Media silence across Italy on eve of crunch referendum
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:48 -0500
With campaigning over, media silence was imposed across Italy on Saturday on the eve of a constitutional referendum seen as crucial to the future of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. In the frantic final round of campaigning which ended on Friday, Renzi's domestic rivals vowed to knock down referendum proposals to streamline parliament and force the centre-left leader out of office. The prime minister is hoping for a last-minute turnaround in voter sentiment in favour of a "Yes" vote when Italy goes to the polls on Sunday.
Trump speaks directly with Taiwan's leader, irking China
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:36:10 -0500
In a break with decadeslong diplomatic tradition, President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly with the president of Taiwan, a move that drew an irritated response from China on Saturday and looked set ...
The Latest: UN Syria envoy reminds Trump of Iraq, Libya
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:26:15 -0500
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:23:30 -0500
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister warned Japan Saturday against expecting a quick breakthrough in the territorial dispute between the two nations ahead of President Vladimir Putin's upcoming visit to Japan.
Gabon postpones legislative elections citing lack of money
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:21:05 -0500
Gabon has postponed legislative elections set for Dec. 27 until next July because of a lack of money, the interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday. "The constitutional court has ... decided that the means invoked constitute a case of force majeure justifying the delay of the legislative elections," the statement said. Oil-producer Gabon is set to stage the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament in January and political analysts said the government appeared to want to delay the election until the event was over.
S. Koreans rally for 6th weekend calling for leader's ouster
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:19:31 -0500
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Rallying for the sixth straight weekend in what has become perhaps South Korea's biggest protest movement ever, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Seoul got the closest yet Saturday to the president they desperately want removed.
Afghan president and Trump discuss terrorism
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:17:46 -0500
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have emphasized their joint commitment to fighting terrorism in a phone conversation.
Ugly Austrian election campaign draws to a close
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:10:09 -0500
Austria's long and ugly presidential campaign drew to a close Saturday, with a confident far-right aiming to emulate Donald Trump and Brexit campaigners by dealing a hammer-blow to Vienna's centrist establishment. A victory on Sunday for Norbert Hofer from the anti-immigration and EU-critical Freedom Party (FPOe) would make him Europe's first far-right elected president since 1945. The Austrian presidency is largely ceremonial but it would be another triumph for populist politics a month since Donald Trump's US election victory and five months after the British chose to leave the European Union.
China protests to US after Trump speaks to Taiwan leader
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:06:13 -0500
China protested to Washington Saturday after US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy and spoke with the president of Taiwan. It was not immediately clear whether Trump's telephone call with Tsai Ing-wen marked a deliberate pivot away from Washington's official "One China" stance, but it fuelled fears he is improvising on international affairs. China regards self-ruling Taiwan as part of its own territory awaiting reunification under Beijing's rule, and any US move that would imply support for independence would likely trigger fury.
Rebels won't surrender Aleppo, rebel official says
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:57:08 -0500
Syrian rebel commanders in Aleppo will not surrender eastern Aleppo to government forces, a rebel official said on Saturday, after Russia said it was ready for talks with the United States on the withdrawal of all rebels from the area. "I asked the factions, they said 'we will not surrender'," said Zakaria Malahifji, the head of the political office of the Aleppo-based Fastaqim faction, speaking from Turkey. "The military commanders in Aleppo said 'we will not leave the city.