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High-stakes election for Germany's long-term unemployed

Dozens of unemployed people troop into a church in the working-class Garath district of Duesseldorf, western Germany each Friday to load up on donated food, a small gesture towards those left by the wayside in a booming economy.

Erdogan urges «slap» for German ruling parties in polls

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday called on Turkish-origin Germans to give a «slap» to both parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition in September polls, pressing on with what Berlin has condemned as unprecedented meddling.

Erdogan wades into German election, Berlin hits back

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday urged ethnic Turks in Germany to reject its main parties in upcoming elections, prompting a sharp warning from Berlin to stop the «unprecedented» meddling.

Austria heads for snap elections

Austria's new centre-right leader Sebastian Kurz called on Sunday for snap elections, heralding the imminent collapse of the ruling coalition after months of in-fighting.

South Koreans vote in historic election

South Koreans went to the polls Tuesday to choose a new president after Park Geun-Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption, against a backdrop of high tensions with the nuclear-armed North.

After the presidency, parliament: Macron faces new battle

Emmanuel Macron's ascent to French president caps a stunning rise for the political newcomer and his fledgling party but he now faces another battle to form a parliamentary majority, with his rivals already plotting revenge in June's general election.

Asia markets rise on US jobs data, euro dips after Macron rally

Asian and European markets mostly rose Monday following a Wall Street rally as dealers cheered a strong US jobs report, but the euro failed to hold on to early gains after Emmanuel Macron beat far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in France's presidential election.

Macron victory: The verdict of the world's media

The world's media largely hailed the thumping victory of pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron in France's presidential election, but sounded a note of caution about the task ahead.

Macron elected French president

Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron resoundingly won France's landmark presidential election on Sunday, first estimates showed, defeating far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a pivotal vote for the future of the divided country and Europe.

Factfile on Macron's campaign pledges

Emmanuel Macron, France's president-in-waiting after a resounding poll victory Sunday, campaigned on a platform that combined unstinting support for the EU with tax cuts for business and a pledge to maintain the country's social safety net.

Marine Le Pen: far-right firebrand who shook up France

Marine Le Pen suffered a crushing defeat in France's presidential election, estimates showed Sunday, but she can console herself with having transformed her far-right National Front (FN) from a pariah party into a force to be reckoned with.

Ex-Gaza chief Haniya elected leader of Hamas

Hamas's former chief in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, has been elected overall head of the Palestinian Islamist group, succeeding Khaled Meshaal, its official media announced Saturday.

Le Pen heckled as brutal French campaign enters final hours

Emmanuel Macron sought to cement his status as favourite for the French presidency Friday on the last day of campaigning before this weekend's run-off election while his far-right rival Marine Le Pen was targeted by protesters on a visit to a cathedral city.

Eiffel Tower demo banner urges voters to «resist» Le Pen

Greenpeace activists on Friday hung a giant banner saying «Liberty, Equality, Fraternity» and «#resist» from the Eiffel Tower in Paris in protest over the programme of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

Tense French presidential race wraps up ahead of Sunday vote

France's presidential race wraps up a tense campaign Friday after frontrunner Emmanuel Macron filed a legal complaint over rumours that he has an offshore account and both candidates met a stormy reception during final rallies.

Algerians vote amid anger over economy

Algerians voted Thursday for a new parliament amid soaring unemployment and a deep financial crisis caused by a collapse in oil revenues.

Venezuela protests rage, death toll hits 33

Anti-government protests raged on in Venezuela Thursday as students launched fresh marches after a day of flames and tear gas brought the death toll to 33.

Iran elections have history of dark horses

Election season is under way in Iran and the rumour mill is in overdrive as the public tries to divine the backroom machinations that have thrown up major surprises in the past.

With Georgia race, litmus test looms for Trump

A 30-year-old Democrat hopes to capitalize Tuesday on Donald Trump's lackluster popularity by seizing a Georgia congressional seat held by Republicans for decades, in an election seen as a litmus test of the president's first 100 days.

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