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Farmers fume as France stands firm on more Pyrenees bears

Pau - Dozens of farmers and local officials stormed out of a meeting with France's new environment minister on Thursday as he confirmed two more bears would soon be released into the Pyrenees mountains.

Farmers fume as France announces more bears for the Pyrenees

Pau - Dozens of farmers and lawmakers stormed out of a meeting Thursday with France's new environment minister after he confirmed that two more bears would soon be released into the Pyrenees mountains.

'More work' to get a continental trade deal: Trudeau

Ottawa - There is still a way to go to reach a new North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada's prime minister said Wednesday, brushing off US pressure for a quick deal as high-level talks resumed in Washington.

Canada trade minister pushes quick ratification of trade deal with Asia Pacific

Ottawa - Canada's trade minister on Monday signalled that the government will push ratification of the Trans Pacific Partnership quickly through parliament, as stalled North American free trade talks have raised concerns it could lose its privileged access to t...

After marathon session, Haiti lawmakers back new govt

Port-au-prince - Lawmakers at Haiti's lower house voted in favor of the new government in the early hours of Sunday after a marathon session lasting more than 10 hours.

Haiti's senate gives new government vote of confidence

Port-au-prince - The Haitian senate Saturday approved the new government's general polices, a necessary first step before it can begin functioning, two months after the last premier was forced to resign after attempting to impose unpopular austerity measures.

US seeking new trade talks with China: WSJ

Washington - Washington has proposed a fresh round of trade talks with Beijing to tackle problems before the Trump administration slaps more tariffs on Chinese imports, the Wall Street Journal said Wednesday.

Spanish health minister resigns over 'mastergate' scandal

Madrid - Spanish health minister Carmen Monton resigned Tuesday after reports of alleged irregularities in her educational qualifications, the second top official in the Socialist government to step down since it was formed in June.

Kazakh leader replaces key aide amid succession talk

Astana - Long-ruling Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed a new chief of staff Monday, sending a loyalist into retirement in what could be interpreted as a move towards a managed succession.

Yemen govt delegation to leave Geneva as talks falter

Geneva - Yemeni government representatives, who had flown to Geneva to take part in long-awaited UN-sponsored peace talks, will return home on Saturday after rebels failed to show up, a delegate said.

Italy's far-right Salvini eclipses government after 100 days

Rome - Italy's far-right anti-immigration Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has managed to dominate almost the entire first 100 days of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government, which are marked on Saturday.

French sports minister resigned amid tax inquiry: source

Paris - The surprise resignation of French Sports Minister Laura Flessel on Tuesday was linked to her "fiscal situation", a source close to the case told AFP, confirming press reports in the wake of her departure.

EU raps Guatemala for 'step backward' on corruption

Apo - The European Union on Sunday accused the Guatemalan government of President Jimmy Morales of taking a "step backward" by shutting down a UN mission investigating corruption in the central American country.

Fragile Argentina placing faith in IMF meeting

Buenos Aires - Argentina's Economy Minister Nicolas Dujovne heads to Washington on Monday to thrash out a hastily revised loan deal with the International Monetary Fund to help revive South America's second-largest economy.

Argentina, IMF agree accelerated loan payout

Buenos Aires - Argentina's President Mauricio Macri said Wednesday that the International Monetary Fund has agreed to accelerate funding in support of his government's austerity program, but the move did little to calm the market as the country's currency came under ...

Argentina says IMF loan disbursements to be accelerated

Buenos Aires - Argentina's President Mauricio Macri said Wednesday that the International Monetary Fund has agreed to accelerate funding in support of his government's austerity program, but his comments did little to calm the market as the country's currency came un...

Germany to return human remains from Namibian genocide

Berlin - Berlin will on Wednesday hand back human remains seized from Namibia a century ago after the slaughter of indigenous people under German colonial rule, but descendants are still waiting for an apology.

Germany to return human remains from Namibian genocide

Berlin - Berlin will on Wednesday hand back human remains seized from Namibia a century ago after the slaughter of indigenous people under German colonial rule, but descendants are still waiting for an apology.

Embattled Greek PM revamps cabinet for post-bailout push

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday reshuffled his cabinet ahead of a keynote economy speech next month, seeking to rebound from poor ratings in the final stretch before 2019 elections.

Italy mulls infrastructure nationalisation after bridge disaster

Rome - The Italian government announced Monday that it is considering nationalising the management of its infrastructure following the Genoa bridge disaster that killed dozens, amid a row with the motorway company that managed the viaduct.

New Australia PM rewards allies, keeps rebels in cabinet

Sydney - New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison rewarded supporters and extended an olive branch to rebel right-wingers as he unveiled his "new generation" cabinet Sunday after taking power in a party-room coup.

Slovenian centre-left puts forward ex-comedian as PM

Ljubljana - A bloc of centre-left parties on Wednesday asked Slovenia's parliament to approve ex-comedian Marjan Sarec as prime minister, raising hopes of an end to a deadlock since elections in June.

Slovenia centre-left parties try to form minority government

Ljubljana - Two months after Slovenia's inconclusive general election, a bloc of centre-left parties announced Monday that they would try to form a minority government after the anti-migrant party that won the biggest share of the vote failed to convince other par...

Police, fire chiefs replaced after Greek fire disaster: official

Atenas - The Greek government, widely criticised for its handling of the devastating fires east of Athens which killed 90 people, on Sunday replaced its heads of the police and fire brigade.

French government survives confidence votes over Benalla scandal

Paris - The centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday survived confidence votes called by both the left and right over the scandal surrounding a top security aide who was filmed manhandling demonstrators at a Paris protest.

French government faces confidence votes over Benalla scandal

Paris - France's centrist government faces confidence votes from both the left and right Tuesday over the damaging scandal surrounding a top aide to President Emmanuel Macron who was filmed manhandling demonstrators.

Italian coastguards express unease as government closes ports to migrants

Rome - The decision by Italy's new populist government to close the country's ports to migrants saved at sea is causing unease within the heart of the Italian coastguard, some staff say, who until recently played a key role in rescue missions.

France to seek 190 mn euros of public broadcasting cuts

Paris - The French government said Thursday that it would demand 190 million euros of spending cuts at its public broadcasting operations by 2022 as part of President Emmanuel Macron's pledge to improve state finances.

Canada PM shakes up govt ahead of 2019 elections

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reshuffled his government on Wednesday, setting the stage for his Liberal Party ahead of legislative elections next year amid tensions on global trade and the rise of populism.

Ruling from your home: Inside Australia's micronations boom

Sydney - Lounging on a sofa in his flowing robes, a gold crown resting on his snowy hair and a stuffed white toy tiger at his feet, Paul Delprat looks every bit a monarch.
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