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Critics on left and right slam Greece debt 'coup'

Madrid - Politicians on the far left and right accused European powers of negotiating with a "gun to the head" of Greece and terrorising and colonising it through Monday's new debt deal.

Radical parties seize Greek vote to push eurosceptic agenda

Rome - Eurosceptic parties at the extreme left and right of the political spectrum are exploiting the Greek referendum set for Sunday to bash the euro currency and advance their own agendas.

France's Le Pen wins backing to form anti-EU Parliament group

Brussels - French National Front leader Marine Le Pen recruited Polish and British MEPs on Tuesday, finally allowing her to launch a new eurosceptic party dedicated to challenging every ambition held dear by champions of the EU.

French National Front announces far-right EU parliamentary group

Paris - A new grouping of European far-right parties, called Europe of Nations and Freedom, is to be formed around France's National Front, the French party leader Marine Le Pen announced in a statement Monday.

Ambitious politician divides Mexico's left

- The meteoric rise of a new Mexican political party led by the controversial former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has deepened a major rift within the country's leftist movements.

With little cash, young Mexican shakes up politics

- With just a few thousand dollars and an Internet-powered grassroots campaign, a 25-year-old Mexican of Japanese ancestry tapped into discontent with corruption-plagued political parties to make history in midterm elections.

Independent makes history in Mexico governor race

- A foul-mouthed rancher nicknamed "El Bronco" shook up Mexico's midterm elections, riding a wave of discontent with political parties to become the first independent to win a governorship.

'El Bronco' rides Mexican discontent into election

- "El Bronco" curses at campaign rallies, wears cowboy hats while riding horses and vows to clean up Mexico's corruption-plagued political system if he becomes the first independent to be elected governor.

S. Africa opposition elects first black leader

Port Elizabeth - South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, on Sunday elected its first black leader, a major step in its bid to present itself as an alternative to the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

Welsh separatists hope to swing British election

London - They may only win a handful of seats at next month's general election, but the Welsh nationalists could find themselves propelled from relative obscurity to influence across Britain.

Spain's surprise election challengers 'Citizens' fire up voters

Madrid - Hundreds of people are queueing outside a Madrid theatre, but not to see a play. They are here for the latest spectacle in Spain's fast-unfolding election drama.

Spain's PM Rajoy to stand for re-election

Madrid - Spain's conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday he will seek re-election in this year's national polls, despite facing criticism after his party was trounced in a key regional vote last month.

'Are Ukip racist?' tops Google search questions on UK politics

Users of Google in March have been busy hunting for answers to their queries about the UK's prominent political parties ahead of the General Election in May. Yet it seems that many are somewhat preoccupied with whether Ukip are racist or not.

Guinea opposition leaders call for fresh protests

Paris - The leaders of the three main Guinean opposition parties met in Paris Tuesday and called for renewed protests against President Alpha Conde, who they claimed has "lost all legitimacy".

Factbox: Possible allies for Greek election victors Syriza

Athens - Greek anti-austerity party Syriza on Sunday won a historic election promising to alter the course of austerity in Europe, but with 80 percent of votes counted it was short of an outright majority.

Spain establishment 'panics' as support for upstart party surges

Madrid - Spain's conservative ruling party and the opposition Socialists are in panic mode as a surge in support for upstart Podemos shows little signs of abating ahead of elections next year.

Jim Murphy named leader of Scottish Labour Party

Edinburgh - The struggling opposition Labour Party in Scotland on Saturday announced that Jim Murphy will be its new leader following the acrimonious departure of previous leader Johann Lamont.

Mexico's leftist opposition rocked by 43 missing case

- Rocked by a mayor's role in the presumed killing of 43 students, Mexico's main left-wing party is facing more turmoil after its founder quit amid a dispute with the leadership.

Zambia ruling party suspends acting president Scott

Lusaka - Zambia's governing Patriotic Front party on Friday suspended Guy Scott from the party, weeks after he took over as interim president of the country following the death of Michael Sata last month.

Ukraine picks moderates over radicals in war-time vote

Kiev - Ukraine's parliamentary election saw war-weary voters shunt aside pro-Russian and radical nationalists and pick moderates who favour a mix of market economics and eastern European conservative values.

Grace shakes up Mugabe succession battle

Harare - Zimbabwe's ruling party could be heading for a devastating split as bickering between rival factions jostling to succeed ageing ruler Robert Mugabe escalates ahead of a key congress.

Notting Hill Carnival 2014 – As seen on Instagram

This year the Notting Hill Carnival was a huge success and was a great time for music and dancing in West London. What will happen for next year?

Breivik attempts to start 'fascist' party from prison

Oslo - Anders Behring Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011, says he wants to establish a "fascist" party from prison, claiming this could prevent a repeat of his massacre.

Man claiming to have a bomb gives up in Stockholm

Stockholm - A man claiming to have a bomb in the office of a human rights group in Stockholm gave himself up on Thursday after negotiating with the police on the phone, law enforcement said.

Greek parliament lifts immunity for Golden Dawn leader

Athens - Angry scenes unfolded in Greece's parliament on Wednesday after lawmakers voted to lift immunity for the jailed leader of extreme right party Golden Dawn and two of his deputies."Shame on you, pseudo-oliticians...

Protest party Podemos shakes up politics in Spain

Madrid - People were wondering what had happened to the "Indignants", the protesters who swamped Spanish squares in 2011 to demand political change.

Greek neo-Nazis hold position, aim for Europe

Athens - Less than a year ago, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras had vowed to "eradicate" neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn as an investigation began into the party's allegedly criminal activities.

Local ballots test Greek government, ahead of EU vote

Athens - Greece's embattled government faces a first test in municipal and regional elections on Sunday, a week ahead of EU polls, as the country struggles to return to growth following years of economic crisis.

Oscar winners celebrate at Governor's Ball

A sea of Oscar statuettes filled the Governor's Ball on Sunday night as winners chatted, ate and celebrated with the film industry's elite at the official Academy Awards party.

S. African opposition unites, Ramphele to challenge Zuma in polls

Cape Town - South Africa's centrist opposition parties joined forces Tuesday to challenge the ruling ANC at upcoming elections, with black consciousness stalwart Mamphela Ramphele tapped as their presidential candidate.
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