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French trial opens for ex-PM Balladur over 'Karachi' kickbacks

Paris - Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur appeared in court Tuesday on charges he used kickbacks from 1990s arms deals to help finance a presidential bid, in a case that has already seen six people sentenced to prison terms.

UN peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic

Bangui - A Burundian peacekeeper was killed Friday during an ambush by rebels in the Central African Republic, the United Nations said, the fifth soldier killed since a rebel offensive began.

Former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang to run for New York mayor

New York - Former US presidential hopeful and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang has announced he will run for mayor of New York City in an election this year that he is an early favourite to win.

Niger museum is eclectic national 'mirror'

Niamey - There can be few museums in the world to rival the National Museum of Niger.It has displays covering art, history, dinosaurs, nuclear energy, craftwork and music as well as live animals, for it is also a zoo.

Videos reveal violence of assault on US Congress

Washington - Five days after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol, new videos are revealing the level of violence that left lawmakers cowering inside and police howling for backup.

US president has sole power to launch nuclear strike

Washington - Concerns on Friday over US President Donald Trump's mental state have drawn focus on his power to unleash a nuclear attack.

Niger's outgoing president warns against 'fiddling' with constitution

Niamey - Niger is battling two jihadist insurgencies and a population explosion and, by a key UN benchmark, is the poorest nation in the world.

Often-lectured Africa sees irony in US political violence

Abidjan - As they watched a violent mob smash into the US Capitol, some in Africa could not help but see a little irony in the chaos incited by President Donald Trump, who once famously called African nations "shitholes".

Right-wing media offers sympathy and excuses for Congress mob

New York - American conservative media has played down the gravity of the storming of the US Capitol by a mob supporting outgoing President Donald Trump, citing anger at the establishment and accusing the hard left -- without proof -- of having infiltrated the cr...

Biden, Trump descend on Georgia for Senate runoff rallies

Atlanta - Donald Trump and Joe Biden head to Georgia on Monday to rally their party faithful ahead of twin runoffs that will decide who controls the US Senate, one day after the release of a bombshell recording of the outgoing president that rocked Washington.

Despite historic diversity, Biden faces pressure with cabinet picks

Washington - Aware that he owes his presidential victory to Black voters, Joe Biden pledged to name the "most diverse" cabinet in US history.

Sao Paulo's first black trans councilwoman defies barriers

S - As she steps into the staid chamber of Sao Paulo's city council, the first black trans woman elected to the municipal legislature is well aware of the dangers before her.

Pompeo heads to see allies who are turning page on Trump

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faces an elephant in the room as he heads Friday on a seven-nation trip to US allies -- they have congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory and he most certainly has not.

Trump election lawyers on trial in court of public opinion

Washington - Written in giant capital letters, it's nearly impossible to miss the message emblazoned along a San Francisco street: "Jones Day: Hands off our ballots.

Can Trump block Biden's victory?

New York - Since US media declared Joe Biden's White House victory on Saturday, President Donald Trump has refused to concede and repeatedly made baseless claims of election fraud.

For Trump, a nightmarish weekend of defiance and defeat

Washington - His brow furrowed, shoulders slightly slumped, Donald Trump seemed alone Saturday on his golf course near Washington.

Joe Biden — a life's work in Washington

Washington - A stalwart of American political life for decades, Joe Biden, 77, has experienced many ups and downs during his long career in Washington. But in the end he won the biggest prize of all -- the presidency -- after edging out President Donald Trump.

Is Rupert Murdoch dumping Trump?

New York - Fox News and the New York Post, magnate Rupert Murdoch's main media outlets, have started distancing themselves from Donald Trump as the US election vote counting drama drags on -- a first since the president came to power and a potential turning point...

#StopTheSteal, Trump supporters' viral offensive to discredit the election

New York - All it took was a Facebook page and a hashtag: As election tallies trickled in Donald Trump supporters were busy going viral, accelerating the unsubstantiated claim that Democrats were "stealing" the election under the rallying cry #StopTheSteal.

Peaceful protests in New York as tensions rise in Detroit

New York - Thousands of Joe Biden supporters marched Wednesday evening in New York to demand every vote in the tight presidential election be counted, as some Donald Trump supporters protested in Detroit demanding a halt to ballot counting in the key state of Mic...

Win or lose, Trump's movement stronger and bigger than ever

New York - The US presidential election is still up in the air, but one thing is for certain: the movement created by Donald Trump is alive and well, and more solid than pundits expected. No matter if he wins or loses, Trumpism looks set to live on.

Key moments in a US election campaign like no other

Washington - It's been a campaign for the history books, upended by the Covid-19 pandemic and taking place in a nation on edge after a summer of civil unrest.

Sign of the times: Biden, Trump fans steal, damage placards

Newtown - The millions of signs that Americans place on their lawns during election season are increasingly being vandalized or removed by disgruntled neighbors, a sign of the acutely hostile political climate.

Fears of transition 'chaos' if Biden defeats Trump

Washington - Donald Trump said on the campaign that he wants a "smooth, beautiful transition" after Election Day, but he offered an ambiguous follow-up caveat: "But it's got to be an honest vote.

With new tools, Facebook aims to avoid election fiasco repeat

San Francisco - Facebook is leveraging its vast resources to help protect the 2020 election against the kind of massive manipulation and disinformation efforts that the platform failed to act on in 2016.

Protesters ready in case Trump refuses to accept election result

New York - Sean Eldridge says he's "preparing for the worst" in case President Donald Trump tries to undermine the results of next month's vote or refuses to accept a victory for the Democrats.

US election 2020: two weeks to go

Washington - One candidate for the White House is crisscrossing the United States; the other is at home, preparing for the final debate.

Trump sets hectic campaign pace, while frontrunner Biden stays home

Janesville - President Donald Trump campaigned at a frenetic pace Saturday in a three-state trip that started with a Michigan rally where he called opponent Joe Biden a "criminal" and pounded his claim that the Democrats are anti-American.

Trump headed for trouble — and not changing course

Washington - President Donald Trump is down in the polls, running out of time, and facing a resurgent coronavirus across the United States. Yet seemingly headed for defeat, he is doing nothing to change course.

Trump's Supreme Court pick in Senate hearing spotlight

Washington - Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's pick to fill a key vacancy on the Supreme Court bench, faced the Senate's scrutiny Monday as confirmation hearings kicked off for the lifetime appointment -- which Democrats appear largely powerless to ...
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