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Dec 17, 2016
No deal in Congo talks on Kabila's future before expected protests | ReutersBy Aaron Ross | KINSHASA KINSHASA Talks in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday between the ruling coalition and the opposition failed to reach a compromise on the political future of President Joseph Kabila, who is set to stay in power when his mandate ends on Monday.Delegates said the talks will resume on Wednesday once the Catholic bishops mediating the negotiations have returned from a trip to Rome to meet the pope. The opposition wants elections next year and for Kabila to pledge he will step down after nearly 16 years in power and not stand for a third term, which would breach Congo's constitution. The government says it cannot organise a presidential vote until 2018, however, and the constitutional court ruled in May he can stay on until the election.The capital Kinshasa is on edge ahead of planned protests against what opponents say is a bid by Kabila to cling to power
Dec 08, 2016
Italy president starts talks to seek way out of political crisis | ReutersBy Steve Scherer and Francesca Piscioneri | ROME ROME Italy's president began talks with political leaders on Thursday to seek a way out of the political crisis caused by the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.Sergio Mattarella, a 75-year-old former politician and constitutional court judge, must decide if someone can lead Italy to elections scheduled for 2018, or whether an interim government should serve until a snap vote can be held in spring.Mattarella, a former Christian Democrat with a less interventionist style than his predecessor Giorgio Napolitano, begins talks with institutional leaders at 6 p.m.
Oct 26, 2016
ANALYSIS - In Lebanon deal, Iran wins and Saudi retreats | ReutersBy Tom Perry and Laila Bassam | BEIRUT BEIRUT A veteran Christian leader is set to fill Lebanon's long-vacant presidency in a deal that underlines the ascendancy of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement and the diminished role of Saudi Arabia in the country.It appears all but certain that Michel Aoun will become president next week under an unlikely proposal tabled by Sunni leader Saad al-Hariri, whose Saudi-backed coalition opposed Hezbollah for years.Parliament will likely elect Aoun on Oct. 31. This will end one element of a paralysing political crisis: the 29-month-long presidential vacuum.
Oct 22, 2016
South Africa to quit troubled U.N. war crimes court | ReutersBy Joe Brock | PRETORIA PRETORIA South Africa said on Friday it was quitting the International Criminal Court (ICC) because membership conflicted with diplomatic immunity laws, dealing a new blow to the struggling court and angering the political opposition.Pretoria last year announced its intention to leave after the ICC criticised it for disregarding an ICC order to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is accused of genocide and war crimes, when he visited South Africa. Bashir has denied the accusations.The United Nations on Friday confirmed receipt of South Africa's withdrawal from the ICC, which will take effect one year from Oct. 19, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, making it the first country to quit the Rome Statute.The instrument of withdrawal document, seen by Reuters on Thursday, has been assessed by the United Nations as bona fide and is being processed, Dujarric said.The announcement puts new pressure on the world's first permanent war crimes court, which has had to fight off allegations of pursuing a neo-colonial agenda in Africa, where all but one of its 10 investigations have been based.
Oct 19, 2016
Macron outlines vision of French Islam, drops more ambition hints | ReutersBy Michel Rose | MONTPELLIER MONTPELLIER Former economy minister Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that France had sometimes made mistakes in unfairly targeting Muslims, suggesting the country could be less stringent in applying its rules on secularism.He made his comments at a rally in the southern city of Monpellier, but he again stopped short of saying he would stand in next year's presidential election."No religion is a problem in France today," he told the crowd. "If the state should be neutral, which is at the heart of secularism, we have a duty to let everybody practice their religion with dignity."The comments followed a string of deadly Islamist militant attacks in Paris and Nice in the past year that have focused attention on France's large Muslim and Arab population and their place in its society.Over the summer, the issue of the full-body "burkini" swimsuit, which some towns tried to ban women from wearing, also fueled tensions.Macron quit President Francois Hollande's government in August, pledging to "transform France".
Oct 15, 2016
Former Alberta leader Prentice among 4 killed in plane crash - media | ReutersBy Nia Williams | CALGARY, Alberta CALGARY, Alberta Canadians across the political spectrum paid tribute to former Alberta premier and federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice on Friday, following media reports he was killed in a plane crash in British Columbia.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed four people had died in a crash on Thursday evening but did not release names.Canada's Transportation Safety Board said they were investigating the wreckage of a downed Citation jet that was travelling to Calgary, Alberta, which crashed shortly after its takeoff from Kelowna, British Columbia.“Our police officers and police dog reached the crash scene shortly after midnight, but unfortunately they were not able to locate any survivors,” RCMP spokesman Dan Moskaluk said in a statement. “There was catastrophic damage.”The British Columbia coroner's officer said it was unlikely to confirm the victims' identity on Friday
Oct 12, 2016
Texas police face discipline for wearing Trump caps on duty | ReutersBy Alex Dobuzinskis Several San Antonio police officers who wore Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" hats during his stop in Texas on Tuesday face discipline for violating a policy against endorsing a candidate while on duty, the police chief said.More than a dozen officers in uniform wore the red caps with Trump's slogan as they stood with the candidate at an airport, in a video posted on Trump's Twitter page.The 25-second clip bears the words "We will make America safe & great again, together" as the officers walk away.San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor later said on Facebook she was "deeply disappointed" by the display and Police Chief William McManus said in a statement the officers showed "poor judgment.""I expect them to know better than to give the appearance of endorsing a candidate while on duty and in uniform, regardless of the political campaign or the candidate," McManus said. The identities of the officers was not immediately clear and they could not be reached for comment.They were escorting Trump at the end of his visit, said Michael Helle, president of the San Antonio Police Officers Association, in a statement."Frankly, the officers were most likely caught up in the moment and did not consider the political nature of their actions," Helle said. Helle told the San Antonio Express-News he expected the officers to only face "benign" punishment, such as a written reprimand.Last month, the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest U.S
Jul 07, 2016
U.S. sanctions North Korean leader over rights abuses | ReutersWASHINGTON The United States on Wednesday sanctioned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time, citing "notorious abuses of human rights," in a move that diplomats say will incense the nuclear-armed country.
Jun 21, 2016
British lawmaker Cox was killed because of her political views - husband | ReutersLONDON British lawmaker Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed in the street last week, died because of her strong political views, her husband said on Tuesday. Cox, a supporter of Britain's European Union membership who had also campaigned for Britain to do more to help refugees, was killed in her northern English electoral district by a man heard shouting "Britain first". "She had very strong political views and I believe she was killed because of those views," her husband Brendan Cox told broadcasters.
May 21, 2016
Political future on line, Italy's Renzi launches referendum campaign | ReutersROME Prime Minister Matteo Renzi launched his campaign on Saturday to win an October referendum on constitutional reform, staking his political future on an attempt to finally give Italy stable governments. Recent opinion polls suggest the electorate will reject his proposal to streamline the parliamentary system and strip Italy's regions of some of their decision-making powers. The 41-year-old prime minister has said he will stand down if he loses, a gamble that could usher in a new era of political chaos and revive market turbulence in the euro zone's third-largest economy.