World Leaders

French voters begin casting ballots in presidential election

PARIS (AP) — French voters began casting ballots for the presidential election Sunday in a tense first-round poll that's seen as a test for the spread of populism around the world.<p>Over 60,000 polling stations opened at 6:00 a.m. GMT for voters who will choose between 11 candidates in the most …

Elections

Governor General to honor ANZACs in PNG

As the sun rises over the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea, the Anzac Day dawn light will fall on a sea of thousands of white tombstones, among …

Military History

Rubio denies setting up Mar-a-Lago secret meeting with Trump, former Colombian presidents

<b>MIAMI --</b> Florida Sen. Marco Rubio denied arranging what has been described as a “secret meeting” between President Trump and two former presidents of …

South America

Quiz: How much do you know about The Queen?

The Queen celebrates her 91st birthday today. Elizabeth II, the world's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, celebrated this remarkable landmark in typically low-key fashion on Friday with artillery gun salutes in London's Hyde Park and the Tower of London and a trip to Newbury Racecourse.<p>The Queen …

England

Rouhani plots path to victory amid gathering hardline threat

Hassan Rouhani has cleared one hurdle to securing a second term as Iran’s president, as the country’s powerful constitutional watchdog authorised him …

Iran

Iran's Ahmadinejad ineligible to run for president, clerical body says

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's hard-line former president, who served from 2005 to 2013, has been barred from seeking re-election, Iranian state TV …

Iran

Rouhani, rival to run in Iran's presidential election; Ahmadinejad barred

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi were both approved to run in May's presidential election by a government vetting body, while former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was disqualified, state media reported on Thursday.

Iran

Letters: The Benedictines did not withdraw from the world

Also: Support for Anglicanism; praise our orchestras; BBC Brexit bias; hat-raising<p>Benedictine engagement<p>Sir: Matthew Parris has missed the point (‘Give me the Anglican option’, 15 April). He compares Rod Dreher’s suggestion that modern Christians emulate the Benedictines with the retreat into …

Brexit

Ahead Of Trump-Pope Francis Meeting, List Of World Leaders President Has Already Met

The White House said Tuesday that it will reach out to the Vatican to set up a meeting of President Donald Trump with Pope Francis during the …

Pope Francis

Polls remain tight in French election

France's presidential candidates have rallied their voters on Wednesday, four days before the first round of elections, with polls showing the …

France

Queen turns 91: Royal guns fire in her honour

<b>The Queen is celebrating her 91st birthday privately at Windsor Castle, as online tributes and military salutes are also being held in her honour.</b><p>The monarch is to spend the day with her family, in contrast compared with last year's national festivities.<p>Guns will fire at London's Hyde Park at 12:00 …

Royal Family

8 heads of state under 40: Meet the world's youngest leaders

The world's youngest leaders hail from across the globe — from democracies, monarchies, and dictatorships in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.<p>While seven of the eight leaders are men, the youngest — Vanessa D'Ambrosio, the 28-year-old captain regent of San Marino — is a …

North Korea

New book says Hitler was an indicted war criminal at death

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new book that examines previously restricted files from the U.N. War Crimes Commission cites documents showing that Adolf Hitler had been indicted as a war criminal for actions by the Nazis during World War II before his death — contrary to longstanding assumptions.<p>The book, …

Holocaust

Iranian politicians flock to controversial social media in election campaign

On May 19, Iranians will elect a new president. Despite outstanding official confirmation, the candidates have begun campaigning on Iran's hard-to-access social networks.<p>"Without my government there wouldn't be any social networks in Iran," Iran's President Hassan Rouhani boasted on April 10.<p>It was …

Iran

Erdogan claims victory in Turkish referendum but result swiftly challenged by opposition

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed a narrow victory in Sunday’s referendum on whether to give him sweeping new powers, but Turkey’s opposition said they would contest the result over fears of voter fraud.<p>In a dramatic finish to the bitterly-fought referendum campaign, the state-run news …

Turkey

Trump’s demand for ride in Queen’s carriage roils British security

President Trump wants to ride in the Queen’s gold-plated royal carriage when he visits London in autumn — an insistence that has thrown British …

State Visit

#EndorseThis: How Trump's Mar-a-Lago Trips Fleece Taxpayers

Trump’s constant weekend golfing visits to his Mar-a-Lago club have cost us tens of millions of dollars already -- and are projected to cost far more.

Liberal POV

North Korea calls its luxury high-rises scarier than its nukes

North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un attended the grand opening of a luxury housing complex in the heart of Pyongyang, the nation’s capital. …

Korean Peninsula

Erdogan rules out releasing German-Turkish journalist Yucel 'as long as I am in power'

The Turkish president has cited Germany's refusal to free imprisoned Turkish citizens as a reason behind the refusal. His statement came days before Turkey votes in a referendum that could expand his presidential powers.<p>A honeymoon for German-Turkish reporter Deniz Yucel will have to wait.<p>The newly …

World News

The Turkish constitutional referendum, explained

By Sinan Ekim, Kemal KirişciThis Sunday, the Turkish electorate will vote in a nationwide referendum on several proposed amendments to the …

Democracy

Turkish referendum result could make or break Erdogan

Sunday’s referendum vote could result in Turkey’s most significant political development since the Turkish republic was declared in 1923.<p>President Erdogan says reform is needed to avoid the fragile coalition governments of the past and to give Turkey stability as it faces numerous security …

Turkey

Johnson: French is getting tied up in knots over gender and power

JohnsonFrench is getting tied up in knots over gender and power<p>Many feel that titles such as le ministre and le président should be …

France

The Supreme Leader’s Apprentice Is Running for President

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has everything going for him in his re-election bid – except the backing of the country’s most powerful …

Iran

BBC News

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is now addressing supporters at a celebration event to mark his birthday being held in a township in the city of Johannesburg.<p>Before his speech a folk singer had sang his praises in a song, part of which asks, what has Zuma done wrong?<p>The BBC's Pumza Philani is …

Africa

Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad enters Iran’s presidential race

Iran’s former firebrand president, Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, has decided to run for office in next month’s presidential election, even though the …

Iran

South Africa's Zuma Hosts Qatar's Emir as Protests Mount - Bloomberg

South African President Jacob Zuma is meeting Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Al Thani in the capital, Pretoria, on Tuesday night, a day …

South Africa

Six Senses’ new culinary tour of Portugal by train

From Japan to Peru, 2017 seems to be the year of the train. Not to be outdone, Portugal is upping its game, with the Douro Valley’s Six Senses hotel …

Spain

Extremely happy elephant is super excited to meet the Queen

For most fans of the royal family, meeting the Queen would make their lives complete. But today an elephant named Donna didn't just meet the Queen, she got hand-fed a banana by Her Majesty.<p>And the 7-year-old Asian Elephant could not have looked more delighted.<p>The Queen — accompanied by the Duke of …

Wildlife

Turkish referendum: all you need to know

Sunday’s vote could lead to the most significant political development since the Turkish republic was declared in 1923<p>What’s the story and why does it matter?<p>Turks will go to the polls on 16 April to vote on constitutional amendments that would transform the country from a parliamentary democracy …

Turkey

Uganda Charges, Jails Academic for Insulting the President - Bloomberg

Kampala, Uganda (AP) -- A prominent academic in Uganda was remanded to a maximum-security prison Monday after being charged with insulting the …

Africa