politics

Iraq claims advance in retaking Mosul airport from Islamic State

Iraqi forces wrested back half of Mosul's airport from Islamic State Thursday, shortly after entering the facility during their ongoing campaign to drive the extremist militia from its last key stronghold in the country.

Malaysia asks Interpol to issue alert for suspects in N Korean death

Malaysia on Thursday requested that Interpol issue an alert for four North Koreans suspected of involvement in last week's killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Eight killed as bomb targets restaurant in Pakistan’s Lahore

A bomb ripped through a high-end restaurant in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Thursday, killing eight people, officials said, marking another attack amid a surge in violence by Islamist militants that has ended months of fragile calm.

Philippine court orders arrest of top Duterte critic

Senator Leila De Lima, one of the most outspoken critics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was on Thursday ordered arrested on illegal drug charges by a Philippine court.

Vietnam asks YouTube to block politically sensitive videos

Vietnamese authorities have demanded that YouTube block 17 videos that thez say violate the country's laws restricting speech, state media reported Thursday.

Trump administration reverses transgender bathroom protections

The Trump administration on Wednesday withdrew Obama-era guidance about the use of school and university bathrooms by transgender students, local media reported.

Germany deports 18 rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan

A Kabul-bound plane with 18 Afghan migrants on board took off from Munich Airport late Wednesday, its passengers becoming the third group of rejected asylum seekers to be deported by German authorities back to Afghanistan.

New Romanian justice minister named after anti-corruption protests

Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has named a former judge to be the country's next justice minister, after the previous office holder resigned under pressure from mass anti-corruption protests.

Le Pen's chief of staff indicted in European Parliament jobs probe

The chief of staff of Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate for president in upcoming French elections, was indicted Wednesday over allegations of irregular reimbursements from the European Parliament, a judicial source told dpa.

New Somali president asks al-Shabaab to surrender to 'help' country

Somalia's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo asked Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab to surrender in order "to help rebuild" the conflict-ridden East African nation.

Bomb explodes outside police officer's home in Northern Ireland

A bomb exploded outside a police officer's home in Northern Ireland on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Reformist Macron wins support of key centrist leader for French vote

France's reformist presidential hopeful, Emmanuel Macron, got a boost on Wednesday when he picked up the support of a party leader whose centrist constituency played a pivotal role in the last two presidential elections.

Official assigned to Wilders' security team held by Dutch police

A security official assigned to protect Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is being held by police on suspicion of passing along classified information about the lawmaker to a Dutch-Moroccan crime gang.

Italy's 'Red Thing' could make impact in election debut, polls show

Two polls conducted for RAI public broadcaster released Wednesday showed a new entity that split from Italy's ruling Democratic Party

Congo to investigate alleged massacre by army

The Congolese government Wednesday pledged to investigate an alleged massacre of unarmed men and women by the army, after initially dismissing a video claiming to show it as a fake.

Merkel cabinet OKs new rules easing deportation of asylum seekers

The cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday agreed a package of measures to ease the deportation of criminal asylum seekers.

Report: Le Pen aides held for questioning on European Parliament jobs

Two key aides to Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate for the French presidency, have been held for questioning by police, the Agence France Presse news agency reported on Wednesday.

Gambia arrests notorious former intelligence chief and deputy

Police have arrested Gambia’s former head of the national intelligence agency and his deputy, part of President Adama Barrow’s attempts to re-establish democracy in the small West African nation, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Support wanes for Dutch right-wing populist Wilders ahead of polls

Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders has lost ground in election surveys just three weeks before the country goes to the polls to elect a new parliament.

Judges Association head says not necessary to react to judge's attack on press

Association of Croatian Judges president Djuro Sessa said on Wednesday he did not find it necessary" to react to Sibenik Municipal Court judge Maja Supe's recent attack on journalists, when she said they were not educated to cover trials and that they called her "the most corrupt judge in the country."

