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Wife of vanished Chinese Interpol chief urges Macron to raise case with Xi

Lyon - The wife of the former Chinese head of Interpol, who has had no news of him for nearly six months since his arrest in China, has asked French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the matter with counterpart Xi Jinping during an official visit to France...

Iran leader dismisses Europe trade mechanism as 'bitter joke'

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday dismissed a trade mechanism launched by European countries to bypass renewed US sanctions as a "bitter joke" and said Europe could not be trusted.

Veteran Kazakh leader 'not going anywhere' after resignation

Almaty - Nursultan Nazarbayev may have resigned as president of Kazakhstan but analysts say the longest-serving post-Soviet leader will hardly be easing into retirement.

Guaido's US ambassador takes control of three Venezuelan properties

Miami - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's ambassador to Washington said Monday he had taken control of three Venezuelan diplomatic properties in the United States.

Battling political crisis, Trudeau denies wrongdoing

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday denied accusations of "inappropriate" meddling in the prosecution of a corporate giant, as the country's golden boy leader battles his worst crisis since taking office.

Trudeau denies 'partisan' meddling in prosecution

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday denied accusations of "partisan" political meddling in the criminal prosecution of a corporate giant that plunged his Liberal government into its worst crisis yet.

Kazakh leader appoints new PM after sacking government

Astana - Kazakhstan's long-ruling President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed a new prime minister on Monday, his office said, after dismissing the government over a lack of economic development.

Portugal's govt survives censure vote

Lisbon - Portugal's socialist government easily survived a censure vote Wednesday called by a right-wing opposition party, standing it in good stead for European and legislative polls later this year.

Sudan says protest campaigners threatening national security

Khartoum - Sudan on Thursday threatened to take legal action against campaigners spearheading nationwide protests against the government of President Omar al-Bashir, accusing them of threatening national security.

Venezuela's Guaido vows to bring in aid next week

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido told tens of thousands of supporters on Tuesday that desperately-needed humanitarian aid would be brought into the country on February 23, despite opposition from President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela opposition prepares protest, presses for aid to be let in

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition plans more marches Tuesday to press the military to let in US humanitarian aid, which President Nicolas Maduro says is the stepping stone to an invasion.

Venezuela's Guaido warns military on blocked aid

Caracas - Opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by some 50 countries as Venezuela's interim president, warned the military Sunday that blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country is a "crime against humanity.

Venezuela's Guaido warns military on blocked aid

Caracas - Opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by some 50 countries as Venezuela's interim president, warned the military Sunday that blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country is a "crime against humanity.

Demonstrator loses hand at Paris 'yellow vest' march

Paris - A "yellow vest" demonstrator lost his hand Saturday during clashes outside the main parliament building in Paris, witnesses told AFP, during a 13th weekend of anti-government protests across France.

Tough times for Iran's political parties as revolution turns 40

Tehran - Iran's main political parties are on rocky ground as the Islamic Republic marks its 40th birthday, with reformists in disarray and conservatives seeking a new identity.

Kosovo PM promotes ex-fighter ahead of war crimes questioning

Pristina - Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has appointed a wartime rebel commander as his political adviser just days before the military man's questioning by an international court probing war crimes.

Billionaire Czech PM tests EU's new conflict of interest law

Prague - Facing conflict of interest proceedings under tightened EU rules, billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis may soon become the first European politician found in violation of the bloc's new law.

Canada's Trudeau announces $53 million in aid to Venezuelans

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday pledged Can$53 million (US$40 million) in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans amid a deepening crisis.

Maduro makes first public appearance since drone 'attack

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appeared in public on Saturday for the first time since a military parade in August when he claimed to have been targeted in an attempted assassination.

Sudan's PM says voice of demonstrators should be 'respected'

Khartoum - Sudan's prime minister said Saturday that an ongoing protest campaign should "be respected," but insisted only an election could decide the government's fate.

Chavez-era ex-officials turn backs on Venezuela's Maduro

Caracas - They embraced the socialist revolution of late leader Hugo Chavez along with millions of other Venezuelans, but four former officials have now been left disillusioned by Nicolas Maduro's regime.

'Golden handshake' for DR Congo's outgoing ministers

Apo - In the weeks leading up to Democratic Republic of Congo's controversial election, those leaving power quietly passed two decrees guaranteeing themselves money and benefits that would ensure their financial security for decades to come.

Lebanon announces government after 8-month delay

Beirut - Lebanon announced a government line-up Thursday, ending an eight-month wait that had heightened fears of a major economic collapse.

Dissidents trapped inside Taiwan airport allowed in after 125 days

Taipei - Two Chinese activists who spent more than four months trapped in limbo at a Taiwanese airport have been temporarily allowed to stay on the island, officials said Thursday.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa 'appalled' by filmed attack on civilian

Harare - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday said he was "appalled" by a televised report showing security forces repeatedly beating a detained civilian, and ordered the arrest of those responsible.

Double trouble: Venezuelans and their two 'presidents'

Caracas - Anibal Garcia chooses to make light of a situation which has left him and many other residents of Caracas unsure as to who is in charge of Venezuela."Brilliant!

Germany should phase out coal use by 2038: commission

Berlin - Germany should stop using coal for electricity production by 2038, a government-appointed commission said Saturday, laying out an 80-billion euro roadmap to phase out the polluting fuel.

Venezuela, a top oil exporter in deep crisis

Caracas - Venezuela, where opposition leader Juan Guaido has declared himself interim leader as President Nicolas Maduro comes under increasing criticism, is Latin America's top oil exporter but wracked by a spiraling economic and political crisis.

Four dead in clashes ahead of Venezuela protests

Caracas - At least four people have died following overnight clashes ahead of Wednesday's rival protests in Venezuela by supporters and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro, police and a non-governmental organization said.

Venezuela accuses US of ordering coup, seeks 'revision' of ties

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday accused Washington of ordering a coup against his government and called for a "total revision" of ties with the US.
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