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Turkmenistan unveils gold statue of president

Ashgabat - The isolated Central Asian state of Turkmenistan on Monday unveiled a massive gold statue of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov riding a horse in a move that echoes his predecessor's cult of personality.

Sri Lanka parliament votes to curb president's power

Colombo - Sri Lanka's parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to curb the power of the presidency, restoring a two-term limit and reviving independent bodies to manage key institutions such as the police and the judiciary.

Armenia demands 'stronger message' from Turkey on 1915 genocide

Ankara - Armenian President Serge Sarkissian said Thursday he expected a "stronger message" from his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the centenary of the 1915 massacres in order to unblock frozen relations.

Yemen leader meets governors after fleeing capital

Aden - Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi led a meeting of governors in the southern city of Aden Sunday as he resumed some of his duties after escaping house arrest in Sanaa.

New Greek president Pavlopoulos, pro-European with mixed legacy

Atenas - Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who was elected Greece's new president Wednesday, is a veteran conservative insider whose selection has raised its share of eyebrows among the ruling left.

Veteran conservative Pavlopoulos elected Greek president

Atenas - Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected pro-European conservative Prokopis Pavlopoulos as the country's new president, a move calculated to bolster the hard-left government in its critical EU bailout talks.

Pavlopoulos, Greek presidential candidate with compromised past

Atenas - Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who was nominated for the Greek presidency on Tuesday, is a high-profile politician whose career has been tainted by controversy.

Conservative ex-minister Pavlopoulos nominated for Greek president

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday named former conservative minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos as his party's candidate for president, a move calculated to speed up the process ahead of critical EU talks.

New Italian president Sergio Mattarella sworn in

Rome - Sergio Mattarella, a Sicilian constitutional court judge closely associated with the fight against organised crime, was sworn in on Tuesday as Italy's new president.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Unmanned drone recovered from White House grounds

Washington, D. C. - A drone aircraft found on the grounds of the White House in Washington, D.C., prompted new concerns Monday about the quality of protection offered to U.S. President Barack Obama and his family.

Italian president to step down 'within hours': PM

Strasbourg - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is to step down "within hours," well before the 2020 expiry of his term, Italy's Premier Matteo Renzi said Tuesday, setting the stage for an uncertain search for a successor.

US charges two over failed Gambia coup

Washington - US prosecutors on Monday charged two men with conspiring to overthrow the government of Gambia in a failed coup ostensibly aimed at restoring democracy to the small west African nation.

Gambian troops go door-to-door in search of failed coup plotters

Banjul - Gambian security forces went door-to-door in the capital Banjul on Friday in search of participants in a failed coup against the west African country's strongman President Yahya Jammeh, residents said.

'Dozens arrested' after failed Gambia coup

Banjul - Dozens of military personnel and civilians were arrested and a large cache of weapons and explosives found after an alleged coup attempt in The Gambia, an intelligence source said Thursday.

'Dozens arrested' after failed Gambia coup

Banjul - Several dozen military personnel and civilians were arrested, and a large cache of weapons and explosives were found following a reported coup attempt in The Gambia, an intelligence source said Thursday.

Gambia president blames foreign 'dissidents' in failed coup

Banjul - Gambia's strongman leader Yahya Jammeh has blamed unidentified foreign dissidents and "terrorists" for an assault on his presidential palace and said that the army remains loyal.

Tunisia's 88-year-old Essebsi sworn in as president

Tunis - Anti-Islamist Beji Caid Essebsi, 88, was sworn in Wednesday as Tunisia's first freely elected president vowing to work for national reconciliation, four years after an uprising that sparked the Arab Spring.

Pilot errors behind Macedonian president's plane crash death: Probe

Skopeia - A series of pilot errors caused the plane crash that killed Macedonian president Boris Trajkovski and eight other people in Bosnia in 2004, the results of an international probe showed Saturday.

Greek presidential vote enters second round, fuelling economy fear

Athens - Greece's high-stakes presidential election went into a second round Wednesday after parliament failed to pick a head of state in a first ballot, fuelling concerns about the future of fiscal reforms.

Failure for presidential vote in Greece could lead to snap polls

Athens - Lawmakers from Wednesday will vote for a new Greek president in a ballot that will lead to snap general elections if they fail -- putting on the line years of efforts to turn around an economy in crisis.

Sudan's Bashir hails ICC decision to halt Darfur probe

Khartoum - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir hailed the International Criminal Court's suspension of its investigations into alleged war crimes in Darfur, accusing it of trying to "humiliate and subjugate" his country.

Yemen president sacked from party leadership

Sanaa - Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi was dismissed Saturday from the leadership of his party, after being accused of soliciting UN sanctions against his predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Cyprus president ill, to skip EU summit

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was hospitalised in Brussels with high blood pressure Thursday and asked Greece's premier to stand in for him at an EU summit, the government said."After prolonged nosebleeds the president...

Video: Bush accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, challenges Clinton

Crawford - If you spend any time on social media sites, you have undoubtedly seen a recent flood of videos showing friends, family members, celebrities, athletes and now former presidents getting doused with a bucket of ice water.

Fox News contributor: Michelle Obama should 'drop a few' pounds

Fox News contributor Keith Ablow apparently thinks First Lady Michelle Obama is too fat to be an effective advocate of healthy eating among children.
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President Barack Obama holds a news conference in the East Room of the White House, November 3, 2010.
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President Barack Obama waits in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, prior to an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the South Lawn, July 26, 2010.
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Mitt Romney was in downtown Toronto on Thursday to discuss his latest book "The Case for American Greatness." He spoke with Rob McQueen and stated that he loves Canada and supports the troops in Afghanistan.