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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.

Salvini ambush sparks Italy political crisis

Rome - Italy plunged into political uncertainty Friday after Interior Minister Matteo Salvini pulled support for the government coalition and called for snap elections while parliament was on summer recess.

Italy grapples with government crisis

Rome - Speculation that Italy's coalition government could collapse mounted Thursday as tension between its populist leaders peaked over the financing of a multi-billion-euro high-speed train line.

Spain's Sanchez moves closer to securing parliament support for second term

Madrid - Spain's Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez's chances of winning a confidence vote in parliament next week to stay on as prime minister received a boost Friday after the head of far-left party Podemos agreed not to take a government post.

Polish hotel cancels rooms for German far-right MPs

Berlin - Lawmakers from Germany's far-right AfD party said they had to cancel plans to gather in neighbouring Poland Friday after their hotel cancelled their reservation hours before the meeting.

Battle heats up to tackle Boris Johnson and be British PM

London - The battle to make the two-man shortlist to become Britain's prime minister, which will almost certainly include Boris Johnson, heats up on Wednesday when another contender will be eliminated.

France's Le Pen to go on trial for tweeting gruesome IS images

Nterre - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered to stand trial for tweeting pictures of Islamic State atrocities, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday.

Race to lead Britain out of EU pits old foes

London - The race to become Britain's next premier heated up on Sunday as Environment Secretary Michael Gove joined a crowded field of hopefuls with competing visions of how to finally pull their divided country out of the EU.

Race to lead Britain out of EU pits old foes

London - The race to become Britain's next premier heated up on Sunday as Environment Secretary Michael Gove joined a crowded field of hopefuls with competing visions of how to finally pull their divided country out of the EU.

EU vote faces new covert digital threats: report

Paris - New players are exploiting internet lawlessness to disrupt democracy at this week's European elections, says a new report that points a finger at far-right populists and cyber militias.

Anti-Salvini balcony protests sweep Italy

Naples - The removal of a protest banner against Italian far-right leader and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has sparked hundreds of copycat protests around the country.

'Legacy of dictatorship' looms as S. Koreans rail against political parties

Seoul - A petition calling for the South Korean government to dissolve the main opposition party has gained 1.7 million signatures in less than two weeks, in what analysts call a sign of growing intolerance in the former dictatorship.

Europe's far-right touts 'new European harmony' in EU vote

Prague - Marine Le Pen, head of France's National Rally party, on Thursday said Europe's populist far-right parties are offering a "new European harmony" to voters in European parliament elections next month.

Spain PM won't rule out post-poll alliance with centre-right

Madrid - Spain's Socialist prime minister refused Thursday to rule out including centre-right group Ciudadanos in any governing alliance if his party wins a weekend general election.

'Political police' revelations hit Spain's election campaign

Madrid - Spain's so-called "political police," which under previous conservative governments allegedly dug up dirt and fabricated evidence to harm rivals, has emerged as an explosive theme in the campaign for elections at the end of this month.

German far-right sees divided front after European poll

Berlin - The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD)'s chief candidate for European elections, Joerg Meuthen, expects big gains for nationalist parties but thinks they will have trouble forming a united front to advance an agenda.

Hungary PM's Fidesz party suspended from European EPP group

Apo - The Fidesz party of firebrand Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was suspended from the European People's Party Wednesday, the EU's biggest and most influential political grouping, the EPP said.

Hungary's Orban faces EPP suspension after insults

Apo - The Fidesz party of firebrand Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be hit with a temporary suspension from the European People's Party, EPP sources said Wednesday.

Leader of Britain's anti-Brexit Lib Dems stepping down

London - Vince Cable, the leader of Britain's Liberal Democrats, will step down from the role in May "to make way for a new generation", he told party members on Thursday.

Hungary ruling party urged to forge EU far-right alliance

Budapest - A Hungarian newspaper close to Prime Minister Viktor Orban's party urged it Thursday to quit the European Parliament's conservative group and forge a more radical alliance instead of yielding to an ultimatum over an anti-EU poster campaign.

European EPP members push to exclude Hungary's Orban

Apo - Members of the centre-right European People's Party have officially requested the exclusion of Hungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party from the group, a top official said Monday.

Israel PM deal seeks to boost ultra-right in April vote

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brokered an agreement Wednesday aimed at uniting ultra-right parties ahead of April elections, prompting accusations he was pandering to extremists.

Tough times for Iran's political parties as revolution turns 40

Tehran - Iran's main political parties are on rocky ground as the Islamic Republic marks its 40th birthday, with reformists in disarray and conservatives seeking a new identity.
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