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Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton rejected an invitation to take part in a final campaign debate against her rival Bernie Sanders, her campaign said.

Corruption scandal throws Brazil's interim government into disarray

Acting Brazilian president Michel Temer's government faced its first major crisis Monday when a key minister stepped aside following a leaked recording in which he appears to discuss using Dilma Rousseff's impeachment to derail a huge corruption probe....

Op-Ed: Libyan GNA permits EU training of the Coast Guard

Libya has given the European Union permission to begin training its coast guard to help stem the flow of immigrants from Libya to Europe.

Maldives ex-president says granted UK refugee status

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed said he has been granted refugee status in Britain, after being toppled from power and jailed in a "slide towards authoritarianism" that has forced him into exile.

Maduro calls out troops claiming U.S. plans to invade Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's embattled socialist government has been dealing with widespread protests, some of them violent, since last Wednesday. To quell the demonstrations, he called out the military.

Philippine dictator Marcos to get hero's burial: Duterte

Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos will finally be allowed a hero's burial, the nation's controversial incoming president said Monday, in what would be a huge win for the late strongman's family as it pursues a return to power.

Austria's new president: green professor who beat the far-right

Fans affectionally call him "the professor" or "Sascha", a nickname for Alexander that nods to his Russian roots, while his critics decry him as a haughty "green dictator".

Corruption claim engulfs new Brazil government

A leaked recording allegedly showing a minister plotting the impeachment of Brazil's Dilma Rousseff in order to derail a massive corruption probe put acting president Michel Temer under intense pressure Monday.

Austrian far-right narrowly loses presidential election

Austria's Norbert Hofer narrowly failed Monday to become the EU's first far-right president after his ecologist rival scraped to victory in a knife-edge election that was a rude wake-up call for the continent's established parties.

Netanyahu rejects French peace initiative, offers to meet Abbas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a multilateral French peace initiative as he met his French counterpart on Monday, offering instead to hold direct talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Paris.

Cyprus far right enters parliament as voters protest

Cypriots disaffected by three years of economic downturn have protested at the polls, staying away in droves and electing two far-right lawmakers in an echo of the populist wave sweeping Europe.Final results released on Monday showed that 3.

Tajikistan okays constitutional changes ending president's term limit

Voters in Tajikistan have overwhelmingly endorsed changes to the Central Asian country's constitution allowing President Emomali Rakhmon to run for an unlimited number of terms, the elections commission said Monday.

Sexual assault victim at Brigham Young University disciplined

Brigham Young University (BYU), affiliated with the Church of the Latter Day Saints or Mormons, is the largest religious university in the United States. Its main campus is in Provo, Utah.

Obama says no apology for A-bomb on Hiroshima visit

Barack Obama will not apologise for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima when he this week becomes the first sitting US president to visit the city, he told Japanese television.

Postal vote to break tie in Austrian 'election thriller'

Austria was on Monday counting hundreds of thousands of postal votes to resolve a knife-edge election that could make it the first EU country with a far-right anti-immigration president.

Clinton, in 'dead heat' with Trump, offers sharper contrast

Hillary Clinton tried to draw a sharper contrast with Donald Trump on Sunday, saying the central message of her campaign was "We're stronger together," even as a new poll showed the two candidates in a statistical tie.

New Turkey PM: Erdogan's loyal servant and transport czar

Turkey's incoming prime minister Binali Yildirim is a longstanding and faithful ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has shown the president unstinting loyalty even before he won the highest office.

UN says Istanbul humanitarian summit 'once in generation' chance

The world's first humanitarian summit in Istanbul next week is a "once in a generation" chance to alleviate suffering by improving the global response to crises, senior UN officials said Sunday.

Turkey's Erdogan gives loyal ally mandate to form new government as PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday gave his close ally and Transport Minister Binali Yildirim the mandate to form a government as prime minister in a move set to further consolidate the strongman's grip on power.

Merkel voices 'great concern' over Turkey ahead of visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said some political developments in Turkey were a source of "great concern" and pledged to address them during a visit to the country on Monday.

Austria on knife-edge as presidential race too close to call

Austria's closely-watched presidential election was too close to call Sunday, as projections showed a near dead heat between Norbert Hofer of the far-right Freedom Party and ecologist Alexander van der Bellen.Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) won 50.

