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Amy Coney Barrett: Religious conservative US Supreme Court pick

Washington - Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was nominated Saturday to the US Supreme Court, is a darling of conservatives for her religious views but detractors warn her confirmation would shift the nation's top court firmly to the right.

Masks, birds and Italy dreams: this week on the US campaign trail

Washington - With fewer than 40 days before the US election, the race for the White House is in high gear, giving AFP the chance to select the strangest moments from a week on the campaign trail.

Canadian woman charged over ricin letter sent to Trump

New York - A Canadian woman accused of sending a ricin poison-laced letter to Donald Trump was formally charged on Tuesday with threatening the President of the United States.

Who will succeed Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court?

Washington - The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers US President Donald Trump an opportunity to replace the progressive Supreme Court justice with a staunch defender of conservative values -- even if Democrats are girding for the political equivalent of trench war...

'We got this': American left galvanized by death of RBG

Washington - The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg sounded a warning for American progressives, thousands of whom -- wracked with ever-deepening concern for the future -- gathered Saturday outside the Supreme Court to honor the late justice.

Cheesesteaks, bugs and obligatory chastity: life on the US campaign trail

Washington - Drive-in stump speeches, enforced chastity on a rapper's campaign trail, pesky critters and a Philly cheesesteak on Air Force One -- with fewer than 50 days before November 3, the run for the White House is in full swing.

US attorney general in hot water after comparing lockdown, slavery

Washington - US Attorney General Bill Barr faced criticism Thursday after saying coronavirus lockdown measures were the "greatest intrusion" on American civil liberties "other than slavery.

Salvador government probed over 'negotiations' with crime gang

Sansalvador - Prosecutors in El Salvador are investigating alleged secret negotiations between government officials and a prominent organized crime gang that has long terrorized the Central American nation.

Guns and trucks at Oregon protest to defend Trump's America

Oregon City - Hundreds of Donald Trump's supporters gathered for a large motorcade in support of the US president and police near Portland, where anti-racism activists have clashed continuously with law enforcement for more than 100 days.

13,000 chairs outside German parliament in Greek migrant camps protest

Berlin - Campaigners placed 13,000 chairs outside the German parliament building in Berlin on Monday, in a symbolic protest calling for the overcrowded migrants camps in Greek islands to be shut down.

Hair fights, wrinkles and sassy strongmen: a week on the US campaign trail

Washington - With less than two months until the US elections, the race for the White House -- long pushed to the margins by the coronavirus pandemic -- has finally taken off: a good time for AFP to make a weekly list of offbeat moments on the campaign trail.

Anti-racism protests in Portland will carry on: professor

Portland - The anti-racism protests that have taken place in Portland almost daily since May have become a hot issue in the US presidential race and will probably continue for some time, says University of Oregon political scientist Joe Lowndes.

US vote-by-mail begins as White House campaign gets ugly

Washington - The US election is officially open: North Carolina on Friday launched vote-by-mail operations for the November 3 contest between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, which is getting uglier by the day.

New book 'Melania and Me' feeds speculations about First Lady

New York - A new book released Tuesday dishes on the supposed icy relationship between Melania Trump and her stepdaughter Ivanka, fuel for gossips eager to speculate about first family rivalries.

US on brink as vigilantes, guns and hate stoke fears ahead of election

Washington - Shootings that left three dead at protests against police brutality have stoked fears of rising violence as a deeply divided US heads into elections amid economic collapse, a deadly pandemic and the worst social upheaval since the 1960s.

France opens racism probe after magazine depicts black MP as slave

Paris - French prosecutors on Monday opened a probe into allegations of racism after a right-wing magazine published images depicting a black woman MP as a slave, prompting a nationwide outcry.

Five tense years since the 2015 migrant crisis

Paris - The arrival five years ago of more than a million migrants in Europe caused widespread chaos and, despite a significant decline in arrivals, tensions and divisions have continued between EU countries over migration.

Biden hopes backing of former Republican staffers can help in key states

Washington - Joe Biden, striving to win over still-undecided voters who could swing the election against Donald Trump, is sparing no effort to broadcast one of his most potent weapons: endorsements from many of his former Republican opponents.

Trump says not one complaint about Hurricane Laura response

Lake Charles - President Donald Trump on Saturday visited Louisiana and Texas, pummeled this week by Hurricane Laura though the storm did not inflict the catastrophic damage and death toll of Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago.

Landmark protest in Mauritius over giant oil spill

Port Louis - Tens of thousands of Mauritians protested Saturday in the capital Port Louis over the government's handling of a giant oil spill off its pristine Indian Ocean coast.

Outrage in France after Nazi massacre memorial defaced

Oradour-sur-glane - French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday vowed that everything would be done to find out who defaced a memorial for one of the worst single massacres in France by the Nazis during World War II.

Joe Biden's wacky, virtual Democratic convention

Milwaukee - This is not the Democratic National Convention that Joe Biden wanted, but it's the one he's got.

Scranton cheers hometown hero Joe Biden on to the White House

Scranton - In a small sandwich shop in Scranton, Pennsylvania, customers crowd in with a life-size cardboard cut-out of Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential challenger who was born in the city and visited the shop as a child.

Ammonium nitrate: fertilizer behind many industrial accidents

Washington - Ammonium nitrate, which Lebanese authorities have said caused the devastating Beirut blast, is an odorless crystalline substance commonly used as a fertilizer and has caused numerous industrial explosions over the decades.

Trudeau denies conflicts in ethics scandal

Ottawa - In highly-anticipated testimony to Parliament on Thursday Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denied any conflict of interest in awarding a lucrative government contract to an organization that had previously paid members of his family.

Curious onlookers flock to closed US consulate in China

Chengdu - Taking selfies and waving Chinese flags curious locals flocked to the US consulate in Chengdu Sunday as officials prepared to remove its official plaque just days after Washington and Beijing ordered each other to close one of their diplomatic missions...

America divided two months after death of Floyd

Washington - One after another, statues recalling slavery in America keep coming down, and night after night demonstrators taunt police in a groundswell of anger over brutality against people of color.

DR Congo's Kabila prowls the political sidelines

Apo - Officially, he stepped down in January 2019, retiring after 18 years at the helm of the biggest country in sub-Saharan Africa.

Trump niece's memoir sells nearly 1 mn copies on first day

New York - A new book on Donald Trump written by his niece sold nearly a million copies on the first day it went on sale in the United States, its publisher said Thursday.

Malian opposition calls off high-risk protest

Bamako - The Malian opposition alliance that demands President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita step down has called off a high-risk protest, a spokesman said Wednesday.
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