French presidential hopeful warns of Britain becoming US vassal state

French presidential hopeful warns of Britain becoming US vassal state

Britain is becoming subservient to a United States that will be extremely difficult to cooperate with judging by President Donald Trump’s “serious and worrying” first acts, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron said on Friday. British Prime Minister Theresa May, who will hold talks with Trump later on Friday, wants a renewal of the “special relationship” […]

Mass presidential pardon for quarter of prisoners in Burundi

Mass presidential pardon for quarter of prisoners in Burundi

Burundi began Monday releasing a quarter of its jail population under a mass presidential pardon, but prisoners’ rights groups voiced concern they were just making room for more political inmates. A first group of 300 were released from the Mpimba central prison in Bujumbura, but authorities aim to free some 2,500 of the total, which […]

French presidential hopeful, ex-PM Valls slapped during campaign stop

French presidential hopeful, ex-PM Valls slapped during campaign stop

A youth reached out apparently to slap former prime minister Manuel Valls when he was on an election tour in France’s Brittany region on Tuesday and was wrestled to the ground by a security guard, a video by local media showed. Valls, 54, who was walking past a group of people in the town of […]

France’s left-wing presidential hopefuls unveil their platforms

France’s left-wing presidential hopefuls unveil their platforms

Former prime minister Manuel Valls and Vincent Peillon, an MEP and former education minister, unveiled their respective presidential platforms Tuesday as they gear up to compete with five other left-wing contenders in France’s April-May elections. The fellow Socialist Party politicians agreed on the need to revive the European Union, but diverged on the national budget […]

France’s Fillon pledges economic reboot as he claims conservative presidential nomination

France’s Fillon pledges economic reboot as he claims conservative presidential nomination

  Former prime minister François Fillon on Sunday pledged deep economic reforms after winning the conservative Les Républicains’ presidential nomination. Fillon, 62, resoundingly beat in-party rival Alain Juppé in France’s conservative presidential primary run-off, one week after he shocked the country’s political landscape by topping the first-round poll. He earned 66.5 percent of votes in […]

French presidential hopefuls hold final rallies ahead of right-wing primary

French presidential hopefuls hold final rallies ahead of right-wing primary

  The frontrunners of France’s right-wing presidential primary held their final campaign rallies across the country on Friday, hoping to win over voters two days ahead of a poll that still appears to be up for grabs. French conservatives on Sunday are being asked to pick their preferred candidate from a field of seven politicians […]

Donald Trump: Billionaire reality TV star becomes presidential contender

Donald Trump: Billionaire reality TV star becomes presidential contender

Real estate tycoon, celebrity billionaire and a master peddler of his own brand, Donald J. Trump made his name on sealing the deal. But Trump, 70, has restyled himself as an everyman and political outsider in his bid for the presidency. The bronze-coiffed iconoclast has cut a controversial figure throughout the 2016 US presidential election […]

Juppé widens lead over Sarkozy ahead of French presidential primaries

Juppé widens lead over Sarkozy ahead of French presidential primaries

  Former prime minister Alain Juppé has widened his lead over rival Nicolas Sarkozy to win the centre-right’s nomination for France’s 2017 presidential elections, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, initially narrowed the gap with Juppé when he launched his campaign in August on a law-and-order platform. […]

Is Donald Trump bad for your mental health?

Is Donald Trump bad for your mental health?

Donald Trump’s comments on women, immigrants and Muslims have made this year’s US presidential race one of the most divisive in living memory. But could his controversial remarks also be damaging the mental health of the nation? A number of US therapists and school teachers have warned that Trump’s rhetoric is having a notable and […]

DR Congo political crisis deepens as presidential vote postponed

DR Congo political crisis deepens as presidential vote postponed

A ruling by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s top court approving an electoral commission request to postpone the country’s presidential election by 18 months has compounded fears President Joseph Kabila may try to extend his rule for a third term. The constitutional court ruled in favour of the electoral commission on Monday, which filed a […]

Right-wing rivals aim jabs at Sarkozy in presidential primary debate

Right-wing rivals aim jabs at Sarkozy in presidential primary debate

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy faced a series of verbal attacks on Thursday night, as right-wing rivals sparred in the first of three presidential primary debates. Sarkozy was forced on the defensive on the debate stage, saying he was unjustly hounded by legal investigations, while fending off attacks by former party chief Jean-François Coppé and […]

As it happened: Trump and Clinton clash in second presidential debate

As it happened: Trump and Clinton clash in second presidential debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clashed in a heated second presidential second presidential debate in St Louis, Missouri, on Sunday night, coming in the wake of the scandal over Trump’s remarks about women in leaked recordings. The debate got off to a frosty start as the two candidates chose to forego the customary handshake. The […]

