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Syria's Assad names new prime minister

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday named electricity minister Imad Khamis as the new prime minister of the war-ravaged country.Assad tasked Khamis with forming a new government, the official news agency SANA reported.

Third Brazil minister resigns over bribery scandal

Bras - Brazil's interim president Michel Temer lost the third cabinet member of his month-old administration to a corruption scandal when his tourism minister resigned Thursday after being accused of taking bribes.

Third Brazil minister resigns over bribery scandal

Bras - Brazil's interim president Michel Temer lost the third cabinet member of his month-old administration to a corruption scandal when his tourism minister resigned Thursday after being accused of taking bribes.

Third Brazil minister resigns over bribery scandal

Bras - Brazil's interim president Michel Temer lost the third cabinet member of his month-old administration to a corruption scandal when his tourism minister resigned Thursday after being accused of taking bribes.

Low approval ratings for Brazil's acting president

Bras - Just 11.3 percent of Brazilians support the government of Brazil's acting president Michel Temer, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Tunisia's president backs national unity government

Tunis - Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi said he would support a government of national unity, as long as it included Nobel Prize winning groups the UGTT union and UTICA.

New Turkish PM wins parliament confidence vote

Ankara - Turkey's new government led by a staunch ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan easily passed a confidence vote in the country's parliament Sunday, the speaker announced after the vote.

Austria launches action to seize Hitler's house

Vienna - Austria's government submitted Friday a law to seize the house where Hitler was born, in a bid to stop the building becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.

President of Guinea-Bissau names new PM, triggering protests

Bissau - Two weeks after sacking his entire government, the president of Guinea-Bissau named Baciro Dja as the west African country's new prime minister, in a move that triggered immediate protests from the ruling party.

U.S. government still uses 50-year old computers for vital tasks

The U.S. government is spending tens of billions of dollars every year to maintain computer systems that in some cases are over 50 years old. These aren’t systems stored in museums but rather computers actively used to store vital federal data.

Brazil's suspended president Rousseff launches online fightback

Bras - Critics branded her aloof and inaccessible in leadership, but since being suspended as president pending impeachment proceedings, Brazil's Dilma Rousseff is reaching out to the nation in a feverish online campaign.

Netanyahu 'close to agreeing' Israel unity government

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is close to agreeing a unity government with the main opposition leader, Israeli media said Wednesday, in a move that could help revive peace talks with the Palestinians.

Brazil's new rulers, rich, white, conservative and in trouble

Bras - The two dozen ministers in Brazil's new government have a lot in common: they're white, male, conservative, often wealthy and in numerous cases face legal problems.

Meirelles, Brazil finance minister to calm markets

Bras - With a record for calming market turbulence, the man tapped to be Brazil's new finance minister, Henrique Meirelles, now has the mission of rescuing Latin America's biggest economy from its worst crisis in decades.

New president, same crises in Brazil

Bras - It could be a short honeymoon for Brazil's interim president Michel Temer, who replaces a deeply unpopular leader but inherits many of the same problems.

Ireland's Kenny set to be reappointed PM on Friday

Dublin - Ireland's parliament is expected to re-appoint Enda Kenny as prime minister on Friday, paving the way for the formation of a minority government to end months of political stalemate.

Deal reached in Ireland to form minority government

Dublin - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny's Fine Gael party was on Friday poised to form a minority government after striking a deal with its longtime rival Fianna Fail, following inconclusive elections in February.

Former opposition leader named Congolese premier

Brazzaville - Republic of Congo's newly-reelected President Denis Sassou Nguesso has named former opposition leader and one-time finance minister Clement Mouamba as his prime minister.

Syria peace talks to push on until April 27: negotiators

Ginebra - UN-brokered talks aimed at ending Syria's brutal conflict will push ahead until April 27, despite the departure of the main opposition group, negotiators said Friday.

El Salvador unleashes new elite force on gang bosses

Sansalvador - El Salvador on Wednesday deployed a new, heavily armed elite force of soldiers and police to hunt down gangs that have turned the country into one of the world's deadliest.

El Salvador unleashes new elite force on gang bosses

Sansalvador - El Salvador on Wednesday deployed a new, heavily armed elite force of soldiers and police to hunt down gangs that have turned the country into one of the world's deadliest.

Damascus says pushing on with peace talks despite opposition exit

Ginebra - The Syrian government pushed on with peace negotiations in Geneva Wednesday despite the main opposition's withdrawal, presenting its vision for a new unity government, including dissidents considered more acceptable by Damascus.

Swedish minister quits after comparing Israel to Nazi Germany

Stockholm - A Swedish cabinet minister of Turkish origin who compared Israel to Nazi Germany and was photographed with Turkish ultranationalists resigned on Monday, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced.

Venezuela moves clocks forward 30 min to save power

Caracas - Venezuela announced Friday it is shifting its time zone forward 30 minutes to save power and alleviate a severe electricity crisis the government blames on the El Nino weather phenomenon.

Venezuela moves clocks forward 30 min to save power

Caracas - Venezuela announced Friday it is shifting its time zone forward 30 minutes to save power and alleviate a severe electricity crisis the government blames on the El Nino weather phenomenon.

Venezuela moves clocks forward 30 min to save power

Caracas - Venezuela announced Friday it is shifting its time zone forward 30 minutes to save power and alleviate a severe electricity crisis the government blames on the El Nino weather phenomenon.

Five jailed in Turkey for 'insulting' Erdogan: Report

Istanbul - Five men have been jailed in Turkey for "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports, one of several such cases that have intensified alarm over the country's slide towards authoritarianism.

Ukraine parliament speaker chosen to head new government

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Wednesday approved a new pro-EU government headed by parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman to replace the cabinet of prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk who resigned at the weekend, officials said.

Yemen ceasefire holding despite rebel breaches: general

Sayyan - A ceasefire that took effect in Yemen at midnight was largely holding on Monday despite some violations by rebel fighters, said a general loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

Turkmenistan leader sacks two ministers, tax chief

Ashgabat - Energy-rich Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov sacked two ministers and the top tax official, government media reported Saturday as low prices for hydrocarbon exports continue to bite.
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