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International appeal for calm in Mali after protest deaths

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:11 PM

Mali's European allies and regional partners are anxious, given the country's poverty, ethnic mix, and strategic location at the heart of the Sahel

CLASHES. In this file photo, protesters gestures on a barricade put up in front of the Salam mosque of Badalabougou, where the influent Imam Mahmoud Dicko led a prayer dedicated to the victims of the clashes of the past two days in Bamako on July 12, 2020. File photo by Michele Cattani/AFP

Ex-warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba's presidential candidacy 'inadmissible'

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission rejects Jean-Pierre Bemba's candidacy on the basis of his previous war crime convictions by the International Criminal Court

GUILTY. Supporters of former rebel and vice president Jean Pierre Bemba show his pictures in Kinshasa 26 October 2006. Photo by Lionel Healing / AFP

Canada's Trudeau squeezed in pipeline crisis

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cutting short an overseas tour to return home and mediate

POLITICAL CRISIS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a domestic political crisis. File photo by AFP

Noon deadline looms for defiant Mugabe as Zimbabwe crisis deepens

Nov 20, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Robert Mugabe faces the threat of impeachment by his own party after his shock insistence he still holds power despite a military takeover and a deadline

HOLDING ON TO POWER. This photograph taken on November 19, 2017, shows a television broadcasting Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivering a speech in Harare, following a meeting with army chiefs who have seized power in Zimbabwe. Stringer/AFP

Pope Francis calls for 'constructive dialogue' in Kenya

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:50 AM

The pontiff says he is closely monitoring developments in Kenya, after the August election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta was overturned

DISPUTED. Members of Kenya's civil society demonstrate in Nairobi on September 13, 2017 to demand the removal and arrest of members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) accused of criminal interference with the process of Kenya's presidential election. Tony Karumba/AFP

Up to 200,000 protesters march against Venezuela's Maduro

May 21, 2017 - 9:27 AM

Increasing number of gunshot wounds are reported as protests turn violent Federal prosecutors say they are investigating the role of police and military personnel in the incidents

POLITICAL CRISIS. Opposition activists protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Tachira State, Venezuela, on May 20, 2017. AFP Photo

DR Congo crisis deal close but not before Christmas – mediator

Dec 23, 2016 - 9:05 PM

UPDATED At least 40 people have been killed during protests against President Joseph Kabila this week says the UN human rights office

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 20, 2016 shows a man screaming as people gather to protest in the neighbourhood of Yolo in Kinshasa. The government and opposition in DR Congo agreed late on December 22, 2016 on a draft deal to end a crisis sparked by President Joseph Kabila's decision to remain in office past the end of his mandate. A team of legal experts from the two sides is studying the document, under the aegis of the Congo National Episcopal Conference. It was set to be adopted at a plenary session on December 23, 2016 in the morning, to be followed by an official signing later in the day. However, sources say "complications" are holding up a final agreement. / AFP PHOTO / Eduardo Soteras

Poland president in crisis talks on 3rd day of protests

Dec 19, 2016 - 12:10 AM

President Andrzej Duda meets with opposition party chiefs to try to ease the escalating tensions

People shout slogans as anti-government protesters gather in front of the Constitutional Court to thank the outgoing head of court Andrzej Rzeplinski for his efforts to defend its independence, in Warsaw on December 18, 2016. Polish President Andrzej Duda was holding talks Sunday to try to end a seething political crisis which has seen mass anti-government protests across the country and a parliamentary blockade. / AFP PHOTO / Janek SKARZYNSKI

International concern mounts over Venezuela

May 22, 2016 - 7:40 AM

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his crisis hit country is prepared to win the biggest war that could happen

epa05322289 A handout picture provided by Miraflores Press shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) speaking during a visit to a military training camp in the state of Vargas, Venezuela, 21 May 2016. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro warned that he could declare a 'state of internal commotion' if coup incidents occur and reiterated that there are 'serious threats' to peace in the country. The opposition is pushing for a recall referendum amid a crippling economic crisis in the country. EPA/MIRAFLORES PRESS / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

