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New graft claims hit Argentina president

Buenos Aires - Argentina lawmakers launched a fresh conflict of interest case Thursday against President Mauricio Macri, alleging airline routes were unfairly allocated to a company controlled by his family.

France insists on two-state Mideast peace deal: Hollande

Paris - France is committed to a two-state solution for the Middle East conflict, President Francois Hollande said, a week after Donald Trump broke with international consensus by stepping back from the goal.

Azerbaijan strongman appoints wife vice president

Bakou - Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday appointed his glamorous wife as first vice president, the latest move seen as tightening the family's iron grip on the oil-rich Caspian nation.

Venezuela names new mining minister

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro named a new mining minister on Sunday, the latest of several appointments as he seeks to strengthen his position against opposition pressure to quit.

S. Sudan minister quits, rejoins Machar's rebels

Juba - South Sudan's labour minister resigned Friday and declared allegiance to rebel leader Riek Machar, making him the second top official to quit in the war-torn country this week.

Haiti premier resigns, allowing Moise to form government

Port-au-prince - Haitian Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles resigned Thursday, opening the door for the country's new president, Jovenel Moise, to form a new government.

EU delegates meet with new Haiti president, boost aid

Port-au-prince - A European Union delegation in Haiti for Tuesday's inauguration of President Jovenel Moise announced it was increasing EU aid to the poverty-stricken island to boost growth and help it recover from devastating storm damage.

Turkey sacks another 4,500 civil servants after coup bid

Istanbul - The Turkish authorities have ordered the dismissal of nearly 4,500 civil servants in the latest wave of a purge after last July's attempted coup, according to a decree published on Thursday.

Trump campaign against bureaucracy alarms federal workers

Washington - A hiring freeze. Curbs on communications. Denunciations of "waste, fraud and abuse." US officials are alarmed by the launch of President Donald Trump's drive to rein in the federal bureaucracy.

Merkel to face German voters on September 24

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Wednesday set September 24 as the date for a general election, as she seeks a fourth term facing populist headwinds over a record migrant influx.

Venezuela president renews crisis controls, snubs foes

Caracas - Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro angered his opponents Sunday by refusing to face them for his annual presidential address, fanning tensions as he renewed his emergency powers in a volatile crisis.

Venezuela president renews crisis controls, snubs foes

Caracas - Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro angered his opponents Sunday by refusing to face them for his annual presidential address, fanning tensions as he renewed his emergency powers in a volatile crisis.

Iceland gets new centre-right government led by Benediktsson

Reykjav - A new centre-right coalition in Iceland announced Tuesday it had agreed to make conservative Independence Party leader Bjarni Benediktsson the country's next prime minister, 10 weeks after a snap election.

Philippine critics alarmed by Duterte's martial law talk

Manila - Critics and victims of military abuses expressed alarm on Friday after President Rodrigo Duterte said he wanted Philippine leaders to be able to wield martial law powers without judicial and congressional approval.

Trump names critics of China, regulation for economic posts

Washington - President-elect Donald Trump named billionaire Carl Icahn, a vocal critic of what he calls government overregulation, to serve as a special advisor to overhaul "strangling regulations.

Slovak president vetoes 'discriminatory' religion law

Bratislava - Slovak President Andrej Kiska on Tuesday vetoed a law he called "discriminatory", which would have made it even harder for Muslims and other religious minorities in the EU member to receive state subsidies.

People of Kinshasa welcome back their postmen

Kinshasa - "Getting a letter in the post is a first for me, and what's more at home!" says Odette Tshibambe, a student in her thirties in Kinshasa.Her excitement is understandable.

Iceland's Pirate Party to try to form government

Reykjav - Iceland's president on Friday invited the anti-establishment Pirate Party to form a government, after both the right and left-wing parties each failed in their bids.

What next for Cuba after Fidel Castro?

Havana - A page in Cuba's history has turned with the death of its revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. So what happens now on the communist island?The Caribbean nation is at a crossroads.

Iceland's Left-Greens abandon bid to form govt

Reykjav - Like Iceland's right-wing before it, the Left-Green Movement said Friday it was abandoning all attempts to form a government after coalition talks failed, plunging the country into political uncertainty.

Iceland left-green alliance fails to form government

Reykjav - Iceland's Left-Green movement said Wednesday it had failed in its bid to form a new coalition government, three weeks after snap elections triggered by the Panama Papers scandal.

Georgia PM vows security boost after reelection win

Tbili - Georgia's acting prime minister on Tuesday pledged to meet security and economic challenges in the fervently pro-Western nation as he named a new cabinet following his party's landslide re-election victory.

Iceland left-green alliance to launch talks on forming government

Reykjav - Iceland's Left-Green movement agreed on Sunday to start formal talks on forming a new coalition government, three weeks after snap elections triggered by the Panama Papers scandal.

Chile's struggling president reshuffles government

Santiago - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet launched her sixth cabinet reshuffle in less than three years in a bid to strengthen her government ahead of a general election next year.

Iceland's Left-Green head tasked with forming govt after deadlock

Reykjav - The head of Iceland's Left-Green movement was tasked Wednesday with forming a new government, nearly three weeks after snap elections triggered by the Panama Papers scandal left the country in political deadlock.

UK govt rejects memo claiming it has no Brexit plan

London - The British government insisted Wednesday that it has a plan for Brexit, after a leaked memo prepared by a consultancy firm warned it could take another six months to agree its negotiating strategy.

La French Tech initiative is driving modern startups to glory

France's startup entrepreneurs and investors are living a new Renaissance led by a Government program called "La French Tech" that has now become a true brand.

Colombia's ELN rebels hope to free hostage next week

Estanzuela - Colombian rebel group ELN said Friday it hopes to free hostage ex-congressman Odin Sanchez next week, clearing the way to begin peace talks with the government.

Under-pressure Greek PM to reshuffle cabinet: state TV

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was expected to reshuffle his cabinet, state TV reported Friday, in an apparent bid to boost his government's standing after unpopular austerity cuts.State TV ERT said the reshuffle was "hours away".

Lebanon's new PM a vocal critic of Hezbollah, Syria

Beirut - Lebanon's new prime minister Saad Hariri, the son of former billionaire premier Rafik Hariri, is a vociferous critic of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime which he blames for his father's assassination.
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