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U.S. vice president begins official visit to Ireland

Dublin - United States Vice-President Joe Biden arrived in Dublin on Tuesday evening for a six-day official visit to Ireland that will include tours of the birthplaces of his ancestors and meetings with local leaders.

Haiti power vacuum looms as interim president's mandate ends

Port-au-prince - Haiti faced a new power vacuum Wednesday after interim president Jocelerme Privert's mandate ended with no formal solution to the country's immediate political crisis, lawmakers said.

Op-Ed: Sanders and Clinton try to get on same page for November

Washington - News that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic Party nominee for the White House in November, and primary challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders would meet Tuesday to discuss the future raises the question of what took so long.

Popular president Gauck fighter for liberal Germany

Berlin - Joachim Gauck made his name as a human rights activist under communism and later restored the relevance of the president's ceremonial office with bold stands on the refugee crisis and Germany's growing role on the world stage.

Hunt for new president puts Merkel on election footing

Berlin - German President Joachim Gauck said Monday that he would not stand for a second term, creating a political headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of an election year.

Taiwan's ex-president Ma faces lawsuits as immunity ends

Taipei - Dozens of lawsuits brought against former Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou reopened Saturday as his presidential immunity lapsed after the island swore in its new leader.

Tajikistan leader creates holiday in his own honour

Dushanbe - Tajikistan's President Emomali Rakhmon on Saturday signed a law to create a holiday honouring his autocratic rule in a move that fuels fears of a burgeoning personality cult in the Central Asian state.

Panama Papers is a fight between world powers, says Panama leader

Panama - The Panama Papers revealing offshore secrets of the wealthy is really the result of a behind-the-scenes fight of big global powers, Panama's president said on Monday.

First round of French presidential vote set for April 23 2017

Paris - The first round of France's presidential election has been set for April 23 next year and the second round for May 7, government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Wednesday, with legislative elections to follow in June 2017.

Austrian far-right triumphs in presidential vote

Vienna - Austria's anti-immigration far-right triumphed Sunday in the first round of a presidential poll, in a historic defeat for the traditionally powerful governing coalition parties two years before the next scheduled general election.

Austrian ruling parties set for bloody nose

Vienna - Austrians voted Sunday in the first round of a presidential election expected to mark a historic break with the cosy post-war political establishment at the hands of the anti-immigration far-right and the Greens.

Bernie Sanders to offer economic address at papal conference

Vatican City - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will break from the campaign trail just days ahead of the pivotal New York primary to accept an invitation from the Pope to speak about income inequality.

Sudan's Bashir says to step down in 2020

Khartoum - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said that he will step down in 2020 after his current term in office ends."In 2020, there will be a new president and I will be an ex-president," Bashir said in an interview with the BBC broadcast on Thursday.

Kosovo's former premier Thaci becomes president

Pristina - Kosovo's powerful former premier Hashim Thaci was sworn in as president Thursday in a session boycotted by opposition parties which dispute his election to the top job.

Iceland PM asks to dissolve parliament, president refuses

Reykjav - Iceland's prime minister on Tuesday asked the president to dissolve parliament as his government reeled from a political crisis over the so-called Panama Papers, but the president refused.

EgyptAir hijacking 'not terrorism-related': Cyprus president

Nicosia - The hijacking of an EgyptAir plane to Cyprus on Tuesday is not related to terrorism, the island's President Nicos Anastasiades said.

Angola leader dos Santos says to quit after 36 years in office

Luanda - Angola's powerful veteran President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Africa's second-longest serving leader after 36 years at the helm, on Friday said he would leave politics in 2018, after his current mandate ends.

Kosovo's Hashim Thaci: from rebel leader to president-elect

Pristina - Hashim Thaci, elected Kosovo's new president on Friday, is a former insurgent known as the "Snake" who swapped combat fatigues for a politician's suit and now dreams of taking Kosovo into the European Union.

Outgoing Myanmar president cancels U.S. visit to monitor political transition

Yangon - Myanmar's outgoing president has scrapped a planned trip to the US next week in order to oversee the power hand-off to Aung San Suu Kyi's new government, a presidential spokesman told AFP Saturday.

Myanmar presidential nominees to be named March 17

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar will not discover who its new president will be until at least mid-March, an official said Monday, as speculation swirls over who will serve as proxy for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

U.S. Air Force, Boeing begin work on new Air Force One

Washington - Air force officials and Boeing engineers have started the years-long process of replacing Air Force One, the legendary aircraft that whisks the American president and his entourage around the world.

Man's obituary asks voters not to vote for Donald Trump

Pittsburgh - A Pittsurgh man's obituary is asking voters to not vote for businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Conservative TV pundit tipped to capture Portugal's presidency

Lisbon - Popular TV pundit Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is expected to win Sunday's presidential election in Portugal, which would give him the power of life or death over the nation's fragile ruling alliance.

S. Korea president urges tough global response to North's test

Seoul - South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Wednesday pushed China to back harsh sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest nuclear test, as troops fired at a suspected North Korean drone that crossed the tense inter-Korean border.

S.Korea president urges tough global response to North's test

Seoul - South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Wednesday urged the international community, and in particular China, to ensure that North Korea receives the strongest possible punishment for its latest nuclear test.

Two ex-PMs to vie for C.Africa presidency in 2nd round

Bangui - Two former Central African Republic premiers, Anicet Georges Dologuele and Faustin Archange Touadera, will vie for the presidency of the strife-torn nation in the final January 31 round of elections, provisional results showed Thursday.

Tajikistan parliament votes to name president 'leader of nation'

Dushanbe - Tajikistan's parliament on Wednesday unanimously voted to grant President Emomali Rakhmon the title 'Leader of the Nation' for life, reinforcing his blossoming personality cult in the ex-Soviet state.

Former S. Korean president Kim Young-Sam dies at 87

Seoul - Former South Korean President Kim Young-Sam, whose election pulled down the final curtain on more than 30 years of military rule, died on Sunday, hospital officials said. He was 87.

Laughter at the White House as Siri interrupts press conference

Siri interrupted a press conference at the White House earlier today by unexpectedly bursting into a questioning session and saying "I'm not sure what you want me to change." The incident, captured on video, completely destroyed the formal atmosphere.

Guatemalan president refuses to quit over graft scandal

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Otto Perez said he will not resign and rejected allegations that he was one of the ringleaders of a corruption scandal shaking the country.
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