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Convoys of military vehicles loaded with Shi’ite paramilitary fighters hurtled across desert terrain in northwestern Iraq towards the Islamic State-held city of Tal Afar, chanting religious slogans and covering their faces to keep out the dust.
The presidential primaries for France's conservative opposition are still in the spotlight, with the press still focusing on François Fillon after his unexpected victory in round one on Sunday. Though he's a familiar face in French politics, he's always been in the background. Which begs the question: Who is François Fillon? Left-wing daily Libération makes its position clear with a fun front page photo: Fillon is the French Margaret Thatcher.
A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan early on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a small tsunami that hit the same Fukushima region devastated by a 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.
He was the outsider few predicted would win the first round of primary voting among France's centre-right presidential candidates, but François Fillon has emerged as the new favourite who just might sweep the conservatives to power.
British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Monday to address business concerns that the UK could fall off a “cliff edge” into uncertain trading conditions after leaving the EU, pledging to have the lowest corporate tax in the G20.
Members of France’s opposition conservative Les Républicans party are caught up in a bitter debate over the soul of the party as they pick their presidential nominee for the 2017 poll, but party leader Nicolas Sarkozy is now out of the conversation.
Alleged jihadists killed five Malian soldiers transporting ballot boxes while a civilian also died in separate attacks aimed at sabotaging Mali's municipal elections, security sources told AFP on Monday.
The French papers dissect the surprising results of the first ever conservative primary election. The "dark horse" François Fillon came out on top, taking all the press by surprise, with the left-leaning Liberation positively gleeful in seeing "nasty little duck" Nicolas Sarkozy out of the race.
It's been three years since the start of street protests in Ukraine that led to the fall of the government. A key demand of protesters — to stamp out corruption — has been overshadowed by the conflict in the east. But corruption has become a hot topic again: Public officials now have to declare their wealth online, a move to expose those who have grown rich illegally. Many Ukrainians are now shocked at the wealth on display. Our correspondent reports.
President Barack Obama said Sunday he doesn't intend to become his successor's constant critic — but reserved the right to speak out if President-elect Donald Trump or his policies breach certain "values or ideals."
French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy saw his ambition to lead the country for a second time dashed on Sunday, as he suffered a crushing defeat to his former prime minister, François Fillon, in the first round of the French conservative primary.
Former French prime ministers François Fillon and Alain Juppé will vie for the conservative nomination in a primary run-off after handing former president Nicolas Sarkozy a shock defeat on Sunday. Follow the events as they happened with our liveblog.