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Gambian presidential runner-up calls for calm

The runner-up in The Gambia's weekend presidential election said on Monday he would challenge the results in court if necessary, while calling on his supporters to remain calm and reject violence. Darboe addressed dozens of his supporters gathered outside his home in the capital Banjul on Monday.

20 begin trial in Madagascar over alleged coup plot

Twenty people including two Frenchmen went on trial in Madagascar on Monday accused of a plot to stage a coup and assassinate President Andry Rajoelina. The two Frenchmen are Paul Rafanoharana, 58, a dual French-Malagasy national who is a former advisor to the president, and Philippe Francois, 54, an ex-colonel in the French army, who ran an investment company in Madagascar called Tsarafirst.

'Loyal soldier' takes helm for Austria's conservatives

Austria's conservatives are hoping their new Chancellor Karl Nehammer, sworn in on Monday, will live up to his reputation as a clean-cut former soldier who can smooth over the country's turbulent political waters. - Migration hardliner - Austrian commentators are hopeful that Nehammer -- the country's third chancellor in as many months -- can end the political turbulence that began with a sweeping corruption investigation that led...

Iran says hopes to turn page in ties with UAE

Iran expressed hopes Monday to turn the page in its ties with the United Arab Emirates during a rare visit by a senior official from the Gulf Arab country. Shamkhani "expressed hopes that the visit... would be the start of a new period of relations between the two countries", an official statement said.

Solomons PM Sogavare, the Pacific's divisive survivor

Solomon Islands leader Manasseh Sogavare survived a vote of no confidence Monday, the latest battle in a decades-long career marked by deadly riots, inter-island tensions, and increasingly close ties to Beijing. And Sogavare seems in no mood to listen to his detractors, who see a leader who has become increasingly autocratic since his latest stint in power began in 2019.

Pope ends visit to Greece focused on the plight of migrants

Pope Francis on Monday wraps up a landmark three-day visit to Greece which has been marked by his calls for better treatment of migrants in Europe and a visit to asylum seekers on the island of Lesbos. In 2016, Francis visited the sprawling Moria camp on Lesbos, when the island was the main gateway for migrants heading to Europe.

North Syria's one-legged kung fu master

From butterfly kicks to power jabs, a group of children in rebel-held northern Syria are honing martial arts techniques under the instruction of an unlikely trainer: amputee kung fu master Fadel Othman. The 24-year-old runs a small martial arts school in the rebel-held town of Abzimu in the western countryside of Aleppo province.