Turkey removes restrictions on Islamic headscarves in the military

Female members of the Turkish military, including officers, will be allowed to wear the Islamic headscarf as long as it is color-compliant with their uniform, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Protesters clash with police in Nepal anti-government shutdown

Anti-government protesters clashed with police in towns across southern Nepal and attacked a municipal building Wednesday as they forced a shutdown in the region over local elections.

Pollster: Trump presidency is causing Germany's AfD to lose support

A prominent German pollster said Wednesday that the "chaotic" leadership of US President Donald Trump has caused an electoral decline for Germany's right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Iraq's powerful Shiite militia attacks Islamic State near Mosul

Baghdad (dpa) - Iraq's powerful Shiite militia launched a major attack Wednesday to recapture areas near the city of Mosul from Islamic State, backing an ongoing government offensive against the radical Sunni group.

Monitor: Israeli jets hit arms depots near Damascus

 Israeli warplanes Wednesday hit arms depots near the Syrian capital Damascus, a monitoring group reported.

S African court invalidates International Criminal Court withdrawal

South Africa's government must seek legislative approval before it can withdraw from the International Criminal Court, ruled a court Wednesday, throwing up a roadblock to attempts to part ways with the international tribunal.

Senior Yemeni army commander killed while fighting rebels

A senior commander of Yemeni government troops was killed Wednesday while fighting rebels, in a blow to President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi, who vowed revenge.

North Korean diplomat sought over Kim Jong Nam killing in Malaysia

Two more people, including a North Korean diplomat, are wanted for questioning in connection with last week's killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Malaysian police said Wednesday.

Breitbart editor resigns after release of paedophilia comments

Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial editor at the far-right Breitbart news website, resigned Tuesday after the emergence of recordings in which he appears to defend sexual relationships between young boys and older men.

Trump administration opens door for mass deportations

The US Department of Homeland Security laid the groundwork Tuesday for mass deportations of immigrants living illegally in the United States under an executive order by President Donald Trump last month.

Brexit bill: House of Lords says public can change mind on leaving EU

The British public should be able to change their minds on Brexit - just as Prime Minister Theresa May did, the upper chamber of parliament heard Tuesday during a marathon debate on legislation to kick off EU negotiations.

Italian lawmakers, rights activists clash over gay sex club scandal

Gay rights activists and conservative politicians clashed Tuesday after the chief of Italy's anti-discrimination office quit over allegations that money had been authorized for gay sex clubs.

Trump condemns "horrible, painful" anti-Jewish incidents

US President Donald Trump condemned a recent spate of threats against Jewish community targets across the United States, during a visit Tuesday to the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

Austria seeks to create jobs, but new EU immigrants need not apply

Austria plans to create 160,000 jobs in the next three years by subsidizing companies, but the project has raised concerns because it effectively excludes people who recently immigrated from other EU countries.

Azerbaijan's long-time leader Aliyev appoints wife as vice president

The long-time president of the oil-rich, Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, appointed his wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, as vice president on Tuesday.

Le Pen quits meeting with Lebanon's Sunni cleric over headscarf row

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen walked away from a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon's senior Muslim Sunni cleric after she refused to wear a headscarf.

Cause of death still unclear in North Korean killing in Malaysia

The cause of death is "still pending" following an autopsy of the estranged half-brother of North Korea's ruler, following his mysterious death at Kuala Lumpur's airport last week, Malaysia's director general of health said Tuesday.

Milo Yiannopoulous' book deal cancelled over child abuse comments

US publisher Simon & Schuster cancelled Milo Yiannopolous' book deal on Monday after a video emerged of the far-right blogger defending sex with children.

US Army General McMaster tapped as Trump's national security advisor

Army Lieutenant General HR McMaster will be the new White House national security advisor, US President Donald Trump told reporters Monday.

President wants to recall "politically appointed ambassadors", can't do it without gov't

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said that many politically appointed Croatian ambassadors were not carrying out state policies but that she could not replace them without the government to appoint career diplomats who would fight for Croatia's interests.

