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Hong Kong students to boycott classes in democracy battle

Hong Kong - Thousands of Hong Kong students will begin a week-long boycott of classes Monday, the start of what democracy activists say will be a wider campaign of civil disobedience against Beijing's refusal to grant the city full universal suffrage.

Pope says religion can't justify violence

Tirana - Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania on Sunday that religion can never be used to justify violence, making apparent reference to the bloodshed wreaked by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Renzi shows fierce side as battle for Italy reform intensifies

Rome - He's promised to shake-up recession-plagued Italy, but Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's ambitious schemes to revive the eurozone's third largest economy have hit a stumbling block, amid a fierce row with powerful trade unions.

Yemen Shiite rebels seize government HQ, PM resigns

Sanaa - Yemen's Shiite rebels seized the government headquarters in the capital on Sunday as Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa resigned, accusing the president of being "autocratic", senior officials said.

Pope says religion can't justify violence

Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania on Sunday that religion can never be used to justify violence, making apparent reference to the bloodshed wreaked by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

White House fence jumper had knife

Washington - A man who jumped over a White House fence and entered the presidential mansion was carrying a folding knife and claimed to be an Iraq war veteran, triggering a security review.

Sarkozy-bashing may not be panacea for French left

Paris - On the face of it, the return to France's political stage of unpopular right-wing former president Nicolas Sarkozy is welcome news for the beleaguered left.

Putin foe Khodorkovsky 'willing to lead Russia'

Moscow - Ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in jail after challenging the Kremlin, openly stated his political ambitions on Saturday by announcing he would be ready, if called upon, to lead Russia in times of crisis.

Economic injustice theme of Pope, Kirchner meet

- Pope Francis met Argentine President Cristina Kirchner on Saturday for a closed-door Vatican meeting focused largely on the theme of economic injustice, as Buenos Aires fights hedge fund creditors.

Obama to press at UN for broader anti-IS coalition

Washington - US President Barack Obama plans to make his case against the Islamic State militants before the world at the United Nations General Assembly next week in a bid for greater international support in the anti-IS fight.

In U.S., growing skepticism over 'no boots on ground' war plan

Washington - President Barack Obama faces growing skepticism in Washington over his plan to defeat Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria without U.S. ground troops, with critics blasting the strategy as unrealistic and half-hearted.

France's Sarkozy takes to Facebook to announce comeback

Paris - Former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his return to French politics Friday, taking to Facebook to offer disenchanted voters a "new political choice" amid a deep economic crisis.

Berlusconi still haunts Italy's political scene thanks to Renzi

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi's political career was declared all but over earlier this year as legal woes and poor voting figures took their toll, but the media magnate continues to haunt Italy's corridors of power thanks to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Catalans press independence vote despite Scottish 'No'

Barcelona - The Spanish government on Friday welcomed Scotland's "No" vote on independence, but Catalans determined to break away from Spain pushed ahead defiantly for their own ballot on self-rule.

Iran, six powers head into 'very tough' nuclear talks

New York - Iran and six powers returned to the negotiating table on Friday with only two months left to overcome hurdles in the way of a deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program.

Argentine leader seeks pope's backing for debt battle

Buenos Aires - Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will visit her compatriot Pope Francis Saturday, seeking to enlist his support for her fight against hedge fund creditors before taking her pitch to the UN.

Hollande goes on offensive with Iraq air strike decision

Paris - President Francois Hollande kicked off a rare news conference Thursday with the dramatic announcement that France would conduct air strikes in Iraq, as he sought to wrest back the initiative after a catastrophic few weeks at home.

Under-fire Hollande faces press grilling

Paris - French President Francois Hollande holds a rare and hotly awaited news conference later Thursday as the embattled and deeply unpopular leader seeks to turn the tide on a catastrophic few weeks.

At least 15 police hurt as thousands rally in Ecuador

Quito - At least 15 officers were wounded and multiple arrests were reported in Quito as thousands gathered for rallies for and against leftist President Rafael Correa, officials said.

South Sudan won't expel foreign workers

Juba - The government in war-torn South Sudan said Wednesday it will not be expelling any foreign workers, reversing a policy announcement made the previous day that caused a storm of protests from aid agencies and neighbouring countries.

EU, Iran to hold fresh nuclear talks

Brussels - EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif on Wednesday in New York for further talks on Tehran's contested nuclear programme, her spokeswoman said.

New EU energy and climate head sells oil shares

Strasbourg - The EU's incoming energy and climate commissioner said on Tuesday he is selling his shares in oil firms to avoid any conflict of interest ahead of a grilling by the European Parliament.

Netherlands ups defence spending in wake of downed MH17

Den Haag - The Netherlands is to increase defence spending after being hard hit by global conflicts including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, King Willem-Alexander said on Tuesday.

Embattled French government scrapes through confidence vote

Paris - France's crisis-hit government on Tuesday narrowly won a crunch parliamentary vote of confidence in its economic reform path, in a rare respite for the deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande.

French PM sticks to reform plan ahead of crunch confidence vote

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged Tuesday to stick to the disputed economic reform plan that he has championed, ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote of confidence.

You're attracted to the smell of those with same politics

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Political Science, people are attracted to the body odor of others with similar political beliefs.

Egypt court bails top 2011 revolt activist Abdel Fattah

Cairo - An Egyptian court Monday ordered the release on bail of Alaa Abdel Fattah, a top activist of the revolt against ex-president Hosni Mubarak, at his retrial in a case where he had been sentenced to 15 years.

Australian PM governs from tent as he keeps vow to Aborigines

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott shifted his office to a tent in an isolated Aboriginal community Monday, keeping a promise made when he came to power despite having just committed troops to the fight against Islamic State.

Merkel to rally fight against anti-Semitism

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish leaders will speak Sunday at a Berlin rally against anti-Semitism after the latest Gaza conflict sparked an upsurge in hate speech against Jews.Under the banner "Stand Up: Jew Hatred - Never Again!

Pakistan protest talks deadlocked after arrests

Islamabad - Talks to end a month long sit-in by anti-government protesters in Pakistan were deadlocked Saturday after authorities arrested dozens of demonstrators, some of whom were accused of storming a TV station.
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