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Pussy Riot slams Putin re-election at Mexico show

Mexico - The Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot -- whose members served time in prison camps after criticizing the Moscow government -- is rejecting President Vladimir Putin's re-election.

Protesters target latest campaign tour by Brazil's Lula

Bag - Protesters interrupted the start Monday of an election campaign tour by former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who leads opinion polls but faces a lengthy jail sentence for corruption.

French 'anarchist cell' on trial over 2008 rail sabotage

Paris - Eight members of an alleged anarchist cell went on trial in France on Tuesday accused of sabotaging high-speed train lines, a decade after they were arrested and sensationally accused of terrorism.

French Indian Ocean island erupts over immigration, insecurity

Mamoutzou - The French government attempted Monday to end weeks of unrest on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte, with a visiting minister promising action against insecurity and an influx of migrants from neighbouring African islands that has severely strai...

Catalonia 'Republic Now' march draws tens of thousands

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of people marched in Barcelona on Sunday to demand the formation of a new government in Spain's Catalonia region leading to its independence from Madrid despite formidable legal obstacles.

Srebrenica award to Bosnian Serb leader angers victims' families

Sarajevo - Authorities in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica angered relatives of the 1995 massacre there by handing its top municipal award on Sunday to the leader of the Bosnian Serbs, local media reported.

Anti-separatists in Catalonia march for fictional 'Tabarnia' region

Barcelona - Thousands of Catalans opposed to moves to split from Spain took to Barcelona's streets on Sunday, calling for the fictional "Tabarnia" region to cede from Catalonia, in a mocking attempt to undermine the separatist arguments.

Romania graft body investigates record cases despite 'attacks'

Bucharest - Romania's anti-corruption agency investigated a record number of cases in 2017, despite "unprecedented attacks" by political authorities, its chief prosecutor said Wednesday.

Top Burkina Faso generals on trial over failed 2015 coup

Ouagadougou - More than 80 people went on trial before a military court in Burkina Faso on Tuesday over a failed 2015 coup in a case seen as a test for justice in the West African country.

Top Burkina Faso generals on trial over failed 2015 coup

Ouagadougou - More than 80 people went on trial before a military court in Burkina Faso on Tuesday over the failed 2015 coup in a case being seen as a test for justice in the West African country.

Madrid art fair pulls Catalan 'political prisoners' installation

Madrid - An installation by a controversial Spanish artist which refers to Catalan separatist leaders as "political prisoners" was removed Wednesday from a major Madrid art fair at the request of the venue's operator.

Tillerson meets Lebanese PM, offers US support

Beirut - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks with Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday in Beirut where he offered Washington's support for a "free and democratic" Lebanon.

French minister Darmanin denies second sex abuse claims

Lille - French Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin denied Thursday that he had used his political position to ask for sexual favours, saying a second complaint from a woman this week was a "slanderous accusation".

Protesters face 'zero tolerance' in Chad as 17 sentenced

Ndjame - "Fear rules over the city," said Mahamat, a resident of the Chadian capital N'Djamena for more than 40 years who did not dare to reveal his real name."Although people are frustrated, they don't want to be arrested, kidnapped or tortured.

S.Africa crisis: The Ramaphosa era opens

Johanesburg - South Africa's parliament on Thursday chose Cyril Ramaphosa, an anti-apartheid activist who became a wealthy businessman, to be president after Jacob Zuma, tarred by scandal, was forced from office.

Ruler since 1982, Biya turns 85 as strife grips parts of Cameroon

Douala - President Paul Biya of Cameroon celebrates his 85th birthday on Tuesday after 35 years at the helm of a country that today faces daunting problems, including a separatist revolt.

French police go local in new approach to lower tensions

Paris - France is to introduce a "new approach" to community policing that aims to combat anti-social behaviour and lower tensions in many high-crime areas of the country, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Thursday.

Spanish PM tells Catalan separatists to pick a leader who respects the law

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Sunday called on Catalan separatists to choose a regional leader who respects the law to replace exiled former leader Carles Puigdemont, who faces arrest if he returns to Spain.

Robin Bell, artist and anti-Trump activist

Washington - Robin Bell, multimedia artist and Donald Trump foe, regularly projects messages onto the facade of Trump International Hotel in Washington to "visually" denounce the American president's policies.

Unrest casts long shadow as Cameroon enters election year

Yaound - Facing tensions on two fronts with bitter unrest in English-speaking regions and Boko Haram jihadist attacks in the north, Cameroon must tackle an additional political challenge this year with strongman Paul Biya seeking re-election as president.

E.Guinea president vows to 'protect' exiled Gambian leader

Malabo - Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has said he will "protect" former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh who has been living in exile in the central African country after being forced to quit power last year, adding that the African Union also...

100 years after 'Spanish flu', new global pandemics feared

Davos - Ebola, zika, SARS: a century after the "Spanish flu" killed 50 million people, humanity now risks a new wave of deadly diseases, and in today's globalised world another such pandemic may be unavoidable, experts warned at the Davos summit this week.

Whistleblower Manning seeks US Senate seat

Washington - Whistleblower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is seeking election to the US Senate in the state of Maryland, a document seen on Saturday says.

Tunisia anti-austerity protests: what next?

Tunis - Tunisia has been shaken by a wave of protests against austerity measures that have seen nearly 800 people arrested over the past few days.

US, NKorea closer to war than ever: former US military chief

Washington - The United States is now closer than it has ever been to a nuclear war with North Korea, a former top US military officer warned Sunday, saying he saw little prospect of a diplomatic solution.

Turkey rages after 'coup' officer granted asylum in Greece

Atenas - The Turkish foreign ministry on Saturday slammed a decision in Greece to grant asylum to a Turkish helicopter co-pilot, who fled the country after last year's failed coup, as "politically motivated" and warned of a negative impact on bilateral relation...

Poland in the EU: challenging times for a dream come true

Warsaw - Poland's entry into the European Union in 2004 was a dream come true just 15 years after it shed communism, but today its rightwing government is posing an unprecedented challenge to the authority of Brussels in enforcing democratic standards, includin...

Thousands rally demanding Saakashvili's release in Ukraine

Kiev - Thousands of people rallied Sunday in central Kiev to demand the release of detained former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili and the impeachment of his rival, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

After Weinstein scandal, powerful men fall like dominoes

Washington - Democratic Senator Al Franken on Thursday became the latest in a succession of famous American men felled by allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Detained Morocco protest leader hospitalised during court hearing

Rabat - The hunger-striking leader of a Moroccan protest movement that rocked the country's north was rushed to hospital Tuesday during a hearing at a Casablanca court, one of his lawyers said.
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