US, Cuba lay groundwork for human rights talks
'Each side raised concerns about human rights issues,' says State Department.

France: Sarkozy local elections win 'misleading'
Despite his success in French local elections, it is too early to talk about a Nicolas Sarkozy candidacy for the 2017 presidential election, say experts.

Observers warn of plot to manipulate Nigeria vote results
They urged security agencies to avoid being used to cause chaos in the country

Obama, Erdogan discuss Daesh
Two leaders considered fight against Daesh, moderate Syrian opposition and latest developments in Yemen and Ukraine

Thousands rally in Yemen's Taizz in support of anti-Houthi offensive
Protesters chanted slogans in support of the anti-Houthi offensive and waved photos of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Hong Kong leader hints may seek re-election
Sparked furor among pro-democracy protesters when he suggested residents behave more like 'sheep' after year 'rife with differences.'

Egypt Brotherhood slams 'treacherous' Nile dam deal
A group of pro-Sisi politicians and activists, meanwhile, have launched a "national rally" campaign to support the leader's domestic and foreign policies, including the management of Egypt's water security issue

France: New 'anti-terror' bill attacked as undemocratic
Rights group says powers granting intelligence agents access to people's phones and internet communications will 'create suspicion'.

Herzog concedes defeat in Israel polls
Herzog asserted that his alliance would continue to be an alternative to the right-wing Likud