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Fertile times for Europe’s populist parties

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Alternative for Germany is not the only populist party enjoying electoral success. Across Europe, these are fertile times for protest movements tapping into unease about immigration to attack a long-cosy political establishment. The anti-immigration AfD scored a major symbolic victory on Sunday by relegating German …

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Clinton kicks off fall campaign, with press in tow

New York, United States | AFP | Hillary Clinton embarks Monday on a campaign swing across battleground states, bringing traveling press aboard her plane for the first time as she seeks to regain momentum against her White House rival Donald Trump. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, will attend events with working …

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Germany’s anti-migrant populists beat Merkel’s party in local vote

Schwerin, Germany | AFP | Germany’s anti-migrant populists made a strong showing at Sunday’s state polls, scoring ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party as voters punished the German leader over her liberal refugee policy. The xenophobic Alternative for Germany (AfD) clinched around 21 percent in its first bid for seats …

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Mother Teresa elevated to sainthood

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Mother Teresa, the celebrated nun whose work with the poor of Kolkata made her an instantly recognisable global figure, will be proclaimed a saint on Sunday. Pope Francis will preside over a solemn canonisation mass in the presence of 100,000 pilgrims and with …

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Church of England welcomes first openly gay bishop

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  A British bishop has become the first in the Church of England — the mother church of the worldwide Anglican faith — to announce he is homosexual, in an interview published Saturday. Nicholas Chamberlain, the Bishop of Grantham in central England, told the Guardian …

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US, China climate move signals hopeful era

Paris, France | AFP | Climate activists and small nations at risk of global warming’s direst consequences, welcomed Saturday’s ratification by China and the United States of a global pact to curb planet-harming carbon emissions. The move by the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters brought the hard-fought agreement, concluded …

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South Africa murder rate jumps to 51 a day

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s murder rate increased by 4.9 percent in the last year, official statistics showed Friday, with the police minister admitting the country was struggling with “a prevalent culture of violence”. A total of 18,673 people were killed in the 12 months to March …

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US university to give admissions boost to slave descendants

Washington, United States | AFP | Georgetown University on Thursday announced measures to atone for having profited from the sale of nearly 300 slaves in the 19th century, giving an edge in admissions for their descendants. University president John DeGioia will discuss the steps in a speech later Thursday on …

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Trump vows no legal status for those who enter US illegally

Phoenix, United States | AFP |  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump issued a stern warning Wednesday to people intent on sneaking into the United States, saying those who enter illegally would never obtain legal status. “Our message to the world will be this: you cannot obtain legal status or become …

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