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Russia repeating Georgia and Moldova formula in Ukraine: analysts

Moscow - Russia aims to employ the well-tested strategy it used to destabilise its neighbours Georgia and Moldova, and with separatists gaining ground it looks like Moscow will succeed again, analysts said.

Romance blossoms between German, French leaders in TV film

Berlin - Imagine the president of France bringing the German chancellor croissants for breakfast after an all-night summit between the sheets.

Yemen president to replace govt, cut fuel hike

Sanaa - President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi is to replace Yemen's unity government and cut a controversial fuel price hike, two demands of Shiite Huthi rebels, in an initiative announced Tuesday.

Israel finance minister warns land grab eroding support

Jerusalem - Finance Minister Yair Lapid warned Tuesday that Israel was eroding its international support after Washington joined a chorus of criticism of its biggest grab of Palestinian land since the 1980s.

French court to make privacy ruling on Hollande affair actress snap

Nanterre - A French court is set to decide Tuesday whether actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande made waves worldwide, had her privacy breached by a photographer who snapped her in her car.

Pakistan minister condemns protests as lawmakers back PM

Islamabad - Pakistan's interior minister on Tuesday slammed violent anti-government protests as a "revolt against the state" as lawmakers backed beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Hong Kong pro-democracy group admits likely defeat

Hong Kong - Organisers of a pro-democracy group who vowed to take over Hong Kong's streets admitted Tuesday they were powerless to change China's plan to vet candidates for the city's next leader, but said their protest would go ahead.

China calls for Britain to scrap Hong Kong inquiry: Report

London - Chinese authorities have demanded Britain drop an inquiry into the progress of democratic reforms in Hong Kong, accusing it of "highly inappropriate" interference in its affairs, the BBC reports.

Ukraine tension sparks questions over French warship sale to Russia

Paris - Fresh tensions with Russia over Ukraine have sparked renewed agonising in France about the sale of two Mistral-class warships to Moscow that has already drawn sharp criticism from London and Washington.

Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at U.S.

Havana - Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday, accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS.

10 Libya troops killed in clashes with jihadists

Benghazi - Jihadist gunmen clashed on Monday with Libyan troops in Benghazi, killing 10 soldiers, as the Islamists tried to advance on an airport in the eastern city, the army said.

Turkey detains dozens of police in new swoop against Erdogan foes

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Monday detained some two dozen police officers in new nationwide raids over an alleged plot to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

China universities vow ideology clampdown on staff, students

Beijing - Three top Chinese universities have vowed to tighten "ideological" control over students and teachers, as a wider clampdown on free expression in the country intensifies.

Tripoli under militia control as Libya chaos deepens

Tripoli - Libya's toothless outgoing government admitted Monday from its safe refuge in the east of the country that it has in effect lost control of Tripoli to armed militias.

'Blair-like' PM divides French Socialists

Paris - Splits in France's ruling Socialist Party, which sparked an emergency government reshuffle last week, continue to widen as members on the left flank snipe at a prime minister they see as attempting a "Tony Blair"-style lurch to the right.

Iran FM to meet EU's Ashton in Brussels Monday

Brussels - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to hold talks with top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton in Brussels Monday, following fresh US sanctions on entities linked to Tehran's nuclear programme.

Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV

Islamabad - Hundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan's government briefly seized the state broadcaster on Monday, intensifying the fortnight-long political crisis that has gripped the nuclear-armed nation.

Hong Kong activists in fightback after China vote decision

Hong Kong - Hong Kong pro-democracy activists heckled a top Chinese official Monday, setting the stage for disruptive protests against the mainland's landmark decision to limit voting reforms, but Beijing insisted that there would be no turning back.

Pakistan army calls on government, protesters to end crisis

Islamabad - Pakistan's powerful army called on the government and protesters to resolve their differences peacefully Sunday night but ominously warned it was "committed to playing its part in ensuring security of the state", after clashes left three dead.

Catalan anti-independence enclave clings to Spain

Badalona - Red and yellow Spanish flags fly proudly in the town of Badalona as thousands flock to watch the national basketball team play.

HK activists promise civil disobedience campaign

Hong Kong - Hong Kong democracy activists vowed Sunday to embark on an "era of civil disobedience" including mass sit-ins after China announced rules giving it control over candidates in the city's next leadership election.

Pakistan's Khan vows to fight on despite deadly clashes

Islamabad - Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan vowed Sunday to protest "until the last breath" as ongoing clashes between his supporters and police outside the prime minister's residence left three dead and hundreds injured.

230 injured as police clash with protesters in Islamabad

Islamabad - At least 230 people were wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, hospital officials said Sunday, as a fortnight-long political impasse took a violent turn.

Tusk: Unflappable leader who has steered Poland through crisis

Warsaw - Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk is a pro-European free marketeer who has earned the reputation of being an unflappable leader able to turn even the most difficult situations to his advantage.

Mogherini: Italy's young rising star

Rome - Italy's Federica Mogherini, named the European Union's new foreign policy chief on Saturday, is a member of what Prime Minister Matteo Renzi calls the up-and-coming "Erasmus generation".

Iran says fresh US sanctions have deepened mistrust

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday condemned a new round of American sanctions linked to his country's nuclear activities, saying mistrust had been "further deepened" by the fresh measures.

At least 50 injured as police clash with protesters in Islamabad

Islamabad - At least 50 people were injured in clashes between police and opposition protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad Saturday, officials said, with the toll expected to rise as fighting continues.

Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems

Taipei - Taiwan plans to spend Tw$74.8 billion ($2.5 billion) in the next nine years to acquire anti-missile systems to boost its aerial defences against China, a lawmaker and media said Saturday.

Huge rival protests in Yemen capital amid UN warning

Sanaa - Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen's Shiite rebels rallied Friday in Sanaa to press for the government to step down, as a large number of its backers held a counter-demonstration.

New Turkish top diplomat: Pro-EU Erdogan ally with daunting task

Istanbul - Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was on Friday named as the new Turkish foreign minister, is a strong supporter of Turkey's integration with the European Union as well as part of the inner circle of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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