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Ukraine president's party poised to win parliament vote

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky rise is viewed as a rejection of Ukraine's political elite for failing to improve living standards

ZELENSKY. In this file photo taken on March 06, 2019 Ukrainian comic actor, showman and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People'. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Merkel says she's 'fine' after trembling spell

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The German Chancellor says she was just a bit dehydrated in the heat and dismissed concerns about her health

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech during a party congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on December 7, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hand off leadership of her party after nearly two decades at the helm, with the race wide open between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Ukraine's Zelensky says first days of presidency 'a shock'

May 24, 2019 - 12:31 PM

Some of Zelensky's first staffing decisions raise eyebrows, sparking fear that he might be beholden to tycoon Igor Kolomoisky despite repeated denials.

Ukraine's Zelensky under fire over top appointment

May 22, 2019 - 10:32 PM

Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky issues a decree choosing as his top aide Andriy Bogdan, until now a personal lawyer of tycoon Igor Kolomoisky

CONTROVERSIAL APPOINTMENT. In this file photo, Ukrainian comedian and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at his campaign headquarters prior to the announcement of the first exit poll results in the second round of Ukraine's presidential election, Kiev, April 21, 2019. File photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Kremlin warns new Ukraine leader against calls for more sanctions

May 21, 2019 - 9:12 PM

'This is the rhetoric that will not help Ukraine to sort out the problem of the southeast,' says Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, referring to the separatist conflict in the ex-Soviet country's industrial east

ZELENSKY. In this file photo taken on March 06, 2019 Ukrainian comic actor, showman and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People' where he plays the role of the President of Ukraine in Kiev. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Ukraine's new president Zelensky calls snap elections

May 20, 2019 - 4:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The legal status of President Volodymyr Zelensky's move to dissolve parliament is uncertain but it is still likely to go ahead, political analysts say

THE NEW PRESIDENT. Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky waves to supporters as he arrives for his inauguration ceremony in Kiev on May 20, 2019. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Russian PM sees 'chance' for better ties with new Ukraine leader

Apr 22, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Following Sunday's landslide victory for Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says 'there is a chance for improving cooperation with our country'

RUSSIA-UKRAINE TIES. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks during his annual address to the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, in Moscow on April 17, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

From Ronald Reagan to Volodymyr Zelensky, stars who went into politics

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky joins a growing list of celebrities and personalities becoming world leaders in their respective countries

Comedian poised to take over presidency in Ukraine vote

Apr 21, 2019 - 3:35 PM

(UPDATED) Volodymyr Zelensky has tapped into widespread frustration over graft, poverty and a conflict with separatists that has claimed some 13,000 lives

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. Ukrainian comic actor, showman and presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky surrounded by cameramen and photographers plays table tennis with a journalist ahead of the provisional results at the headquarter in Kiev on March 31, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov / AFP

Comedian, president in stadium debate ahead of Ukraine election

Apr 19, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The debate, set to take place in Kiev's 70,000-seater Olympic Stadium Friday evening, will be the first and only policy head-to-head of the campaign between Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko

DEBATE. This combination of files pictures made on March 31, 2019 shows portraits of presidential candidates: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) taken on November 3, 2018 and Ukrainian comic actor and showman Volodymyr Zelensky taken on March 6, 2019. Photos by Kayhan Ozer and Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Appeals for restraint as Ukraine's presidential race turns nasty

Apr 13, 2019 - 11:40 PM

After the first round of voting, the gloves have come off, with President Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky trading barbs and sparring bitterly on television

UKRAINE ELECTIONS. Presidential candidates Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) and comic actor and showman Volodymyr Zelensky. Photos by Sergei Supinsky and Kayhan Ozer/AFP

Ukraine comedian Zelensky to meet Macron before presidential run-off

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only political experience is playing the president in a TV show, is due to meet Macron at the Elysee palace

ZELENSKY. Ukrainian comic actor, showman and presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky surrounded by cameramen and photographers plays table tennis with a journalist at the headquarters in Kiev on March 31, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

No joke – comedian Zelensky sets course for Ukraine presidency

Apr 01, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Volodymyr Zelenky's political experience is limited to playing the president in a TV show but he leapfrogs establishment candidates amid public frustration over corruption and a stalling economy

ZELENSKY ON COURSE. Ukrainian comic actor and presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky plays table tennis with a journalist ahead of the provisional results at the headquarter in Kiev on March 31, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Ukraine's Poroshenko vows to beat comedian rival as campaign closes

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has sought to position himself as the only candidate who can stand up to Moscow as he seeks to beat back support for poll-leader Volodymyr Zelensky

UKRAINE ELECTIONS. This combination of pictures show the 3 frontrunners in Ukraine's presidential election: comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, incumbent Petro Poroshenko and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Photos by Petras Malukas and SergeiSupinsky/AFP

Facing uphill fight, Ukraine's Poroshenko announces reelection bid

Jan 29, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Opinion polls put him behind ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who rose to international prominence in 2004 during the anti-corruption Orange Revolution demonstrations

PETRO POROSHENKO. This file photo shows Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko giving a press statement on January 30, 2017. File photo by Odd Andersen / AFP