politics

Judge approves 25-million-dollar settlement of Trump University case

A US district judge on Friday approved a 25-million-dollar settlement of lawsuits and state fraud allegations against Trump University, the US president's now-defunct business venture.

Former Thai premier Thaksin to junta on reconciliation: 'Cut me out'

Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday announced that he is not interested in the junta-led reconciliation process, three days after the junta handed him a half-a-billion-dollar tax bill for his past business deal.

Croatia, creditors tailor emergency measures to save tottering giant

Croatia's tottering retail and food giant Agrokor reached an agreement with its creditors, putting its debts standby and allowing it to continue working during emergency restructuring, the Croatian branch of Austria's Erste Bank said Friday.

Five arrested after violent scuffles at Turkish embassy in Brussels

Five people have been arrested following violent scuffles outside the Turkish embassy amid international voting for Turkey's upcoming constitutional referendum, the Brussels prosecutor's office said on Friday.

FinMin says accusations against him over Agrokor unfounded

Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Friday he felt no pressure to resign, that the Opposition's accusations against him were unfounded and that, when he worked in the Agrokor concern, he was not responsible for financial statements.

Scotland to make formal request to hold second independence vote

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to send a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday to request permission for a second referendum for Scottish independence, local media reported.

Petrov says govt' to discuss law on systematically important companies on Friday

The law on systematically important companies will be discussed on Friday, Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov said on Thursday night after a meeting at the government at which the draft of the law was finalised, N1 television reported.

Australia finds no proof World Vision aid was siphoned to Hamas

The Australian government said Friday its review found no evidence that any of its aid to the Christian charity group World Vision was diverted to the Hamas movement.

Fired Trump aide Flynn wants to testify in Russia investigation

Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's former national security advisor, wants to appear at congressional hearings into alleged ties between the president's campaign and Russia, his attorney said Thursday.

Report: S Korea ex-president Park arrested

Former South Korean president Park Geun Hye was arrested and transferred to a detention centre south of Seoul on Friday after a court issued a warrant for her arrest, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Arrest warrant issued for South Korea's ex-president Park

A South Korean court approved an arrest warrant for former South Korean president Park Geun Hye early Friday, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Declaration on a Common Language trivial matter

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Thursday said in the coastal town of Split that the Declaration on a Common Language was a trivial matter one should not comment on at all.

Croatian PM calls for calm concerning Agrokor

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday called for calm and consideration in statements and steps with regard to the indebted Agrokor retailer, reiterating that he would like the owner, the management, the creditors and the suppliers to find a solution to the company's sustainability.

S Africa far-left party seeks impeachment proceedings against Zuma

South Africa's far-left party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday filed an application in the Constitutional Court to launch impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma.

Report: AfD leader Petry considering leaving politics

Frauke Petry, the leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, is considering giving up politics, German newspaper Tagesspiegel reported Thursday.

British government sets out Brexit plan to 'end EU supremacy'

Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government set out its plans on Thursday for a "Great Repeal Bill" to incorporate EU law into British law and "end the supremacy of EU lawmakers" after Britain leaves the European Union.

Three killed, a dozen wounded in Baghdad truck bombing

At least three people were killed late Wednesday and 12 others were wounded when a truck laden with explosives blew up at the southern entrance to Baghdad, the Iraqi al-Sumaria broadcaster's website reported.

US State Department employee charged over gifts from Chinese spies

A US State Department employee is facing charges related to alleged contacts with Chinese intelligence agents who provided her with tens of thousands of dollars in gifts, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

US general says Russians may be giving weapons to Taliban

The top US general overseeing operations in Afghanistan said on Wednesday it is possible that Russia has been delivering weapons to the Taliban.

Turkish prime minister says Syria operation has reached an end

The Turkish military operation in northern Syria, ongoing since August, has reached its conclusion, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday.

