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Radical options on offer as French vote nears climax

PARIS France voted on Sunday in the first round of a bitterly fought presidential election that could define the future of the European Union, and is sure to be seen as a gauge of the anti-establishment anger that has brought upsets in Western politics. | Video

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Gunmen wound celebrated conservationist Gallmann in Kenya

NAIROBI Gunmen wounded Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann at her conservation park on Sunday in the latest of a string of attacks during land invasions in drought-stricken northern Kenya, which residents say are intensifying as August polls approach.

Africa, Italy 12:56pm EDT

Hundreds flee Mosul fighting as others return to former IS areas

MOSUL, Iraq Heavy two-way traffic of carts carrying children, clothes, and the elderly crowded the main Baghdad-Mosul road on Sunday as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy fighting or made their way back to areas seized back from Islamic State.

Iraq 10:27am EDT

Big catch-up for Merkel's party in most populous German state: poll

BERLIN Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has risen to its highest level in two years in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, albeit on a par with its main opposition, a poll showed on Sunday.

Germany 11:41am EDT

Holidays, burka bans, Brexit vote - UK parties set out election stalls

LONDON More holidays, a burka ban and an end to hard Brexit - just some of the policies Britain's opposition parties hope will prevent an overwhelming election victory by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May in June.

12:38pm EDT

German foreign minister to press Israel for two-state solution

BERLIN Deep and "unbreakable" ties between Germany and Israel are part of Germany's national identity and pillars of its foreign policy, but Berlin will continue to press for a two-state solution, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday.

Germany, Israel 9:52am EDT

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