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France should halt use of controversial riot guns: rights chief

Paris - France's rights chief called Thursday for the government to suspend use of riot guns which have reportedly injured dozens of people during the "yellow vest" protests over the past two months.

After months abroad, Gabon's Bongo returns home

Libreville - Gabon's President Ali Bongo was back in Libreville on Tuesday after months abroad recovering from a stroke, ending an absence that saw an attempted coup by renegade soldiers.

After months abroad, Gabon's Bongo swears in new government

Libreville - Gabon's Ali Bongo was back in Libreville on Tuesday after months abroad recovering from a stroke, ending an absence that has spurred political turbulence.

French women reclaim 'yellow vest' protests with peaceful demo

Paris - Hundreds of women on Sunday marched in Paris to reclaim France's "yellow vest" movement from violent activists, a day after protesters smashed their way into a government ministry.

France's 'yellow vest' protesters return to streets

Paris - France's "yellow vest" protesters were back on the streets again Saturday as a government spokesman denounced those still protesting as hard-liners who wanted only to bring down the government.

France's 'yellow vest' protesters return to streets

Paris - France's "yellow vest" protesters were back on the streets again Saturday as a government spokesman denounced those still protesting as hard-liners who wanted only to bring down the government.

Macron ex-bodyguard admits using diplomatic passports after dismissal

Paris - The disgraced former bodyguard of French President Emmanuel Macron admitted Sunday he had used his diplomatic passports "for personal convenience" after being fired in August, a day after investigators opened a probe into his failure to return the docu...

Police teargas 'yellow vest' protesters in Paris

Paris - Police fired tear gas at "yellow vest" demonstrators in Paris on Saturday but the turnout for round seven of the popular protests that have rocked France appeared low.

Brazil's new government under Bolsonaro

Bras - Brazil's new government under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro includes a star anti-corruption judge as justice minister and a free-market economy minister with broad powers, and sees a third of the slots going to ex-military men.

'My second family': French protesters band together for Christmas

Somain - The protests against President Emmanuel Macron may have eased in the run-up to Christmas, but dozens of demonstrators camped out at roundabouts across France are vowing to keep up the pressure, with no plans to head home for the holidays.

France boosts pay for police in wake of 'yellow vest' protests

Paris - The French government will give police officers a long-sought raise after a strike called in the wake of the "yellow vest" anti-government protests, which have strained security forces already on high alert after years of jihadist terror attacks.

As France's 'yellow vest' movement abates, what now?

Paris - Anti-government protests which have rocked France over the past month eased notably over the weekend, after the government offered a range of concessions to ease the anger over declining living standards for people already struggling to make ends meet....

'Yellow vests' pledge to fight on despite Macron concessions

Paris - Many "yellow vest" anti-government protesters in France on Tuesday vowed to press on with their demonstrations, a day after wringing out fresh concessions from President Emmanuel Macron that are set to cost the state an estimated 11 billion euros ($12....

'Yellow vests' denounce Macron speech as 'charade'

Le Boulou - Groups of "yellow vest" protesters across France responded scathingly to the "crumbs" offered by President Emmanuel Macron in a speech intended to defuse their revolt, but others acknowledged his efforts.

French govt to review tax on high-earners

Paris - The French government will consider bringing back a tax on high earners which President Emmanuel Macron abolished early in his presidency, a key demand of "yellow vest" protesters who have been blocking roads and fuel depots for weeks, officials said W...

Merkel says German 'Mittelstand' mustn't fall behind in AI race

Nuremberg - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday warned that Germany's vaunted "Mittelstand" must not fall behind in the digital era, as the economic powerhouse races to catch up to foreign rivals in new technologies like artificial intelligence.

Paris riot suspects appear in court

Paris - The first of dozens of people charged over rioting at the weekend in Paris appeared in court on Monday in fast-tracked proceedings.Fifty-seven suspects face a range of public order charges over the violence.

Macron to address nation after violent Paris protests

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is to address his nation on Tuesday following persistent and sometimes violent protests over fuel taxes that are morphing into a movement against his business- and environment-friendly policies.

Clashes on Champs-Elysees as French protesters rage against taxes

Paris - Anti-government protesters clashed with French police on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Saturday, leaving the area cloaked in tear gas and smoke from fires on a fresh day of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron.

French police clear fuel protesters as movement wanes

Paris - French police cleared demonstrators blocking roads and fuel depots Tuesday in a crackdown on the so-called "yellow vest" protests against President Emmanuel Macron that have left two people dead.

French fuel depots targeted as 'yellow vest' protests persist

Paris - Protesters angry over high fuel prices were expected to block access to French fuel depots and stop traffic on major roads for a fourth day Tuesday, incensed by the government's refusal to scrap anti-pollution taxes.

French fuel depots targeted as 'yellow vest' protesters persist

Paris - Protesters angry over high fuel prices blocked access to fuel depots and stopped traffic on major roads on Monday with the government refusing to back down on fuel taxes after a weekend of demonstrations across France.

Woman's death casts shadow over France's 'yellow vest' protests

Paris - A protester was accidently killed and more than 220 injured as tens of thousands of people blocked roads across France in a "yellow vest" protest against high fuel prices, which has channelled anger at stagnant spending under President Emmanuel Macron....

Brazilian politics a family affair for Bolsonaros

Rio De Janeiro - With Jair Bolsonaro president-elect, and his three sons in elected office -- Flavio in the Senate, Eduardo in the Congress and Carlos on Rio de Janeiro's city council -- politics in Brazil is something of a Bolsonaro family affair.

Still on alert, France marks three years since Paris attacks

Paris - Three years after jihadists gunned down and blew up 130 people in Paris, it's lone-wolf assaults rather than coordinated attacks that are keeping French anti-terror investigators on alert.

Leader of 'angry police' in France found dead in suspected suicide

Paris - A French officer who warned that growing anti-police violence was undermining morale in the force has been found dead at her home in a suspected suicide, the authorities said Tuesday.

Cabinet reshuffle exposes power struggle in Tunisia

Tunis - In reshuffling his cabinet this week, Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has sparked new tensions with the man who appointed him and fed speculation that he intends to run in next year's presidential poll.

Tunisia's president criticises reshuffle but denies rift with PM

Carthage - Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi on Thursday criticised this week's reshuffle by his prime minister, but denied there was a rift between the two men.

World leaders to mark WWI in France amid warnings about nationalism

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday kicks off a week of commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, which is set to mix remembrance of the past and warnings about the present surge in nationalism around the globe.

Generals, 'Chicago boy' loom large in Brazil's next government

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is likely to tap army generals and an ultra-free-market economist for key roles in his cabinet.
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