Arab summit vows to relaunch plan to end Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Arab leaders ended their one-day annual summit in Jordan on Wednesday with a vow to relaunch a peace plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Boy, 16, likely sole survivor of shipwreck off Libya; 146 missing

A 16-year-old boy appeared to be the sole survivor of a migrant shipwreck off the coast of Libya in which 146 are feared dead, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday.

Russian parliament speaker suggests officials meet with protesters

The speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, suggested on Wednesday that officials throughout the government should meet with opposition protesters following rallies across the country at the weekend.

Italy passes law to protect unaccompanied child migrants

Italy on Wednesday passed a law granting unaccompanied migrant children and teens the same protections as Italian minors.

Applause for Zuma criticism at funeral of S African freedom fighter

The funeral of South African anti-apartheid veteran Ahmed Kathrada took undertones of a rally against President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday as speakers criticized the leader's African National Congress (ANC) party.

May's letter vows to keep "deep and special" EU ties after Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May promised Britain's cooperation in upholding Europe's post-Brexit prosperity in her letter to European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday.

At least five killed in blast in central Syria, monitor says

At least five people were killed Wednesday in an explosion that hit a minibus in a government-controlled area of central Syria, a monitoring group said.

Britain confident of deal as May set to trigger Brexit negotiations

Britain is confident of reaching a Brexit agreement, said the government Wednesday as Prime Minister Theresa May laid the final groundwork for launching the formal, two-year process of negotiations for Britain to leave the European Union.

Afghanistan announces distribution of electronic ID cards

After years of delay and disputes, the Afghan government on Wednesday announced that it will soon be distributing electronic national ID cards.

British PM May signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May late Tuesday signed the letter which will trigger Britain's exit from the European Union, according to a photograph seen by dpa.

Fillon's wife under formal investigation in French probe

The wife of embattled French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon was Tuesday placed under formal investigation in a probe centring around her job as his parliamentary aide, a judicial source said.

London and Paris agree joint long-range missile project

Britain and France signed an agreement to develop a new generation of long-range missiles for their naval and air forces in London on Tuesday.

Man with suspect package at White House turns out to be false alarm

Authorities reopened space around the White House after a security alert was imposed in response to a suspicious man carrying a package outside the grounds of the presidential residence on Tuesday, the US Secret Service said.

Trump signs order rolling back Obama-era climate protections

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that looks to roll back many of his predecessor Barack Obama's environmental protections.

Georgians can now travel visa-free in Schengen area

Georgian citizens can travel to most countries in the European Union without a visa starting Tuesday.

Scottish parliament back Sturgeon's plan for second independence vote

Scotland's devolved parliament voted in favour of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's plan to consult the British government on holding a second independence referendum on Tuesday.

Germany investigating suspected Turkish spying on Gulen supporters

German intelligence officials are investigating suspected large-scale espionage by Turkey targeting German-based followers of exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, security sources told dpa on Tuesday.

Germany: Anis Amri could have been arrested ahead of truck attack

Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri could have been arrested before he carried out a truck attack in Berlin on December 19, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.

Ex-Croatia Airlines CEO says Sanader spent up to HRK 1.5 mn on private plane tickets

Former Croatia Airlines director Ivica Misetic reiterated on Tuesday in the trial of former Prime Minister and former HDZ party leader Ivo Sanader, who is charged with siphoning money from state institutions and companies into his party's slush fund, that Sanader had spent up to one and a half million kuna (200,000 euros) on plane tickets over several years.

Suspected bodies of two UN investigators found in Congo mass grave

Two bodies, possibly those of UN investigators missing since March 12, have been discovered in central Congo, the government said Tuesday.

At least five Afghan soldiers dead in Taliban attack

At least five Afghan soldiers are dead after Taliban forces attacked a checkpoint in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province overnight, officials said on Tuesday.

Hungary's controversial law on detaining asylum seekers kicks in

A controversial Hungarian law that will create detention centres for all asylum seekers in border zone camps went into effect Tuesday.