New president, same crises in Brazil

May 12, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Political analysts say it will be rough sailing for Brazil s interim president Michel Temer who takes over following the suspension of Dilma Rousseff

epa05301010 (FILE) A file picture dated on 07 August 2014 shows Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer during the ceremony of investiture of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, in Bogota, Colombia. Michel Temer will take over the position of Brazilian President for the next 180 days as the Brazilian Senate on early 12 May 2016 voted to suspend Rousseff from power as she stands an impeachment trial. Brazil's lower house of Congress voted on 17 April in favor of impeaching Rousseff for allegedly manipulating budget figures to minimize the deficit. Rousseff denies the allegations, insisting the impeachment process is a coup against her. EPA/LEONARDO MUNOZ

Families, friends divided over Brazil political crisis

May 11, 2016 - 7:45 PM

My son was making provocative comments on Facebook so I unfriended him says 54 year old Dayse Lima a supporter of President Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian 54-year-old public servant Dayse Lima (L) and her son Gustavo Franco, 26, talk in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 4, 2016.  Dayse, a backer of President Dilma Rousseff and Gustavo, who supports her impeachment, are just a sample of the countless friends and relatives split by the deep crisis that affects the Brazilian society. / AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

UN chief calls for Haiti vote

Apr 26, 2016 - 1:30 PM

There is still no new date for the presidential runoff in Haiti which was originally set for April 24 but did not take place

epa05276207 Supporters of the opposition take to the streets during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 24 April 2016, after the interim government postponed the elections to an indefinite date. The new election committee is to announce a new agenda for the presidential runoff between 15 and 31 May. Supporters of the Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK) demanded the resignation of interim president Jocelerme Privert after missing the election deadline on 24 April. EPA/BAHARE KHODABANDE

Violent protests erupt in France over alleged police brutality

Nov 02, 2014 - 8:41 AM

The protests were held over the death of environmental activist Remi Fraisse who was killed during clashes at the site of a contested dam in southwestern France

ASEAN urges 'peaceful resolution' to Thai crisis

May 11, 2014 - 9:27 PM

An ongoing political crisis in Thailand is worrying ASEAN leaders

HANDS TOGETHER. President Benigno S. Aquino III links arms with his counterparts in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the traditional group photo opportunity during the 24th ASEAN Summit Plenary at the Jade Hall of the Myanmar International Convention Center-1 on Sunday (May 11, 2014). Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Thai court sets date to rule on PM dismissal

May 06, 2014 - 9:19 PM

Thailand s Constitutional Court says it has heard enough evidence and is ready to rule on the case

COURT READY. Thailand's Constitutional Court says it has heard enough evidence and is ready to rule on the case of Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT

Protest-plagued Thailand holds Senate elections

Mar 30, 2014 - 12:40 PM

Polls opened in Thailand Sunday to elect the upper house of parliament in a vote that could hold the key to the fate of the prime minister

MORE PROTESTS. Thai anti-government protesters parade during a rally in Bangkok on January 19, 2014. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Tunisia crisis deepens after failure to pick new PM

Nov 05, 2013 - 9:44 PM

The press laments the failure to reach an agreement saying both sides were to blame

CRISIS CONTINUES. Tunisian leader Hamma Hammami speaks to reporters on the sidelines of a recent national dialogue aimed at ending the ongoing political standoff. Photo by EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

Spain opposition leader calls for PM Rajoy to resign

Feb 03, 2013 - 10:08 PM

Leaked account ledgers purportedly show that donations were channelled into secret payments to Rajoy and other top party officials

POLITICAL CRISIS. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a file photo from the Spanish government's official website

New Egypt protests called as Morsi stays defiant

Dec 07, 2012 - 3:39 PM

Demonstrations will continue after Morsi s announcement that a controversial constitutional referendum will push through

'DICTATOR' MORSI? Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi waves to his supporters in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on November 23. AFP Photo/STR

Tensions flare as protesters urge Thai PM to quit

Nov 24, 2012 - 5:58 PM

Thai police on Saturday November 24 fired tear gas and detained dozens of demonstrators as clashes erupted at the first major street protests against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra s government