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Afghan VP Dostum to return after more than a year in exile

Kabul - Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is expected to return to Kabul Sunday, more than a year after fleeing the country during an investigation into the rape and torture of a political rival.

In rural Zimbabwe, the novel taste of a peaceful election

Rusape - From a ruling party rally in the east, to opposition door-to-door canvassing in the northwest, Zimbabweans have been experiencing the novelty of a relatively free and peaceful election campaign.

UK to refuse Brexit bill without trade deal, says minister

London - Britain will only pay its EU divorce bill if the bloc agrees the framework for a future trade deal, the new Brexit Secretary warned in an interview published Sunday.

Nicaragua protesters defy Ortega crackdown

Managua - Hundreds of protesters marched in Nicaragua's capital Saturday in defiance of an iron-fisted crackdown on dissent by President Daniel Ortega that includes a new law threatening them with up to 20 years in prison for "terrorism.

Cuba's new constitution would allow same-sex marriages

Havana - The new constitution being debated this weekend by Cuban legislators would provide a legal path for same-sex marriage, an important demand of the socialist island's LGBT community.

Malawi VP launches party, attacks President

Blantyre - Malawi's vice-president Saulos Chilima launched his own political party Saturday to run against the government in elections next year, persisting in his public attack on President Peter Mutharika's cabinet.

Russia demands US release 'spy', calls charges false

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his US counterpart Mike Pompeo on Saturday that the arrest of a Russian gun rights enthusiast on espionage charges in the United States was "unacceptable", his ministry said.

Facebook probes whether data firm violated policies: report

Washington - Facebook has suspended a Boston analytics firm from its site and says it is investigating whether the company's contracts with the US government and a Russian non-profit violated policies, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In move to right, Spain's conservatives pick Casado to lead party

Madrid - Spain's Popular Party (PP) on Saturday picked arch-conservative Pablo Casado to replace ousted prime minister Mariano Rajoy as leader, in a move seen as a lurch to the right.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa assures white farmers their land is safe

Harare - President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday assured Zimbabwe's white farmers that their land will not be taken, calling on them to work together with the government ahead of landmark elections on July 30.

Macron security aide scandal deepens with minister under fire

Paris - The most damaging scandal of Emmanuel Macron's presidency deepened on Saturday with his interior minister due to face a grilling in parliament over his response to a top security aide of Macron caught on video beating up a young man at a Paris protest ...

Trump 'on tape' discussing hush money for Playboy model

New York - President Donald Trump was secretly taped two months before the 2016 election discussing a payment to hush up an alleged affair with a Playboy model and the FBI has the recording, bombshell reports claimed Friday.

Trump backers seize on case of jailed UK far-right activist

London - Supporters of US President Donald Trump are taking up the cause of an anti-Islam activist jailed in Britain for contempt of court, raising fears of a far-right revival.

After fall of Rajoy, Spain conservatives pick new leader

Madrid - Spain's conservatives pick a new leader Saturday after ex-prime minister Mariano Rajoy was ousted, with his former right-hand woman Soraya Saenz de Santamaria vying against 37-year-old Pablo Casado, who would take the Popular Party (PP) further right.

Election show on the road in divided, unpredictable Brazil

Bras - The most uncertain presidential race in recent Brazilian history kicked off Friday, with center-left candidate Ciro Gomes the first major party hopeful to officially throw his hat into the ring.

Poland speeds changes to Supreme Court amid EU row

Warsaw - Poland adopted legislation Friday aimed at speeding up the process of replacing the country's disputed Supreme Court chief justice who has refused to step down under a retirement law the EU has called a threat to judicial independence.

Spain's ousted PM Rajoy bids emotional farewell to party

Madrid - Spain's ousted prime minister Mariano Rajoy bid farewell to his conservative Popular Party (PP) on Friday, in a long, emotional speech as party members prepare to elect his successor.

Zimbabwe jails Mugabe's ex-minister for graft

Harare - A Zimbabwe court on Friday handed a four-year jail term to a former energy minister who served in Robert Mugabe's last cabinet after he was found guilty of corruption, state media reported.

Division of Kosovo would mean 'war': PM

Pristina - Any partition of Kosovo or exchange of territory with Serbia would ignite "war," Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj warned on Friday, shooting down proposals that have been floated to break a diplomatic gridlock between the former war foes.

Turkey in US talks to avoid 'negative impact' from Iran sanctions

Ankara - Turkey on Friday hosted an American delegation for talks to address concerns about the potential negative impact on its economy of the looming reimposition of US sanctions against Iran.

US groups warn of security threats to 2019 Nigeria vote

Abuja - Widespread violence in Nigeria could affect next year's presidential election, two US pro-democracy groups said on Friday.

US rejects linking pastor's release with Gulen extradition

Ankara - The United States rejects any linking of the case of an American pastor held for almost two years in Turkey with the fate of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who Ankara blames for the failed 2016 coup bid, a senior US official said Friday.

What now for deposed Catalan leader Puigdemont?

Madrid - Now he is rid of a Spanish international arrest warrant, Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont can go anywhere he pleases save Spain, and continue playing a central role in his region's separatist politics from afar.So what's next?

EU demands greater clarity from May on her Brexit blueprint

Apo - The EU's top negotiator Michel Barnier expressed doubts Friday over Britain's new Brexit blueprint for future trade ties with the European Union, as he called for "rapidly" settling outstanding issues like the Irish border.

Ukrainians mark two years since reporter's unsolved murder

Kiev - Ukrainians and foreign diplomats marked Friday two years since the murder of top journalist Pavel Sheremet, with supporters accusing authorities of being unwilling to solve the crime.

'Good for all' that Trump, Putin plan to meet again: Merkel

Berlin - Meetings between the US and Russian presidents should become the "normality", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday, adding that it is "good for all" that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin plan new talks.

Zimbabwe election race tightens: poll

Harare - President Emmerson Mnangagwa has only a narrow lead over opposition leader Nelson Chamisa ahead of Zimbabwe's landmark elections on July 30, according to a poll released Friday.

Macron under fire as security aide detained in assault inquiry

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron, trying to curb the most damaging scandal of his presidency so far, on Friday fired a top security aide who has been taken into custody after videos emerged showing him strike a young man during a demonstration in Paris...

EU minister 'nervous' time running out for Brexit deal

Apo - European Union ministers met Friday to discuss gaps with Britain in the Brexit negotiations as Germany's envoy admitted he was nervous time was running out for a deal.

At Trump summit, Putin made 'concrete' Ukraine offer: envoy

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a concrete offer on Ukraine to his US counterpart Donald Trump, the Russian ambassador to Washington said Friday, after a report that the Kremlin chief suggested a referendum in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.
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