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Canadian premier Justin Trudeau's wife recovers from coronavirus

Montr - Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, the wife of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has recovered from the novel coronavirus, she said Saturday.

Brussels calling: Can the EU be run by videolink?

Apo - The European Union runs on meetings -- endless gatherings to take decisions and try to build consensus among 27 diverse member states.

Trudeau, in quarantine, telegoverns Canada

Ottawa - His children play with Lego in their rooms, his wife spends a lot of time on the phone: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday offered a glimpse into the Canadian first family's COVID-19 quarantine while reassuring an anxious nation that he continues ...

Greece's first woman president vows to defend borders, rights, warns on virus

Athens - Greece's first woman president began her term on Friday with a pledge to protect the country's borders and defend human rights, whilst warning Greeks to follow health rules as the country grapples with over 100 coronavirus cases.

Trump names Meadows as fourth chief of staff

Washington - US President Donald Trump announced Friday he had chosen staunch ally Mark Meadows to be his new chief of staff -- the fourth person to hold the position since he took office.

Ukraine MPs approve new premier after tape scandal

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament approved Denys Shmygal as the new prime minister on Wednesday after his predecessor resigned following a leak of a recording where he criticised President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Thousands rally in protest against mogul Czech PM

Prague - Several thousand people rallied in central Prague Sunday against the Czech Republic's billionaire prime minister and the way his government treats public institutions.

Samos villagers up in arms over new refugee camp plan

S - For many of those who live on the Greek Aegean island of Samos it is absolutely clear -- they want no more refugees, no new camps and to be left alone as they were before the migrant crisis broke in 2015.

Merkel's crisis-hit CDU launches leadership race

Berlin - Germany's centre-right CDU said Monday it would choose a new leader at a special congress on April 25, as the crisis-racked party hopes to halt a slide in the polls and end speculation about who could succeed veteran Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Caught between extremes, Merkel's party mired in crisis

Berlin - Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling Christian Democratic Union warned Saturday the party was in crisis as it tries to keep its distance from both the hard right and left.

Maduro says 'not afraid of military combat' in Venezuela

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro on Monday said he is "not afraid of military combat," accusing his US counterpart Donald Trump of plotting to invade Venezuela with the support of regional allies.

German far right arrests reveal 'shocking' mosque attack plot

Berlin - Members of a far-right German group who were arrested last week were believed to have been plotting "shocking" large-scale attacks on Muslims similar to the ones carried out in New Zealand last year, the government said Monday.

Brazil's Bolsonaro names general as chief of staff

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro named an army general Thursday as his new chief of staff, a move seen as strengthening the military's power in the far-right leader's government.

British finance minister quits in reshuffle shock

London - Sajid Javid quit as Britain's finance minister on Thursday just weeks before the scheduled annual budget statement, in a shock move provoked by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempts to shake up his cabinet after Brexit.

China appoints hardliner to Hong Kong office

Bejing - China on Thursday appointed a senior official known for a hardline crackdown on Christians to head its main policy-making body for Hong Kong, following months of pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city.

El Salvador president accused of 'attempted coup'

Sansalvador - The head of El Salvador's parliament on Monday accused President Nayib Bukele of an "attempted coup" after soldiers entered the building while Bukele demanded lawmakers approve a military loan.

Brazil's Bolsonaro proposes bill opening indigenous land to mining

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday introduced a controversial bill that opens up indigenous lands, many of them in the Amazon, to mining, agricultural activities and hydraulic energy production.

Poland inks $4.6bn deal for US fighter jets

Warsaw - Poland on Friday finalised an agreement to buy dozens of F-35 fighter jets from the US in a multi-billion dollar deal aimed at revamping its air force and further strengthening close ties with Washington.The United States in September approved the $4.

Venezuela's Guaido sees appeal waning even at home

La Guaira - For supporters in his home region, Juan Guaido embodied the hopes of a nation seeking to emerge from political and economic crisis, but a year after declaring himself interim leader, locals are still confronted by the "hopelessness" of life under Presi...

Maduro welcomes Maradona to Caracas ahead of forum

Caracas - Former Argentine footballer Diego Maradona met Tuesday in Caracas with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who thanked the icon for his "unconditional support," as the leader was set to begin three days of meetings at the leftist Sao Paulo Forum.

Forming a new government in Lebanon: What's the snag?

Beirut - Lebanon is facing its worst economic crisis since its civil war, an unprecedented protest movement and mounting international pressure for reform, yet under-fire politicians have yet to form a government.

Ukraine president rejects PM's resignation over leaked recording

Kiev - Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday he wanted to give his prime minister a "second chance" and refused to accept his resignation after a recording emerged of the premier questioning the head of state's grasp of economics.

What is Putin up to with surprise political shake-up?

Moscow - With the shock replacement of his government and plans for a constitutional overhaul, President Vladimir Putin has set in motion sweeping changes to Russia's political order.But what is the longtime Russian leader really up to?

Russia ruling party backs Putin's PM pick after shock overhaul

Moscow - Russia's ruling party backed President Vladimir Putin's nomination of a little-known tax chief as the new prime minister on Thursday, after Putin's announcement of a constitutional shake-up fuelled speculation about his plans.

Putin picks little-known tax chief for prime minister

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed the little-known head of Russia's tax service Mikhail Mishustin for the post of prime minister, the Kremlin said.

Shock as Putin names new PM, lays out constitutional reforms

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin named a little-known new prime minister and proposed a constitutional shake-up on Wednesday as he announced sweeping changes that fuelled speculation about his future plans.

Japan minister becomes first to announce paternity leave

Apo - Japan's environment minister said Wednesday he would take two weeks of paternity leave, the first time a cabinet minister has publicly committed to such a move in the country.

Spain's new government to tackle Catalonia via negotiation

Barcelona - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's new government took office Monday facing the challenge of finding a solution to the Catalan crisis after controversially agreeing to start talks with the separatists.

Iran denies 'cover-up' as anger mounts over downed airliner

Tehran - Iran denied a "cover-up" Monday after taking days to reveal an airliner was accidentally shot down last week, a disaster that sparked demonstrations and calls for a fully transparent investigation.

Spain's new coalition is headed in 'single direction': PM

Madrid - Spain's socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Sunday promised that his new minority coalition with the radical left Podemos party was heading in the same direction, despite past differences between the two parties.
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