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Macron will not put up a candidate against ex-PM Valls in parliamentary election

PARIS (Reuters) - French President elect Emmanuel Macron's party will not put up a candidate in the constituency where former Socialist prime minister Manuel Valls stands, a senior official of the centrist's Republic on the Move party said on Thursday.

France's Macron names half of parliamentary candidates from civil society

PARIS (Reuters) - French President elect Emmanuel Macron on Thursday fulfilled his promise to draw half of the candidates for his Republic on the Move party for June legislative elections from civil society .

Kosovo's president calls parliamentary election for June 11

PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci called an early parliamentary election for June 11 after the government was dismissed in a no-confidence motion.

Merkel - Germany not 'first in line' to boost troops in Afghanistan

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will continue to lead NATO's military training mission in northern Afghanistan, but is not looking to increase its presence there or to expand its role in the fight against Islamic State, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

Croatia PM aims to get support for new ministers after local elections

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia's prime minister said on Thursday he would propose four new ministers after municipal elections, at which his ruling conservatives hope to win enough support to improve their bargaining position.

South Africa's Gigaba tones down 'radical' talk amid investor unease

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's finance minister has sought to allay investor fears over his pledge of "radical economic transformation", toning down the rhetoric just over a month into the job to talk more of "inclusive growth".

Lebanon pushed to brink in election law stand-off

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon is on the brink of crisis again with its politicians at odds over an election law at the heart of the nation's sectarian system, threatening to leave the country without a parliament for the first time.

PAS to sever ties with PKR

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS Syura Council has confirmed that the Islamist party will sever ties with Opposition partner PKR.

Adenan's New Year promise - Elections in three months time

KUCHING: The much anticipated Sarawak Election is likely to be held in the next three months, going by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem's revelation.

Teen opens fire in high school Student injures two in Colorado shooting before killing himself

CENTENNIAL: A teenager who may have had a grudge against a teacher opened fire with a shotgun at a Colorado high school, wounding two students before killing himself.