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Peru's president hints at pardon for jailed ex-leader Fujimori

- Peru's president has hinted he may pardon jailed ex-leader Alberto Fujimori -- but denied any backroom deal with the party that controls Congress, led by the former strongman's daughter.

Peru economy minister quits in scandal

- Peru's economy minister became the latest casualty of a scandal over alleged influence-peddling in the major mineral-exporting country as he quit after losing a confidence vote.

Macron reappoints Edouard Philippe as PM after Sunday's vote

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday reappointed Edouard Philippe as prime minister after the weekend's legislative run-off vote and asked him to form the next government, sources at Macron's office said.

Romania's ruling lawmakers seek to oust prime minister

Bucharest - Romania's ruling left-wing coalition called an extraordinary session of parliament on Sunday to file a censure motion against embattled Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu.

Canada: Hackers targeted country's 2015 election, may try again

Ottawa - Canada's electronic eavesdropping agency warned Friday that hackers and foreign states may try to sway its elections in 2019, after so-called hacktivists tried but failed to influence the 2015 ballot that brought Justin Trudeau's Liberals to power.

Serbia names gay woman as premier in Balkan first

Belgrade - Serbia's President on Thursday named an openly gay woman as the next prime minister, a milestone move for the deeply conservative country and the wider Balkan region.

Serbia president names gay woman as premier in Balkan first

Belgrade - Serbia's president on Thursday named Ana Brnabic as the next prime minister, making her the first openly gay premier in the conservative Balkan region and the first Serbian woman in the top job.

Czech PM Sobotka quits as Social Democrats party chief

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Wednesday he was quitting as head of the Social Democrats, whose popularity is low four months ahead of a general election.

Five things to know about Finland's government crisis

Helsinki - Finland averted a government crisis on Tuesday after the prime minister, who had been due to submit his government's resignation, said his coalition would carry on with a new populist faction that emerged at the last minute.

Dutch coalition talks on the rocks — again

Den Haag - Efforts to revive a bid to forge a four-party Dutch coalition government again ran aground late Monday, almost three months after legislative elections.

Jussi Halla-aho, Finland's populist hardliner

Helsinki - Jussi Halla-aho, newly elected leader of the populist True Finns party, is a former medieval language lecturer convicted of hate speech who has openly criticised immigration and Islam.

When IS group reign ends, who will rule Syria's Raqa?

Birut - The battle by US-backed forces to oust the Islamic State group from its Syrian bastion of Raqa will solve one problem but create another: who will then govern the city?

Canada to rely less on US defense in major policy shift

Ottawa - Canada will spend billions of dollars on defense and rely less on the United States, which has "shrugged off the burden of world leadership," its foreign minister said Tuesday, signaling a major foreign policy shift.

Trump proposes privatizing US air traffic control

Washington - In the first salvo in a week-long push to overhaul America's infrastructure, President Donald Trump on Monday announced a plan to privatize the nation's air traffic control system.

Macedonia parliament votes in Social Democrat Zaev as PM

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament voted in Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev as prime minister late Wednesday, in a first step towards ending the country's two-year political crisis.

Dutch MPs hope new mediator will spark coalition talks

Den Haag - Dutch lawmakers appointed a new moderator Tuesday to steer a revived bid to forge a coalition government after tough talks hit an impasse following legislative elections in March.

Macedonia's PM-designate pledges EU, NATO integration

Skopje - Macedonia's prime minister-designate Zoran Zaev pledged Tuesday to lead the country into the European Union and NATO as the parliament began debate on forming the new government.

Ecuador at turning point as feisty Correa bows out

Quito - One of the feistiest personalities in Latin American politics, Ecuador's Rafael Correa hands power Wednesday to his quieter ally Lenin Moreno, who is tasked with steering a leftist political flagship through troubled economic waters.

Canada floods force thousands from their homes

Montr - Floods in Canada have forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people from their homes and into emergency centers, officials said on Tuesday.

Argentina roiled by cut to sentences of dictatorship-era criminals

Buenos Aires - Argentina's government on Saturday publicly rejected a Supreme Court ruling that trims the sentences of those convicted for crimes committed during the country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship.

Brazil sacks indigenous agency chief after attack on tribe

Bras - Brazil's government on Friday sacked the head of its agency handling indigenous issues, a week after 13 members of one tribe were wounded in a bloody attack by ranchers in a land dispute.

Canada minister urged to resign for inflating military record

Ottawa - Canada's opposition on Monday called for Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan to resign or be sacked for overstating his military record in Afghanistan during a speech in India.

China targets debt risks, but does it mean business?

Shanghai - China has launched perhaps its most concerted push yet to clean up a toxic brew of unregulated and risky lending increasingly viewed as a threat to global financial stability, but do authorities really mean business this time? Analysts don't think so.

China targets debt risks, but does it mean business?

Shanghai - China has launched perhaps its most concerted push yet to clean up a toxic brew of unregulated and risky lending increasingly viewed as a threat to global financial stability, but do authorities really mean business this time? Analysts don't think so.

China targets debt risks, but does it mean business?

Shanghai - China has launched perhaps its most concerted push yet to clean up a toxic brew of unregulated and risky lending increasingly viewed as a threat to global financial stability, but do authorities really mean business this time? Analysts don't think so.

Macri's firm accused of trying to plunder Argentina postal service

Buenos Aires - The family firm of President Mauricio Macri allegedly tried to empty the accounts of Argentina's postal service, which it ran years ago, the justice ministry said on Saturday.

Paraguay opposition boycotts talks on re-election row

Asunci - Paraguay's main leftist opposition party boycotted talks launched by President Horacio Cartes on Wednesday aiming to settle a row over his bid for re-election which sparked deadly riots last week.

Spain boosts social spending in long-delayed 2017 budget

Madrid - Spain's minority government presented Friday its long-delayed draft budget for 2017 which boosts social spending and moves away from austerity in a bid to win opposition support for the spending plans.

Trump taps son-in-law to head bureaucracy overhaul: report

Washington - US President Donald Trump has tapped son-in-law Jared Kushner to lead a new White House office, that aims to apply ideas from the business world to help streamline the government, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

S.Sudan's leaders force famine on their people: analysts

Nairobi - South Sudan's famine is a disaster created by its leaders, say analysts who argue that while food may save some lives now it is only peace that can bring lasting relief.
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