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Canada conservatives elect new leader to battle Trudeau

Ottawa - Canadian Conservatives on Monday announced their new leader, former air force navigator Erin O'Toole, who will quickly have to get the party battle-ready to challenge liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in possible snap elections.

UNC-Chapel Hill goes to remote learning after COVID-19 outbreak

Chapel Hill - The University of North Carolina (UNC)- Chapel Hill announced on Monday that the school is pivoting from in-person instruction to remote learning for undergraduates after the university reported 135 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week.

Venezuela top court strips Guaido of opposition party leadership

Caracas - Venezuela's Supreme Court, stacked with loyalists of the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, on Tuesday ordered Juan Guaido to relinquish his position as leader of one of the main opposition parties, giving the position to one of his rivals instead.

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.

Germany's extreme right under pressure after attacks

Berlin - The extreme political right in Germany is on the defensive and stands accused of inciting last week's racist attacks in Hanau and others with its anti-migrant diatribes. Some have even asked that the hard right be subjected to police surveillance.

German conservatives fire starting gun in race to succeed Merkel

Berlin - The search for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's eventual successor begins in earnest this week, as her centre-right CDU party opens the race to elect a new leader after her heir apparent stepped down.

Merkel succession contender calls her out over slow EU revamp

Munich - A leading contender to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday criticised her for taking too long to respond to a French push to strengthen the EU after Brexit.

Germans hit the streets against deals with far right

Erfurt - Thousands of anti-fascist protesters on Saturday took to the streets in Erfurt, capital of Thuringia state in Germany's former communist east where far-right lawmakers last week helped install a new state premier."Not with us!

Merkel party in crisis after 'heir' quits over far right row

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party and her plans to stay on until 2021 were plunged into disarray Monday after her heir-apparent gave up her leadership ambitions in a deepening crisis over ties between the centre and far right.

Merkel fires minister over far-right row

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel salvaged her fragile ruling coalition Saturday with the resignation of two officials, including one junior minister, who had aligned themselves with the far-right in a regional election.

Merkel's party in turmoil after far-right vote debacle

Frankfurt Am Main - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are in crisis mode after regional MPs sided with the far right in a key vote, causing nationwide outrage and testing her leadership.

Smaller parties could hold keys to power at UK election

London - If British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fails to win an absolute majority in parliament on Thursday, smaller parties may find themselves holding the trump cards in negotiations to form an alliance.Here are the parties who could hold the keys to power.

Germany's SPD shifts left but gives Merkel coalition 'a chance'

Frankfurt Am Main - The new, leftist leaders of Germany's Social Democrats offered Angela Merkel's struggling coalition a lifeline at a key congress on Friday but vowed to push for more action on climate protection and public investments.

France charges Macron's failed EU pick over fake jobs

Paris - French magistrates have charged former defence minister Sylvie Goulard over a fake jobs scandal which wrecked her chances of being named an EU commissioner after being handpicked by President Emmanuel Macron, a judicial source said Monday.

Germany's far-right AfD in radical-moderate leadership compromise

Braunschweig - Germany's far-right AfD party on Saturday elected a leadership duo backed by both its increasingly influential radical wing and moderates, at a congress hit by massive protests.

Germany's far-right AfD elects new leaders as radicals rise

Braunschweig - Germany's far-right AfD party will elect new leaders on Saturday, with its increasingly influential radical wing seeking to tighten its grip on the group after a series of electoral victories.

Johnson unveils manifesto for Brexit Britain

Telford - Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Sunday to take Britain out of the EU by January 31, then set about reinvigorating public services as he launched his Conservative Party's general election manifesto.

Putin calls for initiative from Russia's crisis-hit ruling party

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday told United Russia to take initiative rather than wait for his lead as the ruling party struggles to overcome plummeting popularity after a long period of political dominance.

God, family, homeland: Brazil's Bolsonaro launches new party

Bras - Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday launched a new political party called the Alliance for Brazil, which will put an emphasis on God, family and homeland, as he tries to win back evangelical voters.

Zimbabwean police beat opposition supporters after rally ban

Harare - Zimbabwean riot police fired tear gas and beat opposition supporters on Wednesday after barring a planned address by the main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, AFP journalists said.

Zimbabwean police beat opposition supporters after rally ban

Harare - Zimbabwean riot police fired tear gas and beat opposition supporters on Wednesday after barring a planned address by the main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, AFP journalists said.

Angolan opposition chief hopes for election success as he steps down

Luanda - Angola's opposition chief steps down this week after leading the party for 16 years, contending that the former rebel movement is on track to winning power.

Canada election puts spotlight on the oil-climate divide

Regina - On the eve of Canada's federal elections, Conservatives and Liberals are neck-and-neck in the polls. But in the prairie province of Saskatchewan support for the Tories is steadfast, centered around the fate of the oil and gas industry.

Podemos woes mount as rival leftist enters Spain vote

Madrid - The former number two of Spain's Podemos said Wednesday he would contest November's elections, running against his former close friend Pablo Iglesias who heads the far-left party.

Trudeau, hurt by scandal, faces tough challenge in Canadian vote

Ottawa - Liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a tough general election on October 21, dogged by an ethics scandal that has taken the shine off his golden boy image and left him vulnerable to a sharp challenge from Conservative Andrew Scheer.

Far-right Dutch MEP predicts come-back for nationalist parties

Cernobbio - Far-right Dutch MEP Geert Wilders on Saturday said nationalist parties were experiencing "tough" times but predicted that they would make a come-back."It's a tough time. We will come back," Wilders said, speaking at an event in northern Italy.

Italy's rebel Five Star Movement joins establishment

Rome - Born 10 years ago from a grassroots rebellion against traditional politics, Italy's Five Star Movement has evolved into a party capable of forging alliances with the far-right and now the left.

Italy poised for last-ditch talks to form new government

Rome - Italy's president is due to begin a fresh round of talks with discordant political parties on Tuesday aimed at finding a new coalition government and ending a political crisis sparked by the collapse of the ruling populist alliance.

S.Africa's Buthelezi, 90, steps down as Inkatha Freedom Party leader

Johanesburg - Mangosuthu Buthelezi, head of the once-feared Zulu nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), on Saturday stepped down as party leader after 44 years.

Italy ex-premier Renzi returns to take on 'the other Matteo'

Rome - Matteo Renzi, one-time darling of the Italian centre-left, has made a relatively humble but significant return to politics to take on "the other Matteo", far-right leader Matteo Salvini.
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