General Haftar orders GNA defense minister back to Benghazi

General Khalifa Haftar the commander-in-chief of the Libyan National Army(LNA) of the House of Representatives (HoR) based in Tobruk has ordered Al-Mihdi Al-Baraghati to return to the city of Benghazi immediately.

Cyprus parliament shakeup after record low voter turnout

A record low turnout in Cyprus elections Sunday resulted in the biggest shakeup in the island's parliamentary history following a three-year economic downturn and amid disillusion with the political establishment.

Netanyahu seeks to ease fears over changes in his govt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Sunday to ease concerns over the expected entrance of a hardline nationalist party into his coalition, saying his government would still seek peace with the Palestinians.

French PM visits Israel to push for peace plan

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited Israel on Sunday to advance his country's plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts in the face of opposition from his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.

Philippines halts probe into president-elect's suspected death squads

The Philippines has halted an investigation into an alleged vigilante death squad linked to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte after the key witness disappeared, likely due to fear of the incoming leader, officials said.

At secret Vietnam gig, dissidents hope Obama remembers them

At a secret gig in a Hanoi house, a clutch of democracy activists listen intently to the words of a bluesy ballad, a small act of defiance by critics of Vietnam's communist regime who hope a visit by Barack Obama will open rather than cramp their space...

Far-right on edge of power as Austria votes for president

Austrians voted Sunday in a presidential runoff which could usher in the European Union's first far-right leader, fueled by anti-immigrant anger over Europe's worst post-war refugee crisis.

Two years after coup ousted Thai PM says country 'suffering'

Thailand's ousted prime minister called on the kingdom's generals to return power to the people as the country marked the second anniversary Sunday of its latest coup.

Erdogan loyalist chosen as ruling party chief, set to be Turkey PM

Turkey's experienced transport minister Binali Yildirim, a steadfast ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was Sunday named ruling party chief and was set to be also appointed as prime minister in moves further consolidating the Turkish strongman's g...

Tajikistan votes in referendum to empower veteran president

Polls closed in ex-Soviet Tajikistan Sunday in a referendum on constitutional changes almost certain to strengthen the hold of long-time President Emomali Rakhmon and his family over the impoverished Central Asian state.

Kerry hails 'remarkable' Myanmar changes after Suu Kyi talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday hailed Myanmar's transition to a civilian government steered by Aung San Suu Kyi as a "remarkable statement" that furthers the cause of global democracy.

Canada may play a role in any foreign intervention in Libya

In the 2011 overthrow of Libyan ruler Moammar Gadaffi, the Canadian government joined with an international coalition and provided support for the operation.

Op-Ed: Haftar refuses to unify his forces with those of GNA

In an interview on TV, General Khaifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army(LNA) of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), said it was "unthinkable" for his eastern forces to join those of the UN-backed Government of National Accord.

Obama departs on trip to Vietnam, Japan

Barack Obama departed Saturday on a trip to Vietnam and Japan that will include the first visit to Hiroshima, site of the world's first nuclear attack, by a sitting US president.Obama left at 1:20 p.m.

Op-Ed: Press conference of UN's Martin Kobler May 19 on Libya

After a meeting with members of the State Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) held a press conference.

N. Korea says its proposed talks with South could prevent 'war'

North Korea on Saturday suggested holding a preparatory meeting with South Korea ahead of proposed military talks between the two foes that it said could "prevent in advance a second Korean war.

Veterans' Agent Orange lawsuits refused — but their war continues

A contractor agency hired by the U.S. government to review thousands of veterans' refund claims for exposure to Agent Orange recently refused them. Whistleblower attorneys decided to appeal the denial, claiming that they defrauded the federal government.

Bricks in Hong Kong glued down to avoid protests

Fearing violent protests, authorities in Hong Kong have glued down bricks onto pavements in order to prevent the same activities that occurred during the New Year when officials from mainland China visited.

Japan defence minister lodges complaint in Okinawa over U.S. arrest

Japan's defence minister travelled to Okinawa to lodge a formal protest with the commander of the US military base there on Saturday after the arrest of a base employee linked to the suspicious death of a local woman.

One man's battle against Quebec Premier 70 years ago

This year will mark the 70th anniversary of Frank Roncarelli's loss of his liquor license at his Montreal restaurant prompting a landmark legal battle that would last over a decade and redefine the Canadian constitution.