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Israeli ex-president Shimon Peres dies: doctor

Ramat Gan - Israeli ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres died on Wednesday, his personal doctor told AFP, some two weeks after suffering a major stroke.

Spain parliament OKs probe into government 'political police'

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers on Tuesday approved a commission to probe allegations that acting interior minister Jorge Fernandez-Diaz used ministry resources as "political police" against rivals.

Bosnian Serb leader makes demand over summons

Sarajevo - Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said Tuesday he was ready to respond to a prosecutor's summons over a controversial referendum, but demanded that the hearing be held outside Sarajevo.

No saving Colombia peace if voters veto: negotiator

Cartagena - Colombia's peace accord with FARC rebels is the "best possible" deal to end a half-century of war and cannot be rehashed if voters reject it, the government's chief negotiator warns.

Panama asks US to extradite former president on spying charges

Panama - Panama on Tuesday asked the United States to extradite former president Ricardo Martinelli to face charges of spying against opposition members while in power.

Clouds gather over Turkey economy after downgrade

Istanbul - Turkey has snarled with anger over a downgrade of its debt to junk status, but its previously robust economic performance risks being bruised by lower growth, stalled reforms and rule of law concerns after the July 15 coup bid.

Iran's Ahmadinejad says will not run in presidential vote

Tehran - Former hardline Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday he will not compete in next year's presidential vote, following advice from Iran's supreme leader, media reported.

Israel's Shimon Peres 'fighting for life' after stroke

Ramat Gan - Israeli ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres was "fighting for his life" Tuesday after a stroke suffered earlier this month, a source close to the veteran statesman said.

Ali Bongo sworn in as Gabon president after disputed win

Libreville - Ali Bongo was sworn back in as Gabon's president Tuesday, calling for unity after a disputed election win that sparked deadly unrest and revealed deep divisions in the oil-rich country.

ETA calls for peace agreement similar to Colombia-FARC deal

Madrid - Basque separatist group ETA criticised Spain and France on Tuesday for failing to reach the kind of peace agreement with it that Colombia did with the leftist FARC rebel force.

Britain's Johnson in Turkey dismisses Erdogan poem as 'trivia'

Ankara - British foreign minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday brushed off as "trivia" an offensive poem he wrote about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he talked up the strength of Ankara-London ties on his first visit to Turkey as top diplomat.

Turkey dismisses 87 spy agency staff over failed coup

Istanbul - Turkey has dismissed 87 staff from its spy agency over alleged links to the failed July 15 coup, state media said Tuesday, in the first purge of one of the country's most powerful institutions.

'No contradiction' between EU defence plan and NATO: Stoltenberg

Bratislava - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg insisted Tuesday that EU plans for increased defence cooperation after Britain's departure would not undermine the transatlantic military alliance.

Ex-IMF chief Rato is the fallen star of Spain's conservatives

Madrid - Former Spanish finance minister Rodrigo Rato was hailed for kicking off a golden decade of growth in Spain's economy from the late 1990s and later led the International Monetary Fund.

Britain 'will oppose any idea of an EU army': defence minister

Bratislava - Britain will oppose all EU plans for increased military cooperation that could interfere with NATO, despite being about to leave the union, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said Tuesday.

Brazil's wounded political giant Lula vows to fight on

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva hinted strongly at seeking a return to power in a fiery speech that dismissed corruption charges against him as persecution.

Italy referendum on constitutional shakeup set for Dec 4

Rome - The Italian government on Monday set the date of December 4 for a referendum on constitutional reform that analysts say may determine Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's political fate.

Brazil ex-minister arrested in Petrobras graft probe

S - Brazilian police on Monday arrested Antonio Palocci, a former finance minister and senior figure in the last two governments, as part of the Petrobras corruption probe, prosecutors said.

Bosnian Serb leader summoned over referendum

Sarajevo - Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik was summoned on Monday by state prosecutors to a hearing over a controversial referendum held at the weekend despite a constitutional court veto.

US has met its side of Iran nuclear deal: Moniz

Vienna - US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, an architect of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, rejected Monday complaints from Tehran that Washington had not met its side of the bargain."The United States has done all that was asked of us...

Spain's Socialists under pressure to allow conservative to form government

Madrid - Spain's Socialist leader faced mounting pressure Monday to let acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy form a new government and end a months-long political impasse, after his party suffered losses in two regional elections.

Lula's ex-finance minister 'held in Brazil Petrobras probe'

S - Brazilian police on Monday arrested Antonio Palocci, a former finance minister and senior figure in the last two governments, as part of the Petrobras corruption probe, news reports said.Police said only that a former minister was arrested.

Azerbaijan referendum boosts strongman president

Bakou - Azerbaijanis have overwhelmingly backed constitutional changes extending President Ilham Aliyev's grip on power in a referendum denounced by opposition and rights groups as a ploy to cement the Aliyev family's dynastic rule.

Former Dutch MEP says denied entry to Turkey

Istanbul - Turkish authorities blocked from entering the country a Dutch former member of the European Parliament who used to write columns for a newspaper close to the alleged mastermind of the July 15 failed putsch, he said Monday.

Ex-IMF boss Rato on trial over bankers' luxury sprees

San Fernando De Henares - Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato went on trial Monday accused of overseeing a "corrupt system" that helped him and other executives misuse funds when he was the boss of two of Spain's top banks.

China flies military planes over strait near Japan

Bejing - China has sent fighter planes for the first time over a strait near Japan, the two governments said Monday, after Tokyo announced it may patrol alongside the US in the disputed South China Sea.

UK's Johnson on first Turkey trip since Brexit tensions

Istanbul - Boris Johnson on Monday made his first visit to Turkey as Britain's foreign secretary, seeking to ease tensions after leading the successful Brexit campaign that played on anti-Turkish sentiments.

Hollande vows to raze Calais migrant camp by year-end

Calais - French President Francois Hollande said Monday the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais would be dismantled by the end of this year under a plan to spread asylum seekers around the country.

Trump says he'll recognize Jerusalem as Israel's 'undivided' capital

New York - Republican candidate Donald Trump pledged to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided" capital if he is elected president, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who Hillary Clinton also met that evening.

Spain's regional elections boost acting PM's party, weaken Socialists

Donostia-san Sebasti - Regional elections in Spain on Sunday strengthened acting Prime Minister's Mariano Rajoy's conservatives and weakened the Socialists, under pressure to let him form a government and end a months-long political impasse.
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