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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.

EU 'enemies' should be denied bloc funding: top MEP

Strasbourg - The EU should deny funding to far-right parties that want to "destroy" the bloc, a top European Parliament figure urged on Tuesday.

Blackface ban, no Sunday shops: offbeat ideas in Dutch polls

Den Haag - Legalising all drugs, banning a blackface children's character, scrapping Sunday shopping and introducing mobile apps to tell MPs how to vote are some of the unorthodox ideas being peddled by Dutch political parties.

Italy's leftwing rebels abandon Renzi for new party

Rome - Rebels from Italy's ruling party, who quit in defiance of former prime minister Matteo Renzi, struck out on their own on Saturday founding a movement they hailed as a "renewal" for left-wing politics.

UK by-election a battle for survival in Brexit bastion

Stoke-on-trent - A knife-edge by-election in the biggest Brexit-backing city will be make-or-break for UKIP and Labour, with both parties struggling to find their role as Britain quits the European Union.

Once inseparable, Podemos chief and deputy in merciless duel

Madrid - They met at university 14 years ago, became firm friends, founded Spain's far-left Podemos party off the back of a wave of anti-austerity protests and catapulted it to national prominence.

UKIP in new row over misspent EU parliament funds

Brussels - Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage and other members of Britain's anti-EU party UKIP in the European Parliament are suspected of having misspent more than half a million euros in EU funds, a parliamentary source said Thursday.

The ENF: at the far-right of the European Parliament

Paris - Here is a snapshot of members of the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), a circle of far-right parties who met in the west German city of Koblenz on Saturday.

'Europe will wake up in 2017', Le Pen tells Germany right-wing congress

Koblenz - French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday told a European gathering of rightwing populists in Germany that a string of high-stakes elections in 2017 would blow a wind of change across the region.

'Europe will wake up in 2017', Le Pen tells Germany right-wing congress

Koblenz - French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday told a European gathering of rightwing populists in Germany that a string of high-stakes elections in 2017 would blow a wind of change across the region.

'Europe will wake up in 2017', Le Pen tells Germany right-wing congress

Koblenz - French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday told a European gathering of rightwing populists in Germany that a string of high-stakes elections in 2017 would blow a wind of change across the region.

Sweden conservatives woo far-right to topple government

Stockholm - Sweden's main opposition party courted controversy Thursday by suggesting it accept support by the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) to bring down the minority government.

UK Women's Equality Party debuts on Trump 'disaster'

Manchester - Britain's newly-formed Women's Equality Party is thrashing out topics such as unequal pay and the "disaster" of Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton to the White House, at its first ever conference this weekend.

May's Conservatives heading down open road to Brexit

London - Turmoil in the political opposition has given Britain's governing Conservative Party free rein to implement Brexit in its own way, but Prime Minister Theresa May is at the mercy of her own awkward squad, analysts say.

Diane James replaces Farage as leader of Britain's UKIP

Bournemouth - Nigel Farage on Friday said UKIP had "changed the course of British history" with Brexit as he handed over leadership of the eurosceptic party, which faces an uncertain future without its charismatic chief.
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