Unhappy Presidents' Day: Trump still manoeuvring after Sweden comment

Donald Trump used his first Presidents' Day in office to continue trying to talk his way out of comments implying a terrorist attack in Sweden that never happened.

Petrov rules out early parliamentary election

Parliament Speaker and Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov on Monday dismissed speculation about a reshuffle of the parliamentary majority, saying an early election was likelier, but that right now he did not see "such a scenario."

Opposition youth leader arrested in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean police on Monday arrested an opposition youth leader on charges of inciting public violence against the government of President Robert Mugabe, the youth leader’s lawyer said.

North Korean envoy to Malaysia: 'We cannot trust the investigation'

North Korea "cannot trust the investigation" by Malaysian police into the death last week of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Pyongyang's ambassador to Malaysia said Monday.

Cambodia passes bill easing requirements to abolish political parties

Cambodia's parliament passed a controversial bill on Monday allowing the government to abolish political parties whose members have been convicted of criminal charges, a senior opposition lawmaker has confirmed to dpa.

Thousands protest in Malta against controversial press law reforms

Thousands of people attended a demonstration in Malta on Sunday, answering a call by the main opposition party to protest against what it described as a threat to democracy and freedom of expression.

'Now more than ever': US scientists gird for confrontation with Trump

Normally any annual gathering of American scientists is relatively non-political. But, with Donald Trump in the White House, things are different at this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Many researchers are worried about their future and are urging colleagues to protest - and remain vigilant.

Turkey's Erdogan to bring constitutional reform campaign to Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preparing to bring a campaign for constitutional reform to Turks living in the European Union, his premier told journalists in Munich on Sunday.

Schulz's SPD surges past CDU for first time in decade, survey shows

The German centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) are ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) for the first time in a decade, according to a German survey published on Sunday.

Renzi resigns as head of Italy's Democratic Party

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi stepped down Sunday from his role as head of country's ruling Democratic Party, but left the door open for his potential return to the post.

What happened in Sweden? Country asks Trump to clarify rally remarks

Swedish commentators and media Sunday reacted with astonishment at weekend remarks by US President Donald Trump implying that the Scandinavian country had been the target of a recent terrorist attack.

Trump border wall plans push Mexico to seek new trading partners

Mexico will pursue trade agreements with other nations following threats by US President Donald Trump to tax its exports to the United States, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray has told dpa.

Trump attacks media, touts own progress at campaign-style rally

US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on the media and renewed his pre-election promises on Saturday at a rally in Florida, which had echoes of his electoral campaign appearances last year.

Grabar-Kitarovic: If there's no alternative, my office will stay at Pantovcak

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Saturday that if there was no alternative, her office would remain at the presidential complex at Pantovcak even though she would prefer having it moved to some other location, which was one of her election promises.

Tens of thousands flock to Barrow's inauguration in Gambia

Tens of thousands of Gambians on Saturday flocked to the inauguration of the country’s third president, Adama Barrow, following months of uncertainty after his predecessor Yahya Jammeh refused to give up power.

Malaysian police arrest North Korean linked to Kim Jong Nam's death

Malaysian police said Saturday they had arrested a North Korean man linked to the suspected assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Polish PM released from hospital after car accident

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo left a military hospital in Warsaw on Friday, a week after being involved in a car accident, and said she would chair a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Blair urges Britons to rise up and reverse Brexit

Britain's departure from the European Union is not inevitable, former prime minister Tony Blair said Friday, calling for the creation of a cross-party movement to persuade the public they can change their minds on Brexit.

Conflict of Interest Commission takes action against Petrov

The Conflict of Interest Commission holds that an official cannot use his public duty for personal gain and gain of people close to him.

Politician Marko Veselica, also known as Croatia's Mandela, dies

Croatian politician and economic expert, Marko Veselica, who earned the nickname "Croatia's Mandela" due to his 12-year imprisonment during the Communist-led Yugoslavia in the 1970s and 1980s, died in a hospital in Zagreb at the age of 81.

