Ottawa signals Michaëlle Jean’s bid for second term at Francophonie all but over

Canada is all but abandoning its support for former governor general Michaëlle ​Jean as she campaigns for a second term as secretary general of la Francophonie. The organization, representing more than 80 states and governments with linguistic or cultural ties to France, will select a new leader this week at its summit in Armenia. Jean has been organization’s secretary general since 2014. ...

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Florida, Alabama prepare as Hurricane Michael strengthens

Hurricane Michael gained new strength Monday and is expected to keep growing stronger ahead of an expected midweek strike on Florida’s Panhandle, forecasters say. Michael could become a major hurricane with winds topping 178 km/h by Tuesday night before an expected strike Wednesday on the Panhandle or Big Bend, according to the National Hurricane Center. Since the storm will spend two ...

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Romanian referendum to ban same sex marriage fails on low turnout

A referendum to change Romania’s constitution to prevent same same-sex couples from securing the right to marry failed to draw enough voters to validate the result on Sunday, after a campaign that led to a rise in hate speech against the LGBTQ community. The vote has also been seen as popularity test of the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) that supported the change and whose attempts ...

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