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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.

Zimbabwe opposition says crackdown worse than under Mugabe

Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition said Tuesday a violent crackdown on civilians by the new government was worse than anything in recent years under ousted leader Robert Mugabe, accusing Harare of escalating "terrorism".

German far right dallies with 'Dexit' from EU

Riesa - As the British parliament prepares for a crucial Brexit vote Tuesday, Germany's far right voted Sunday to break a national taboo by campaigning to quit the European Union if its demand for reforms within the bloc are not met.

Far-right AfD to campaign on German EU exit

Riesa - German far-right party AfD voted Sunday to campaign for Berlin's exit from the EU in the upcoming European Parliament elections if its demand for reforms within the bloc are not met.

In Brexit heartland, opposition leader's words fall flat

Wakefield - With less than three months until Britain leaves the European Union, activists in Labour's industrial heartland, which voted heavily for Brexit, are demanding one thing from their leader Jeremy Corbyn: clarity.

Spanish far-right party backs formation of conservative govt in Andalusia

Madrid - Tiny far-right party Vox, which sent shockwaves through Spain after winning a surprise 12 seats in Andalusia last month, said Wednesday it would vote in favour of forming a conservative government in the southern region.

Spanish far-right party backs formation of conservative govt in Andalusia

Madrid - Tiny far-right party Vox, which sent shockwaves through Spain after winning a surprise 12 seats in Andalusia last month, said Wednesday it would vote in favour of the formation of a conservative government in the southern region.

Rise of far-right unsettles Spain's mainstream conservative parties

Madrid - Spain's far-right party Vox holds the key to the formation of a right-wing government in the southern region of Andalusia but is proving to be a tough partner for Spain's mainstream conservative parties.

Togo president's party wins majority in parliament

Lom - Togo President Faure Gnassingbe's party won most seats in parliamentary elections, according to provisional results on Monday, in polls overshadowed by pre-ballot clashes and an opposition boycott.

Island exile the latest Danish blow for 'unwanted' migrants

Copenhagen - Denmark's ruling coalition has approved a controversial plan to put some 125 "unwanted" migrants on Lindholm, an uninhabited island, sparking outrage at home and abroad.

French prosecutors up charges against Le Pen

Paris - French prosecutors investigating French far-right leader Marine Le Pen added to the charges against her on Friday over the alleged misuse of public funds at the European parliament.

Nigeria's Buhari to face political heavyweight in re-election bid

Port Harcourt - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will run for re-election in February 2019 against former vice president Atiku Abubakar, a Muslim from the country's north who was nominated on Sunday as the main opposition party's poll contender.

Swedish conservative leader tasked with forming government

Stockholm - The speaker of the Swedish parliament on Tuesday asked the leader of the conservative Moderates party to try to form a government, a major challenge in the country's fragmented political landscape.

Canada's Quebec province elects centre-right nationalist government

Montr - Canada's Quebec province elected, for the first time Monday, a centre-right nationalist party with no designs on independence, that promised to cut government and immigration, turning the page on nearly 15 years of liberal rule.

Italy spokesman threatens treasury staff over cash for election promises

Rome - A recording has emerged of the Italian government's chief spokesman threatening to "eliminate a tide" of treasury officials unless they find the money for projects, including a basic income grant, promised in March elections.

S.Africa's opposition launches campaign ahead of next year vote

Johanesburg - South Africa's largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Saturday launched its campaign ahead of highly contested elections due next year.

The far-right Sweden Democrats' rocky path to 'normalisation'

Ystad - The far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) who originated from the neo-Nazi movement, have sought to clean up their image in recent years with a sweeping revamp that has widened their appeal.

Mali opposition not united for runoff presidential vote

Bamako - Opposition candidates who fell short in Mali's presidential election have refused to back either of the frontrunners who will contest a runoff vote on Sunday.

Spain's ruling Socialists would win early election: poll

Madrid - Spain's Socialist party, which came to power two months ago, would easily win a general election if a vote were held today, surging to first place with just under 30 percent support, a major poll released Thursday showed.

France's far-right patriarch refused questioning in EU fraud case

Paris - Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France's far-right National Front party, refused to submit to police questioning last month as part of an EU funding inquiry, claiming immunity as a European Parliament lawmaker, his adviser said Sunday.

French far-right party's appeal of cash freeze set for August

Paris - A Paris court will hear on August 6 an appeal by France's far-right National Rally of a decision to withhold two million euros in public subsidies for the party as part of an EU funding inquiry.

Catalan leader launches bid to unite separatist factions

Barcelona - Self-exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Monday appealed for unity among the disparate factions of Catalonia's independence movement, in his continued determination to turn the wealthy northeastern region into a republic.

France's Le Pen says party in mortal danger after funds seized

Paris - France's far-right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen said her cash-strapped party was in mortal danger Monday after judges seized two million euros in subsidies as part of an illicit funding inquiry.

France's Le Pen calls for support after party funds seized

Paris - France's far-right National Rally on Monday urged politicians of all stripes to denounce a seizure of the party's public subsidies by judges investigating illicit funding allegations, as it began an emergency fund-raising drive.

France cuts off National Rally cash over EU funding probe

Paris - France's far-right National Rally said Sunday that its future was in doubt after judges withheld two million euros in public subsidies over allegations the party illegally took millions in European Parliament funding.

France's Le Pen out of hospital for 90th birthday party

Paris - France's far-right figurehead Jean-Marie Le Pen has left hospital after 11 days of treatment for a "dangerous pulmonary complication", an aide told AFP on Saturday.

Far-left Podemos accuses Spain's new PM of 'arrogance'

Madrid - Spain's far-left party Podemos, which helped the Socialists oust the conservatives and take power, accused new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez of being "arrogant" for thinking "he could govern alone.

German president blasts far-right leader's Nazi past remarks

Berlin - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday blasted remarks by one of the leaders of the far-right AfD party seen as playing down the importance of the Nazi period and the Holocaust.

German far-right leader sparks furore with Hitler remarks

Berlin - One of the leaders of Germany's far-right AfD party sparked outrage Saturday by downplaying the crimes of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, saying they were "just a speck of bird shit in over 1,000 years of successful German history.

What's next for Italy as populists take over

Rome - Italy's new coalition government due to be sworn in Friday promises a mix of far-right, anti-establishment and eurosceptic policies, raising questions about what the future holds for the eurozone's third largest economy.
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