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Trump at anti-abortion rally as Democrats wrap impeachment case

Washington - US President Donald Trump addressed the country's biggest annual anti-abortion rally on Friday as members of the Senate sat in judgment just blocks away at his impeachment trial.

Libya's neighbours reject foreign interference in crisis-hit country

Alger - Libya's neighbours on Thursday denounced foreign interference in the conflict-hit North African country, at talks in Algiers to seek a political solution to a crisis they say threatens regional stability.

Trump sought to cheat to win re-election, Democrats charge at trial

Washington - Democrats Wednesday accused President Donald Trump at his historic Senate impeachment trial of seeking to "cheat" to ensure re-election in November, as they began laying out their detailed case for removing him from office.

Historic Trump impeachment trial to begin in earnest

Washington - President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial begins in earnest Tuesday in the Senate, with Democrats calling for his removal from office and Republicans determined to acquit him -- and quickly, if possible.

Gun rights advocates rally peacefully in Virginia

Richmond - Several thousand gun rights supporters rallied peacefully Monday near the Virginia state Capitol under heavy security to protest new proposed gun control legislation.

Hundreds wounded in weekend of Lebanon clashes

Beirut - Lebanese anti-riot police dispersed stone-throwing protesters with tear gas in Lebanon's capital on Sunday, as heavy rain capped a weekend of rare violence that wounded hundreds.

Iran's Khamenei slams 'cowardly' European governments

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday accused the governments of Britain, France and Germany of being "American lackeys" in the face of US pressure over the nuclear accord.

Amazon tribes meet to counter Bolsonaro environmental threats

Lucas - Dozens of Amazon indigenous leaders have gathered in the heart of the threatened rainforest to form an alliance against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy and his threats to throw their homelands open to mining concerns.

Amazon tribes meet to counter Bolsonaro environmental threats

Lucas - Several dozen indigenous leaders and representatives of Amazon communities have gathered in the heart of the threatened rainforest to form an alliance against Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy and his threats to throw their homelan...

3-D chess with ex-presidents back in war-torn C.Africa ahead of polls

Bangui - The unexpected return of two former presidents to the Central African Republic, the main figures in a civil war that still bloodies the country despite an 11-month-old peace accord, has set the stage for high-stakes political chess ahead of elections i...

From grassroots to government: Spain's Podemos comes of age

Madrid - Spain's radical leftwing Podemos took its seat at the cabinet table for the first time on Tuesday, nearly a decade after the emergence of the anti-austerity protest movement from which it emerged.

Fed up Venezuelans find solace on the beach

La Guaira - When Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for street protests at the weekend in a bid to rekindle popular outrage against President Nicolas Maduro, only a few hundred people turned up.

Portugal investigating billionaire daughter of Angola ex-president

Lisbon - Portuguese is investigating embezzlement claims against Isabel dos Santos, the billionaire daughter Angola's former president, the prosecutor general's office told AFP Friday.

Europe, N. Africa in diplomatic flurry to avoid 'second Syria' in Libya

Tripoli - Europe and North Africa have launched a diplomatic offensive to try to prevent Libya, with the increased involvement of international players in its conflict, from turning into a "second Syria".

Pedro Sanchez, tenacious survivor of Spanish politics

Madrid - A former basketball player, Spain's Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez who was confirmed by parliament Tuesday as prime minister for another term is a tenacious risk-taker who has survived a rollercoaster political career.

France may strip pension from underage rape probe writer

Paris - France's culture minister will decide this week whether to strip a writer accused of raping and seducing children of a state pension.

Protesters in US rally against prospect of war with Iran

Washington - Demonstrators chanting "no war on Iran" rallied Saturday in Washington, New York and across the US to protest the assassination of a top Iranian military commander in a US drone strike.

Congo's veteran president set to run anew in 2021

Brazzaville - Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso has been chosen by his party to run again for the top job in 2021, having already led the central African country for a total of 35 years.

Italy's premier sets out fragile coalition's programme

Rome - Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte set out what he called an "ambitious" three year plan for government reforms Saturday, despite cracks appearing in the ruling coalition after only four months in power.

Paralysis in Iraq as protesters harden position

Baghdad - Iraqi protesters stepped up their demonstrations Tuesday with the authorities in Baghdad increasingly paralysed as they seek a way out of a political impasse.

Cuba to reform at its own pace despite US sanctions: minister

Havana - Cuba will continue to enact economic reforms at its own pace regardless of the pressure exerted by a US embargo, Economy Minister Alejandro Gil told AFP.

Iraq deadline to appoint PM looms, protesters unyielding

Baghdad - Iraqi political leaders faced a midnight deadline Thursday to choose a new prime minister to run a country shaken by months of unprecedented street protests that have left hundreds dead.

No consensus yet on new Iraqi PM as deadline looms

Baghdad - Iraqi political parties struggled to reach a consensus on a new prime minister Monday amid unprecedented protests as the deadline for a parliamentary vote loomed.

'Freedom march' marks 30 years since Romania's revolution

Timisoara - Romania kicked off a series of commemorations to mark 30 years since the overthrow of the tyrannical regime of Nicolae Ceausescu, staging a "freedom march" in the town of Timisoara, cradle of the 1989 revolution.

Lebanese protesters clash with police for a second night

Beirut - Lebanese protesters clashed with police Sunday for the second consecutive night near parliament on the eve of much-delayed consultations to form a new cabinet needed to fix a deepening economic crisis.

Lebanon interior minister orders probe after protest violence

Beirut - Lebanon's Interior Minister Raya El-Hassan on Sunday ordered the country's security forces to open a "rapid and transparent" enquiry, after dozens of people in Beirut were wounded in clashes the night before.

French far-left leader gets suspended jail term for shoving police

Bobigny - A French court on Monday handed a suspended jail term of three months to far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon over his conduct during a raid on his party offices last year, when he shoved a police officer and a prosecutor.

Third general strike keeps pressure on Colombia's Duque

Apo - Thousands of protesters took part in anti-government demonstrations in Colombia's capital Bogota and other cities Wednesday during the country's third general strike in two weeks.

Chile govt meets with unions in bid to end crisis

Santiago - Chile's government met for the first time with organized labor on Thursday, aiming to find a way out of the social unrest that has rocked the country for more than a month.

Center-right victory on hold as Uruguay vote too close to call

Montevideo - Uruguay's presidential election is too close to call and the result will not be known for several days pending a recount, the South American country's electoral court said late Sunday.
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