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Austrian president criticises government's asylum proposals

Vienna - Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen used an interview published on Saturday to criticise proposals put forward by the government to make it impossible to claim asylum on European soil.

Mexico turns page on handsome, scandal-stained president

Mexico - Six years after he seduced Mexico with his dashing good looks and promises of sweeping reform, President Enrique Pena Nieto leaves a legacy stained by corruption, violence and human rights violations.

Sergio Mattarella, from quiet academic to steely president

Rome - Italy's President Sergio Mattarella faced down the populist parties seeking to form the country's next government, refusing their eurosceptic nominee for economy minister.

Italian president moots 'neutral' government as crisis lingers

Rome - Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Monday proposed the formation of a "neutral" government to steer the country until December if bickering political parties fail to form a ruling coalition after inconclusive elections in March.

Italian president moots 'neutral' government as crisis lingers

Rome - Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Monday proposed the formation of a "neutral" government to steer the country until December if bickering political parties fail to form a ruling coalition after inconclusive elections in March.

Sri Lanka president to seek fresh term without 'murderers'

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president announced Monday he will not retire at the end of his term despite a previous pledge, and said he will seek to form a new government excluding politicians who have committed murder.

Sri Lanka president suspends parliament

Colombo - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday suspended parliament until next month in a shock move amid a deepening power struggle between him and his unity government's prime minister.

Sri Lanka's PM faces no-confidence motion amid power struggle

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe faced a no-confidence motion on Wednesday that has widened a rift in the ruling coalition and worsened political turmoil in the island nation.

Staunch Suu Kyi ally elected Myanmar president

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's parliament on Wednesday elected a staunch ally of Aung San Suu Kyi as the country's new president, allowing her to maintain a tight grip on top-level decision-making.

Zeman sworn in for second term as Czech president

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman on Thursday was sworn in for a second and final term at a Prague ceremony where the pro-Russian, pro-Chinese and anti-immigration leader used his speech to criticise journalists and rivals.

South African lawmakers choose Ramaphosa as president

Cape Town - South African lawmakers on Thursday selected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country's new president after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own ANC ruling party.

Anastasiades: Cyprus political veteran who fell short of peace deal

Nicosia - Conservative Nicos Anastasiades, elected for a second term as president of Cyprus Sunday, has steered the island out of an economic crisis but failed to clinch a deal to reunify his divided homeland.

E.Guinea president says war being prepared against him

Malabo - The president of Equatorial Guinea said a war is being organised against his regime, days after a government official warned of a "destabilisation attempt".

Ukraine leader open to international Saakashvili probe

Vilnius - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday international experts may help justice officials probe charges that Mikheil Saakashvili, a former Georgian president now active in Ukrainian politics, received illegal Russian funding.

German president urges parties to compromise, end crisis

Berlin - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged political parties Monday to rethink their positions and find compromises to form a government, hours after coalition talks collapsed and plunged Germany into a crisis.

Deadline to enter Czech presidential race passes

Prague - A former Czech prime minister and an ex-head of the Academy of Sciences are seen as the main rivals to incumbent Milos Zeman in the January presidential vote, after the deadline for candidacy passed Tuesday.

Slovenian President Pahor wins election but heads for run-off

Ljubljana - Slovenian President Borut Pahor won Sunday's first round of presidential elections but is heading for a run-off on November 12, partial results showed.

Slovenian 'Instagram president' heads for re-election

Ljubljana - Slovenia's internet-savvy incumbent head of state Borut Pahor is expected to win the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, possibly even negating the need for a run-off next month.

Czech Republic to hold presidential vote in January

Prague - The Czech Republic will go to the polls in January in only the second presidential election in the country's modern history decided by popular vote, the Senate speaker said Wednesday.

'I'm ok' says Nigeria president after 3-month absence

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been in London for treatment of an undisclosed illness for more than three months, has assured a government delegation that he is doing fine.

Maduro's son joins disputed Venezuela assembly

Caracas - The 27-year-old son of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was confirmed on Tuesday as one of the 545 members of a new, all-powerful assembly whose creation has sparked protests and international condemnation.

India gets new president from bottom of Hindu caste system

New Delhi - India elected a new president from the bottom of the Hindu caste system Thursday, only the second time since independence a head of state has been chosen from the marginalised group.

India votes for next president from lowest Dalit caste

New Delhi - Indian lawmakers voted Monday for a new president certain to come from the bottom of the Hindu caste system, in an election seen as strengthening Prime Minister Narendra Modi's grip on power.

Slovak foreign minister elected UN General Assembly president

New York - The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday picked Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak to be its next president.

Albanian MPs elect new president

Tirana - Albania's parliament on Friday elected speaker Ilir Meta as the Balkan country's new president, a largely ceremonial post for which he was supported by the governing Socialist party.

No evidence Czech leader's computer hacked with child porn: police

Prague - Czech police said Monday they had found no evidence that hackers had infected the computer of the Czech president with child pornography, a claim made as he prepares to run for re-election.

U.S. Secret Service laptop 'stolen'

New York City - A U.S. Secret Service laptop, containing the Trump Tower floor plans together with other sensitive material, has been taken from an agent's vehicle in New York.

'Ghosts' drive Brazil's president from residence: report

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's President Michel Temer blames bad vibes and even ghosts for driving him from his sumptuous official residence in the capital Brasilia, a Brazilian news weekly reported Saturday.

Germany elects 'anti-Trump' Steinmeier as president

Berlin - Billed as Germany's "anti-Trump", former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected Sunday as the new head of state, vowing to stand up to simplistic populist rhetoric.

Germany elects 'anti-Trump' Steinmeier as president

Berlin - Billed as Germany's "anti-Trump", former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected Sunday as the new head of state, vowing to stand up to simplistic populist rhetoric.
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