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Factbox - Candidates running for 2017 French presidential election

PARIS (Reuters) - Eleven people have received the 500 endorsements from elected officials needed in order to run in the first round of the French presidential elections on April 23. The top two will qualify for a run-off on May 7.

Nik Abduh fails bid for Pengkalan Chepa PAS deputy chief's post

KOTA BARU: PAS Youth chief Nik Abduh Nik Aziz failed to wrest the Pengkalan Chepa PAS division deputy chief's post from incumbent Dr Izani Husin.

Malaysian Bar votes to continue serving alcohol

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Bar has voted not to put a cork in the serving of alcohol at its functions.

Argentina seeks better British ties but Falklands claim remains

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina is pushing for closer ties with Britain ahead of its largest trade mission to London in two decades later this month by avoiding a historical point of disagreement: competing sovereignty claims to the Falkland Islands.

Mexican parents find drug-war mass grave, expose official apathy

VERACRUZ, Mexico (Reuters) - The discovery of one of the largest mass graves by a group of grieving parents has exposed the government's failure to investigate the missing victims in Mexico's long and bloody drug war.

Kenyan troops head to troubled northern region

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya has sent troops to restore order in the northern region of Laikipia after months of clashes, a statement from the presidency said on Friday, a move welcomed by Britain's foreign secretary during his visit to the Kenyan capital.

Bulgaria's PM says taking steps to prevent election meddling by Turkey

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's caretaker prime minister said on Friday he was taking steps to prevent any attempts by Turkey to influence an election next week in favour of a political party that represents Bulgarian Turks, the country's largest ethnic minority.

East Timor to elect new president as oil revenues rapidly run dry

(This March 17 story corrects quote in paragraph 3 to make clear fields are mostly depleted, not money from the fields)

Philippines slams European lawmakers in drug war spat

MANILA: The Philippines hit out Friday at “foreign interference” after European lawmakers demanded the release of a top critic of President Rodrigo Duterte who was arrested last month on drug charges.

Thai ex-PM Yingluck lambasts $450m bill aimed at her brother

BANGKOK: Deposed premier Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday accused Thailand’s junta of “hounding” her family after it pressed for a $450 million tax bill to be slapped on her older brother Thaksin.

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