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French far-right family rivalries exposed at May Day rallies

Paris - There were barely enough statues of Joan of Arc to go around in Paris on Sunday as feuding factions of France's far-right National Front (FN) held rival May Day rallies at the feet of their heroine.

French far-right family rivalries exposed at May Day rallies

Paris - There were barely enough statues of Joan of Arc to go around in Paris on Sunday as feuding factions of France's far-right National Front (FN) held rival May Day rallies at the feet of their heroine.

Turkey police clamp down on May Day protests

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday clamped down on unauthorised protests during a tense May Day in Istanbul, using tear gas and water cannon against demonstrators and imposing a heavy security blanket on the city.

Germany's right-wing AfD to adopt anti-Islam manifesto

Stuttgart - Germany's right-wing populist AfD was Sunday set to adopt a party manifesto calling for sharp restrictions on immigration and the practice of Islam, as a poll showed it is now the country's third strongest party.

Iran parliament urges ballistic missile improvements

Tehran - Iran's outgoing parliament approved a motion Sunday to increase the capabilities of the country's ballistic missiles, a military programme that has been ruled dangerous by the United Nations.

Labour reforms fire up May Day rallies in France, S. Korea

Paris - France braced Sunday for violence at May Day rallies where workers are fired up over labour reforms, while similar fears of eroding rights sent tens of thousands into the streets of South Korea.

Venezuelan president decrees 30 pct minimum wage boost

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro, speaking in a national broadcast on the eve of International Workers' Day, decreed a 30 percent increase in the minimum wage for Venezuelan workers.

Protesters in Green Zone, Iraq PM calls for punishment of rioters

Baghdad - Thousands of protesters were inside Baghdad's Green Zone on Sunday after breaking into the fortified area and storming parliament, as Iraq's premier called for rioters to be pursued and punished.

'Obama out': president gets in final laughs with US media

Washington - President Barack Obama cracked jokes and poked fun at rivals Saturday in his last appearance as US leader at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, ending his performance with a mic drop and the words "Obama out.

A coronation for North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

Seoul - After four years of top-level reshuffles, purges and executions, Kim Jong-Un will formally cement his unassailable status as North Korea's supreme leader at a landmark ruling party congress this week.

A coronation for North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

Seoul - After four years of top-level reshuffles, purges and executions, Kim Jong-Un will formally cement his unassailable status as North Korea's supreme leader at a landmark ruling party congress this week.

A coronation for North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

Seoul - After four years of top-level reshuffles, purges and executions, Kim Jong-Un will formally cement his unassailable status as North Korea's supreme leader at a landmark ruling party congress this week.

Crisis-hit Venezuela pushes clocks forward to save power

Caracas - With their country gripped by an economic crisis, Venezuelans lost half an hour of sleep early Sunday as their clocks were moved forward to save power on President Nicolas Maduro's order.

From NY to LA, street art blooms for U.S. presidential candidates

Los Angeles - Many Americans are taking to canvas and poster board this year to express their political thoughts through depictions -- sometimes unflattering -- of presidential hopefuls like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Serbian opposition rallies against electoral 'fraud'

Belgrade - More than 1,000 people protested in Belgrade on Saturday against alleged electoral "fraud" at polls last weekend, at a rally organised by Serbia's main opposition parties.

Protesters start leaving Iraq parliament: AFP photographer

Baghdad - Iraqi protesters, most of them supporters of powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, were leaving the parliament building they stormed earlier on Saturday, an AFP photographer reported.

Palestinians seek Eurovision apology over banned flag

Ramallah - A senior Palestinian official Saturday demanded an apology from Eurovision song contest organisers after the Palestinian flag was among a list of banned banners at next month's event in Sweden.

Protesters storm parliament in Iraq's Green Zone

Baghdad - Thousands of angry protesters broke into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone area on Saturday and stormed the Iraqi parliament building after lawmakers again failed to approve new ministers.

London ex-mayor Livingstone defends Hitler comments

London - Former London mayor Ken Livingstone said on Saturday he regretted a row over anti-Semitism that has rocked Britain's opposition Labour party, but refused to withdraw comments linking Hitler to Zionism.

Clashes, arrests as protesters seek to disrupt German right-wing congress

Stuttgart - German riot police on Saturday briefly detained some 500 protesters as clashes erupted outside a meeting of the right-wing populist AfD party, which is set to adopt an anti-Islamic manifesto amid a rise in European anti-migrant groups.

Bomb attack on pilgrims kills 23 in Iraq as hundreds protest

Baghdad - A car bomb targeting Shiite pilgrims killed at least 23 people near Baghdad on Saturday, as hundreds protested in the capital for reforms and parliament made another attempt to reshuffle the cabinet.

Bomb attack on pilgrims kills 23 in Iraq as hundreds protest

Baghdad - A car bomb targeting Shiite pilgrims killed at least 23 people near Baghdad on Saturday, as hundreds protested in the capital for reforms and parliament made another attempt to reshuffle the cabinet.

The lonely struggle of missing Mexican students' parents

- There were no tears and their faces were hardened by 19 months of grief and anger as the parents of 43 Mexican students who vanished in 2014 marched in the capital.

Obama hosts jazz concert at 'Blues House'

Washington - For a few hours on Friday, the White House became the Blues House.Musicians including Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aretha Franklin and Hugh Masekela joined US President Barack Obama for a special concert to celebrate International Jazz Day.

Hair left half-cut in Venezuela electricity chaos

Maracaibo - Carmela de la Hoz sent a customer away with his hair half cut when the power went off in her salon. The customer will be back -- but so will the blackouts.

Britain's Labour under pressure in anti-Semitism row

London - Britain's Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday faced intense pressure over alleged anti-Semitism in his party less than a week before his leadership is tested by local elections.

Protesting Venezuela opposition leader attacked

Caracas - Supporters of Venezuela's socialist government attacked a senior opposition leader with fists and stones Friday when he was demonstrating against the country's emergency power cuts.

Who are France's masked cobblestone throwers? Opinions abound

Paris - French political activists agree with the government that small groups of "troublemakers" are to blame for violence that has marred many of the protests seen nationwide over the past two months, but their identity is largely a matter of conjecture.

Austrian far-right head donates money to refugees

Vienna - The head of Austria's anti-immigration far-right apologised Friday for claiming a newspaper faked a photo of an anti-refugee protest by his party, donating 9,000 euros ($10,300) to a migrants charity.

Spain bristles at Eurovision ban of Basque flag... alongside IS

Madrid - Spain reacted with fury Friday at the Eurovision's inclusion of the Basque regional flag on a list of banned banners during the song contest, alongside the Islamic State group flag.
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