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S.Africa VP urges probe into state corruption claims

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa called Sunday for an independent probe into suspected corruption in the upper echelons of power. "We must be honest and brave enough to confront state capture," he said, using a term referring to allegations of corruption by President Jacob Zuma and his associates. Show More Summary

Terror charges for suspects in French election plot

The two men suspected of plotting an "imminent" attack ahead of France's presidential election were charged Sunday with terror offences, prosecutors said. The foiled plot in Marseille sparked fears that the closing days of the campaign...Show More Summary

Guinea city turns page on Ebola as World Book Capital

Piles of rubbish and broken-down cars are being removed from the rundown streets of Conakry, and disgruntled hawkers on the main avenues have been told to close their stalls and move on. "We've been working night and day," says truck driver Mamadouba Soumah, who was requisitioned for the cleanup. Show More Summary

Angolan activists jailed over election protest

Seven Angolan opposition activists have been sentenced to 45 days in jail over a protest calling for transparency in August elections when veteran President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is due to stand down. The election is set to mark a new chapter for Angola as Dos Santos hands over power after ruling the oil-rich country since 1979. Show More Summary

French line up abroad to vote in presidential cliffhanger

From London to Berlin, Washington to Tel Aviv, French voters lined up at polling stations abroad at the weekend to cast ballots for one of the closest presidential elections in years back home. Around 1.3 million French people abroad are registered to vote -- representing around two percent of the total electorate. Show More Summary

Italy prosecutor stirs migrant 'taxis' row with NGOs

Charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya, an Italian prosecutor was quoted as saying Sunday, stirring up a simmering row over aid groups' role in Europe's migrant crisis. In an interview...Show More Summary

Anti-fascists, Jews boycott Croatia memorial at WWII death camp

Croatia honoured on Sunday the victims of its most brutal World War II death camp, an event again snubbed by ethnic Serbs, Jews and anti-fascists who accuse authorities of tolerating a pro-Nazi ideology. Conservative Prime Minister Andrej...Show More Summary

Le Pen posters absent abroad

Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front (FN) did not deliver posters in time for them to appear outside voting booths abroad, the French foreign ministry said on Sunday. "The posters are printed by the candidates themselves and it is up to them to hand them in to the electoral commission before the deadline" of April 10, the ministry said. Show More Summary

Live: Macron at 23.7%, Le Pen at 21.7%, Fillon at 19.5% and Mélenchon at 19.5%, according to early results

French centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen have qualified for the second round in the French presidential election with 23.7 percent and 21.7 percent of the vote respectively. Follow our live coverage belo...

China urges Korea peninsula denuclearisation

China's foreign minister called Sunday for the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula amid rising tension over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes. "China is firmly supporting the denuclearisation of the area in the name of stability and peace", Wang Yi told reporters in Athens after meeting Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias. Show More Summary

Labour's Corbyn promises more public holidays in vote pledge

Britain's opposition Labour party promised Sunday to introduce four new public holidays if it wins the June snap election, marking the patron saints days of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Leftist leader Jeremy CorbynShow More Summary

N. Korea detains US citizen: Yonhap news agency

A US citizen has been arrested as he tried to fly out of North Korea, becoming the third American to be detained there, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Sunday. There was no immediate official confirmation of the reported arrest, which would come at a tense time in relations between Pyongyang and Washington. Show More Summary

Huge crowds of Shiite faithful throng Baghdad shrine

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite faithful thronged the mausoleum of Imam Kadhim in Baghdad Sunday for the climax of a week-long pilgrimage that saw millions converge on the Iraqi capital. Beating their heads and chests, crowds of pilgrims...Show More Summary

Australia police stop driver, 12, on epic car journey

A 12-year-old boy trying to drive from coast-to-coast through the vast Australian outback was stopped by traffic police more than a thousand kilometres into the epic road trip, authorities said Sunday. The child was picked up by local...Show More Summary

Furious Afghans call for resignations after Taliban base attack

Afghanistan on Sunday observed a national day of mourning after at least 100 soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base, prompting angry calls for ministers and army chiefs to resign. The exact toll from Friday's...Show More Summary

Israeli attack on Syria military camp kills three

An Israeli attack on a Syrian camp for pro-government forces killed three fighters near the Golan Heights on Sunday, an official from the forces said. The official told AFP that two fighters were also wounded in the attack on the Al-Fawwar...Show More Summary

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. "I looked back at the cables our embassy was sending out just a few weeks before the last election," said a Western diplomat in Tehran. Show More Summary

S.Africa winemakers on quest for quality and prestige

Looking out at his 50-hectare (124-acre) estate in a valley nestled below the Helderberg mountains, winemaker Ken Forrester beams with pride in his achievements over 20 years in the business. "We never had a bad year, it's been a consistent grow," said Forrester, who is based in Stellenbosch -- the wine region just north of Cape Town. Show More Summary

Polls open in France for first round of presidential election

Voters on Sunday are casting their ballots in the first election in France’s modern history to take place under a state of emergency. Security has been tightened across the country with many polling stations guarded by armed police and soldiers.

Melenchon, France's 'unbowed' hard-left candidate

Jean-Luc Melenchon, a fiery Communist-backed eurosceptic vowing to return "power to the people" if he becomes France's next president, says he has mellowed after years spent giving the establishment a tongue-lashing. "I'm less of a hothead," the bespectacled 65-year-old said in a recent interview. Show More Summary

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