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Afghan leader nixes debate with main rival ahead of election

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who is seeking re-election later this month, on Monday refused at the last minute to take part in a TV debate with his main rival, current chief executive Abdullah Abdullah.

Biden fights off rivals in Democratic 2020 debate

Houston - Frontrunner Joe Biden went on the offensive Thursday in the third Democratic debate of the 2020 White House race, clashing with top rivals on the fraught issue of health care in America and brushing off attacks from lesser challengers.

Tunisia airs first 'great debate' ahead of presidential poll

Tunis - Days before the first round of Tunisia's presidential election, the fledgling democracy on Saturday began three nights of televised debates between the candidates, a rare event in the Arab world.

Tunisia airs first 'great debate' ahead of presidential poll

Tunis - Days before the first round of Tunisia's presidential election, the fledgling democracy is holding three nights of televised debates between the candidates, a rare event in the Arab world.

Biden scrambles after slipping in Democrats' debate

Washington - A wounded Joe Biden scrambled to defend his frontrunner status Friday after getting pummeled over his record on race relations at a Democratic election debate, throwing the battle for the party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump wide open...

Warren leads US Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

Miami - Ten Democrats clashed Wednesday in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race, with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

Spain PM, rivals clash over Catalonia in election debate

Madrid - Spain's outgoing prime minister faced an onslaught of criticism Monday from his right-wing rivals over Catalonia's secession crisis in a testy four-way debate ahead of elections, while he warned them against cozying up to the far-right.

French debates rally Macron's supporters but rebels hold out

Arni - On a midwinter evening in northern France, a group of people gathered in a local hall with the air of barely suppressed excitement of those about to witness a momentous event.

Macron kickstarts 'great debate' to win back French

Bourgth - French President Emmanuel Macron attempted Tuesday to rebound from two months of often violent anti-government protests by launching a nationwide debate over the grievances fuelling the "yellow vest" movement.

Can Macron's 'great national debate' calm yellow vest protesters?

Paris - Emmanuel Macron swept away France's traditional parties in 2017 with a grassroots campaign that promised more participative democracy. He is hoping the same tactics will now defuse the biggest crisis of his presidency.

Ford campaign confirms actors were hired for Monday debate rally

Doug Ford’s campaign has confirmed that actors were hired to play Progressive Conservative supporters outside the Monday night Ontario leaders’ debate in the June 7 provincial election.

US gun lovers defend rights amid debate for more restrictions

Miami - Pistols, rifles and ammunition are on display at a gun show in Miami, where Mike Vallone is buying an AR-15, a firearm at the center of debate on gun control as the weapon of choice of several mass shooters.

Merkel ahead as Schulz fails to land knock-out punch in sole debate

Berlin - Angela Merkel appeared to be powering ahead Monday to a fourth term as chancellor of Germany, after her rival Martin Schulz failed to halt her advance in a crucial televised debate three weeks before elections.

Merkel wants to stop Turkey's EU membership talks

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her intention to seek an end to EU membership talks with Turkey during her sole face-to-face TV showdown with challenger Martin Schulz on Sunday, putting ties with Ankara centre-stage in Germany's election camp...

Last-chance saloon for Merkel's rival at TV showdown

Berlin - Germany's cool and collected chancellor, Angela Merkel, will face off Sunday with her fiery challenger Martin Schulz in a television debate being billed as her Social Democrat rival's last chance at saving his election campaign.

British PM, rival face angry voters as election nears

London - Angry voters rounded on British Prime Minister Theresa May in a live television grilling on Friday, just six days before the general election and at the end of a tough week for her campaign.

UK PM boycotts TV debate despite Labour challenge

Reading - British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed she would not join a live television election debate on Wednesday after opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn announced a last-minute decision to attend.

Iran's Rouhani vows to end remaining sanctions in final debate

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani vowed Friday to continue rebuilding ties with the world and get rid of remaining sanctions during a fiery final debate a week ahead of the election.

Le Pen's father slams her performance in French debate

Paris - French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's estranged father Jean-Marie said Thursday his daughter had failed to "rise to the occasion" in a bruising debate with election frontrunner Emmanuel Macron.

French presidential hopefuls debate economy, Europe

Paris - All 11 candidates for the French presidency fought for the spotlight in a marathon debate Tuesday, setting out their visions for turning around a moribund economy and redefining France's place in Europe.

Macron targets Le Pen over economy in French presidential debate

Paris - French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron attacked far-right leader Marine Le Pen over her economic policy and plans to scrap the euro on Tuesday in an unprecedented debate between all 11 contenders ahead of this month's election.

Macron targets Le Pen over economy in French presidential debate

Paris - French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron attacked far-right leader Marine Le Pen over her economic policy and plans to scrap the euro on Tuesday in an unprecedented debate between all 11 contenders ahead of this month's election.

Macron targets Le Pen over economy in French presidential debate

Paris - French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron attacked far-right leader Marine Le Pen over her economic policy and plans to scrap the euro on Tuesday in an unprecedented debate between all 11 contenders ahead of this month's election.

Far-left Melenchon on high ahead of French election debate

Paris - Usually grumpy and always acid-tongued, Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon goes into the second French presidential debate on Tuesday on a high, comparing his campaign to a spring-time flower bed.

Far-left Melenchon on high ahead of French election debate

Paris - Usually grumpy and always acid-tongued, Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon goes into the second French presidential debate on Tuesday on a high, comparing his campaign to a spring-time flower bed.

French presidential candidates face off in first TV debate

Paris - France's tumultuous presidential race steps up a gear on Monday as the five leading candidates face off in a TV debate, the first of its kind in the eurozone's second biggest economy, with just a month to go before the vote.

Six months on, Brexit rift among Britons remains wide

London - One campaigned to leave the European Union, the other to stay.Now, nearly six months after Britain's shock referendum vote for Brexit, two thirty-somethings prove the debate is still very much alive, and just as painful.

Sarkozy fights off attacks in French primary debate

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was targeted by all six of his rivals in a punchy televised debate of candidates seeking to clinch the right-wing nomination for next year's election.

The final Clinton-Trump debate: Four key moments

Las Vegas - The third and final debate of the caustic 2016 US presidential election started with a sober tone... but ended up with Donald Trump questioning the fundamental underpinnings of the nation.

Clinton accuses Trump of 'stalking' her during TV debate

Washington - Hillary Clinton has accused her Republican presidential rival Donald Trump of "stalking" her during their televised debate on Sunday.
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Heritage Toronto mayoral forum.
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