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French left scratching heads over baffling government posts

Paris - France's freshly reshuffled government left some puzzled Friday over the role of new ministries such as that of "real equality", while another linking "family, children and women's rights" has irked feminists.

Turkmen leader sacks key aide amid graft charges

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has sacked his administration chief, complaining of corruption and mismanagement, state television said Saturday, as economic troubles begin to mount in the isolated Central Asian state.

Britain rejects UN panel ruling on Assange: Government

London - Britain rejected a UN panel's ruling on Friday that called for Julian Assange's "detention" at Ecuador's embassy in London to be brought to an end, saying it would challenge the report's findings."This changes nothing.

Syria govt says peace talks 'still in preparatory phase'

Ginebra - The Syrian government rejected Tuesday that indirect peace talks have properly begun, with the head of its delegation describing negotiations as still in a "preparatory phase" and calling the opposition "not serious".

From DF to CDMX, Mexico City changes name and status

- Mexico's sprawling capital changed its official name on Friday as it launched steps to become virtually like a federal state.

New Libya unity government to be proposed within 10 days

Tripoli - A revamped Libyan unity government will be proposed within 10 days, an official said Tuesday, after the internationally recognised parliament rejected an initial lineup in a blow to peace efforts.

French president to seek renewal three-month state of emergency

Paris - French President Francois Hollande will seek to renew the three-month state of emergency imposed following the deadly Paris attacks in November, the president's office said Friday.

Greek professionals stage 'necktie protest' over pensions

Atenas - More than 6,000 Greek white-collar professionals including doctors, lawyers and engineers protested in Athens on Thursday, waving their neckties as they marched against proposed pension reforms required by the country's creditors.

Syria picks UN envoy as chief negotiator for peace talks

Damascus - Syria's UN envoy will be the regime's chief negotiator in upcoming peace talks, a government source said Thursday, as a dispute over the opposition's representatives threatened to delay the negotiations.

French PM fears deal to keep Britain in EU unlikely in February

Davos - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Thursday that a deal on reforms to help keep Britain in the European Union is unlikely to be struck at a pivotal summit of the bloc's leaders in February.

Anti-government group wants ownership of seized parklands

Burns - Anti-government protesters pledged to stay on remote federal land they seized Saturday night in Oregon until U.S. officials agree to release ownership to them.

Ivory Coast government resigns but PM stays

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's government resigned on Wednesday after President Alassane Ouattara vowed to bring more "efficiency" to the West African state just two months after he was re-elected.

Front runners neck-and-neck as C. Africa vows to continue election

Bangui - Two former premiers were neck-and-neck Tuesday in vote-counting for the Central African Republic's presidency as the government dismissed a call for the two-round election to be stopped.

Saudi beheadings wrong response to criticism: Iran president

Tehran - Saudi Arabia should not respond to criticism of its regime by beheading people, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday following Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

Will the UK government ban Donald Trump? They responded

The UK Government has responded to a petition signed by more than half a million people who called for the government to stop businessman and US presidential candidate, Donald Trump from entering the UK.

Former Compaore ally elected head of Burkina Faso national assembly

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso's Salif Diallo, a former right-hand man of ousted president Blaise Compaore, was elected head of the national assembly, the country's second most powerful position.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili confirmed as Georgia PM

Tbili - Georgia's parliament confirmed Wednesday former foreign minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili as the country's prime minister, six days after Irakli Garibashvili's surprise resignation from the post.

Georgia deputy to step in after PM's resignation

Tbili - Georgia's president on Friday nominated vice premier Giorgi Kvirikashvili as the new head of government after the surprise resignation of Irakli Garibashvili.

Guinea government to step down as Conde begins second term

Conakry - Guinea's government said on Monday it would step aside in the next two days to make way for a new administration as President Alpha Conde was installed for a second term.

Clinging to power: The African leaders who won't stand down

Kinshasa - The fate of Blaise Compaore, who was ousted after a bloody uprising in 2014 after 27 years as president of Burkina Faso, has not been enough to deter other African leaders from clinging to power long after their constitutions demanded they go.

UK MP fires employee for taking sick leave

Telford - Controversial Conservative UK MP, Lucy Allan is back in the news cycle again — this time for allegedly firing an employee for taking an extended sick leave.

Brazil Economy Minister fans rumors about his departure

Bras - Brazil's Economy Minister Joaquim Levy fanned speculation Friday that he could soon be leaving his post, in what would be yet another blow to the crisis-hit government of President Dilma Rousseff.

Dutch PM contrite in parliamentary grilling over deal with druglord

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and two of his ministers faced a storm of criticism in parliament Wednesday for their handling of a 15-year-old deal involving a former cabinet member and a notorious drug dealer.

Mexico's capital close to becoming 32nd state

- Mexico's Senate approved a measure that would transform the capital into the nation's 32nd state, with a governor and its own constitution.

Ukraine minister throws water in governor's face in new row

Kiev - Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov threw water at the reformist governor and former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, in the latest high-profile spat illustrating growing tensions within Kiev's pro-Western coalition.

Portugal to reinstate up to 600 civil servants, minister says

Lisbon - Portugal's new left-wing government is seeking to reinstate hundreds of civil servants who had been put on leave of absence under the former conservative leaders, Labour Minister Jose Antonio Vieira da Silva said Sunday.

Twitter warns users targeted in state-sponsored cyber-attacks

Twitter has warned some users that they may have been targeted in a recent state-sponsored cyber-attack. The site now issues notices if a government tries to compromise user accounts, following Facebook and Google.

First Canadian plane of Syrian refugees to arrive Thursday

Ottawa - The first of 25,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Canada will arrive in the country on Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, declaring it will be "a great day.

Venezuela president warns of 'conflict' after vote loss

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro warned Wednesday of "great conflict" in the recession-mired country if his socialists do not overcome the setback of losing control of the legislature to the opposition.

Catalan government stands by secession plan after court annulment

Barcelona - Catalonia's regional government said Wednesday it stood by a resolution voted through by parliament last month that declared the start of a secession process from Spain, despite the constitutional court declaring it illegal.
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