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German MPs approve partial burqa ban, security measures

Berlin - German lawmakers on Thursday approved a partial ban on the full-face burqa Islamic veil and a package of security measures aimed at preventing extremist attacks.

Czech PM takes on finance minister as election battle heats up

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Thursday demanded that his billionaire Finance Minister Andrej Babis, a leading candidate in October elections, explain past business activities amid media speculation he could be axed.

Violence erupts as protesters storm Macedonia parliament

Skopje - Macedonia's opposition leader was among at least 10 people injured in parliament Thursday after protesters stormed the building following an allegedly unfair vote for a parliamentary speaker, witnesses and local media reported.

Violence erupts as protesters storm Macedonia parliament

Skopje - Macedonia's opposition leader was among at least 10 people injured in parliament Thursday after protesters stormed the building following an allegedly unfair vote for a parliamentary speaker, witnesses and local media reported.

Violence erupts as protesters storm Macedonia parliament

Skopje - Macedonia's opposition leader was among at least 10 people injured in parliament Thursday after protesters stormed the building following an allegedly unfair vote for a parliamentary speaker, witnesses and local media reported.

Russian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin's principal opponent Alexei Navalny was briefly hospitalised Thursday after being hit in the eye by green dye that he said had damaged his cornea.

Facebook steps up fight on state-led propaganda

Washington - Facebook said Thursday it is stepping up its security to counter efforts by governments and others to spread misinformation or manipulate discussions for political reasons.

Pentagon probes Trump's former national security advisor Flynn

Washington - The Pentagon said Thursday it is investigating President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn over payments he received from Russian government-linked firms.

Merkel, May draw Brexit battle lines

London - Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday accused the other 27 EU countries of lining up to oppose Britain over Brexit after Germany's Angela Merkel said the UK should have no "illusions" over the exit process.

'Venezuela is a mess,' says Trump

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Thursday he was saddened by the crisis in Venezuela, where waves of anti-government unrest has claimed the lives of 28 people.

Nigeria's presidency plays down Buhari health concerns

Abuja - Nigerian officials on Thursday sought to allay fears about the health of President Muhammadu Buhari after his absence from the last two cabinet meetings.

British government loses court case over air pollution plans

London - Britain's government must publish proposals to tackle air pollution months earlier than it wanted, a top court ruled Thursday, saying the plans cannot be delayed until after June's general election.

EU defence cooperation speeding up: Mogherini

Valletta - EU defence integration is advancing faster than in other areas and could see key decisions made this year to boost cooperation, diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday.

EU defence cooperation speeding up: Mogherini

Valletta - EU defence integration is advancing faster than in other areas and could see key decisions made this year to boost cooperation, diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday.

EU defence cooperation speeding up: Mogherini

Valletta - EU defence integration is advancing faster than in other areas and could see key decisions made this year to boost cooperation, diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday.

Croatia PM sacks ministers amid fresh election talk

Zagreb - Croatia was rocked by the surprise sacking of three ministers from its coalition government Thursday, with the country's prime minister saying he is ready for new elections if necessary.

Russian police raid Khodorkovsky group ahead of protest

Moscow - Russian police on Thursday searched the offices of the Open Russia movement of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which has called a protest against President Vladimir Putin at the weekend.

Russian police raid Khodorkovsky group ahead of protest

Moscow - Russian police on Thursday searched the offices of the Open Russia movement of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which has called a protest against President Vladimir Putin at the weekend.

Russian police raid Khodorkovsky group ahead of protest

Moscow - Russian police on Thursday searched the offices of the Open Russia movement of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which has called a protest against President Vladimir Putin at the weekend.

Venezuela defies international powers, Trump weighs in

Caracas - Venezuela defied international pressure over its deadly political crisis Thursday as European lawmakers accused its government of "brutal repression" and US President Donald Trump called the country "a mess.

Kenya's opposition alliance aims to unseat ruling party

Nairobi - Kenya's opposition lined up Thursday behind a single candidate, veteran political leader Raila Odinga, strengthening their challenge to the government in August's polls.

Raila Odinga: Kenya's tenacious, veteran politician

Nairobi - At an age when most would be retired, Raila Odinga, Kenya's veteran opposition leader and one-time prime minister, is to run again for president -- his fourth bid to become head of state.

Sweden cracks down on illegal workers after truck attack

Stockholm - Sweden on Thursday announced tougher measures against illegal immigration, weeks after the main suspect behind the deadly Stockholm attack was identified as an Uzbek who had ignored a deportation order.

Putin and Abe struggle for progress on island dispute

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday agreed to start flights for former residents to visit a disputed island chain as he and Japanese premier Shinzo Abe again struggled to make progress on a decades-old territorial dispute.

EU parliament slams 'brutal repression' in Venezuela

Brussels - EU lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly condemned "brutal repression" in Venezuela, where anti-government unrest has left 28 people dead this month.

EU Parliament says lost 5 mn euros to alleged Le Pen jobs fraud

Paris - The European Parliament accuses French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's party of defrauding it of nearly five million euros ($5.5 million) in expenses, more than twice an initial estimate, a French legal source said Thursday.

EU-Turkey ties 'severely hit' by Ankara developments: Merkel

Berlin - EU-Turkey relations have been severely hit by actions taken by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday.

NATO chief says Turkey must show 'full respect' for rule of law

Valletta - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Turkey on Thursday it must fully respect legal due process, as Ankara continues to make mass arrests after last July's failed coup.

Police arrest nine more democracy activists in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Nine democracy protesters were arrested in Hong Kong Thursday over an anti-Beijing rally in the latest swoop by police as activists say they are being persecuted.

Trump says to renegotiate NAFTA, no exit for now

Washington - President Donald Trump stopped short Wednesday of pulling out of NAFTA despite earlier threats to exit the trade deal, saying he will renegotiate the agreement with Canada and Mexico.
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