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Austria's Kurz names new ministers after scandal

Vienna - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz appointed new cabinet ministers on Wednesday to replace those from the far right who have left their posts in the wake of the so-called "Ibiza-gate" affair.

'.Amazon' gives e-commerce giant its own internet domain

San Francisco - E-commerce giant Amazon was on its way to running its own online neighborhood Monday after the internet's address keeper granted the ".amazon" domain to the company.

Indonesia's new capital to be decided this year: minister

Jakarta - Indonesia will decide the site of its new capital this year with the aim of it being ready by 2024, a minister said Wednesday.

Acting Pentagon boss cleared of ethics wrongs by internal inquiry

Washington - Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was on Thursday cleared of any ethics violations in an internal Pentagon investigation into links with his former employer Boeing, where he worked for 30 years.

Estonian president appoints new govt featuring far-right

Tallinn - Estonia's president on Wednesday appointed Juri Ratas to a second term as prime minister of the Baltic state, where he will head a new three-party coalition government featuring the far-right for the first time.

Diaz-Canel's first year as Cuba president in five events

Havana - A deadly plane crash, economic woes, a new constitution, US sanctions and taking to social media: Miguel Diaz-Canel's first year as president of Cuba has been anything but straightforward.

Estonia's Ratas wins confidence vote to continue as PM

Tallinn - Estonia's outgoing prime minister Juri Ratas, leader of the left-leaning Centre Party, on Wednesday won a vote of confidence in parliament to form a new coalition government with the conservatives and far-right.

Palestinian ministers sworn in again after oath foul-up

Ramallah - Palestinian government ministers were sworn in for a second time on Sunday after a lawyer noticed that the oath they took the day before had been missing a phrase.

Abbas loyalists dominate new Palestinian government

Ramallah - Incoming Palestinian prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced his new cabinet Saturday alongside president Mahmud Abbas, leaving out the Islamist movement Hamas.Several key positions were unchanged from the previous administration of Rami Hamdallah.

Canada plans to end 'asylum shopping'

Ottawa - Canada plans to stop migrants from seeking asylum if they have already done so in another country -- a move decried by refugee advocates but defended Wednesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Indigenous groups warn of 'apocalypse' with Brazil's Bolsonaro

Paris - The lives of native peoples in the Amazon are being threatened to a degree not seen in decades by the policies of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, an indigenous alliance warned Wednesday.

Top Macron aide probed over 'false testimony' in bodyguard scandal

Paris - Paris prosecutors Monday opened a probe into alleged false testimony in the case of French President Emmanuel Macron's former bodyguard who was filmed hitting protesters at last year's May Day rally.

French authority rejects pre-emptive 'yellow vest' protest bans

Paris - France's Constitutional Council on Thursday struck down a measure that would have let authorities ban certain individuals from protesting, a key element of the government's plan to crack down on violence at "yellow vest" demonstrations.

Macron names Senegal-born spokeswoman in mini reshuffle

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed his Senegalese-born media advisor as government spokeswoman, one of three new faces for his cabinet as it gears up for the European Parliament elections next month.

Venezuela: Maduro regime strips Guaido of public office

Caracas - Venezuela's auditor general's office announced Thursday it has stripped opposition leader and speaker of congress Juan Guaido of the right to hold public office for 15 years.

Norway's justice minister resigns after faked threats

Oslo - Norway's Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara resigned on Thursday after his partner was formally suspected of staging attacks against the couple to give the impression they were living under threat.

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.
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