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Pro-democracy protesters to return to Hong Kong streets

Hong Kong - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters will rally on Hong Kong's streets Sunday for the first time since mass demonstrations shut down parts of the city for more than two months.

Egypt's battle against jihadists will be a long one: Sisi

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Saturday the battle against jihadist insurgents in the Sinai Peninsula would be a long and hard one, as violence there continues unabated.

Chile's Bachelet sends abortion bill to Congress 

Santiago - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday pressed ahead with plans to decriminalize abortion in certain cases, a decades-old taboo in one of Latin America's most socially conservative countries.

Fugitive ex-spy chief surrenders to Colombia

Estanzuela - Colombia's former spy chief Maria del Pilar Hurtado was taken into custody Saturday after her forced return from Panama to face charges for illegal wiretapping and other crimes."She has been at the headquarters of the prosecutor's office since 5 a.m.

Italy's new president: A quiet man marked by tragedy

Rome - Italy's new president is a white-haired Sicilian who might never have got anywhere near the corridors of power but for the Mafia killing of his beloved elder brother.

Sicilian judge Sergio Mattarella elected Italian president

Rome - Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge from Sicily who has come to symbolise Italy's battle against organised crime, was on Saturday elected the country's president.

Weizsaecker, president who helped Germany face past

Berlin - Richard von Weizsaecker, who died Saturday aged 94, was the first president of a reunited Germany and played a leading role in helping the country face up to its Nazi past.

Greece offers olive branch as search for allies begins

Athens - Greece sought to repair relations with its international creditors Saturday as the new anti-austerity government began a charm offensive in European capitals, even as Germany insisted it would not support any debt relief.

Tens of thousands march to support Spanish anti-austerity party

Madrid - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Madrid on Saturday in support of new anti-austerity party Podemos, a week after Greece elected its hard-left ally Syriza.

Obama to appear in public with Dalai Lama

Washington - US President Barack Obama will appear in public at an event attended by the Dalai Lama next week in Washington, the White House said, in a move sure to anger Beijing.

Daughter of L'Oreal tycoon takes the stand in 'exploitation' trial

Bordeaux - Liliane Bettencourt's daughter, who triggered a probe into the alleged exploitation of the elderly L'Oreal heiress, told a French court Friday that her mother's closest confidant was a "con man" bent on destroying her family.

Italy presidential battle heads into third day

Rome - Italy's presidential election will go into a fourth and likely decisive round on Saturday more after two more inconclusive votes on Friday.

Op-Ed: Are liberals healthier than conservatives?

According to some new research, people of a liberal political persuasion tend to live for longer, and healthier, than those more inclined to conservative philosophy.

Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president dies

Sofia - Zhelyu Zhelev, Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president and a humble hero in the toppling of communism, died on Friday aged 79, his family told AFP.

Third time no charm: Romney won't run for president

Washington - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday he will not run for the White House again in 2016, ending weeks of intense speculation that he would mount a third campaign.

Eurogroup chief warns Greece against 'ignoring' bailout deals

Athens - The head of the Eurogroup warned on Friday that Greece could not ignore its international obligations, after a first meeting with the new anti-austerity government which wants to renegotiate its multi-billion-euro bailout.

Turkey's Erdogan says he's no sultan — but more like British Queen

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off criticism that he's trying to amass sultan-like powers, saying he really just wants to be more like Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Burundi rivals hold talks to ease pre-vote tensions

Bujumbura - Burundi's ruling party has said it is "ready for compromise" with the opposition to ensure peaceful elections, as warnings mount of the risk of violence in the upcoming key polls.

Britain pays tribute to Churchill as legacy lives on

London - Fifty years after Winston Churchill's death, Britain on Friday paid tribute to its wartime prime minister, who remains a touchstone of political life and a reminder of a faded age of global influence.

New Greek government steps up battle with creditors

Athens - Greece's new government dramatically escalated its battle with the country's international creditors, saying it would no longer meet with EU and IMF auditors and rejecting fresh loans offered for February.Athens had been promised another 7.

Obama backs spending increase, hits Republicans

Washington - A combative US President Barack Obama unveiled plans to increase government spending, in defiance of his Republican opponents controlling Congress.

Obama clash looms after Senate passes Keystone

Washington - The US Senate on Thursday approved a bill authorizing construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the United States, a Republican priority that faces a presidential veto.

PM backs anti-mafia figure for Italy President

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday backed a little-known Constitutional Court judge, whose brother was slain by the mafia, to be Italy's next president.

EU, Germany warn Greece over debt reduction ambitions

Athens - The European Union and Germany warned Greece's radical new left-wing government Thursday that there is little support for a reduction in its massive debts, on the eve of its first talks with its eurozone partners.

Gorbachev warns of risk of armed conflict in new Cold War

Moscow - The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Friday accused the United States of drawing Russia into a new Cold War and said he feared hostilities could escalate into armed conflict.

Greek government to hold first talks with EU leaders

Athens - Greece's radical new government is to hold its first talks with a foreign dignitary on Thursday, hosting the head of the European parliament a day after announcing moves to roll back austerity measures.

Italy launches search for a new president

Rome - Italy's parliament meets Thursday to begin selecting a new president with the race apparently wide open and much at stake for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who is keen on having a friendly figure installed as head of state.

Romney, mulling 2016 run, jabs Clinton and Obama

Washington - Mitt Romney, considering another presidential run, took swipes at potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton on Wednesday for "cluelessly" conducting foreign policy, and said Barack Obama's brand of economics is hurting Americans.

Fidel Castro in 'very good health': Brazil activist

Havana - Fidel Castro is "in very good health," a Brazilian activist said Wednesday, a day after meeting the former Cuban leader after weeks of feverish speculation concerning the 88-year-old's medical condition.

Cleaning ladies first winners in new anti-austerity Greece

Athens - The reinstatement of the cleaning ladies at Greece's finance ministry was perhaps the most symbolic measure announced by the new anti-austerity government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday.
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.