Serbia's Vucic set to switch offices, but retain levers of power

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is set to sidestep from the office of prime minister to the largely ceremonial post of president. But that doesn't mean he is letting go of power.

Amnesty: US-led airstrikes on Mosul may have broken international law

Amnesty International accused the US-led coalition in Iraq on Tuesday of conducting airstrikes in areas of Mosul where it should have known civilian families were trying to keep safe in their homes.

Colombia prosecutor questions ELN rebel's peace plans after massacre

Colombia's chief prosecutor on Monday called into question the ELN guerrilla group's commitment to peace talks with the government after the group was accused of killing five people in an area where it has clashed with drug cartels.

Erdogan says Turkish courts more independent than Germany's

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Turkish courts have more independence than German courts, as he again accused Berlin of giving financial support to terrorists.

Fillon supporters call for inquiry into dirty tricks claims

Supporters of embattled conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon called on French prosecutors Monday to investigate claims in a recently published book that police and judicial proceedings might have been used to target rivals of socialist President Francois Hollande.

Sturgeon frustrated by talks with May as Scotland eyes referendum

Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May were unable to find common ground during a meeting in Scotland on Monday, just a day before the Scottish parliament was set to sanction another independence referendum.

Democrats delay first vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick

Democrats in the US Senate have delayed by one week a vote on US President Donald Trump's pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.

Kurdish-led forces briefly halt fighting around Syria's Euphrates Dam

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) briefly halted fighting around the Euphrates Dam in Syria after warnings that it might collapse, a Kurdish source and a monitoring group told dpa.

Austria plans to leave EU refugee relocation agreement

Austria is planning to withdraw from an EU agreement to divide asylum seekers between countries in the bloc, government officials said Monday.

Hackers install child porn on Czech president's computer

Unidentified hackers installed child pornography onto the computer of Czech President Milos Zeman, the Pravo newspaper reported Monday.

General strike due to start in paralysed French territory of Guiana

A general strike was due to start Monday in Guiana, multiple French media reported, with protesters manning roadblocks at various points in the French South American territory and flights to and from the capital Cayenne cancelled.

Turkey increases pressure on Switzerland over anti-Erdogan banner

Turkish prosecutors have opened an investigation into a protest banner that showed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a gun to his head at a demonstration in Switzerland, in yet another spat between Turkey and European countries.

More than 1,500 children killed in Yemen since March 2016, UN says

Yemen saw a 70-per-cent uptick in child deaths during the past year - for a total of 1,546 - the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said in a report on Monday.

Around 2,500 civilians, rebels to leave besieged area central Syria

Some 2,500 people will leave the last opposition-held neighbourhood in the central Syrian city of Homs on Monday, the second batch of residents and rebels to be evacuated under a Russia-brokered deal.

Turks in Europe head to polls in referendum on Erdogan's powers

Turkish voters living in Europe were heading to polling stations on Monday to cast their ballots in a referendum calling for expanded powers for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while simultaneously weakening that country's parliament.

Meeting of Agrokor suppliers and management ends after 45 min

A meeting of suppliers of the Agrokor Group and of the management of that troubled retail and food concern lasted 45 minutes on Monday, and participants in the meeting did not address the press afterwards.

Ivanka Trump accepts Merkel invitation to attend G20 women's meeting

US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has accepted an invitation from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Berlin next month for an empowerment conference.

Bulgaria's pro-Western conservatives win snap poll, tally confirms

Former prime minister Boyko Borisov's GERB party won Bulgaria's snap parliamentary election, but will have to find coalition partners to govern, partial official results confirmed Monday.

Hong Kong democracy activists face crackdown after Lam election win

Democracy activists who organized the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella protests have been told they face prosecution, student leader Joshua Wong said Monday, a day after pro-Beijing candidate Carrie Lam was elected leader of the semi-autonomous city.

