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The EU's foreign policy chief warned Monday there was "no alternative" to the Iran nuclear deal, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed unprecedented sanctions against Tehran following Washington's withdrawal from the pact.

Op-Ed: Sergei Skripal discharged from hospital with no press questions

Two months after being poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury UK, 66-year old Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, was discharged from the Salisbury hospital on Friday.

Giuseppe Conte, an understated pick to lead Italy's populist government

Little-known lawyer and academic, Giuseppe Conte is set for a dramatic debut in the cut-throat world of Italian politics, as prime minister to lead an anti-establishment, far-right coalition government.

Trump attacks ex-CIA chief over 'hit job' Russia probe

President Donald Trump attacked the probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia as a "political hit job" on Monday, as a part of a mounting White House effort to paint the probe as politically motivated.

Trump tightens Venezuela financial sanctions after 'sham' vote

President Donald Trump on Monday tightened financial sanctions against Venezuela following what the US called a "sham" election, making it harder for the government to sell off state assets.

Lawyer Giuseppe Conte tipped to be Italy's new populist PM

A largely unknown lawyer and law professor, far removed from the cut-throat world of Italian politics, Giuseppe Conte is the favourite to lead the country's nascent populist government.

Donald Trump at center stage in Mexican presidential debate

US President Donald Trump served as a punching bag in a late Sunday debate among the four leading contenders in Mexico's July 1 presidential election.

Thai politicians charged as dissent grows before coup anniversary

Three politicians from the party ousted by Thailand's generals were charged on Monday with sedition for holding a press conference, as dissent grows before the fourth anniversary of the junta's 2014 coup.

Venezuela: timeline of Maduro's rocky presidency

Here is a look back at the major events in the turbulent rule of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, who sealed a second six-year term on Sunday which will keep him in the presidency until 2025.

'Red points' spark contention in Venezuelan vote

The sound of a Mexican folk ballad rings out from under a red canopy set up by the ruling party in a favela, or shantytown, in the Venezuelan capital.

Russia election meddling probe may end by September 1: Giuliani

Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani says the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign could end by September 1.

Trump, Moon discuss N. Korea's threat to scrap summit

US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday discussed North Korea's recent threats to cancel its unprecedented summit with Washington, Seoul's presidential office said.

Venezuela's Maduro eyes second term despite economic woes

Venezuelans, reeling under a devastating economic crisis, vote Sunday in an election boycotted by the opposition and condemned by much of the international community but expected to hand deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro a new mandate.

Erdogan to hold controversial election rally in Bosnia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold an election rally in Sarajevo Sunday for expatriate Turks, an event that has stirred controversy in Bosnia.

US, China reach trade 'consensus' but offer few details: statement

The United States and China said Saturday they had reached consensus on measures to "substantially" reduce the US trade deficit with Beijing by "significantly" increasing its purchases of US goods, but offered few details.

Op-Ed: Trump uses his office to launch personal vendetta against Amazon

In his latest move to exact revenge on Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, President Trump has now personally, behind closed doors, demanded that US Postmaster General Megan Brennan double package-delivery charges for Amazon and other companies.

US trying to move forward after quitting Iran nuclear deal

After leaving the Iran nuclear deal, Washington wants to move forward by offering to build a "coalition" to counter the multiple "threats" posed by the Tehran regime -- but Europeans intent on saving the 2015 accord may thwart that effort.

Maduro seeks second term in isolated, ruined Venezuela

Shrugging aside his country's economic ruin and growing international isolation, Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro seeks a second six-year term in controversial elections Sunday that are being boycotted by the opposition.

U.S. dashes hopes for NAFTA deal, citing 'gaping' differences

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer threw cold water on any talk of a quick resolution to outstanding NAFTA issues on Thursday evening, citing "gaping differences" between the three countries on many of the issues.

Turkey presence gets mixed welcome in Balkans

In the cafes of Novi Pazar, a predominantly Muslim town in southern Serbia, Turkish football clubs Fenerbahce or Galatasaray stir more emotion than Belgrade's Red Star or Partizan.

