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May 17, 2016
Opposition protest as Georgia jails senior military officials
Tbilisi (AFP) May 16, 2016
Georgia sentenced five senior military officials to seven years in jail on Monday, in a controversial embezzlement case that has heightened political tensions in the Caucasus country ahead of autumn's parliamentary polls. A court found four serving defence officials and one former official guilty of misspending state funds on a 2013 contract to lay fibre optic cables. They denied any wrongdoing, claiming that the case against them was fabricated. Opposition parties have claimed the prosecutions ... read more

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Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte may release jailed communist rebels in an effort to restart peace talks aimed at ending a decades-old insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, an aide said Tuesday. ... more
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Austria's far-right presidential candidate seeks to soften image
The man most likely to be Austria's next president, Norbert Hofer from the far-right Freedom Party, said Thursday he believed the integration of migrants was "possible", in an apparent bid to woo more mainstream voters. ... more
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Hong Kong's Filipino domestic workers vote to clean up back home
Twerking, selfie-taking, picnicking and performing impromptu dance routines - Hong Kong's 180,000-strong community of Filipino workers fill the city's public spaces on Sundays, their day off, to relax and party. ... more
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Austrian 'end of an era' after far-right election triumph
Austrian commentators declared the end of an era Monday after the anti-immigration far-right triumphed in presidential elections, ending 70 years of domination by a political elite criticised as out of touch and ineffectual. ... more
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Pro-EU Serbian PM wins election landslide: official results
Serbia's pro-EU Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic won a landslide victory in the country's general election, the electoral commission confirmed Monday after nearly all the ballots were counted. ... more
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Serbia's pro-European PM set for landslide win
Serbia's pro-European Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was set to win a landslide victory in Sunday's general election, according to initial projections. ... more
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Brazil's people will 'prevent setbacks' to democracy: Rousseff at UN
President Dilma Rousseff voiced confidence Friday that Brazil's people will "be able to prevent any setbacks" to democracy as she battles a bid to impeach her. ... more
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US warns of global attack on freedom, slams some allies
Governments around the world are cracking down on basic freedoms, the United States warned Wednesday, in a report that did not spare key US allies like Turkey and Egypt. ... more
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America's top general reminds troops to stay out of politics
The Pentagon's top general is reminding US forces not to express political views during a heated election season marked by Republican candidates calling for contentious military measures, an official said Monday. ... more
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Hong Kong threatens 'action' against independence party
The Hong Kong government has threatened to "take action" against a new independence party and China slammed the group, which said Thursday it had been blocked from registering for political reasons. ... more
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Myanmar army chief vows to uphold democratic transition
Myanmar's powerful army chief vowed Sunday to keep the nation "on the path to democracy", days before Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government takes office after decades of army rule. ... more
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Hong Kong student leader Wong to set up political party
The teenage face of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement announced on Sunday he will head a new political party to be set up to contest legislative elections in September. ... more
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China labour rules harm economy: finance minister
China's labour regulations harm workers by reducing job opportunities, the finance minister said Monday as Beijing tries to restructure its economy while avoiding mass layoffs and social unrest. ... more
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Flint to host Democratic debate after tainted water scandal
Tiana Lankford's two-year-old daughter was poisoned by the lead-tainted water that flowed from the taps in their home, causing the toddler to develop appetite and behavioral problems. ... more
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John McCain decries 'disturbing' Republican race
Senator John McCain, a Republican Party elder who ran against Barack Obama in 2008, decried Tuesday the contest for his party's presidential nomination that at times has devolved into childish taunts. ... more
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France's Hollande under attack from left of his party
French President Francois Hollande and his Prime Minister Manuel Valls are under open from the left flank of the governing Socialist party, with leading figures accusing the pair of crippling the country. ... more
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Suu Kyi, army chief talk as Myanmar presidency issue looms
Aung San Suu Kyi met Myanmar's army chief for the third time since her pro-democracy party swept elections, officials said Wednesday, heightening speculation that the military may hold sway over the selection of the next president. ... more
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Stump speeches: Regulators, locusts and jokes aplenty
Agence France-Presse has launched a weekly series of reporters' blogs taking readers behind the scenes of the 2016 US election for a look at the events and attitudes shaping the White House race. ... more
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China's Ai Weiwei shuts show to protest Danish migrant law
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Wednesday closed down his exhibition in the Danish capital after lawmakers passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to seize valuables from asylum seekers. ... more
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Myanmar president pushes to expand army-run ministry
Myanmar's outgoing army-backed president asked parliament Tuesday to extend the powers of the military-controlled home affairs ministry by giving it control over immigration, officials said. ... more
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Suu Kyi meets Myanmar army chief as power transition looms
Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar's powerful army chief held fresh talks Monday on the country's dramatic political transition, days before a military-dominated legislature hands over to the most democratic parliament in generations. ... more
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