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Abe on course for landslide win in Japan vote: poll

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on track for a landslide win in Japan's upcoming election, the latest survey suggested Monday, as a new party founded by Tokyo's popular governor loses momentum.

Merkel 4.0: centre stage in a turbulent world

Chancellor Angela Merkel heads into a fourth term with no shortage of global challenges in her in-tray, as a world beset by crises increasingly looks to Europe's most powerful woman to take centre stage.

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.

Clinton plays blame game in new book

Hillary Clinton takes responsibility for her devastating loss to Donald Trump in her tell-all book about the 2016 presidential race, but she also blames Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin and others, published excerpts show.

Houdini act of Thai ex-PM Yingluck as unexpected as her rise

Yingluck Shinawatra departed the Thai political scene with a dramatic flourish befitting her roller-coaster six-year journey from political novice to premier -- finally falling victim to the army-backed establishment who loathe her family.

Taiwan ex-leader Ma found not guilty in leaks case

A Taiwanese court Friday found former president Ma Ying-jeou not guilty in a political leaks case, his second acquittal in a raft of lawsuits brought against him since he stepped down last year.

Turkey dismisses over 900 public sector workers: decree

Turkey has dismissed over 900 public sector officials in the latest wave of the purge that has followed last year's failed coup, according to an emergency decree published in the official gazette Friday.

Who are the Shinawatras and why are they so polarising?

On Friday Thailand's ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show up for the verdict in her trial for criminal negligence, sparking an arrest warrant and feverish speculation as to her whereabouts.

Thai ex-PM Yingluck skips court, arrest warrant issued

Thai ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra missed a court appearance in a negligence trial on Friday that could have seen her jailed, prompting the Supreme Court to issue an arrest warrant fearing she is a flight risk.

Erdogan says top Turkish general must accept demotion

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday warned a top Turkish general who played a key role in defeating last year's failed coup and led a cross-border operation in Syria that he must accept a surprise demotion without rancour.

Africa's longest-serving leaders

Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, in power since 1979, will not contest Wednesday's general election, meaning he will soon lose his place as Africa's second longest-serving leader.

Lula seeks political rebirth where he began: among the people

The very thought that Lula might go to prison causes Maria Helena da Conceicao to break into tears. To her, the former Brazilian president is much more than just a politician facing corruption charges and fighting to regain power.

Deputy PM Baa-naby's Kiwi woes create chaos in Canberra

Australia's top court will this week examine a constitutional crisis threatening to topple the conservative government, after parliament's attempts to deal with it ended in sheep jokes and conspiracy theories.

Philippine Church head urges end to drug killings

The head of the Philippines' powerful Catholic Church called for an end to the «waste of human lives» following a brutal week in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war in which a 17-year-old boy was among dozens killed.

Zimbabwe declares holiday on Mugabe's birthday

Zimbabwe has declared President Robert Mugabe’s birthday on February 21 a national holiday, a state daily reported Saturday, honouring the veteran politician in power since 1980 who opponents accuse of brutal repression and devastating the economy.

Nigeria leader to fly home after UK treatment

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will return home on Saturday after spending more than 100 days in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment, his office said.

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