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Political crisis tarnishes Germany's trademark stability

Berlin - The political crisis in Berlin challenges the idea of "German exceptionalism"as an anchor of democratic stability and a bulwark against a wave of populism, analysts said Tuesday.

Lebanon's Hariri in Paris after Saudi 'hostage' rumours

Paris - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in France on Saturday from Saudi Arabia, where his shock resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will.

Lebanon's Hariri set to leave Saudi Arabia for France

Riyadh - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was on Friday preparing to leave Saudi Arabia for France, a move aimed at defusing political turmoil sparked by his shock resignation in Riyadh.

Venezuela's ex-prosecutor urges ICC to probe Maduro

Den Haag - Venezuela's former attorney general urged the International Criminal Court on Thursday to launch an investigation into alleged abuses of murder and torture by the leaders of the crisis-hit country.

Citgo is key link between US and Venezuela

Washington - Despite its deepening travails, Venezuela remains an important player in the United States, where it owns oil refineries and pipelines through Citgo, a unit of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.

Venezuela 'selective default' declared, govt insists it is paying up

Caracas - Venezuela and the jewel of its petroleum-dependent economy, state oil company PDVSA, were declared in partial default by ratings agencies Tuesday, but the government insisted it was in the process of paying up.

Venezuelan officials arrested for graft in state oil company

Caracas - Venezuelan police have arrested a deputy minister and nine officials from state oil company PDVSA for allegedly doctoring crude production figures, the state prosecutor's office said Monday.

No headway in Venezuela debt talks

Caracas - Venezuela hosted a brief meeting of creditors on Monday as the struggling yet oil-rich country sought to stave off a default seen as inevitable by experts, while the EU stepped up the pressure with new sanctions on Caracas.

Venezuela's day of reckoning?

Caracas - Monday looks like crunch day for Venezuela, with a planned Caracas meeting for creditors to discuss debt restructuring, a New York bondholders' meeting that could lead to a default announcement, and new EU sanctions.

Venezuela's day of reckoning?

Caracas - Monday looks like crunch day for Venezuela, with a planned Caracas meeting for creditors to discuss debt restructuring, a New York bondholders' meeting that could lead to a default announcement, and new EU sanctions.

Venezuela teeters on brink of default

Caracas - Longstanding fears of a Venezuela debt default crystallized Wednesday, as the political crisis engulfing the sinking OPEC state deepened with a meeting set at the UN Security Council and the EU eyeing an arms embargo.

What we know about Spain's Catalonia crisis

Madrid - After Madrid set the clock ticking on the crisis over Catalan independence, ruling out talks and demanding the region's separatist leader halt his secession drive, here's what we know about Spain's biggest crisis in decades.

Government millions for baseball divides Venezuelans

Caracas - Baseball-mad Venezuelans are bitterly divided over a government decision to pump millions into the game while basic food and medicines are in short supply in the crisis-rocked South American country.

Trump warns Venezuela is 'collapsing'

New York - President Donald Trump warned Monday that Venezuela is "collapsing," suggesting the United States may take additional steps to restore democracy.

Caracas denounces Trump's crisis talks as 'rival dialogue'

Washington - Caracas on Friday denounced President Donald Trump's plans to meet with Latin American leaders concerning Venezuela's ongoing crisis, branding the talks as "rival dialogue."Earlier in the day Trump's national security adviser H.R.

Kosovo faces potential political crisis

Pristina - Kosovo faces potential political crisis after its new parliament failed to elect a speaker on Thursday, casting doubt on whether the coalition that won June's snap polls can muster a majority.

Violence, chaos plagues Rio one year after Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Plagued by violence, white elephant sports facilities and corruption scandals, Rio de Janeiro today is unrecognizable from the feelgood city greeting the world at the Olympics exactly a year ago.

Facebook announces new Safety Check features after London fire

Facebook has announced several new features for its Safety Check crisis tool. They make it easier to stay connected and assist other members of the community when disaster strikes. The announcement came hours after Safety Check was activated in London.

Venezuela opposition says won't resume talks in January

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition said Saturday it would not resume stalled talks with the government next month over their country's grave crisis because a number of demands had not been met.

Venezuela seizes medicines sent for charity

Caracas - Venezuelan customs officers confiscated a shipment of medicine that a charity said Thursday was a donation for poor citizens suffering shortages in the country's economic crisis.Authorities said the cargo was an unauthorized import.

Haiti's endless electoral crisis

Port-au-prince - More than six million Haitians are due to vote on Sunday in their latest attempt in an 18-month-long effort to choose a president and parliament.

Venezuela protests, strike threat raise heat on Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition ratcheted up the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro at mass protests, announcing plans for a new march and general strike.

Venezuela opposition rallies, Maduro summons ministers

Caracas - Opponents of Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro staged mass street rallies Wednesday as he held a crisis security meeting, resisting their efforts to drive him from power.

Belgium to keep record as Spain nears government

Paris - As the political crisis in Spain dragged on, there had been speculation it might overtake Belgium's record for the longest spell without a government.

Samsung slashes profit estimate after Note 7 disaster

Seoul - Samsung Electronics on Wednesday slashed its latest quarterly profit estimate by one third in the wake of a highly damaging recall crisis that ended with the scrapping of its latest flagship smartphone.

EU court upholds sanctions against ex Ukraine leader

Luxembourg - An EU court on Thursday upheld a decision by Brussels to freeze the funds of Ukraine's ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych as well as those of a son and top aide.

Terror 'contagion' hits a fragile Europe

Paris - The wave of terror attacks afflicting Europe is showing signs of "contagion", experts warn, at a time when the continent is already in the throes of an existential crisis.

Venezuela to reassign private, public workers to agriculture

Caracas - Venezuela said private and public companies will be obliged to let their workers be reassigned to grow crops, in a dramatic move in the middle of the country's crippling economic crisis.

Will China be able to pull Venezuela back from the brink?

Caracas - Although it is not known what the particulars of the new agreement on the oil-for-loans deal involves between Venezuela and China, it does leave the world to wonder if this means that China will help the OPEC country through its economic crisis.

Blame game as Kenya hopes to dodge Olympics ban

Nairobi - Kenyan officials on Friday scrambled to work out what had gone wrong as the country faces a possible Olympics ban after being ruled non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
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