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Pentagon steps up efforts to counter China's rising power

Washington - Maritime operations, missile tests, landing exercises: the Pentagon has been sharply stepping up its efforts to counter China's growing military power, seen increasingly as a threat.

Paris braces for massive metro strike over pension reform

Paris - Paris metro and other public transport workers were to walk off the job Friday for a huge one-day strike over President Emmanuel Macron's plan to overhaul France's retirement system.

Clashes as 'yellow vest' protesters revive protests across France

Montpellier - French police clashed Saturday with anti-government protesters seeking to inject fresh momentum into demonstrations calling for social justice and the ouster of President Emmanuel Macron.

Clashes as 'yellow vest' protesters revive protests across France

Montpellier - French police clashed Saturday with anti-government protesters seeking to inject fresh momentum into demonstrations calling for social justice and the ouster of President Emmanuel Macron.

Clashes as 'yellow vest' protesters revive protests across France

Montpellier - French police clashed Saturday with anti-government protesters seeking to inject fresh momentum into demonstrations calling for social justice and the ouster of President Emmanuel Macron.

French 'yellow vest' protesters look to revive movement

Montpellier - Anti-government protesters turned out in several French cities Saturday, hoping to inject fresh momentum into weekly demonstrations calling for social justice and the ouster of President Emmanuel Macron.

French 'yellow vest' protesters look to revive movement

Montpellier - Anti-government protesters turned out in several French cities Saturday, hoping to inject fresh momentum into weekly demonstrations calling for social justice and the ouster of President Emmanuel Macron.

French 'yellow vest' protesters look to revive movement

Montpellier - Anti-government protesters turned out in several French cities Saturday, hoping to inject fresh momentum into weekly demonstrations calling for social justice and the ouster of President Emmanuel Macron.

Hundreds of migrants moved from 'hell' of overcrowded Greek island

M - Greek officials and UN workers evacuated the first group of what will be hundreds of migrants from the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday, where overcrowding and sweltering heat have made conditions unbearable.

German media, lawmakers point finger at Moscow over executed Georgian

Berlin - Despite Russian denials, German politicians and media are blaming Moscow for the Berlin assassination of a Georgian who once fought Russian forces in Chechnya, an affair that could spark a diplomatic crisis.

Curtains for Italy's first post-war populist government

Rome - The end of Italy's first post-war government experiment with far-right populists marks a stunning defeat for League leader Matteo Salvini, but his political career is far from over.

Italy's PM Conte: 'Mr Nobody' who found his voice

Rome - Dubbed "Mr Nobody" when he was first named Italy's prime minister, Giuseppe Conte became increasingly assertive with the ruling coalition in its death throes before on Thursday being asked to form a new government.

Salvini rallies supporters, demands election date

Apo - Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini embarked on a southern tour to rally support on Saturday, demanding an election date be set after he pulled out of the coalition government, plunging the country into a political crisis.

Tunisia PM Chahed announces run for president

Tunis - Tunisia's Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced Thursday he would stand in presidential elections next month.

China may halt French police cooperation over Interpol case: source

Paris - Chinese officials are threatening to stop all police cooperation with France after it gave political asylum to the wife of the former Interpol chief, a Chinese national now languishing in prison on charges of bribery, a French source close to the matte...

French police clash with protesters marking death of festival-goer

Nantes - Police in the western French city of Nantes fired teargas and water cannon at hundreds of demonstrators protesting Saturday against police violence and the unexplained death of a music festival-goer in June.

French police fire teargas, water cannon at protest over dead festival-goer

Nantes - Police in the western French city of Nantes fired teargas and water cannon at hundreds of demonstrators protesting Saturday against police violence and the unexplained death of a music festival-goer in June.

French MPs warn of threat to democracy after offices attacked

Paris - A group of French MPs complained Tuesday that the country was becoming "used to the intolerable" after a rash of attacks on the offices of lawmakers from President Emmanuel Macron's party by opponents of a free-trade agreement with Canada.

Moroccan King pardons thousands, including 'Hirak' protesters

Rabat - Morocco's King Mohammed VI has marked 20 years on the throne by pardoning thousands of prisoners, including some from the "Hirak" protest movement that rocked the country in 2016.

Puerto Rico: new twist in leadership crisis

Washington - A political crisis over leadership in the US Caribbean territory of Puerto Rico took another turn Sunday when the designated successor to embattled governor Ricardo Rossello said she didn't want the job.

Spain's Sanchez seeks backing to remain in power

Madrid - Spain's outgoing socialist prime minister Pedro Sanchez on Monday outlined a government programme with a boost in social spending in the hope of persuading the far-left to help him back into power amid tough negotiations.

As migrants wait in fear, no sign of large-scale US raids

New York - Thousands of undocumented immigrants waited in uncertainty on Sunday, fearful of the nationwide raids promised by President Donald Trump, but there were no immediate signs of any large-scale operations.

Key things to know about Cuba's government reforms

Havana - Cuban lawmakers on Saturday approved a new electoral law that will alter the country's government with the restoration of the post of prime minister, but one fundamental reality remains unchanged: the central and unique role of the island's Communist P...

France passes law taxing digital giants in defiance of US anger

Paris - France's parliament on Thursday passed a law making it the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, defying a probe ordered by an angry US President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs.

French minister under fire over lobster and champagne dinners

Paris - A prominent French cabinet minister was under pressure on Wednesday after a report claimed he had hosted luxury dinners while parliament speaker with allegedly little connection to his position.

France open debate on femicide, domestic violence in September

Paris - The French government will in September begin a major consultation on domestic violence in order to stamp out gender-based murder and violence against women, a minister said on Sunday.

Tunisia says no 'power vacuum' despite president's illness

Tunis - Tunisian authorities said Friday that President Beji Caid Essebsi's condition was improving and insisted there was no power vacuum in the North African country, shaken by the 92-year-old leader's hospitalisation and twin suicide attacks.

France hosts Russia PM in rare high-level visit

Le Havre - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Monday held talks with Russia's premier Dmitry Medvedev, in a rare high-level visit at a time of frosty ties between Moscow and the West.

French economists make case for legal marijuana

Paris - A group of French economists on Thursday recommended legalising marijuana, arguing it would add billions to state coffers, but President Emmanuel Macron's government again ruled out letting recreational users get legally high.

Europe takes new step toward future combat jet

Le Bourget - France, Germany and Spain on Monday unveiled a next-generation combat jet for European air forces, an ambitious project aimed at bringing together the continent's disparate military forces while offering an alternative to American planes.
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