• Algerian President Bouteflika announces resignation

      Algerian President Bouteflika announces resignation

      Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will resign before his fourth term expires on 28 April. The 82-year-old, who has been in power for 20 years, will ensure "continuity of the state's institutions" before he quits, a presidential statement carried by the official APS news agency reads. Initially Bouteflika declared his candidacy for a fifth term, but on 11 March he withdrew and postponed the election - originally slated for 18 April - in response to the massive protests, demanding his resignation.

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    • Trump, Moon to discuss nuke diplomacy next week

      Trump, Moon to discuss nuke diplomacy next week

      The US President Donald Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House for a summit amid uncertainty over the future of nuclear negotiations with North Korea. According to White House's Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Moon and Trump are scheduled to hold talks 11 April in Washington to "discuss the latest developments regarding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) as well as bilateral matters."

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    • TV gigs comedian leads Ukraine's presidential race

      TV gigs comedian leads Ukraine's presidential race

      A comic actor with no political experience raced ahead in the first round of Ukraine's presidential election on 31 March, offering a fresh face to voters fed up with entrenched corruption in a country on the frontline of the West's standoff with Russia. The 41-year-old Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays a fictional president in a popular TV series, held a comfortable lead over incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in a vote deemed largely free and fair by the national electoral commission.

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    • Japan's new imperial era name to be 'Reiwa'

      Japan's new imperial era name to be 'Reiwa'

      Japan’s government drew from a nearly 1,300-year-old poem, one of the earliest in the Japanese language, in choosing the name of the new imperial era starting 1 May when Crown Prince Naruhito takes the throne from his father Emperor Akihito. Despite being an old tradition, for the Japanese each era's naming is still significant as it aims to set the tone for the upcoming decades.

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    • Erdogan loses hold over Ankara, Istanbul

      Erdogan loses hold over Ankara, Istanbul

      Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered a severe setback as his ruling AK Party lost control of the capital Ankara for the first time in a local election and appeared to concede defeat in the country’s largest city, Istanbul, as well. While the defeat for his Islamist-rooted party in Ankara was a significant blow for the president, losing Istanbul, where he launched his political career and served as mayor in the 1990s, is an even greater symbolic shock and a broader sign of dwindling support.

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    • Arab leaders unite against the US' Israel policy

      Arab leaders unite against the US' Israel policy

      Arab heads of state, long divided by regional rivalries, showcased unity against Trump's decision to recognise Israel’s annexation of Arab lands captured in 1967 as they gathered today for Arab League's annual summit. The Tunis summit was also the first time the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar attend the same gathering since 2017 when Riyadh and its allies imposed a political and economic boycott on Doha.Yet, the Arab leaders remained divided on many other issues, including whether to readmit founding member Syria.

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    • Ukrainians set to elect a comedian for next president

      Ukrainians set to elect a comedian for next president

      Today Ukrainian voters are set to cast their ballots for president. Despite non-stop Russian propaganda and fake news, a disaffected electorate, dirty tricks and slander among the candidates and a dueling oligarch-controlled media, Ukraine is poised to pull off a miracle that few will appreciate. That wonder is a democratic election whose outcome is not known in a country buffeted by a foreign-led war in its east, blockades of its seaports and the annexation of territory by a hostile power.

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    • Tens of thousands mark 'Great Return' anniversary

      Tens of thousands mark 'Great Return' anniversary

      Tens of thousands of Palestinians have demonstrated at the Israel-Gaza fence to mark the first anniversary of the Great March of Return protests, facing off against Israeli tanks and troops massed on the fortified perimeter. According to data from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) the number of protesters was estimated at about 40,000 with several thousand Israeli troops being deployed along the border.

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    • US cutting off humanitarian aid to the 'Northern Triangle'

      US cutting off humanitarian aid to the 'Northern Triangle'

      US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has followed President Donald Trump's direction and ordered the State Department to halt country's humanitarian funding to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The decision comes a day after Trump indicated on Friday he would be cutting aid to the countries as punishment for their inability to stem the flow of migrants heading to the southern US border.

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