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Philippines' Duterte could extend rule under draft constitution

Manila - The draft of a new Philippine constitution submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday would grant him new powers and a chance to extend his stay in office by up to eight years.

How will Turkey's new system work?

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be sworn in for a second term Monday, wielding hefty new constitutional powers as he oversees a radically different system of government.

Top French court says no punishment for aiding migrants

Paris - France's Constitutional Court ruled Friday that people could not be charged for helping migrants who entered the country illegally, after dozens of people offering aid were prosecuted for what they denounced as "crimes of solidarity".

Burundi president surprises with vow to step down in 2020

Gitega - In a surprise move, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said Thursday he would step down in 2020, despite widespread belief that he backed a new constitution extending term limits in a bid to cling to power.

Nkurunziza: Burundi's 'visionary' leader

Nairobi - Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is an evangelical who believes he was chosen by God to rule the east African nation.

Impeachment attempt of Italian president will 'not succeed': analysts

Rome - Calls for Italian President Sergio Mattarella to be impeached for rejecting the choice of eurosceptic populists for economy minister will not succeed, analysts said Monday amid warnings of an institutional crisis in the eurozone's third largest economy...

US denounces 'climate of fear' that marred Burundi referendum

Washington - The United States on Monday denounced the "climate of fear and intimidation" and "lack of transparency" it said marred a vote on constitutional reform in Burundi and questioned the results.

Burundi backs reforms that could extend Nkurunziza rule

Bujumbura - Burundians overwhelmingly backed constitutional reforms that bolster President Pierre Nkurunziza's power and allow him to seek another two terms in office, results showed Monday.

Burundi backs constitutional change in referendum: official

Bujumbura - Burundians have overwhelmingly voted for constitutional reforms bolstering President Pierre Nkurunziza's powers and giving him the option to stay in power until 2034, official results showed Monday.

Burundians vote in referendum to extend president's rule

Bujumbura - Burundians voted Thursday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that, if passed, will shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza and enable him to rule until 2034.

Burundi to hold referendum to extend Nkurunziza rule

Nairobi - Burundians on Thursday will vote in a referendum on sweeping constitutional reforms that would shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza and enable him to rule until 2034.

Romanian president refuses to approve controversial judicial reforms

Bucharest - Romania's centre-right President Klaus Iohannis refused Wednesday to approve in its current form a package of judicial reforms proposed by the government which Brussels says threatens the judiciary's independence.

Review: Ed Asner releases witty new book 'The Grouchy Historian' Special

Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner has released his new book, "The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs."

Bolivia's Morales rejoices as court okays run for fourth term

La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales rejoiced Wednesday following a court decision authorizing a tilt at a fourth consecutive term, in what the opposition slammed as a blow to democracy.

Mauritania's controversial new flag flies for first time

Nouakchott - A new national flag for Mauritania flew for the first time on Tuesday, the country's independence day, following a contested constitutional referendum that prompted a senator's arrest and hunger strike.

What next in the Catalan crisis?

Madrid - Separatists in Catalonia want to declare independence, Spain's central government wants to stop them at all costs. So what happens next? Will the Spanish region descend into a spiral of unrest?

How Spain could suspend Catalonia's autonomy

Madrid - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has until 0800 GMT on Thursday to tell Madrid whether or not he is declaring independence from Spain.

How Spain could impose direct rule over Catalonia

Madrid - Faced with Catalan separatists' efforts to break away from Spain, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday opened the way to imposing direct rule over the region.

Northern Togo: an unlikely place for a protest movement

Kara - With its dirt roads of red earth, children playing with old tyres and succession of dilapidated mosques, northern Togo is an unlikely home for a movement that's challenging Africa's longest-ruling political dynasty.

Togo panel approves controversial constitutional reform plan

Lom - A parliamentary panel in Togo on Friday approved a controversial bill to revamp the constitution and introduce a presidential term limit, after days of protests against the regime of Faure Gnassingbe, the scion of Africa's oldest political dynasty.

Police fire tear gas at anti-government protests in Togo

Lom - Riot police fired tear gas at massive crowds gathered in Togo's capital late Thursday, breaking up the huge opposition protests against President Faure Gnassingbe's regime.

Huge protests in Togo for constitutional reform

Lom - A mass rally in Togo on Wednesday heaped pressure on President Faure Gnassingbe to enact constitutional reform, as opposition leaders warned against any attempt to delay change.

Tonga's speaker says power grab behind parliament sacking

Nukalofa - Tonga's king dissolved the Pacific island nation's parliament and dismissed its prime minister because the government had usurped some of the monarch's powers, a senior official said Tuesday.

Venezuela will hold referendum on new constitution: assembly

Caracas - Venezuela's future constitution, to be written by a new assembly packed with allies of President Nicolas Maduro, will be put to a referendum, the pro-government lawmakers said Thursday.

Deputy PM Baa-naby's Kiwi woes create chaos in Canberra

Sydney - Australia's top court will this week examine a constitutional crisis threatening to topple the conservative government, after parliament's attempts to deal with it ended in sheep jokes and conspiracy theories.

Mali's president suspends revising constitution under opposition pressure

Bamako - Mali's president has suspended plans for a referendum on constitutional change, a move cheered by the opposition Saturday after months of street protests against the reforms.

Mauritania votes to abolish Senate by referendum

Nouakchott - Mauritanians have voted to abolish their Senate and alter their national flag by referendum, the electoral commission announced Sunday, in a clear victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz the day after the vote.While turnout was 53.

Mauritania votes on constitution after tense campaign

Nouakchott - Mauritanians began voting Saturday on several contentious changes to their constitution sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz but opposed by a wide swathe of opposition lawmakers and civil society groups.

Libya's UN-backed PM calls for vote on constitution

Tripoli - Libya's UN-backed prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj called on Monday for a referendum on a draft constitution approved over the weekend following years of wrangling in the war-torn country.

Venezuela constitutional row: a quick guide

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's determination to hold a vote Sunday to elect a new body -- a "Constituent Assembly" tasked with reforming the constitution -- has triggered deadly protests and international criticism.What is the new body?
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