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Official: Libyan minister shot dead in Sirte

Official: Libyan minister shot dead in Sirte Sun, 12 Jan, 2014

Libya's deputy industry minister, Hassan al-Droui, was shot dead during a visit to his hometown of Sirte, east of Tripoli, security and hospital sources said.
Italian PM Letta wins confidence votes, vows reforms

Italian PM Letta wins confidence votes, vows reforms Thu, 12 Dec, 2013

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has won a key confidence vote in parliament after he pledged sweeping economic and political reforms.
Brahimi pushes for Syria peace talks on Cairo visit

Brahimi pushes for Syria peace talks on Cairo visit Sun, 20 Oct, 2013

The U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria is in Cairo as part of a regional tour aimed at garnering support for a peace conference in Geneva next month.
Ex Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi gets political ban

Ex Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi gets political ban Sun, 20 Oct, 2013

An Italian court has ruled that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, convicted of tax fraud, should be barred from holding public office for two years.
Malawi president dissolves cabinet in response to graft scandal

Malawi president dissolves cabinet in response to graft scandal Thu, 10 Oct, 2013

Malawi President Joyce Banda dissolved the cabinet on Thursday after police arrested several junior officials in her government in recent weeks on suspicion of stealing state funds. 
Myanmar pardons 56 political prisoners

Myanmar pardons 56 political prisoners Tue, 08 Oct, 2013

Myanmar's president pardoned 56 political prisoners Tuesday, an amnesty apparently timed to highlight the government's reforms ahead of a regional summit as well as important negotiations with a rebel group at home. 
Italian PM Enrico Letta wins Senate confidence vote

Italian PM Enrico Letta wins Senate confidence vote Wed, 02 Oct, 2013

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote in his government by a wide margin Wednesday, after former premier Silvio Berlusconi performed a humiliating U-turn on plans to bring down the ruling grand coalition.
Obama shortens Asia trip, cancels stops in Malaysia, Philippines due to government shutdown

Obama shortens Asia trip, cancels stops in Malaysia, Philippines due to government shutdown Wed, 02 Oct, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama is canceling part of his planned trip to Asia this weekend because of the government shutdown, the White House announced on Wednesday.
Egypt court bans all Muslim Brotherhood activities

Egypt court bans all Muslim Brotherhood activities Mon, 23 Sep, 2013

An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the Muslim Brotherhood to be banned and its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.
Angela Merkel wins third term as German chancellor

Angela Merkel wins third term as German chancellor Sun, 22 Sep, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a third term in elections, but her conservatives may be forced to govern in a "grand coalition" with the centre-left Social Democrats (SDP), exit polls say.
China sentences Bo Xilai to life in prison for corruption

China sentences Bo Xilai to life in prison for corruption Sun, 22 Sep, 2013

A Chinese court sentenced Bo Xilai to life in prison on Sunday after finding the once powerful Communist Party insider guilty of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.
Germany votes with Merkel set for third term

Germany votes with Merkel set for third term Sat, 21 Sep, 2013

Voting has begun in Germany's elections, with Chancellor Angela Merkel vying for a third term in charge of Europe's most powerful economy.
Russia's Putin may run for re-election in 2018

Russia's Putin may run for re-election in 2018 Thu, 19 Sep, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he had not ruled out running for a fourth term in an election due in 2018. Putin, 60, made the remark in response to a question at a gathering with Russia experts and journalists.
Rouhani says Iran will 'never' develop nuclear weapons

Rouhani says Iran will 'never' develop nuclear weapons Thu, 19 Sep, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Wednesday that his government would never develop nuclear weapons, his strongest signal yet that he may be seeking a diplomatic thaw with the West after decades of acrimony.
Tony Abbott sworn in as Australia's new PM, orders scrapping of carbon tax

Tony Abbott sworn in as Australia's new PM, orders scrapping of carbon tax Wed, 18 Sep, 2013

Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia's new prime minister on Wednesday, officially ending six years of Labor rule, with the conservative vowing to get straight down to business. 
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