US State Department condemns protestor detentions in Russia

The US State Department condemned on Sunday the detention of "hundreds of peaceful protesters" at rallies against corruption in Russia, according to a post on social media.

South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of ex-president Park

South Korean prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of impeached president Park Geun Hye on corruption allegations, local media reported.

Bulgaria's Borisov declares election win, set to return as PM

Former prime minister Boyko Borisov declared victory for his GERB party after Sunday's snap parliamentary election and said he was looking to swiftly put a government in place.

Germany's Merkel wins first election-year test in decisive state poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party scored a convincing victory over their centre-left rivals in a state poll Sunday seen as the first test ahead of national elections.

Six aid workers killed and dumped on road in South Sudan

Six aid workers have been killed in an ambush in violence-plagued South Sudan, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Sunday.

Five dead in Ukrainian military helicopter crash

A Ukrainian military helicopter has crashed in the east of the country, killing the two passengers and three crew members, military spokesman Alexander Motusynaik said in Kiev on Sunday.

Conservatives ahead as Bulgaria elects third parliament in four years

Conservative pro-EU former prime minister Boyko Borisov appears set to return to power following Sunday's snap parliamentary election with a win of his GERB party.

Rebels fight for control of dam, airbase near IS stronghold in Syria

Clashes intensified Sunday on the western outskirts of al-Raqqa as US-backed rebels were trying to capture control of a strategic dam and military airport from the control of Islamic State extremist militia, according to a watchdog and rebels.

Iran hits back with sanctions on 15 US firms

Iran has sanctioned 15 US companies, in retaliation over sanctions recently imposed on the Islamic Republic by Washington, state news agency IRNA reported Sunday.

Pakistan to start fencing off border with Afghanistan

Pakistan on Sunday began fencing off its 2430-kilometre border with Afghanistan to restrict the movement of Islamist militants and end allegations of cross-border incursions.

Opposition leader Navalny detained amid biggest Moscow rally in years

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained in central Moscow on Sunday amid an unauthorized rally of thousands of his supporters, part of the the biggest wave of protests the country has seen in years.

Germany's Schulz: EU misconduct charges politically motivated

Allegations that former European Parliament president and current German chancellor candidate Martin Schulz abused his EU position are politically motivated, Schulz told the weekly Bild am Sonntag in comments published Sunday.

Hong Kong elects pro-Beijing candidate Lam; activists vow opposition

Carrie Lam, formerly Hong Kong's second-highest-ranking official, was voted in to the island's top spot Sunday by a small circle of electors, a move that raises the spectre of further tensions between authorities and pro-democracy activists.

Thousands of Yemenis protest against Saudi forces on war anniversary

Thousands of Yemenis gathered in rebel-held Sana’a on Sunday to protest the fact that it's been two years since Saudi Arabian forces began an air campaign in support of a government that was ousted from the capital years ago.

Hamas closes border with Israel after senior figure killed

The Islamic Hamas movement on Sunday closed the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, in a sign of growing tensions after the assassination of one of Hamas' senior figures.

Pentagon: US airstrike in Afghanistan kills al-Qaeda leader

Qari Yasin, an al-Qaeda leader, was killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan earlier this month, the Defence Department in Washington said Saturday.

IS claims credit for Bangladesh blasts as death toll rises to six

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for bomb blasts near a suspected militant hideout in Bangladesh, according to a report, while police said on Sunday that the death toll from the explosion had risen to six.

Bulgarians vote in new snap poll as EU, Russia and Turkey watch

Voting began Sunday in Bulgaria's third snap parliamentary election since 2003 amid expectations that it would once again result in a fragmented parliament.

Serbian politics blindsided as white jester grabs nation's attention

He mocks everything, including himself. He is not even real. Yet Ljubisa Preletacevic Beli is the runner-up in popularity polls ahead of Serbia's April 2 presidential elections.

Croatian PM: Government's aim is Agrokor's long-term sustainability

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Saturday that the government's aim was for the Agrokor food company to ensure, if possible, liquidity and a restructuring plan on its own as well as long-term sustainability.

