SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Michelle Bachelet defended promises of deep social changes while her conservative rival Evelyn Matthei said reducing poverty and crime are more important than Bachelet's call for free education during a debate ahead of the presidential elections.
Center-left Bachelet, who became Chile's first women president from 2006-2010, is now widely expected to retake the presidency in a Dec. 15 vote. During the radio debate, she backed her plan to raise...
PARIS (AP) — Niger's president is pushing for the creation of multinational African brigades — notably with Libya — to boost border security in lawless zones where jihadist fighters roam.
Mahamadou Issoufou says Niger is "no sanctuary for terrorists" but believes many jihadist fighters have taken refuge in the south of neighboring Libya after French forces ousted al-Qaida-linked militants from a teetering Mali earlier this year.
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces fired tear gas Friday during clashes with rock-throwing supporters of the ousted Islamist president demonstrating in several districts across the country, officials said.
Meanwhile, authorities said that toppled leader Mohammed Morsi, held in a remote prison pending trial, will not receive visits from his family and lawyers after smuggling a statement through his lawyers. It said that Egypt will not see stability unless he returns to...
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with his Russian counterpart Friday to discuss closer cooperation, while protests clung to the capital over Ukraine's decision to scrap a deal with the EU.
Yanukovych met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian city of Sochi on his way back from a state visit to China. Yanukovych's office said the talks were about trade and economic cooperation and preparations for signing a partnership agreement...
LONDON (AP) — The British government says it is flying military equipment to the Central African Republic on a C-17 to help with France's intervention there.
Foreign Secretary William Hague says the U.K. agreed to provide a C-17 transport aircraft for the French military effort, which began overnight with patrols and a helicopter detachment arriving to quell violence in the streets of the capital, Bangui.
MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian prosecutor says jailed billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky could face new charges.
Khodorkovsky has been imprisoned for ten years. He was found guilty of tax evasion in 2005 and convicted of embezzlement in 2010. Critics have dismissed these charges as President Vladimir Putin's political retaliation for Khodorkovsky's political ambitions.
Alexander Zvyagintsev, deputy prosecutor general, said in an interview with the...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's lawmakers narrowly approved on Friday a hotly debated reform to the pension system that transfers some of the savings from private funds to the state.
Under the plan that is to take effect in February, private pension funds will have to transfer their government bond holdings — worth some 140 billion zlotys (33 billion euros), or about 55 percent of their assets — to a state-guaranteed account, called the ZUS. The funds are allowed to keep...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police clashed with demonstrators in central Athens on Friday as thousands attended rallies to mark the fifth anniversary of a fatal police shooting of a teenager — a killing that triggered major riots in Greek cities for three weeks.
Police said four officers were injured in the clashes on Friday, 17 people were arrested for causing public disturbances and a further 184 people were detained for questioning.