French presidential hopeful Juppé takes aim at ‘panicking’ rival Sarkozy

French presidential hopeful Juppé takes aim at ‘panicking’ rival Sarkozy

Presidential hopeful and former French prime minister Alain Juppé aimed several sharp jabs at Nicolas Sarkozy on primetime TV Thursday night, saying that it was clear his rival was “panicking” ahead of the primaries. During a two-hour, primetime interview on France 2 television, Juppé presented his policies for addressing France’s ailing economy, Europe’s migrant crisis, […]

Presidential hopeful Macron sets out ideas to fix France’s ‘self-serving’ politics

Presidential hopeful Macron sets out ideas to fix France’s ‘self-serving’ politics

France is sick because politicians throw taxpayers money at problems instead of addressing them properly, presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday as he set out a first batch of ideas to reform the country’s political system. The former economy minister who quit President Francois Hollande’s government this summerslammed the whole political class for failing […]

Centrist Bayrou trips up Sarkozy at start of presidential race

Centrist Bayrou trips up Sarkozy at start of presidential race

Centrist politician François Bayrou on Sunday said he would run as a candidate in France’s presidential election next year if Nicolas Sarkozy won the right-wing Les Républicains party nomination, in a new affront to the former president. Speaking to supporters gathered in the western French town of Guidel, Bayrou accused Sarkozy of pitting French people […]

Clinton and Trump clash in fierce presidential debate

Clinton and Trump clash in fierce presidential debate

  Donald Trump’s taxes and Hillary Clinton’s emails were among the topics of a hotly contested debate between the two presidential candidates on Monday night in their first head-to-head clash in the race for the White House. Clinton and Trump engaged in a vigorous back-and-forth on the debate stage at Hofstra University in New York […]

List of candidates for French right-wing presidential primary unveiled

List of candidates for French right-wing presidential primary unveiled

Election authorities on Wednesday unveiled a list of seven candidates competing for France’s conservative presidential nomination, a race that is widely expected to become a duel between ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé. Touted as the country’s centre and right-wing presidential primary, the contest in fact includes six members of the main opposition […]

Tension mounts as Gabon braces for presidential elections results

Tension mounts as Gabon braces for presidential elections results

Gabon was braced on Wednesday for an election result that looks likely to be hotly disputed between bitter rivals President Ali Bongo and his main challenger Jean Ping. The electoral commission was scheduled to release the results on Tuesday evening, but by 5.30 a.m. (0430 GMT) the following day, the panel was still in a […]

Car bomb explodes near presidential palace in Somali capital Mogadishu

Car bomb explodes near presidential palace in Somali capital Mogadishu

  A car bomb claimed by al Shabaab Islamist militants killed five soldiers outside the president’s palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu and badly damaged two nearby hotels, police said. Reuters witnesses said gunfire could be heard after the explosion and a huge cloud of smoke could be seen above the president’s palace, outside […]

Islam’s place in France set to dominate right-wing presidential primary

Islam’s place in France set to dominate right-wing presidential primary

The contest to pick a presidential nominee among France’s right-wing camp is shaping up as a battle between former president Nicolas Sarkozy and Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé, with Islam’s place in France the hot issue of the primaries. Around a dozen members of the main opposition Les Républicains party (formerly UMP) have declared themselves candidates […]

Hollande welcomes Team France Olympians at the Elysée presidential palace

Hollande welcomes Team France Olympians at the Elysée presidential palace

France’s Olympic team returned home on Tuesday where they received a hero’s welcome at the Elysée presidential palace in Paris after winning a total of 42 medals – 10 of them gold – at the Rio Games. The athletes arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport earlier on Tuesday, greeted by dozens of cheering fans. France […]

Anti-Trump Republican McMullin announces presidential bid

Anti-Trump Republican McMullin announces presidential bid

A former CIA officer and congressional staffer on Monday launched a long-shot bid for president, a Republican billing himself as a conservative alternative to Donald Trump who disenchanted voters can rally around. There is little chance that the newly announced candidate, Evan McMullin, could win and only a slight chance he will even be able […]

Scores feared dead after South Sudan gun battles

Scores feared dead after South Sudan gun battles

Gun battles near South Sudan’s presidential palace and a United Nations base in the capital of Juba broke out on Friday with scores feared dead, once again sparking fears of a return to civil war. President Salva Kiir and his vice president, former rebel leader Riek Machar, were both preparing to address the media at […]

Peru’s Kuczynski wins nail-biting presidential race

Peru’s Kuczynski wins nail-biting presidential race

  Former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski won 41,438 more votes than Keiko Fujimori in Peru’s photo finish presidential election, but thousands of disputed or unclear ballots remain uncounted, authorities said on Thursday. Kuczynski, a centrist, won 50.12 percent of all tallied votes over 49.88 percent for Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of a jailed […]

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