promising a radical reset of US-Russia relations after years of rising tensions under his predecessor.

Oil to start flowing through Dakota Access pipeline soon

According to papers filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, the Dakota Access Pipeline should begin operations within two weeks, now that drilling under Lake Oahe has been completed.

Mexico warns US it will refuse non-Mexican deportees

Mexico will not accept deportees from the United States unless they are Mexican nationals, Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong declared on Friday, a day after meetings with top US officials.

Op-Ed: Cardboard and empty chairs to primary Republicans and Democrats

This week's piece of lightweight political commentary takes a hard look at the newest craze sweeping the nation: cardboard democracy!

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Francois Fillon, the conservative candidate in France's presidential election, will face a probe by investigating magistrates into claims he gave members of his family fake jobs, prosecutors said.

Combative Trump promises Americans safety and strength

President Donald Trump promised a massive military buildup and put a staunchly nationalistic stamp on Republican politics in a fiery address to supporters Friday."The era of empty talk is over. It's over.

Sweden fires back at Trump with 'facts'

Sweden has sought to set the record straight after Donald Trump linked immigration to a supposed rise in violence in the Scandinavian country, publishing "facts" to correct "simplistic" and "inaccurate information".

Trump blasts FBI for not stopping leaks to media

President Donald Trump took the unusual step Friday of publicly criticizing the FBI, saying it was failing to stop national security leaks to the media, even from within the agency.

France's Le Pen snubs police interview in 'fake jobs' probe

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused Friday to attend questioning by investigating magistrates over claims she broke the rules on the use of European Parliament funds.

Trump fires up German debate on military spending

US President Donald Trump's demand for NATO allies to boost defence spending is driving an election-year dispute between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their centre-left challengers led by Martin Schulz.

CPC bill: New judges must undergo training in sexual assault

The bill requires all lawyers appointed to the bench undergo extensive training on sexual assault issues before they are allowed to assume their judicial duties. The bill follows a high profile case where a judge made improper comments to a victim.

Democrats set to pick leader in new Trump era

US Democrats, licking their wounds from last year's election debacle, will pick a new leader Saturday to take the fight to President Donald Trump and his Republicans.

Transgender students decry 'dangerous' Trump decision

Activists, parents and transgender students vowed to resist the Trump administration's "dangerous" reversal of federal protections of bathroom rights, warning it risked exposing young people to hate-fueled violence.

Federal marijuana laws — Who to believe, Trump or Spicer?

While the news may or may not be fake, Sean Spicer, the Trump administration's mouthpiece did tell reporters on Thursday the White House expects federal marijuana laws, even in states where it is legal, to be enforced.

French socialist wins new backing in presidential race

Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon picked up new backing Thursday in the rollercoaster French presidential race, as the nation's left aims to forge a united front with polls just months away.

Gas taxes and crumbling roads — How do we pay for our highways?

A conundrum is facing state legislatures across the country - How to pay for critical transportation infrastructure with a declining gas tax revenue? And how can states make up for the decline without penalizing those of us who are leading greener lives?

Japan's crown prince hints at readiness to take throne

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has suggested he is ready to take on the duties of emperor from his father as the country prepares for its expected first imperial abdication in two centuries.

France's Macron gets boost, but election is wide open

Emmanuel Macron has emerged as the undisputed king of the French centre ground, but shifting sentiment and alliances make predicting this year's presidential election as difficult as ever.

Trump revokes federal protection for transgender students

Ignoring alarming rates of bigotry and violence against transgender youth, the Trump administration on Wednesday revoked an Obama era policy protecting the civil right of transgender public school students to use restrooms matching their gender identity.

France insists on two-state Mideast peace deal: Hollande

France is committed to a two-state solution for the Middle East conflict, President Francois Hollande said, a week after Donald Trump broke with international consensus by stepping back from the goal.

Op-Ed: Trump press secretary claims US Mexican relations phenomenal

Just as a two-day meeting of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and John Kelly Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), with Pena Nieto Mexican president and other officials begins, the two countries disagree as to the quality of their relationship.

US envoy Tillerson in Mexico to soothe ties

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Mexican leaders on Thursday to try to calm a row over President Donald Trump's trade and immigration policies.

Windstream Energy Sues Canada over default on NAFTA award payment

For the first time in the history of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Canadian government has failed to comply with the terms of payment following an award ruling of $28 million by an arbitral tribunal appointed under NAFTA.

Cuba blocks visit by OAS chief to receive dissident prize

A Cuban dissident group awarded a prize to the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, who was denied a visa to accept it in person.

France's Macron wins key ally as Le Pen aide charged

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist, hailing it as a turning point in his campaign, as an aide to his far-right rival Marine Le Pen was charged in a fake jobs scandal.

Op-Ed: Two new Trump administration memos ease deportation restrictions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two new memos that amount to a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

Op-Ed: Bill would ban wind energy for two years in North Dakota

Worried that North Dakota's growing wind generation industry may be threatening the state's coal-fired power plants, a GOP lawmaker has proposed legislation that would halt all wind generation projects for two years.

Ukraine says building bridges with Trump

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko insisted Wednesday he was building bridges with US counterpart Donald Trump amid growing dismay over the unravelling of the latest bid to still fighting in the country's east.

Australia PM slams UN resolution as he welcomes Netanyahu

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attacked the United Nations for "one-sided resolutions" against Israel's push to build settlements on occupied land as he welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday on his first official visit to the country.

S. Korea court 'sets date for president's final impeachment hearing'

South Korea's Constitutional Court will hold its final impeachment hearing to rule on the fate of President Park Geun-Hye at the end of the month, Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday.

Dutch PM's party draws level with Wilders in latest polls

Three weeks before Dutch elections Prime Minister Mark Rutte's ruling Liberals are neck-and-neck with MP Geert Wilders' far-right party who previously dominated the polls, an aggregated survey showed on Wednesday.

Ex-Ukraine leader urges Trump to end war in east

Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych has urged US President Donald Trump to act to stop the war in eastern Ukraine that he blamed on "irresponsible actions" by Kiev and the West.