East African countries pledge to integrate Somali refugees

East African leaders on Saturday pledged to facilitate the free movement of Somali refugees in their countries, calling for alternatives to camps for the refugees, whose number stands at about 900,000 in the region as well as Yemen and Egypt.

Demonstrations erupt at funeral procession in Bahrain

Dozens of protesters marched on Saturday in northern Bahrain at a funeral procession for an 18-year-old, who died after he was shot during a raid by security forces.

Rights group: Hundreds arrested in Belarus anti-government rallies

Hundreds of people including dozens of journalists were arrested across Belarus on Saturday as the country staged its annual anti-government rallies, human rights group Viasna said.

Iraq, US to investigate Mosul civilian killings

The United States and Iraq said on Saturday they would investigate reports that hundreds of civilians have been killed during the fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State extremist group.

Rallies across US as Trump licks wounds from healthcare defeat

Supporters of US President Donald Trump planned marches of varying sizes in cities across the country on Saturday.

Erdogan says he accepts that death penalty could block Turkey from EU

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he accepted that reintroducing the death penalty could put an end to his country's bid to join the EU, as he continues to campaign for a referendum on expanding his powers.

Militiamen execute 42 police officers in central Congo

Militia fighters in central Congo have killed 42 police officers and abducted six others in an ambush, a provincial parliamentary officer said Saturday.

UKIP's only lawmaker in the British parliament quits party

The UK Independence Party's only lawmaker in the British parliament announced Saturday he was quitting the party to sit as an independent.

SDP official says Agrokor case result of bad privatisation

A member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Presidency and member of Parliament, Sinisa Hajdas Doncic, said on Saturday that the current situation in the Agrokor food and retail concern was due to "crony capitalism dating from the time of ownership transformation."

Medulin investment conference: Croatia needs new economic model

Croatia needs a new economic model to become an export-oriented economy, and this goal can be achieved by greenfield and brownfield investments, a conference entitled "Greenfield investments

Bangladesh army raids Islamic State militants' hideout in north east

Army commandos have launched an operation at a residential building in a city in north-eastern Bangladesh, where suspected Islamist militants are believed to have been holed up, officials said on Saturday.

Mogadishu official and bodyguards killed in drive-by shooting

A Mogadishu city official and his two bodyguards were killed in a drive-by shooting in the Somali capital on Saturday, police and witnesses said.

Thousands of Berliners take to the streets in celebration of EU

The European Union's star-studded blue flag was omnipresent on t-shirts, balloons and banners as thousands rallied in Berlin on Saturday at the spot where the city was once divided to celebrate the EU's 60th anniversary.

'We want Europe': Thousands rally in Rome to cheer on the EU at 60

Thousands of European Union supporters marched Saturday in Rome to mark the bloc's 60th anniversary, with members of older generations growing emotional when asked about what the EU means to them.

London attacker attracted no attention during stints in Saudi Arabia

London attacker Khalid Masood spent time in Saudi Arabia between 2005 and 2015 but was not on the radar of the country's security services, the Saudi embassy in the British capital said.

Leaders of 27 EU countries sign Rome declaration pledging unity

Leaders of 27 EU member-countries confirmed, by signing in Rome on Saturday a declaration on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, that they would continue building the EU together after Great Britain's decision to leave the bloc.

Germany demands US acknowledge Berlin's NATO contributions

Germany's defence minister has demanded the US recognize and show appreciation for Germany's engagement with the NATO military alliance.

Watchdog: At least 32 killed in airstrikes on rebel areas in Syria

Eight children were among at least 32 people killed in airstrikes on two different rebel-held areas in Syria, a monitoring group reported Saturday.

Merkel: Europe must find a joint solution to refugee crisis

Europe must find a joint solution to the refugee crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with Italian news programme Tg1 broadcast on Friday evening.