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Swedish centre-left PM wins second term after months of wrangling

Stockholm - Sweden ended a four-month political vacuum Friday when lawmakers elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to a second term, after he elbowed out the far-right to save one of Europe's few leftwing governments.

Ex-Macron bodyguard in custody over use of diplomatic passports

Paris - A 27-year-old former bodyguard to French President Emmanuel Macron was taken into police custody Thursday over his continued use of diplomatic passports after he was fired for roughing up protesters, prosecutors said.

Ex-Macron bodyguard in custody over use of diplomatic passports

Paris - A former bodyguard for French President Emmanuel Macron was taken into police custody Thursday over his continued use of diplomatic passports after he was fired for roughing up protesters, prosecutors said.

Venezuela opposition strategy depends on military support

Caracas - Winning over the military is paramount if Venezuela's opposition-controlled parliament is to succeed in forcing President Nicolas Maduro from power, experts say.

Venezuelan court jails rogue agents over detained parliament president

Caracas - A dozen intelligence service agents were sent to prison by a Venezuelan court Wednesday over the brief detention of parliamentary president Juan Guaido, a judicial source said.

Greek govt calls confidence vote after Macedonia deal sinks coalition

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday prepared for a confidence vote on his government this week after his nationalist ally resigned in a row over a name-change deal with neighbouring Macedonia.

Greek govt heads for confidence vote after Macedonia deal scuppers coalition

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday prepared for a confidence vote on his government this week after his nationalist ally resigned in a row over a name change deal with neighbouring Macedonia.

Greek PM calls confidence vote after minister quits over Macedonia deal

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras Sunday called an "immediate" no-confidence vote in parliament over the resignation of a top minister opposed to the country's name change deal with Macedonia.

India plans manned space mission by December 2021

Bangalore - India will send its first manned mission into space by December 2021, the head of the country's space agency said on Friday.

Trump blames Democrats for migrant children's death, amid budget impasse

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed opposition Democrats for the death of two immigrant children in US custody, comments set to heighten tensions as the second week of a government shutdown began over his demands for a wall on the US-Mexico bo...

Trump blames Democrats for migrant children's death, amid govt budget impasse

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed opposition Democrats for the death of two immigrant children in US custody, comments set to heighten tensions as the second week of a government shutdown began over his demands for a border wall.

Spain moves to extend statute of limitations for child abuse

Madrid - Spain's cabinet approved a draft law on Friday which will extend the statute of limitations for cases of physical or sexual abuse of children.

India to send three-person crew on landmark space mission

New Delhi - India will send a three-member team into orbit for up to a week when it launches its first manned space mission expected in 2022, the government announced Friday. Indian ministers approved $1.

Moscovici says working to avoid sanctions on Italy

Paris - European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said Tuesday he was working to avoid Italy being sanctioned over its 2019 budget, reiterating that Rome and Paris were not being held to two different standards.

Berlin treads softly-softly on Macron over deficit

Berlin - Germany is taking a softly-softly approach to French President Emmanuel Macron's use of government largesse to calm violent "yellow vest" protests, government sources say, as Berlin puts European stability above fiscal discipline.

Iraq marks one year since 'victory' against IS

Baghdad - Iraq's premier on Monday marked a year since his country declared victory against the Islamic State group by pledging to fight corruption next, even as he faces a political crisis within his government.

Iraq celebrates one year since 'victory' against IS

Baghdad - Iraq's premier Monday marked a year since his country announced victory against the Islamic State group by pledging to root out corruption and ensure hundreds of thousands of displaced return home.

A year after IS defeat, Iraq in throes of political crisis

Baghdad - A year since Iraq announced "victory" over the Islamic State group, the country finds itself in the throes of political and economic crises left unresolved during the long battle against jihadists.

Brazil researchers crunched as science spending collapses

Rio De Janeiro - In her Rio de Janeiro lab, biologist Michelle Klautau paid for the $1,400 photo machine, two air conditioning units, most of the chairs and even the paint and tiles from her own pocket.

Swiss president and two new ministers elected

Geneva - Switzerland's parliament on Wednesday elected the country's hardline finance minister to serve in the largely symbolic position of president next year, and also picked two women to fill vacant ministerial spots.

The elusive face of the Paris rioters

Paris - Angry "yellow vest" protesters, hard-core agitators or young delinquents: building a typical profile of the rioters in Paris this weekend is no easy task.

EV manufacturers provide location data to Chinese government

The Chinese government is collecting precise location data in relation to each electric vehicle driven in the country. Perhaps no surprise given the extent of state surveillance. What is surprising is that vehicle manufacturers provide the data.

Bolsonaro makes another military appointment to Brazil cabinet

Rio De Janeiro - President-elect Jair Bolsonaro named a fourth member of the military to his cabinet on Monday with general Carlos dos Santos Cruz named as government secretary.

Bosnia swears in a three-man presidency dominated by nationalists

Sarajevo - Bosnia swore-in its three new presidents on Tuesday, with all eyes on Serb nationalist Milorad Dodik, who will be the first to take the helm of a government riven by ethnic divides.

Prague protesters call for embattled PM to resign

Prague - Tens of thousands of Czechs rallied in Prague on Saturday calling for Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign as the country marked the 29th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that toppled the communist regime.

Czech PM vows to 'never resign' as confidence vote looms

Prague - Embattled Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Friday he would "never resign" ahead of a no-confidence vote, while a junior coalition partner mulled backing him amid allegations he hindered a fraud probe.

Thousands rally against billionaire Czech PM

Prague - Thousands protested in Prague on Thursday against embattled Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis after his son said he was forcibly sent abroad to thwart a fraud inquiry into his father.

Swedish conservative loses bid to form government

Stockholm - The leader of Sweden's conservative Moderates party failed Wednesday in a bid to form a government as parliament rejected his nomination for prime minister, after elections produced political deadlock.

Bolsonaro names general as Brazil defense minister

Bras - Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday announced the appointment of former military general Fernando Azevedo e Silva to the post of defense minister.

Thousands protest in Rome over Italy's 'anti-migrant' decree

Rome - Several thousand protesters rallied in Rome on Saturday to protest against what they criticised as unfair anti-migrant policies promoted by far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
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