Blair to call on Britons to rethink Brexit

Former British prime minister Tony Blair is set to challenge the government on Friday on its commitment to leave the European Union.

Five numbers from Trump's 77-minute free-for-all

Donald Trump is a political novice without electoral or military experience, unlike any other president in US history.

Victory: Trump's among smallest, but insists it's "very substantial"

US President Donald Trump won the election on November 8, and he doesn't want anyone to forget it.

Trump lambasts media, says stories about ties to Russia are a 'ruse'

US President Donald Trump went head to head with reporters Thursday at a wide-ranging news conference in which he denied having any dealings in Russia and accused the news media of being negative and dishonest.

Trump: Wall Street records show "great level of confidence" in plan

President Donald Trump is celebrating the stock market rally on Wall Street since his election and promising to unveil reforms to the US corporate tax system.

International community warns Congo against postponing elections

The United Nations, the African Union and the European Union on Thursday expressed concern over Congo's lack of progress in organizing the elections due this year, urging the "full and timely implementation" of the plan.

North Korean man killed in Malaysia identified as Kim Jong Nam

The man killed at Kuala Lumpur's international airport earlier in the week was indeed Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's older half brother, Malaysian officials confirmed Thursday.

Trump denounces "unfair" treatment of his fired top security advisor

Donald Trump is decrying the "unfair" treatment of his former national security advisor, two days after ousting Michael Flynn over what the White House said was an "erosion" of the president's trust in the retired US Army general.

Congo says it does not have enough money to organize elections

Congo does not have sufficient funds for holding the elections planned by the end of this year, Budget Minister Pierre Kangudia announced Wednesday, while the opposition accused the government of manoeuvring to keep President Joseph Kabila in power.

Trump lashes out after reports of campaign connections to Russia

US President Donald Trump attacked major media, US intelligence agencies and former president Barack Obama on Wednesday, after reports that his campaign had contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the election campaign.

Merkel government agrees to equalize east-west pension levels by 2025

The pension gap between western Germany and the former Communist east will be equalized by January 1, 2025, the German government decided on Wednesday.

Report: Trump aides had repeated contact with Russian intelligence

Associates of Donald Trump, including campaign aides, had "repeated contacts" with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the new US president was elected, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Seoul confirms North Korean leader's half brother killed by poison

South Korea's spy agency has confirmed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother was killed by poison, local media reported Wednesday.

White House scurries to respond to ouster of Trump's security advisor

The new US administration was in damage control Tuesday as questions lingered over the ouster of the White House national security advisor just 25 days after President Donald Trump took office.

Turkish PM Yildirim to campaign for referendum to Turks in Germany

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was set to address thousands of fellow Turks in western Germany Saturday in an effort to campaign for constitutional reform in his country that would extend the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

North Korean leader's half brother dead in suspected assassination

Malaysian police confirmed on Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother Kim Jong Nam has died in what media reports said was an assassination.

Predrag Matic claims scandal being concocted against him

Commenting on irregularities the State Audit Office has identified at the Veterans' Affairs Ministry for the year 2015, when he was at its helm, former minister Predrag Matic of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said on Tuesday that attempts were being made to concoct a scandal as the irregularities concerned were technical mistakes and not anything that contained elements of a criminal offence.

Samsung's de facto boss hit by second arrest warrant

For the second time in a matter of weeks, South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday applied for an arrest warrant for the vice chairman of electronics giant Samsung, Lee Jae Yong.

Russian MP: US security advisor departure is worse than paranoia

"A national security advisor having to resign over his contacts with the Russian ambassador is not even paranoia, but something much worse," says Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Russian upper house of parliament's international affairs committee.

Senior US commander urges return to democracy in Thailand

The United States' Pacific Commander Admiral Harry B. Harris on Tuesday urged Thailand to return to democracy. Harris was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 36th Cobra Gold multilateral military exercise, which is co-hosted by the Thai and US armies.

