Bujumbura, Burundi, politics, unrest

Burundi`s government on Saturday threatened a major crackdown after a week of political protests, accusing opposition and civil society groups of providing cover for "enemies of the state".

Democracy under threat in Maldives: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said democracy was under threat in the Maldives as he added his voice Saturday to criticism over the jailing of the islands` first freely-elected president Mohamed Nasheed.

Politics won't interfere with academics in West Bengal: Harsh Vardhan

Union Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said the central government will not let politics interfere with the progress of academics and research in West Bengal.

Pakistani military fires rare criticism at political leader

The Pakistani military on Friday lashed out at the leader of one of the country`s biggest political parties, in rare censure of a civilian politician for his sharp criticism of the army.

Singapore PM says given `all-clear` from prostate cancer

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Friday he has been fully cleared of prostate cancer after undergoing surgery in February.

Georgia PM appoints pro-West defence chief with eye on NATO

Georgia`s acting prime minister Irakli Garibashvili on Friday appointed a staunchly pro-Western politician as his new defence minister in a move aimed at boosting the country`s efforts to join NATO.

Putin says can picture leaving Kremlin for `ordinary flat`

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he can "completely imagine" leaving the Kremlin for a more modest abode and does not consider himself a member of his country`s elite.

Cameron turns up the passion on UK election trail

British Prime Minister David Cameron hit back Sunday at critics who claim his re-election campaign lacks passion, insisting he has the will to win a knife-edge poll on May 7.

Burundi president to seek controversial third term: Party

Burundi`s president was Saturday declared as candidate for a controversial third term in office, his ruling party announced, despite mounting protests over a move that the opposition says is unconstitutional.

Russian MPs back mass prisoner amnesty for WWII anniversary

Russian lawmakers on Friday backed a mass prisoner amnesty proposed by President Vladimir Putin that could free thousands ahead of next month`s World War II victory anniversary.

Lynch confirmed as US attorney general, first black woman in post

The US Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the nation`s first black female attorney general Thursday, installing an aggressive counter-terrorism prosecutor as the top law enforcement official for President Barack Obama`s final 21 months in office.

Beijing defends Hong Kong vote plan after fierce overseas criticism

Beijing on Thursday defended Hong Kong`s plan to vet candidates for its 2017 leadership election,Beijing saying it represented public opinion "from all walks of life" in the territory despite mass pro-democracy protests on the issue last year.

JB Patnaik withstood test of time in politics: Naveen

Terming JB Patnaik as an "institution" in himself, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said the leader withstood the test of time in politics.

Palestinian court drops case against ex-Gaza strongman

A Palestinian court on Sunday dismissed a high-profile corruption case against exiled Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan, in a move that could open the door for his return to the occupied territories.

Palestinian ministers visit Gaza over employee dispute

A delegation of Palestinian ministers and senior officials from the West Bank-based national consensus government arrived in Gaza on Sunday in a bid to tackle a thorny dispute over employees.

US military option 'old habit that dies hard': Iran FM

Iran`s foreign minister dismissed Saturday the threat of a US military strike against Tehran`s nuclear sites, describing such warnings as an "old habit that dies hard" given ongoing diplomacy.

Turkey`s Kurdish party headquarters attacked, no casualties

Drive-by shooters early Saturday fired on Turkey`s main Kurdish party headquarters in the capital Ankara, with no casualties reported, an official from the party said.

Obama `not surprised` at Russia missile sale to Iran

US President Barack Obama said Friday he was not surprised that Russia lifted its ban on supplying missile systems to Iran, despite the move coming at the height of intense international talks on Tehran`s nuclear program.

France`s Le Pen replaced by granddaughter after family feud

The granddaughter of France`s historic far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was officially named on Friday as his replacement in regional elections, following a bitter family feud within the National Front party he founded.

Libya rivals in decisive UN-brokered peace talks

UN envoy Bernardino Leon on Thursday shuttled between delegates of Libya`s rival parliaments in Morocco as he pushed for a unity government to stem growing unrest in their country.