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French minister says won't resign over helicopter jailbreak

Paris - France's justice minister on Wednesday ruled out resigning after a notorious robber was broken out of prison by helicopter, despite a recent warning that the convict was on the verge of trying to escape.

EU parliament orders Le Pen group to reimburse over 500,000 euros

Strasbourg - The European parliament on Monday ordered the political group of French far-right leader and former presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to reimburse more than 500,000 euros claimed in unjustified expenses, including pricey champagne and dinners.

Turkish opposition leader vows to defeat Erdogan and 'unite' country

Yalova - For a man attempting to sweep away Turkey's long serving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, opposition leader Muharrem Ince seems remarkably relaxed just over a week ahead of crucial elections, vowing to be a leader "who unites".

French MPs back ban on mobile phones in schools

Paris - French lawmakers on Thursday approved a ban on the use of mobile phones in public schools, one of President Emmanuel Macron's campaign pledges which critics say will do little to end classroom disruptions or cyberbullying.

Spain's ousted PM Rajoy says he plans to quit politics

Madrid - Spain's Mariano Rajoy, who is to stand down as head of the conservative Popular Party after being ousted as prime minister last week, said Wednesday he plans to quit politics altogether.

National Rally: France's far-right approve name change

Lyon - France's far-right National Front, trying to shake off its reputation for racism that has tinged the party for decades, approved a name change Friday as it seeks new momentum under leader Marine Le Pen.

Thousands march in France against Macron reforms

Paris - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across France on Saturday to protest against Emmanuel Macron's policies, but the president said nothing would stop his economic reforms.

Leading Le Pen drops famous far-right surname

Paris - The name Le Pen, for decades associated with anti-immigration and often racist politics in France, is so out of fashion one of the leading members of the country's far-right family has abandoned it.

Luxury home purchase haunts Spain's far-left Podemos

Madrid - Accusations of hypocrisy have rained down on the pair heading Spain's far-left Podemos party for buying a 600,000-euro luxury home with a swimming pool after previously condemning such extravagance.

Italy's populist parties to name future premier pick

Rome - Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League party prepared Monday to present their pick for future premier of the country's nascent populist government after months of deadlock.

Italian parties agree on nominee for prime minister

Rome - The leader of Italy's far-right League party on Sunday announced that it had reached an agreement with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement on their nominee to be the country's next prime minister.

Ex-French leader Sarkozy faces ruling on campaign finance trial

Paris - Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy faces a hearing Wednesday on whether he must stand trial on charges of illicit financing of his failed 2012 presidential campaign, one of several legal inquiries which have dogged the rightwing politician since he l...

Nervy Europe watches on as Italian populists, far-right continue govt talks

Rome - Italian anti-establishment and far-right leaders are inching closer to a deal over a joint government under the watchful eye of Europe as they meet on Saturday to hash out a deal that could be announced as soon as Sunday.

Italian govt deal close as populists, far-right continue talks

Rome - Italian anti-establishment and far-right leaders met on Friday to hash out a deal over a joint government that could be announced as soon as Sunday.

France immigration bill sows seeds of dissent in Macron party

Paris - The French parliament votes Friday on a tough immigration bill that has sparked rumblings of revolt within President Emmanuel Macron's party, with several MPs openly challenging his plans to speed up deportations of failed asylum-seekers.

Bill Clinton hails 'genius' of N.Ireland peace deal 20 years on

Belfast - Former US president Bill Clinton on Tuesday celebrated the "genius" of the Northern Ireland peace deal 20 years ago, as he joined key political figures in Belfast to mark the anniversary of the historic accord.

French MP receives racist death threat

Paris - A French MP elected under President Emmanuel Macron's party revealed on Wednesday she had received a letter containing racist death threats.

Talks open in Togo between government and opposition

Lom - Long-awaited talks between Togo's government and the opposition began on Monday to try to end a six-month political stand-off that has seen thousands take to the streets in almost weekly protests against the ruling party.

DRC opposition plans court challenge to electoral reforms

Kinshasa - The opposition in Democratic Republic of Congo said Wednesday it had garnered enough signatures to challenge a new electoral reform, which it says is buttressing the ruling party of President Joseph Kabila.

E.Guinea ruling party maintains grip on power

Malabo - The ruling party in Equatorial Guinea has maintained a firm grip on power after sweeping to another landslide victory in elections widely criticised by the opposition as fraudulent, according to official results.

Northern Togo: an unlikely place for a protest movement

Kara - With its dirt roads of red earth, children playing with old tyres and succession of dilapidated mosques, northern Togo is an unlikely home for a movement that's challenging Africa's longest-ruling political dynasty.

Senegal police fire tear gas to break up ex-president's rally

Dakar - Senegalese security forces halted a protest called by former leader Abdoulaye Wade by blocking roads and firing tear gas at his supporters on Tuesday, provoking a tirade against current President Macky Sall from the 91-year-old Wade.

DR Congo's opposition blasts election delays as 'provocation'

Kinshasa - The main opposition party in the DemocraticRepublic of Congo on Monday blasted as a "provocation" and a power grab an announcement that elections to end a deep political crisis in the mineral-rich country will likely not be held this year.

Once inseparable, Podemos chief and deputy in merciless duel

Madrid - They met at university 14 years ago, became firm friends, founded Spain's far-left Podemos party off the back of a wave of anti-austerity protests and catapulted it to national prominence.
 

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