Top Trump aide Flynn resigns over Russia calls

A top advisor to US President Donald Trump resigned late Monday in the first senior-level departure from the White House since the administration took over less than a month ago.

Irish government faces vote of no confidence in whistleblower scandal

Ireland’s fragile minority government could come crashing down due to a police whistleblower scandal after the opposition Sinn Fein party tabled a no-confidence vote Monday which is threatening to topple the Fine Gael-led government.

Romanians to get referendum on corruption after weeks of protest

Romanians will be able to weigh in on the fight against corruption in a referendum announced by the country's parliament Monday, a move that comes after weeks of protests by citizens angry at attempts to sideline corruption laws.

Dalic: Gov't expects Agrokor to address business challenges promptly

The government expects the management of Agrokor or of any other Croatian company to address all business challenges promptly and efficiently, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and SMEs Martina Dalic said on Monday.

Bangladesh proposes death penalty for flight disruptions

Passenger plane hijackers could soon face the death penalty under new Bangladeshi legislation, officials said Monday.

Germany's AfD wants top member thrown out for incendiary speech

Leading members of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Monday moved to expel Bjoern Hoecke for a recent speech in which he attacked the legitimacy of Berlin's Holocaust memorial.

Peru asks Trump to deport fugitive ex-president

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Sunday asked his US counterpart Donald Trump to consider deporting one of his predecessors, Alejandro Toledo, whose arrest over corruption allegations was ordered last week.

Trump adviser: All options on table in legal battle on immigration

A senior policy advisor to US President Donald Trump said Sunday that the White House is looking at all options to reinstate a temporary travel ban on foreigners it considers at high risk of being terrorists.

Grmoja: Had we voted for Barisic's dismissal, there would be new elections

Nikola Grmoja, a member of the Croatian parliament from the Bridge party, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, on Sunday commented on the party's abstention from Friday's vote of confidence in Science and Education Minister Pavo Barisic.

Swiss voters buck global trends by rejecting lower corporate taxes

Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan that would have seen tax loopholes for international firms closed in exchange for lowering the general profit tax, a referendum result that runs counter to global trends.

Swiss rightists defeated as voters back faster naturalization process

Young people whose grandparents migrated to Switzerland will get faster and easier access to Swiss citizenship, the country's voters decided on Sunday.

Germany's Steinmeier elected president amid stormy political climate

Former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected to become the nation's president on Sunday by an overwhelming majority of a special constitutional assembly, despite the vote falling short of what had been expected.

Swiss vote on corporate tax, naturalization, Olympics

Swiss voters will be called Sunday to weigh in on: closing tax loopholes; creating easier naturalization procedures; and hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics, in referenda that touch upon the country's image as an Alpine magnet for foreign wealth and labour.

Germany's ex-foreign minister Steinmeier set to win presidency

Former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to become the nation's 12th president since World War II on Sunday when a special constitutional assembly elects a new head of state.

US officials take hundreds into custody after immigration raids

More than 100 immigrants without residence permits have been detained following raids in several US states, US media reported Saturday.

Protests in Genoa against European far-right meeting

Protests were held in the north-western coastal Italian city of Genoa on Saturday against a meeting of European far-right parties.

Merkel's challenger akin to Trump, German finance minister says

Germany's finance minister has come out swinging against Martin Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament who will challenge Angela Merkel for the chancellorship in September.

European Commission chief Juncker won't run for another term

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he won't run for another term as the head of the EU's executive when his term ends in 2019.

Ostojic: SDP leader should not be mayoral candidate

The deputy leader of the strongest opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), Rajko Ostojic, said on Saturday that Davor Bernardic should not be the party's candidate for the post of Zagreb mayor because he had been chosen to lead the party and not the city.

Turkey's election commission confirms April 16 as referendum date

Turkey's Supreme Election Council confirmed Saturday that the country will hold a referendum on constitutional reforms on April 16, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.