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Germany's far-right overtakes Social Democrats in poll

Berlin - Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) would beat the centre-left Social Democrats and become the country's second-largest party if elections were held now, a survey found Monday.

Austria's FPOe tries to clean up pro-Nazi image

Vienna - The far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) announced Tuesday a bid to clean up its pro-Nazi image by appointing a committee of historians to look into its history.

Rio de Janeiro street party targets mayor

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's mayor came in for some colorful criticism Saturday at the biggest of scores of pre-carnival street parties that took over the city.

Trump urges US parties set aside differences

Washington - US President Donald Trump urged Americans to move beyond the angry partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans in his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday.

ANC leader vows to 'restore credibility' after Zuma graft scandals

East London - The new head of South Africa's ruling ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, pledged Saturday to "restore the credibility" of the party after a spate of graft scandals involving President Jacob Zuma.

Europe's far-right plays for keeps but faces hurdles

Vienna - They may have failed to actually clinch a victory in national elections, but 2017 has nonetheless proven a bumper year for Europe's far-right parties at the ballot boxes.

Merkel to meet SPD after it gives blessing to talks

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet leaders of the Social Democrats next Wednesday after the labour party gave the green light to exploratory talks on ending the country's political stand-off.

Gerry Adams to outline Sinn Fein succession plans

Dublin - Gerry Adams is expected to announce at his Sinn Fein party's annual conference in Dublin on Saturday his plans to step down after 34 years as the dominant figurehead of Irish republicanism.

Icelandic parties begin new talks to form government

Reykjav - Iceland's political leaders on Monday began new negotiations to form a government, a week after left-led coalition talks broke down, the president's office said.

Macri calls on business, unions to back reform plans

Buenos Aires - Argentina's President Mauricio Macri called on business and union leaders to put aside their differences and back his government's planned economic and social reforms in a speech Monday.

China's People's Daily launches English app in soft power push

Bejing - The People's Daily, the mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party, launched an English-language mobile application on Sunday in what it called a "strategic step" to strengthen Beijing's influence internationally.

UK Labour mobilises to push Corbyn into power

Brighton - In a former church, 40-odd activists are learning how to become effective frontline troops in the battle to sweep Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn into power.

Government not complying with Colombia peace deal: FARC

Havana - The leader of Colombia's ex-rebel group FARC has warned in a letter to President Juan Miguel Santos that his government was failing to meet its obligations under a peace deal signed last year.

Germany's political parties at a glance

Berlin - German voters will head to the polls for a general election on September 24, with surveys giving Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives a double-digit lead over their closest rivals, the Social Democrats.

S.Africa deputy president calls affair reports 'smear'

Johanesburg - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who is vying to replace President Jacob Zuma has admitted to an extramarital affair but lambasted as "political smear" its revelation in newspapers, media reported Sunday.

French MP in Macron's party charged over violent clash

Paris - An MP in French President Emmanuel Macron's party was charged Saturday over a violent clash in Paris that left a rival Socialist official in hospital.

Zambian opposition leader says arrest was political

Cape Town - Zambia's main opposition leader on Thursday condemned his four-month imprisonment for alleged treason as an abuse of the criminal justice system by his political opponents.

Swedish opposition leader resigns after far-right fallout

Stockholm - The leader of Sweden's main opposition party on Friday announced she was stepping down after she suggested her alliance accept support from an anti-immigration far-right group.

Kirchner back as Argentina names key vote contenders

Buenos Aires - President Mauricio Macri's coalition solidified its lead as Argentina's biggest political force in primary votes Sunday that also saw the return of fiery leftist former leader Cristina Kirchner.

Kirchner back as Argentina names key vote contenders

Buenos Aires - President Mauricio Macri's coalition solidified its lead as Argentina's biggest political force in primary votes on Sunday that also saw the return of fiery leftist former leader Cristina Kirchner.

Merkel rival slams car bosses in bid to revive campaign

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief challenger in a September election, Martin Schulz, on Sunday launched a stinging attack on the country's dieselgate-tainted car industry as he sought to turn around a flagging campaign.

Kirchner back as Argentina names key vote contenders

Buenos Aires - Argentines will set up a mid-term election standoff between President Mauricio Macri and their fiery leftist former leader Cristina Kirchner in primary votes on Sunday.

Senegal picks MPs after tense election campaign

Dakar - Senegal's voters are set to elect a new parliament Sunday following campaigning wrought with tensions between the rival coalitions of President Macky Sall, his predecessor and Dakar's detained mayor.

Spain's two main leftist parties team up against Rajoy

Madrid - Once fierce rivals, the leaders of Spain's two main left-wing parties agreed Tuesday to attempt to form an alternative to conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's minority government.

Extremist groups come out of shadows in Quebec

Quebec City - Tattooed and wearing a black t-shirt emblazoned with a wolf paw, Patrick Beaudry admits being in the second year of a political movement "that is perhaps more radical" than others.

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.

Memorial of S.Africa icon turns into anti-Zuma protest

Johanesburg - A memorial service Saturday for anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada was transformed into a fierce attack on South African President Jacob Zuma, under fire after a controversial cabinet reshuffle.

Memorial of S.Africa icon turns into anti-Zuma protest

Johanesburg - A memorial service Saturday for anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada was transformed into a fierce attack on South African President Jacob Zuma, under fire after a controversial cabinet reshuffle.

Memorial of S.Africa icon turns into anti-Zuma protest

Johanesburg - A memorial service Saturday for anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada was transformed into a fierce attack on South African President Jacob Zuma, under fire after a controversial cabinet reshuffle.

Game over for France's traditional left and right?

Paris - With neither the mainstream left nor right tipped to win the French presidency, this year's election could end a lock on power that has defined the country's politics for decades.
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