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Putin's ex-minister risks decade in jail over $2 mn 'bribe'

Moscow - A Russian court is set to rule Friday in the high-profile trial of former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, who is accused of taking a bribe from an oil boss close to President Vladimir Putin.

Catalan separatists, in uncharted waters, keep the faith

Barcelona - Voters like David Hornos drove separatist parties to success in Catalonia's last election in 2015, giving them an absolute majority of seats in the Spanish region's parliament for the first time.

Catalan demands anger voters in other Spanish regions

Madrid - A long-running conflict between Madrid and Barcelona over Catalonia's independence drive is annoying voters in the rest of Spain who feel their concerns are being neglected."I am sick of hearing about Catalonia.

Chile election likely to be decided by small margin

Santiago - The winner of Chile's presidential run-off election on Sunday could be decided by a relatively small group of voters following a surge of left wing enthusiasm in Latin America's fifth-biggest economy.

Brazilian president cancels Asia visit after surgery

Bras - Brazilian President Michel Temer has cancelled an upcoming tour of south-east Asia in January as he recovers from surgery, his office announced Thursday.

US sentences nephews of Venezuelan first lady to 18 years

New York - A US judge on Thursday sentenced two nephews of Venezuela's first lady to 18 years in prison for drug trafficking, damning them as "not the most astute drug traffickers that ever existed.

Protesting Poles sing for veto to court reforms

Warsaw - Thousands of Poles sang in protests across the country Thursday against controversial court reforms by the rightwing government, which opposition politicians and the EU insist undermine the rule of law and separation of powers.

Violence breaks out at protest against Argentina pension reform

Buenos Aires - A trade union-organized march in Buenos Aires descended into violence Thursday, with thousands of protesters clashing with police as they demanded lawmakers reject a controversial pension reform plan.

Polish PM expects EU sanctions over rule of law

Brussels - Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday he expected the EU to impose unprecedented sanctions next week that could strip his government of its voting rights over its controversial court reforms.

Polish PM expects EU to impose rare punishment over rule of law

Brussels - Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday he expected the EU to impose unprecedented sanctions next week that could strip his government of its voting rights over its controversial court reforms.

Murder of pro-unity Spaniard rocks Catalan election

Madrid - Catalonia's election campaign has been shaken up by the murder of a man wearing the colours of the Spanish flag by a far-left supporter who had previously been jailed for a vicious assault of a policeman.

Major Liberian opposition party backs George Weah presidency

Monrovia - A Liberian opposition party formally backed George Weah for president on Thursday despite mounting a prolonged legal fight with his opponent, Vice-President Joseph Boakai, against the country's electoral commission.

Little Christmas cheer for struggling Marine Le Pen

Paris - Criminal charges, banking problems and the loss of her right-hand man: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen insists she is not going anywhere after her presidential defeat, yet her woes are mounting.

Zimbabwe orders illegal farm invaders off land: state media

Harare - Zimbabwe's new agriculture minister has ordered people illegally occupying formerly white-owned commercial farms to vacate, nearly two decades after violent land grabs led by ousted ex-president Robert Mugabe, state media said Thursday.

Belgium ends extradition case against Catalan leader

Brussels - A Belgian court formally closed extradition proceedings against deposed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday, after Spain dropped the European arrest warrant against him.

US presses Thailand to downgrade ties with North Korea

Bangkok - The US has urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea, a senior Thai official said Thursday after meeting with an American envoy, as the Trump administration pushes ahead with a global campaign to further isolate the nuclear...

N. Korean defector pleads to return at UN event

Seoul - A North Korean defector interrupted a United Nations human rights press conference in Seoul on Thursday to plead tearfully to be allowed to go back to her relatives in Pyongyang.

Kurz eyes Austrian government before Christmas

Vienna - Austria's political "wunderkind" Sebastian Kurz, 31, said Thursday he hopes to form a coalition with the far-right before Christmas, with media speculating a deal could be done this weekend.

S. Korea prosecutors seek 25 years for ex-president's friend

Seoul - The powerful secret confidante at the centre of the sprawling corruption scandal that brought down South Korean president Park Geun-Hye should spend the next quarter of a century in prison, prosecutors demanded Thursday.

Fortified by family and China cash, Cambodia's strongman digs in

Phnom Penh - Secured by family and party ties, Chinese cash and his own ruthless political instincts, Cambodian strongman Hun Sen has taken a wrecking ball to the kingdom's fragile democracy in a campaign to extend his 32-year rule.

Marvel or mishap? Hong Kong's troubled mega bridge

Hong Kong - Billed as the world's longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, it has been touted by supporters as an engineering wonder.

Embittered in crisis, Catalan separatists raise spectre of Franco

Madrid - As their crucial regional election nears, separatists in Catalonia are accusing the Spanish government of acting like the late dictator Francisco Franco, in a country that has yet to heal the wounds of his regime.

Putin says Russians will reject opposition 'coup' at annual press conference

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the opposition was hoping for a "coup", during a marathon press conference that marked his first major public appearance since announcing he would seek a new six-year term in elections next year.

Weakened and divided, S.Africa's ANC to elect a new leader

Johanesburg - South Africa's ruling ANC party holds a conference starting Saturday to elect its new leader in a hotly contested two-way race seen as a pivotal moment in the country's post-apartheid history.

Bannon fuels Republican ire after Alabama Senate loss

Washington - As Democrats reveled in a stunning Senate win in Alabama, mainstream Republicans wasted no time in blaming a powerful strategist for the party's disastrous political setback: anti-establishment rabble-rouser Steve Bannon.

Ecuador's VP handed 6 years in prison in Odebrecht graft case

Quito - Ecuador's vice president, Jorge Glas, was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for receiving illegal kickbacks from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Brazilian president undergoes urological surgery

Bras - Brazilian President Michel Temer successfully underwent surgery Wednesday to resolve urethral obstruction, the presidency said.

Dublin councillors revoke Suu Kyi award in protest

London - Dublin councillors on Wednesday voted to revoke an award given to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to protest her handling of violence against Rohingya Muslims in her country, Irish media reported.

Romania's lower house passes controversial judicial reforms

Bucharest - Romania's lower house of parliament on Wednesday passed two controversial reforms which the opposition says risk limiting judicial independence and weakening the fight against corruption.

Polish regulator defends TV channel's fine after US 'concern'

Warsaw - Poland's broadcasting regulator moved Wednesday to justify its 350,000 euro ($410,000) fine for the American-owned television station TVN24, after the decision drew criticism from the US State Department and a media watchdog.
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