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French interior minister to quit in further blow to Macron

Paris - France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb announced Tuesday that he would stand down after next year's European Parliament elections, in yet another blow to President Emmanuel Macron.

Growing army influence on Brazilian elections causes a stir

Rio De Janeiro - With an ex-army captain leading polls, a reserve general picked as his running mate, and a military chief sticking his nose into the election chaos, Brazil's army has become an increasingly conspicuous participant on the political scene.

Washington approves plane, missile sale to S.Korea

Washington - The United States on Thursday approved a new arms sale to South Korea worth $2.6 billion, with denuclearization talks stalled between Washington and the North.Six Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft worth $2.

Mattis to visit Macedonia amid concerns of Russia meddling

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced plans Tuesday to visit Macedonia, ahead of a referendum that could end a years-long spat with Greece over the country's name and pave the way for it to join NATO.

Surreal and unpredictable: Brazil's presidential election campaign

Rio De Janeiro - With a month to go to presidential elections in Brazil, the current campaign can already go down as the most surreal and unpredictable in the country's history.

Macron plugs holes in cabinet as popularity sinks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron was forced to make two quick changes to his cabinet Tuesday after a second popular minister resigned in a week, the latest setback as the centrist leader battles record-low ratings.

Thousands protest for and against migrants in tense German town

Chemnitz - Thousands of opponents and supporters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's immigration policy marched Saturday through the eastern city of Chemnitz after a wave of racist violence that followed a knife killing.

Saxony's long history with Germany's far right

Chemnitz - Mobs attacking migrants in Chemnitz this week were the latest, most flagrant demonstration of Saxony's difference from the rest of Germany, spotlighting a state in the formerly communist east that has since the 1990s been a stronghold of the radical fa...

Venezuela claims 'thousands' of migrants want to come home

Caracas - Thousands of Venezuelans are clamoring to return home to recession, hyperinflation and a collapsing economy, President Nicolas Maduro's government claimed on Wednesday as Brazil sends troops to the border with its crisis-ridden neighbor.

Ethiopian PM vows 'free and fair' 2020 polls

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Saturday pledged the 2020 election would be "free and fair" and promised a democratic transition if his party loses, as he pushes forward with lightning reforms to transform the one-party nation.

John McCain, unbridled titan of American politics

Washington - John Sidney McCain III had but one employer throughout his iconic and tempestuous career: the United States of America.It was a family tradition.

McCain and Trump: no love lost

Washington - One of John McCain's final wishes, as he struggled against a devastating brain cancer, could not have been more clear: He made it known that he did not want Donald Trump to attend his funeral. The two men never pretended to like each other.

John McCain, unbridled titan of American politics

Washington - John Sidney McCain III had but one employer throughout his iconic and tempestuous career: the United States of America.It was a family tradition.

Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont makes surprise visit to Scotland

Madrid - Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont arrived in Scotland on Friday, in his first trip abroad after a Spanish court dropped a European arrest warrant for him.

Russian trolls spread misinformation in vaccine debate

Washington - Russian trolls and bots on Twitter attempted to influence the debate over vaccine safety with the aim of sowing discord among the US public on hot-button issues in the run-up to the 2016 election, US researchers reported this week.

Experts see hope after fresh spate of Latin American corruption scandals

Montevideo - With huge new scandals rocking the political elite in Argentina and Peru, and several former Central American presidents in court, Latin America is once again being buffeted by a wave of corruption.

Vaccine row erupts in Italy as populist govt seeks to ease rules

Rome - A row is erupting over vaccines in Italy as the country's new populist government fights to roll back a law that bans children from attending school if they haven't received a series of jabs.

Romanian police use tear gas to disperse anti-corruption protest

Bucharest - Romanian police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse anti-corruption protesters in Bucharest on Friday, after tens of thousands rallied to call on the leftwing government to resign.

DRC's Katumbi won't quit trying to get home for poll deadline

Lubumbashi - Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi, repeatedly blocked from returning home to contest presidential polls, will try every avenue to get through, his spokesman said Sunday.

Algeria faces prospect of president seeking fifth term

Alger - With no clear successor to longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algerians may well see their frail leader who rarely appears in public cling on for a fifth term in office.

Steve Bannon planning foundation to boost far right in Europe: report

Washington - US President Donald Trump's controversial former advisor Steve Bannon plans to set up a foundation in Europe called "The Movement" to spark a populist rightwing revolt, according to a report.

DR Congo president Kabila to make address to the nation

Apo - DR Congo President Joseph Kabila will make a speech to parliament on Thursday, less than a week before candidates can begin to register in postponed presidential elections.

Macron congratulates Putin for hosting 'perfect' World Cup

Moscow - French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Russia's President Putin for his "perfect" organisation of the World Cup as the two leaders prepared to watch the final on Sunday.

At Franco's tomb, protesters rally against moving his body

San Lorenzo De El Escorial - At least 1,000 people gathered at the grandiose tomb of the late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco on Sunday to protest against Madrid's plans to move his body, an AFP photographer said.

Trials open in Tunisia over deaths of Arab Spring protesters

Sidi Bouzid - Two trials opened in Tunisia on Friday over the killings of protesters during the 2011 revolution, part of a process aimed at redressing rights abuses under the toppled regime.

'Humble' Macron responds to critics in state of the union address

Versailles - Seen by critics as arrogant and uncaring, French President Emmanuel Macron struck a humble note Monday while defending his pro-business approach in his annual address to both houses of parliament.

Dozens of Moroccan activists appeal jail terms

Casablanca - A group of 53 Moroccan activists involved in protests which rocked the North African country will appeal their jail terms of up to 20 years, their lawyers said Monday.

Catalan leader won't give up on independence but will pursue Madrid talks

Madrid - Catalonia is not "giving up" on independence, regional separatist president Quim Torra said Monday after meeting Spain's Pedro Sanchez for the first time, although both agreed to keep talking to ease tensions.

Macron to lay out next phase of reforms as criticism mounts

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron will gather both houses of parliament at the opulent Versailles Palace on Monday for what has become an annual address on his plans for overhauling wide swathes of French society and institutions.

Six detained Catalan leaders transferred closer to home

Barcelona - Six of the nine Catalan separatist leaders in custody over their role in Catalonia's secession bid were transferred Wednesday to prisons in the region as part of Madrid's efforts to ease tensions ahead of talks next week.
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