Mugabe warns estranged deputy at key party meeting

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe sought Thursday to shut down a bubbling succession battle at a key party congress, warning that his embattled deputy and onetime heir apparent could face criminal charges. Dec 5, 2014

Algeria PM vows _no concessions_ towards _terrorists

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal says his country will never make concessions when dealing with _terrorists_, after meeting with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls during a trip to Paris. Dec 5, 2014

Russia is _strategic problem_ for EU: Juncker

Russia is now a _strategic problem_ for the EU amid the crisis in Ukraine but Brussels will work to make Moscow a partner again, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday. Dec 5, 2014

Vatican puts up its traditional Christmas tree

Installation of the traditional Christmas tree at St Peter_s square on December 4, 2014 at the Vatican. The tree, that was cut in Calbria southern Italy, is 25,5 metres tall, weights 8 tons and is estimated to be 70-year-old. Dec 4, 2014