/ Mar 19, 2017

Abe sets off on 4-day trip to Europe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Japan on Sunday for a four-day European trip that will see him make stops in Germany, France, the European Union headquarters in Brussels and Italy. According to government officials, Abe wants to help lay the groundwork for a successful Group ...

French Socialists nominate left-winger Hamon for president

/ Jan 30, 2017

French Socialists nominate left-winger Hamon for president

France's divided Socialists picked left-winger Benoit Hamon as their presidential nominee Sunday, in the latest twist of a roller-coaster election race that has seen conservative front-runner Francois Fillon engulfed in scandal. Near-definitive results from a Socialist primary runoff vote Sunday showed Hamon beating his centrist ...

Valls: man on a mission to save the French left

/ Dec 4, 2016

Valls: man on a mission to save the French left

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has a reputation for never ducking a fight. But France's former top cop may be about to embark on his biggest battle yet. All eyes are on the Spanish-born premier after President Francois Hollande on Thursday took the country by surprise ...

French left seeks candidate after Hollande bows out

/ Dec 2, 2016

French left seeks candidate after Hollande bows out

French President Francois Hollande's dramatic decision not to seek a second term next year leaves the left-wing field open in an election that is proving increasingly unpredictable. Hollande announced Thursday he would not seek re-election next April, bowing to historic low approval ratings. "I have decided ...

France's embattled Hollande rules out seeking re-election

/ Dec 2, 2016

France's embattled Hollande rules out seeking re-election

French President Francois Hollande announced Thursday he would not seek re-election next year as he bowed to historically low approval ratings after a troubled five years in power. The 62-year-old Socialist leader put a decisive end to speculation in a solemn televised statement from the ...