Putin to meet Merkel to talk Iran and Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday, as Moscow and Europe make rare joint efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal.

Washington seeks global 'coalition' against Iran regime

Washington wants to build a global "coalition" against the Tehran regime and its "destabilizing activities," the State Department said on Thursday, after pulling out from the Iran nuclear accord to the anger of US allies.

Officials seek 'wiggle room' in NAFTA talks as US deadline lapses

Mexican and Canadian officials on Thursday appeared to brush off the passage of an informal deadline set by the US Congress to reach a deal on revamping a continent-wide trade pact.

Putin meets Assad, calls for 'political process' on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a rare meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Thursday and said the "military success" in Syria allowed for a large-scale "political process" leading to the withdrawal of foreign forces and the reconstructio...

Denuclearization, sanctions, peace: issues facing Trump-Kim summit

If it actually takes place, the historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump -- currently slated for June 12 -- will focus on the "denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.

EU leaders agree 'united approach' on Iran deal, trade

European Union leaders agreed on a "united EU approach" to keeping the Iran nuclear deal alive after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact, a European source said after talks in Bulgaria.

Independent Zavala drops out of Mexico's presidential race

Mexican former first lady Margarita Zavala, who was running fourth in the polls for the country's upcoming presidential election, announced Wednesday she is dropping out of the race.

Alberta premier — 'I am ready and prepared to turn off the taps'

While Ottawa was announcing it will backstop the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Wednesday, May 16, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley was reiterating her threat to “turn off the taps” of oil and gas to B.C.

Israeli ambassador exits Turkey as Gaza row mounts

Israel's ambassador to Turkey on Wednesday left the country after being ordered out by Ankara in a growing crisis over the killing by Israeli fire of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border that threatens a reconciliation deal.

Ottawa will cover losses if Trans Mountain pipeline delayed

The Canadian government is prepared to indemnify Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion against unnecessary delays that are politically motivated, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Wednesday.

Trump denies 'folding' over ZTE in China trade talks

President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied caving to China over US sanctions on the telecoms equipment maker ZTE.

White House says 'still hopeful' Kim-Trump summit will happen

The White House is "still hopeful" the summit between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will proceed despite Pyongyang's threat to cancel it, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Wednesday.

Iran allies round on surprise Iraq vote winner

Iran and its allies were mustering a bid Wednesday to limit the role of fiery Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr in Iraq's next government after his shock election win reshaped the country's political landscape.

Anti-EU 'barbarian' Salvini announces Italian govt deal close

Italian far-right leader Matteo Salvini launched a broadside at the EU as he closed in on a coalition government deal with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement on Wednesday, saying that he would rather be a "barbarian than a slave" to Brussels.

Merkel, Putin revive dialogue after Trump scraps Iran deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday to discuss the explosive global issues of Iran, Syria and Ukraine amid a deepening US-European crisis of confidence.

Ex-French leader Sarkozy faces ruling on campaign finance trial

Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy faces a hearing Wednesday on whether he must stand trial on charges of illicit financing of his failed 2012 presidential campaign, one of several legal inquiries which have dogged the rightwing politician since he l...

S.Africa's ousted Zuma poses problems for new president

Three months ago, Jacob Zuma was ousted as president of South Africa, in a humiliating end to his nine-year rule. But he and his supporters seem determined to not go quietly.

North Korea threatens to cancel US summit: KCNA

North Korea threatened Wednesday to cancel the forthcoming summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump if Washington seeks to push Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear arsenal.

EU, Cuba build ties in face of US pressure

The EU and Cuba signed a renewable energy deal on Tuesday, a step towards normalising relations in defiance of Washington's continuing hardline stance on Havana.

Iran FM hails 'good start' in talks with EU to save nuclear deal

Iran's foreign minister on Tuesday hailed talks with the EU to try to find a way to rescue the Iran nuclear deal after the US pulled out as a "good start"."I believe it's a good start.

Cleric eyes government as election upset rocks Iraq

Populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr on Tuesday eyed a broad coalition after appearing to deal a blow to both Iranian and American influence with a shock election triumph that has upended Iraqi politics.
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