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Taliban kill Afghan officials as government's ceasefire kicks in

Taliban kill Afghan officials as government's ceasefire kicks in

Taliban fighters killed a district governor in northern Afghanistan and kept up the pressure to seize control over some parts of Faryab province, ignoring the temporary ceasefire announced by the government ...

Syrian government seeks to recapture southwest: foreign minister

Syrian government seeks to recapture southwest: foreign minister

The Syrian government wants to recapture insurgent territory in the southwest through a settlement in which fighters accept state rule or leave, the foreign minister said on Saturday.

New Catalonia president includes jailed, exiled leaders in govt

New Catalonia president includes jailed, exiled leaders in govt

Catalonia's new president Quim Torra on Saturday named two former ministers, jailed by Madrid for backing independence from Spain, together with two others who fled into exile, to his regional government.

Australia govt trails opposition after voter-friendly budget

Australia govt trails opposition after voter-friendly budget

Australia's centre-right government trailed the opposition in two opinion polls released on Monday, suggesting that last week's voter-friendly budget had not delivered a much-needed boost for the ruling coalition, an analyst said.

Armenia's acting PM rejects talks with opposition leader

Armenia's acting PM rejects talks with opposition leader

Armenia's acting head of government Karen Karapetyan on Friday rebuffed talks proposed by opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan who says he is the only possible candidate for prime minister.

Armenia police detain dozens of anti-government protesters

Armenia police detain dozens of anti-government protesters

Police in the Armenian capital Yerevan detained dozens of anti-government demonstrators on Thursday -- the seventh day of large-scale protests against ex-president Serzh Sarkisian's election as prime minister.

Tariffs and tech to tax G20 ministers in Argentina

Tariffs and tech to tax G20 ministers in Argentina

Tariffs, tech and taxes will strain finance ministers from G20 countries at a meeting in Argentina next week overshadowed by the gathering clouds of a trade war.

Slovak president urges new govt in wake of journalist murder

Slovak president urges new govt in wake of journalist murder

Slovakia's president said on Sunday he would seek talks with parties and would urge forming a new government or holding early elections to renew public trust following the murder of an investigative journalist that has shaken the nation.

Jordanian government survives no-confidence vote amid price protests

Jordanian government survives no-confidence vote amid price protests

The Jordanian government on Sunday survived a no-confidence vote in the parliament amid street protests against recent hikes in prices and taxes.

German parties in final push for new Merkel government

German parties in final push for new Merkel government

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats embark on a final round of talks Tuesday to seal a coalition deal and end months of political limbo in Europe's top economy.

German chancellor 'optimistic' about forming coalition

German chancellor 'optimistic' about forming coalition

Angela Merkel is battling to form a government more than three months after general elections handed her a win but without a majority.

Australia government scrapes through by-election test

Australia government scrapes through by-election test

Australia's government avoided losing its slim majority in parliament Saturday, voting showed, as it claimed victory in a bitterly fought by-election that had threatened its hold on power.