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Spain ruling party official quits over graft scandal

Madrid - A former minister and senior member of Spain's ruling conservative Popular Party (PP) resigned Sunday following fresh allegations over alleged illegal party financing in the Madrid region.

Merkel isolated as EU partners slam door on refugees

Munich - Abandoned by France, defied by eastern Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel cuts a lonely figure in her struggle for EU "solidarity" on the refugee crisis ahead of a Brussels summit.

Beijing pins Hong Kong riot on 'radical separatists'

Hong Kong - A senior Beijing official on Sunday blamed "radical separatists" for a riot that erupted in Hong Kong last week, the worst clashes the city has seen since mass pro-democracy protests.

N. Korea took 70% of workers' wages at joint economic zone: Seoul

Seoul - South Korea on Sunday defended its decision to abruptly pull out of an inter-Korean industrial zone, claiming 70 percent of wages for North Korean workers were for years used to fund Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development.

EU in final push for difficult 'Brexit' deal

Brussels - The quest to prevent Britain crashing out of the European Union faces its moment of truth this week, with EU chief Donald Tusk touring key capitals in a final push for a deal at a crucial Brussels summit.

Venezuela opposition calls talks on ousting president

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition said it will launch discussions Sunday aiming to devise a legal procedure within weeks to oust President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for the oil-rich country's economic crisis.

Hungarians protest state's grip on education

Budapest - Thousands of Hungarians angry at the state's tight grip on public education rallied Saturday in Budapest, in one of the biggest street protests against Prime Minister Viktor Orban in recent years.

US wants 'strong UK staying in a strong EU': Kerry

Munich - The United States strongly backs Britain staying in the European Union as it gears up for a referendum on its membership, US Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience in Germany on Saturday.

Russia sends brand new cruise missile ship to Syria: Report

Moscow - Russia has dispatched a new ship armed with cruise missiles to the Mediterranean, the navy announced Saturday, as reports said it is bound for Syria.

Outgoing Myanmar president cancels U.S. visit to monitor political transition

Yangon - Myanmar's outgoing president has scrapped a planned trip to the US next week in order to oversee the power hand-off to Aung San Suu Kyi's new government, a presidential spokesman told AFP Saturday.

Cameron confident of reaching EU deal to avoid Brexit

Hamburg - Prime Minister David Cameron expressed confidence Friday that a deal could be reached allowing Britain to remain in the European Union and avoid a so-called "Brexit".

Russian court throws out lawsuit against Putin

Moscow - A Russian court has thrown out a lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin filed by top opposition leader Alexei Navalny over alleged graft, saying the Kremlin chief was effectively untouchable.

French left scratching heads over baffling government posts

Paris - France's freshly reshuffled government left some puzzled Friday over the role of new ministries such as that of "real equality", while another linking "family, children and women's rights" has irked feminists.

Kenya's Ruto wins key ICC witness appeal

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Friday upheld an appeal by Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto and barred the use of recanted testimonies in the crimes against humanity case brought against him.

Venezuela leader gets emergency powers, rivals vow ouster

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition on Friday vowed to speed up efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro after he defied lawmakers by securing emergency powers to intervene in the crisis-hit oil state's economy.

What would Thatcher do? Iron Lady EU debate divides Tories

London - Would the late Margaret Thatcher have voted for or against Britain's EU membership? The Iron Lady is pitting Conservatives against each other from beyond the grave ahead of a referendum expected this year.

Zuma ridicules S. Africa opposition for disrupting his speech

Cape Town - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Friday mocked the opposition as "useless" and ignorant, after rowdy radical lawmakers repeatedly disrupted his annual state of the nation parliamentary address.

Bahrain at impasse five years after failed uprising

Dubai - Five years after Sunni-ruled Bahrain crushed a popular uprising by the Shiite majority, the kingdom is locked in a political impasse exacerbated by an economic crisis, analysts say.

S. Sudan president names arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president

Juba - South Sudan's president Salva Kiir has named his arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president, after fighting for more than two years of civil war.

China slams Britain for 'interfering' in Hong Kong bookseller case

Hong Kong - Beijing blasted Britain Friday for suggesting that a Hong Kong bookseller believed detained by China was "involuntarily removed to the mainland", accusing the former colonial power of interfering in Chinese domestic affairs.

South Korea warns North over 'illegal' asset freeze

Seoul - South Korea warned North Korea on Friday that it had acted "illegally" in freezing the assets of South Korean companies and staff expelled from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone.

Police raid Spanish ruling party offices in graft probe

Madrid - Spanish police on Thursday raided the offices of the Popular Party of acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and of industrial group Villar Mir in a corruption probe, a judicial source said.

Russian protest leader sues Putin over 'corruption'

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced he had filed a lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin on Thursday over alleged graft, accusing him of ordering huge loans to a firm owned by his son-in-law.

S.Africa's Zuma vows economic revival in disrupted speech

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday announced plans for "an effective turnaround plan" for South Africa's ailing economy in an address to the nation disrupted by a walkout by radical lawmakers.

France's new foreign minister Ayrault is Hollande loyalist

Paris - Jean-Marc Ayrault, who resigned as French prime minister two years ago to take the blame for a sputtering economy, has been rewarded for his loyalty to embattled President Francois Hollande with the foreign affairs portfolio.

Key 'Brexit' decisions must wait until EU summit

Brussels - Talks on a deal to keep Britain in the EU will go down to the wire at a leaders summit next week after negotiators failed to reach a breakthrough on the key issues on Thursday, European sources said.

Former French PM Ayrault named foreign minister in govt shake-up

Paris - French President Francois Hollande reshuffled his cabinet Thursday, naming Jean-Marc Ayrault foreign minister and adding ecologists to the government as he seeks to widen his support base ahead of an re-election bid in 2017.

Thai pro-democracy 'Red Shirts' to reject army charter

Bangkok - Thailand's pro-democracy "Red Shirt" movement will vote against a new junta-scripted charter in a looming referendum, their leader said Thursday, a move that could deepen the country's political impasse.

North Korea expels all South Koreans from joint industrial zone

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday expelled all South Koreans from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone and seized their factory assets, saying Seoul's earlier decision to shutter the complex had amounted to a "declaration of war".

S. African police fire stun grenades ahead of Zuma address

Cape Town - South African police fired stun grenades to disperse angry protesters outside parliament on Thursday shortly before President Jacob Zuma was due to deliver his annual state of the nation address.
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