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British PM eyes Brexit endgame, but not at any cost

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that negotiators were working through the night to get a Brexit deal with the EU but vowed it would not be "an agreement at any cost".

Bobi Wine performs concert in Uganda as police watch on

Kanpala - Ugandan pop star turned opposition MP Bobi Wine appeared on stage on the outskirts of the capital Kampala on Saturday, in a concert attended by several members of the opposition and watched on by a heavy police presence.

Rome's embattled mayor cleared in city hall job trial

Rome - An Italian court on Saturday cleared Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi in a trial that could have cost her her job.

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.

Russia allows release of US sub movie, after delay

Moscow - Russia has allowed the release of a Hollywood blockbuster in which an American submarine crew rescue a Russian president, after it was mysteriously postponed, its local distributor said Wednesday.

Tanzania government denounces governor's anti-gay witch-hunt

Nairobi - Tanzania says that a plan to hunt down and arrest suspected homosexuals in the country's economic capital was not official policy, distancing itself from a citywide crackdown slammed by rights groups.

Obama brands Trump's border deployment plan a 'political stunt'

Miami - Former president Barack Obama on Friday decried as a "political stunt" Donald Trump's plan to send thousands of US soldiers to the Mexican border to block migrants from entering the country.

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.

UN humanitarian chief seeks extension of aid to civilians in Syria

New York - The United Nation's top humanitarian affairs official appealed to the Security Council Monday for continued aid deliveries to Syria's civilian population across borders and through front lines, despite Russia's growing opposition.

'Tropical Trump' Bolsonaro: Brazil's new president

Rio De Janeiro - Sometimes called a "Tropical Trump" for his politically incorrect vitriol, Brazil's controversial pro-dictatorship presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro successfully played to an electorate disgusted with conventional politics.

Catalan former leader forms new party a year after independence bid

Barcelona - A year after threatening the unity of Spain with an attempt to declare independence, the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont launched a new party on Saturday, as he tries to rally separatists from his base in Belgium.

Far-right candidate leads as Brazil heads to polls

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil elects its next president Sunday in a run-off that looks all but guaranteed for far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, an ex-army captain nostalgic for the country's military dictatorship.

Bolsonaro, Brazil's 'Tropical Trump' poised to win presidency

Rio De Janeiro - Sometimes called a "Tropical Trump" for his politically incorrect vitriol, Brazilian far-right presidential candidate and heavy favorite Jair Bolsonaro has successfully played to an electorate disgusted with politics as usual.

UN warns of danger of widespread famine in Yemen

New York - The United Nations warned Tuesday that Yemen was on the verge of widespread famine. "There is now a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen," UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock said.

Former French minister Tron on trial for rape

Bobigny - A French former government minister went on trial Tuesday accused of raping two former employees during foot-massaging sessions in his municipal office.

Facebook closes 'spam' pages, accounts helping Brazil presidential candidate

Bras - Social media platform Facebook has closed 68 pages and 43 accounts linked to a marketing group believed to be promoting the chances of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

Guantanamo prison takes on geriatric airs

Fpo - The controversial Guantanamo Bay prison still houses 40 aging inmates -- and with no plans to close it, many of them will probably remain there until they die.

Guantanamo prison to stay open at least 25 years: US admiral

Fpo - Former president Barack Obama had vowed to close the US military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but now it will stay open for at least 25 years, the officer in charge of the facility said Tuesday.

S. African newspaper apologises for 'tainted' scoops

Johanesburg - One of South Africa's leading newspapers admitted Sunday it had run "tainted" scoops during the presidency of Jacob Zuma which turned out to be largely false, but insisted it had been the victim of political manipulation.

Brazil presidential frontrunner Bolsonaro: 'admirer' of Trump

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's frontrunner for the presidency, Jair Bolsonaro, on Thursday declared "I am an admirer of Trump" and rejected being labeled an extreme-right candidate because of his rhetoric blasting crime, current migration policies and past views favoring to...

In Brazil, Bolsonaro effect boosts military presence in Congress

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right wave led by Jair Bolsonaro, who scored a huge win in the first round of the presidential election, also gave a boost to candidates for Congress with military ties.

High-profile candidates eye upset at Nigeria vote

Lagos - One is a former UN official and deputy a governor of Nigeria's central bank. The other is an ex-World Bank vice-president who now campaigns for the release of Boko Haram kidnap victims.

Brazil's Bolsonaro can count on conservative grip over Congress

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right frontrunner for the presidency, Jair Bolsonaro, is practically assured of controlling Congress if he wins, thanks to powerful groups of conservative deputies persuaded by his promises to promote families, farms and firearms.

Austria tiring of being 'ashtray of Europe'

Vienna - Austria is tiring of its reputation as "the ashtray of Europe" -- at least according to the results of a nationwide petition backing a ban on smoking in cafes and restaurants.

Bolsonaro woos Brazil voters with simple recipe for ending violence

Rio De Janeiro - Jair Bolsonaro topped the poll in the first round of Brazil's presidential elections, having seduced tens of millions of voters with simple -- though radical -- solutions to eradicating violence in one of the world's deadliest countries.

Italy and France far-right leaders slam Brussels 'bunker'

Rome - Italy and France's far-right leaders launched their European parliament election campaign on Monday with an attack on the "Brussels bunker" they hope to enter en masse after the May vote.

Gabon votes for first time since violence-marred 2016 election

Libreville - Oil-rich Gabon, ruled by the same political dynasty for nearly half a century, voted Saturday in long-delayed legislative and municipal polls, the first since a presidential election two years ago that was marred by deadly violence and allegations of f...

Cameroon's under 35s have only known one leader: Biya

Yaound - "We should let him finish, and afterwards we can judge," said Denis. "No, he should go!

UN seeks $50.5 million for 'immediate' Indonesia disaster aid

New York - The United Nations said Friday it is seeking $50.5 million "for immediate relief" to help victims of the devastating quake and tsunami in Indonesia.
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