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Venezuela's Guaido sees appeal waning even at home

La Guaira - For supporters in his home region, Juan Guaido embodied the hopes of a nation seeking to emerge from political and economic crisis, but a year after declaring himself interim leader, locals are still confronted by the "hopelessness" of life under Presi...

Maduro welcomes Maradona to Caracas ahead of forum

Caracas - Former Argentine footballer Diego Maradona met Tuesday in Caracas with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who thanked the icon for his "unconditional support," as the leader was set to begin three days of meetings at the leftist Sao Paulo Forum.

Forming a new government in Lebanon: What's the snag?

Beirut - Lebanon is facing its worst economic crisis since its civil war, an unprecedented protest movement and mounting international pressure for reform, yet under-fire politicians have yet to form a government.

Ukraine president rejects PM's resignation over leaked recording

Kiev - Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday he wanted to give his prime minister a "second chance" and refused to accept his resignation after a recording emerged of the premier questioning the head of state's grasp of economics.

What is Putin up to with surprise political shake-up?

Moscow - With the shock replacement of his government and plans for a constitutional overhaul, President Vladimir Putin has set in motion sweeping changes to Russia's political order.But what is the longtime Russian leader really up to?

Russia ruling party backs Putin's PM pick after shock overhaul

Moscow - Russia's ruling party backed President Vladimir Putin's nomination of a little-known tax chief as the new prime minister on Thursday, after Putin's announcement of a constitutional shake-up fuelled speculation about his plans.

Putin picks little-known tax chief for prime minister

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed the little-known head of Russia's tax service Mikhail Mishustin for the post of prime minister, the Kremlin said.

Shock as Putin names new PM, lays out constitutional reforms

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin named a little-known new prime minister and proposed a constitutional shake-up on Wednesday as he announced sweeping changes that fuelled speculation about his future plans.

Japan minister becomes first to announce paternity leave

Apo - Japan's environment minister said Wednesday he would take two weeks of paternity leave, the first time a cabinet minister has publicly committed to such a move in the country.

Spain's new government to tackle Catalonia via negotiation

Barcelona - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's new government took office Monday facing the challenge of finding a solution to the Catalan crisis after controversially agreeing to start talks with the separatists.

Iran denies 'cover-up' as anger mounts over downed airliner

Tehran - Iran denied a "cover-up" Monday after taking days to reveal an airliner was accidentally shot down last week, a disaster that sparked demonstrations and calls for a fully transparent investigation.

Spain's new coalition is headed in 'single direction': PM

Madrid - Spain's socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Sunday promised that his new minority coalition with the radical left Podemos party was heading in the same direction, despite past differences between the two parties.

French govt offers compromise in bid to end transport strike

Paris - France's government Saturday proposed a compromise to end a crippling transport strike against pension reform, with an offer to withdraw a key proposal on raising the retirement age, but trade unions gave the announcement a mixed welcome.

Tunisian parliament rejects government of Habib Jemli

Tunis - Tunisia's parliament Friday rejected the government proposed by Prime Minister-designate Habib Jemli after months of negotiations between political parties to fill positions.

Women experts, leftists to dominate new Spain govt

Madrid - Women experts and radical leftists looked set to play a dominant role in Spain's new coalition government as Pedro Sanchez Friday named a senior global trade expert as his top diplomat.

Sebastian Kurz: Austria's right-wing 'Wunderkind'

Vienna - After becoming the world's youngest elected leader in 2017 at the age of just 31, Austria's Sebastian Kurz is back in the top job, having pulled off yet another surprise.

Mexico's Santiago River has become a toxic 'environmental hell'

By the time the Santiago River bursts over a waterfall on the outskirts of Guadalajara, in western Mexico, its stench seems to be everywhere. The river reeks of industrial waste and sewage and is possibly the most polluted river in North America.

Socialist Sommaruga takes over Swiss presidency

Geneva - Cabinet member Simonetta Sommaruga of the Socialist Party took over the Swiss presidency on Wednesday, a largely ceremonial role that rotates between leading political parties.

Italian coalition hit as minister quits

Rome - Italian Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti said Thursday that he had resigned, dealing a sharp blow to the country's embattled four-month-old coalition government.

Brazil's Bolsonaro says 'fine' now but lost memory after fall

S - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro temporarily lost his memory after hitting his head in a fall at his official residence, he said in an interview on Tuesday.

Brazil's Bolsonaro hospitalized for domestic accident

S - Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalized Monday after an accident at his home in Brasilia, the latest health scare for the 64-year-old, his office said."President Jair Bolsonaro fell at the Alvorada Palace.

Cuba gets first prime minister in over 40 years

Havana - Cuba's first prime minister in more than four decades -- long-serving tourism minister Manuel Marrero -- took office Saturday as the country resurrected a post last held by Fidel Castro.

Cuba gets first prime minister in over 40 years

Havana - Cuba's first prime minister in more than four decades -- long-serving tourism minister Manuel Marrero -- took office Saturday as the country resurrected a post last held by Fidel Castro.

Fresh protests on 13th day of French strike over pension reform

Paris - French workers take to the streets anew Tuesday on the 13th day of a transport strike that has exasperated commuters, hit business turnover, and threatened the holiday plans of thousands a week before Christmas.

Brands are held at a higher standard than the federal government Special

According to a new survey, brands in the U.S. are held at a higher standard than the federal government. However, the report finds that consumers don’t believe they have control over their personal data. We unpick the survey with Chris Slovak, Tealium.

New phishing campaign targets gov’t departments around the world Special

Computer analysts have discovered a new type of phishing campaign which attempts to the take login credentials from government departments, targeting almost very civil service center around the world.

Spanish king asks Sanchez to form new government

Madrid - Spain's King Felipe VI on Wednesday tasked acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez with forming a new government even though he lacks support from other parties to form a workable majority in parliament.

Czech PM must quit, say 50,000 protesters

Prague - Tens of thousands of Czechs rallied in central Prague on Tuesday demanding the resignation of populist billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis over fraud allegations.

Lawmakers green light US space force

Washington - The United States is getting a new space force along with $738 billion in military spending under an agreement backed by lawmakers on Tuesday that fulfils a priority of President Donald Trump.

No government? No problem, say Belgians

Apo - For the past year Belgium has had no permanent government, and the kingdom's citizens don't seem to mind. Despite months of talks, party bigwigs appear unable to untangle the Gordian Knot.
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