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Contenders jockeying to replace British PM

London - The race to replace Theresa May as British prime minister opened Saturday with more contenders joining a crowded field vying for the top political job. Here is a look at some of the top names.

Former Brexit secretary Raab joing UK leadership race

London - Britain's eurosceptic former Brexit secretary Domic Raab on Saturday entered the race to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, vowing to leave the EU with or without a divorce deal.

Hezbollah warns US plan could naturalise Palestinian diaspora

Beirut - The head of Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah warned Saturday that a long-delayed US peace plan could see Palestinian refugees permanently settled in host countries across the region.

Trump proposes to revoke transgender health protections

Washington - The Trump administration moved Friday to revoke newly won health care discrimination protections for transgender people, part of a series of actions that aim to reverse gains by LGBTQ Americans in areas ranging from the military to housing and education.

Federal judge blocks use of military funds for Trump border wall

A California federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from using $1 billion diverted from military accounts, including pay and pension funds, to begin border wall construction.

India's opposition Congress backs Gandhi after poll defeat

New Delhi - Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, offered to resign Saturday after his Congress party was trounced in a second straight national election but the gesture was rejected, party officials said.

UK leadership hopefuls vow to succeed where May failed on Brexit

London - The race to become Britain's next premier opened in earnest Saturday with an array of hopefuls promising to succeed where Theresa May failed and finally pull the divided country out of the EU.

UK leadership hopefuls vow to succeed where May failed on Brexit

London - The race to become Britain's next premier opened in earnest Saturday with an array of hopefuls promising to succeed where Theresa May failed and finally pull the divided country out of the EU.

UK leadership hopefuls vow to succeed where May failed on Brexit

London - The race to become Britain's next premier opened in earnest Saturday with an array of hopefuls promising to succeed where Theresa May failed and finally pull the divided country out of the EU.

US orders new troops to Middle East to counter Iran 'threat'

Washington - The United States said it was deploying 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East to counter "credible threats" from Iran in a move denounced by Tehran on Saturday as "a threat to international peace".

EU vote faces new covert digital threats: report

Paris - New players are exploiting internet lawlessness to disrupt democracy at this week's European elections, says a new report that points a finger at far-right populists and cyber militias.

Iran says US troop boost 'threat to international peace'

Tehran - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday a US decision to deploy 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East is a "threat to international peace," state media reported.

Migrants dropped at US bus stations as Border Patrol shelters overflow

San Bernardino - The three white vans bearing the Border Patrol logo slowly make their way into a back alley next to the Greyhound bus station in the city of San Bernardino, east of Los Angeles.

US judge blocks Mississippi 'heartbeat' abortion ban

Washington - A US federal judge Friday blocked Mississippi's strict abortion law which would have banned the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy.

Spain fights to revive international reputation

Madrid - Spain is fighting to improve its international reputation, which has taken a hit from criticism of its handling of Catalonia's independence bid and its colonial past.

Ramaphosa sworn-in as president of South Africa vowing 'new era'

Pretoria - Cyril Ramaphosa vowed a "new era" Saturday after he was sworn in as president of South Africa at a colourful ceremony in the capital, as he looks to revitalise his push to revive the economy and fight corruption.

US judge deals blow to Trump's border wall plans

Washington - A US federal judge dealt a blow Friday to President Donald Trump's signature wall project, issuing a temporary injunction against using Defense Department funds to pay for barriers on the border with Mexico.

Race to replace May leaves Brexit in limbo

London - Contenders to succeed Theresa May as Britain's prime minister prepared to launch their leadership campaigns on Saturday, leaving Brexit shrouded in uncertainty.

'I feel badly for Theresa' — world reacts to May resignation

London - Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation looks likely to make Britain's looming departure from the EU even more difficult, with some suggesting a hard or "no-deal" Brexit is now almost inevitable.

Russian army helping Venezuela amid US 'threats': Moscow's ambassador

Moscow - Russian troops in Venezuela are helping President Nicolas Maduro's embattled regime prepare in the face of the "threat of the use of force" by the US, Moscow's ambassador to Caracas told AFP Friday.

Disgraced Austria far-right leader files complaints over video

Vienna - Austria's former vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache said Friday he had filed legal complaints against three people over a hidden-camera video, which forced the far-right politician to resign in disgrace last week and brought down the coalition gov...

NASA official quits weeks after being chosen to lead moon mission

Washington - A top NASA official appointed the head of strategy for the space agency’s planned mission to the moon in 2024 quit his role on Wednesday, just weeks after starting the job.

Algeria police cordon off key protest site in show of force

Alger - Algerian police on Friday threw up a tight cordon around a key protest site, arresting dozens of demonstrators in the biggest show of force in 14 weeks of mass demonstrations.

Spanish parliament suspends four jailed Catalan MPs

Madrid - Spain's parliament on Friday suspended the mandates of four Catalan lawmakers who were elected while in custody and remain on trial over their role in the region's failed 2017 separatist bid.

Campaigning kicks off for Ukraine early parliamentary polls

Kiev - Campaigning for Ukraine's snap parliamentary polls began Friday as comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky seeks to cement his grip on power.

Youths rally across Europe in pre-vote climate protest

Berlin - Hundreds of thousands of young climate activists rallied across Europe Friday ahead of EU Parliament elections as part of protests worldwide demanding action against global warming.

Tearful May calls time on premiership overshadowed by Brexit

London - Her voice breaking, Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation on Friday after three years of Brexit turmoil, dramatically increasing the likelihood of Britain crashing out of the EU within months.

Hong Kong leader slams Germany for giving asylum to runaway duo

Fpo - Hong Kong's leader lashed out at Germany Friday for granting asylum to two fugitives involved in a violent 2016 political protest, summoning Berlin's envoy for an explanation.

Youths rally in climate protest before EU vote

Berlin - Tens of thousands of young climate activists rallied in Germany on Friday in the latest mass protest demanding urgent action against global warming, ahead of the weekend's European Parliamentary elections.

US ambassador snubs top Russia forum over investor's arrest

Moscow - The US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman will boycott Russia's annual showcase economic forum in Saint Petersburg next month over the prosecution of a top American investor, the embassy said Friday.
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