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Albania opposition blocks roads, wants technocrat government

TIRANA (Reuters) - Supporters of Albania's opposition Democratic Party blocked several main roads on Monday for one hour, escalating their two-month-old protest for a caretaker government to oversee the June 18 general elections.


South Korea presidential candidate Ahn seeks to restart six-party talks on North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean software mogul-turned-presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo will seek to restart six-party talks aimed at denuclearising the Korean peninsula if he is elected on May 9, he said in a written interview with Reuters.


Triumph and tears mark night of French political theatre

PARIS (Reuters) - Flag-waving supporters cheered French centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen's accession to the second round of France's presidential elections on Sunday night as downcast supporters of France's two main traditional parties quietly slipped out of their near-empty headquarters.


Europe's populist wave stalls as Macron storms into French runoff

PARIS (Reuters) - The populist tsunami that slammed into Britain last year, before sweeping across the Atlantic to the United States, may have faded on the shores of France on Sunday.


PAS again warns opposition to stay out of its GE14 seats

HULU SELANGOR: PAS has once again warned Opposition parties not to contest in its traditional seats if they want to avoid three-cornered fights in the next general election.


Investors cheer France vote as far-right vs far-left clash averted

LONDON (Reuters) - The euro surged in early trading in Asia on Sunday, while French bond yields were expected to fall and French stocks to rally on Monday morning, on relief that France had not been left with a choice between two radical, anti-EU presidential candidates.


France's Macron bills himself the 'patriots' candidate' vs Le Pen

PARIS (Reuters) - Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron called on all "patriots" to rally behind him against the threat of what he called "nationalists," after qualifying on Sunday for the French election's runoff against far-right leader Marine Le Pen.


Macron ally says his victory shows 'deep malaise' in French society

PARIS (Reuters) - The elimination of the two mainstream French parties from the first round of presidential elections on Sunday showed the deep malaise of French society, a member of centrist Emmanuel Macron's campaign said on Sunday.


Russia hacked Danish defence for two years, minister tells newspaper

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Russia has hacked the Danish defence and gained access to employees' emails in 2015 and 2016, NATO member Denmark's defence minister told newspaper Berlingske on Sunday.

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Dark horses run in Iran’s political history

TEHERAN: Election season is under way in Iran and the rumour mill is in overdrive as the public tries to divine the backroom machinations that have thrown up major surprises in the past.