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S. Africa's Zuma pushes to overturn graft probe

Johanesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma has launched a court challenge to a watchdog probe that raised allegations of misconduct against him, an affidavit showed Sunday, as he fights to hold on to power.

Putin says 'clever' Trump will soon grasp weighty role

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin in an interview aired Sunday called US President-elect Donald Trump intelligent and predicted he would quickly grasp his new level of responsibility and act accordingly.

EU, IMF 'going in circles' on Greek debt relief

Brussels - Eurozone finance ministers meet Monday as far apart as ever on the debt relief measures demanded by the International Monetary Fund for it to back their bailout programme for Greece.

Austria's Van der Bellen: green foe of the far-right

Vienna - Fans affectionally call him "the professor" or "Sascha", a nickname for Alexander that nods to his Russian roots, while his critics decry him as a "green dictator".

Austria's Van der Bellen: green foe of the far-right

Vienna - Fans affectionally call him "the professor" or "Sascha", a nickname for Alexander that nods to his Russian roots, while his critics decry him as a "green dictator".

Europe holds its breath as Italy votes for change

Rome - Italians went to the polls Sunday in a constitutional referendum on which reformist Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has staked his future.

Big data helped Trump even after he scorned it

Washington - Donald Trump derided the use of data and technology tools for his presidential campaign -- but those techniques might well have propelled him to victory.

Killing Castro: Poisoned cigars, explosive seashells

Havana - Mobsters, poisoned cigars, exploding seashells, a contaminated diving suit: The CIA's imagination ran wild in its plots to assassinate Fidel Castro.

Stein switches tactics in Pennsylvania recount drive

Washington - Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein switched tactics in her campaign to force a recount in Pennsylvania, one of three battleground states won by Donald Trump where she has challenged the results.

In Cuba, French minister defends Castro's rights record

Santiago De Cuba - French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, representing her government at a tribute for Fidel Castro in Cuba, defended the late communist leader's human rights record, questioning whether the regime imprisons dissidents.

Egypt court rules part of protest law unconstitutional

Cairo - Egypt's top court has struck down part of a law that allowed the interior ministry to ban all but officially sanctioned protests, a court official said Saturday.

No room for Virgin Mary in French public park

Grenoble - A town in eastern France has been ordered to remove a statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public, the local mayor said Saturday.

Gambia's political transition begins after election shock

Banjul - The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow was to hold talks with his coalition Saturday to plot his transition to power, following a shock election victory that ended the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh.

Sri Lanka police clash with protesters outside parliament

Colombo - Police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of opposition-backed protesters outside parliament Saturday as lawmakers debated the annual budget.

Sri Lanka police clash with protesters outside parliament

Colombo - Police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of opposition-backed protesters outside parliament Saturday as lawmakers debated the annual budget.

Sri Lanka police clash with protesters outside parliament

Colombo - Police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of opposition-backed protesters outside parliament Saturday as lawmakers debated the annual budget.

Thai dissident arrested for sharing new king article on Facebook

Bangkok - A prominent Thai dissident was arrested under the country's draconian royal defamation law on Saturday for sharing a BBC Thai profile of the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Facebook, supporters said.

Le Pen victory would be 'body blow' to Europe: ex-British PM

New Delhi - Britain's former premier said Saturday the election of France's Marine Le Pen would be a "big body blow" for Europe, saying he hoped for the victory of a mainstream party.

China protests to US after Trump speaks to Taiwan leader

Bejing - China protested to Washington Saturday after US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy and spoke with the president of Taiwan.

Hollande vows to fight for weakest until he steps down

Abu Dhabi - French President Francois Hollande vowed Saturday to spend the final months of his presidency fighting to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in society and the world.

Cubans hold one more massive rally for Castro

Santiago De Cuba - Tens of thousands of Cubans rallied on Saturday to pay one more tribute to the late leader Fidel Castro before his ashes are buried in the cradle of his revolution.

Merkel to chart 2017 election battle at party congress

Berlin - After Donald Trump's shock victory, Francois Hollande's decision not to seek re-election and populism on the rise, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is next up on the campaign podium to set out her strategy for winning in 2017 polls.

UK's Supreme Court set for highly-charged Brexit case

London - Britain's Supreme Court will Monday begin hearing the government's appeal against a ruling it must obtain parliamentary approval before triggering Brexit, in a constitutional showdown that has further inflamed political tensions.

What next after landmark UK Brexit court case?

London - Britain's highest court is on Monday to begin hearing the government's appeal against a ruling that it must first seek parliamentary approval before beginning the process to leave the European Union.The landmark case will be heard by 11 judges.

In rural Cuba, economy stuck in time after Castro

Camag - A convoy is carrying Fidel Castro's ashes across a Cuban countryside stuck in the bleak economy he left behind: Farmers plowing with oxen, people traveling in horse carts and stores lacking basic goods.Crowds have been chanting "viva Fidel!

Media silence on eve of Italy's crunch referendum

Rome - Media silence was imposed across Italy Saturday on the eve of a constitutional referendum crucial for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who has staked his future on the government reforms.

Trump upends US foreign policy with Taiwan call

New York - US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy to speak with the president of Taiwan, prompting Beijing Saturday to accuse Taipei of a ploy but saying the move would not affect US-China ties.

Mass protest demands ouster, arrest of S. Korea president

Seoul - Hundreds of thousands of protestors marched in Seoul for the sixth-straight week Saturday to demand the ouster and arrest of scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye ahead of an impeachment vote in parliament.

Iceland's Pirate Party to try to form government

Reykjav - Iceland's president on Friday invited the anti-establishment Pirate Party to form a government, after both the right and left-wing parties each failed in their bids.

Dutch to seek EU nod for freeze on Turkey talks

Den Haag - The Dutch government will seek EU support to temporarily freeze accession talks with Turkey, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday, in a move set to ratchet up tensions between Ankara and Brussels."We are going to see whether there's support in Europe....
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