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Reformist Iranian minister survives impeachment vote

Tehran - Iran's parliament voted overwhelmingly Wednesday against impeaching the education minister, in a victory for President Hassan Rouhani over hardliners.

Turkey's Erdogan warns of snap vote if coalition talks fail

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday urged the swift formation of a coalition government, warning he could call early elections should there be no agreement by mid-August.

Romanian PM temporarily vacates post for health reasons

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who is under investigation for money laundering and tax evasion, announced Sunday he was temporarily stepping aside for health reasons.

Danish anti-immigrant party mulls role in new government

Copenhage - The anti-immigration Danish People's Party (DPP) on Friday weighed up whether to join Denmark's next government after posting a record election score that made it the largest member of the right-wing bloc.

Palestinian split widens as unity government quits

Ramallah - The Palestinian unity government resigned on Wednesday in a deepening rift with Gaza as the blockaded territory's de facto rulers Hamas held separate, indirect talks with Israel.

Palestinian split widens with government set to quit

Ramallah - The Palestinian unity government was said to be on the brink of resigning Wednesday in a deepening rift with Gaza as its de facto rulers Hamas hold separate, indirect talks with Israel.

Abbas says Palestinian govt to resign as Gaza dispute festers

Ramallah - The Palestinian government will resign within 24 hours, president Mahmud Abbas announced late Tuesday as a dispute over the governance of Gaza came to a head.

Romanian PM survives no-confidence vote amid corruption claims

Bucharest - Romania's parliament on Friday rejected a motion of no-confidence in the government of Prime Minister Victor Ponta who has been embroiled in a corruption inquiry.

Zimbabwe's new exchange rate: $5 for 175 quadrillion local ones

Zimbabwe has announced it will be phasing out its own local currency in favour of the US dollar. The Zimbabwean dollar has been subject to hyperinflation of up to 500,000,000,000 percent so that locals will get $5 USD for 175 quadrillion local dollars.

Mali MPs approve government stability programme

Bamako - Malian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to adopt new Prime Minister Modibo Keita's government programme on Friday as the country looks to establish a lasting peace deal after years of unrest.

Union says hackers got sensitive data on all U.S. govt staff

Washington - Suspected Chinese hackers who infiltrated the US government's human resources records have sensitive information on all federal employees, an American union said.

Ecuador opposition mobilizes against inheritance tax plan

Quito - Rival protesters in Ecuador took to the street for the third night running to demonstrate over President Rafael Correa and a "redistribution of wealth" plan that would increase inheritance taxes.

Hackers may have snared details of Chinese linked to US: Report

New York - Chinese hackers accused of attacking US federal databases may have snared the names of Chinese with links to American officials, putting them in danger, The New York Times said.

Guatemala opens corruption probe against president: Court

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Otto Perez will be investigated for alleged corruption and Congress has been asked to consider lifting his immunity, the Supreme Court said Wednesday.

U.S. calls for cyber reform after massive hack

Washington - The White House urged Congress to come out of the "dark ages" and pass new cyber security rules, using a massive security breach to press its case for reform.

Beijing calls reports China involved in U.S. hack 'irresponsible'

Bejing - Beijing on Friday labelled as "irresponsible" reports that Chinese hackers were behind a massive cyber-attack on personal data of millions of current and former US federal employees.

US says data on four million government staff hacked

Washington - The US government admitted hackers accessed the personal data of at least four million current and former federal employees, in a vast cyber-attack suspected to have originated in China.

France steps in to save royal items from auction

Paris - The government of France has intervened to stop descendants of the country's former royal family from including some heirlooms of historic importance in an auction to take place later this year, Sotheby's said on Wednesday.

Time Warner Cable ranks dead last among customer satisfaction

Turns out, the only thing Americans may be more skeptical of than government and big banks, is their local pay-TV provider.

G7 ministers meet on global growth amid shadow of Greek crisis

Dresden - Finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of Seven wealthiest nations gathered in Dresden Thursday to seek ways of boosting global growth, while the Greek crisis also cast its shadow over the talks.

Eurosceptic Finns Party leader named foreign, EU affairs minister

Helsinki - Finland's new Prime Minister Juha Sipila on Wednesday named eurosceptic Finns Party leader Timo Soini the country's new foreign and European affairs minister.

Brazil's new Right on the march

Bras - The teenage flag-bearer of Brazil's new Right, Kim Kataguiri, is marching on Brasilia as more conservative voices demand the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

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.
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