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Erdogan hopes Afrin will be 'totally encircled' by evening, not seized: presidency

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes Turkish forces will have completely encircled Afrin by Wednesday evening, a presidential source said, clarifying his earlier comments in a speech indicating the Kurdish-held Syrian city would fall by then.

Hollande's presidency marked by terrorism, love scandal

Paris - Dogged by France's stubbornly high unemployment throughout his presidency, Francois Hollande also faced an unprecedented wave of jihadist attacks, violent protests over labour reforms and public airing of his tangled private life.

Hollande's presidency marked by terrorism, love scandal

Paris - Dogged by France's stubbornly high unemployment throughout his presidency, Francois Hollande also faced an unprecedented wave of jihadist attacks, violent protests over labour reforms and public airing of his tangled private life.

Ex-army head Aoun tipped for Lebanon presidency

Birut - Lebanon's powerful ex-premier Saad Hariri is expected to endorse Hezbollah ally Michel Aoun for president, a post that has been vacant for almost 30 months, a senior politician said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: No surprise that some Dems tried to derail Sanders bid

Washington - Does it really come as a surprise to anyone that establishment Democrats tried to derail the upstart presidential primary campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Ver.)?

Britain relinquishes rotating EU presidency planned for 2017

London - Britain will no longer take on the rotating EU presidency as planned next year, relinquishing the role following the Brexit vote, Prime Minister Theresa May's office said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Bob Arum's wish for Manny Pacquiao getting closer to reality

About five years ago, Bob Arum disclosed to media his wish for Manny Pacquiao and if that wish comes true in the future, it will be the biggest achievement of his career as boxing promoter spanning more than 50 years.

In Lebanon, childhood friend of Assad touted for president

Birut - After more than a year of failing to elect a president, Lebanon's fractured politicians may finally be rallying behind a candidate -- a childhood friend of Syria's leader Bashar al-Assad.

Latvia to choose president in controversial 'black box' vote

Riga - Latvia's parliament votes for a new president on Wednesday as the small Baltic NATO and eurozone member weighs security concerns amid heightened tensions with Soviet-era master Russia.

Latvia to grapple with Russia as it takes over EU presidency

Riga - Latvia takes over as European Union president on Thursday, putting it on the front line of negotiations with neighbouring Russia over the deadly crisis in Ukraine.

Video: Marco Rubio builds his platform in bid for presidency

Marco Rubio is building a platform around conservatives as well as single mothers, working families and fresh college graduates. Can he stack up to the many strong competitors he will be facing?

Op-Ed: What Bill Clinton forgot about Manny Pacquiao's political plan

Rep. Manny Pacquiao and former US President Bill Clinton had a "missed encounter" on the set of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" early this week and they talked a bit about politics with Clinton seemingly endorsing Pacquiao for president of the Philippines.

Parties agree road map for Cyprus talks

Nicosia - The Greek and Turkish Cypriots have agreed on a road map prepared by the UN to resume talks on a reunification of the island, the Northern Turkish presidency said Friday.

Sisi presidential bid 'misinterpreted' by Kuwaiti paper

Cairo - Egypt's army said Thursday a Kuwaiti newspaper "misinterpreted" comments by its chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, that he will run for the presidency, saying he will make an announcement directly to the Egyptian people.

Egypt army chief Sisi says to run for president: Kuwait paper

Al Kuwait - Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in comments published in a Kuwait paper Thursday he has decided to run in the presidential election scheduled for April.

Egypt presidency hails 'high turnout' in key referendum

Cairo - Egypt's presidency hailed on Thursday the "high turnout" in a constitutional referendum, billed by the military-installed government as an endorsement of the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Obama wins Ohio and four more years as U.S. President

It's been confirmed Americans have reelected President Obama back to the White House. The Republicans maintain control of the House, while the Democrats remain the majority in the Senate.

3rd-party candidate US presidential debates to be broadcast live

Chicago - Believe it or not, there are more than two people in the race for the US Presidency. Despite a blackout from the mainstream media and the political establishment, there will be a platform for the major third-party candidates next week.

Socialist Hollande beats Sarkozy in French Election

Francois Hollande, a French socialist, has won the French presidency with a clear victory in the recent election, gaining an estimated 52% of votes.

Hungarian civil society group defends media law Special

Budapest - Hungary’s two-week-old EU presidency has been characterised by a furor over a new media law that has been claimed to herald “the end of a free media” in the country. More than 1,000 civil society groups disagree.

Rousseff sworn in as Brazil's first female president

Brazilia - Amidst the tears and cheers, Dilma Rousseff was sworn in as Brazil's first female president in an inauguration ceremony held Saturday.

Billionaire Donald Trump may join US presidential race in 2012

US billionaire Donald Trump is considering running for the US presidency as a Republican Party candidate in the 2012 presidential elections.

Palin considering presidential bid, says she could beat Obama

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is seriously considering running for the Republican Party nomination for the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

Brazil elects first woman president

Brazil has elected the country's first woman president in a closely fought election. Dilma Rousseff beat former Sao Paulo state governor Jose Serra in a runoff with 55 percent of the vote, according to an official tally of 95 percent of ballots.

Néstor Kirchner, former Argentinian President, dies

El Calafate - Former President Néstor Kirchner, husband of current Argentina President Cristina Fernández, died this morning in the city of El Calafate, Santa Cruz, following a cardiac arrest.

Wyclef Jean confirms he'll run for Haitian Presidency

Former Fugees star Wyclef Jean will end the recent speculation tonight when he appears on the Larry King Show to confirm that he will be running for the Haitian Presidency. The elections will run in November.

Op-Ed: Demoralizing America

America is shuddering in a struggle to shake off a recession, just as it is told the recession might morph into a depression.

Oil-rich Nigeria swears in a new President, Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria's ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua died last night following a long illness. Goodluck Jonathan, who took over for him last February, has already been sworn in as the new President.

Italian PM endorses Tony Blair for EU presidency

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has received the backing of Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi as a candidate to become president of the EU.

Arroyo Keeps Friends And Foes Alike Guessing Special

Delivering what was supposed to be her last State of the Nation Address Monday, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo kept enemies and friends guessing as to her political plans in 2010—when she is supposed to step down from the presidency.
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