Germany’s Free Democrats back coalition agreement

Christian Lindner(center), party leader of the Free Democratic Party addresses a convention of the party prior to deciding to approve a deal to form a new government with two center-left parties, in Berlin, Dec 5, 2021. (MICHAEL KAPPELER / DPA VIA AP) BERLIN - Members of Germany's pro-business Free Democrats...

French right picks Paris region chief to challenge Macron

Executives of French conservative party Les Republicains applaud Valerie Pecresse, center, after her election as the party's presidential candidate, Dec 4, 2021 in Paris. (RAFAEL YAGHOBZADEH / AP) France’s Republicans nominated their first woman presidential candidate in a primary that sharpened the focus of the challenge facing Emmanuel Macron in...

Sudan general: Military will exit politics after 2023 polls

In this photo provided by the Sudan Transitional Sovereign Council, Sudan's top general Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan speaks during a ceremony to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was deposed in a military takeover in October, in Khartoum, Sudan, Nov 21, 2021. (SUDAN TRANSITIONAL SOVEREIGN COUNCIL VIA AP) KHARTOUM – Sudan's...

Putin, Biden to hold online meeting on Ukraine Tuesday

US President Joe Biden (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at the Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. (DENIS BALIBOUSE/POOL VIA XINHUA) WASHINGTON/MOSCOW – US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a video call on Tuesday, with the two leaders set to...

Omicron mutations signal vaccine evasion, same symptoms

This undated photo shows a technician at a Testaro COVID-19 laboratory in the Dunkeld suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. (WALDO SWIEGERS / BLOOMBERG) As fears of another global surge of COVID-19 cases send jitters through global markets, spur a new round of travel bans and cause Americans to rethink their...

Fauci: More US cases of Omicron certain amid community spread

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on Dec 1, 2021. (SUSAN WALSH / AP) FRANKFURT / BRASILIA / LAGOS / DUBLIN / WASHINGTON / BERLIN / HARARE / LONDON / BUDAPEST / BRUSSELS / TUNIS / MEXICO CITY / SANTIAGO / KYIV - Rising US...

S. Africa hit by fourth COVID-19 wave driven by Omicron

People wait to be tested for 'COVID-19 at a facility in Soweto, South Africa, on Dec 2, 2021. (DENIS FARRELL / AP) JOHANNESBURG / OTTAWA / BERLIN / BRUSSELS / LONDON / WASHINGTON / NICOSIA / ATHENS / LISBON / ACCRA / COPENHAGEN / TIRANA / BRASILIA / PANAMA CITY / CAPE TOWN / ZURICH / PRAGUE - South Africa is...

France rejects joint border patrol in Channel with UK

Migrants are helped by Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboat before being taken to a beach in Dungeness, on the south-east coast of England on Nov 24, 2021, after crossing the English Channel. PARIS - French Prime Minister Jean Castex told his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, that he rejected the idea...