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Colombia's Santos replaces defense minister

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos said his defense minister was being reassigned and replaced, as the government wades through peace talks with leftist rebels.

Russian deputy PM attacks space industry with reform bill

Moscow - Russia's deputy prime minister on Tuesday lambasted the country's beleaguered space industry as inefficient and corrupt, as he presented proposed reform measures to parliament.

Russian law targets 'undesirables'

Russian lawmakers are poised to pass legislation empowering national defense officials to target foreign organizations considered out-of-favor with the government.

New Netanyahu government wins MPs' approval as Obama urges deal

Jerusalem - The Israeli parliament narrowly approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new government as the United States insisted the Jewish state must forge a deal with the Palestinians for its own good.

Flemish nationalist leader De Wever disowns WWII Nazi collaboration

Brussels - Right-wing Flanders leader Bart De Wever has disowned Flemish nationalist collaboration with the Nazis in World War II, still a hugely sensitive issue in a sharply divided Belgium.

Hardline Israel government emerges, angering Palestinians

Jerusalem - After reaching a late-night deal on a new coalition, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu signed an agreement Thursday giving a senior role to the far-right Jewish Home that firmly opposes a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu government 'against peace': Palestinians

Ramallah - The new rightwing religious coalition government formed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be belligerent and work against peace, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday.

Netanyahu forms new government just ahead of deadline

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held on to his job Wednesday, announcing that he had hammered together a new coalition government just ahead of a midnight legal deadline.

Netanyahu races to form government as time runs out

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was locked in a last-ditch effort Wednesday to piece together a ruling coalition, with commentators already pondering how long it would last.

ICANN has spent $7M trying to get control of DNS from U.S. gov

Domain directory manager ICANN is reported to have spent nearly $7 million trying to gain complete control of the global DNS registries from the U.S. government in a bid to dominate how web address are allocated online.

Georgia PM appoints pro-West defence chief with eye on NATO

Tbili - Georgia's acting prime minister Irakli Garibashvili on Friday appointed a staunchly pro-Western politician as his new defence minister in a move aimed at boosting the country's efforts to join NATO.

Polish justice minister resigns over gun permit

Varsovia - Poland's premier on Thursday named Borys Budka as the new justice minister after his predecessor resigned over issues regarding his gun permit just days before a presidential vote.

Netanyahu signs up first two partners for coalition government

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made strides toward forming a new government, signing coalition deals with two parties, a week before the deadline to present a cabinet.

Finnish PM tenders resignation after election loss

Helsinki - Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb tendered his government's resignation on Tuesday after its election defeat earlier this month, the president's office said.

Portugal coalition partners to field joint list in upcoming polls

Lisbon - Leaders of the two parties in Portugal's centre-right coalition government on Saturday announced they would field a single list of candidates to contest this year's parliamentary elections.

Rival rallies in Germany over fate of coal-fired power plants

Frankfurt - Thousands turned out in Germany Saturday for rival rallies for and against the closure of coal-fired power plants, as debate on the issue rages.

Brazilians march against Rousseff government

Brasilia - Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets Sunday, venting anger over government corruption and a souring economy a month after protests gathered more than a million people.

Slovenian defence minister forced out over telecom scandal

Ljubljana - Slovenian Defence Minister Janko Veber was forced to step down by parliament Thursday over a telecom privatisation scandal that has plunged the country's seven-month-old coalition into chaos.

Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in 14 months

Havana - Former president Fidel Castro appeared in public last week for the first time in 14 months at a school in Havana, media in Cuba reported Friday.

Anarchist protests put Greece's radical leaders in a bind

Atenas - Greek anarchists are needling the country's new far-left government with a series of high-profile occupations in support of jailed radicals.

Majority winner Netanyahu apologises to Arab Israelis

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who won majority support Monday from newly-elected MPs to form Israel's next government, apologised for saying Arabs were voting in "droves" in comments that drew US condemnation.

98% of UK firms have no cyber-attack insurance

A new UK government report has found that nearly all large firms do not possess any form of insurance that would help them to recover from a major cyber-attack, despite 81% of those surveyed having experienced a security breach in the past 12 months.

Israel's Netanyahu wins clear majority to form next govt

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to be tasked with forming the next coalition government this week after winning on Monday a clear majority of support from newly elected MPs.

Israel president opens talks over appointing next PM

Jerusalem - Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday began consultations with representatives of parties elected to parliament last week to hear who they would recommend as prime minister.

After years of delays, Haiti at last sets election dates

Port-au-prince - The Haitian government said Sunday it would hold elections later this year, a significant step that follows years of uncertainty about the fragile Caribbean nation's democratic process.

Wikipedia filing lawsuit to NSA challenging mass surveillance

Wikipedia is to take legal action against the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice that will challenge the government's program of mass surveillance of Internet traffic and suggest that this undermines democracy.

Greece's new anti-corruption minister battles tax evasion scourge

Atenas - Greece's new anti-corruption tsar Panagiotis Nikoloudis has been tasked with recovering 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) for the debt-strapped government's coffers through a ruthless crackdown on tax evasion.

Tunisia parliament endorses historic coalition cabinet

Tunis - Tunisia's parliament Thursday approved a coalition government led by the secular Nidaa Tounes party and including moderate Islamist rivals Ennahda, following landmark elections in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Kosovo ethnic Serb minister sacked over jibe

Pristina - An ethnic Serb Kosovo minister was sacked on Tuesday, the day before another protest over a statement that insulted the ethnic Albanian majority and sparked a wave of protests.

New Saudi king announces major government shake-up

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's new King Salman further cemented his hold on power, with a sweeping shakeup that saw two sons of the late King Abdullah fired, and the heads of intelligence and other key agencies replaced alongside a cabinet shuffle.
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