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Austria's far right seeks interior ministry top job in coalition talks

Vienna - Austria's far-right Freedom Party said Wednesday it wants the top job in the interior ministry in exchange for entering a coalition with election winner Sebastian Kurz.Kurz's conservative OeVP party won 31.

Populists set to thrash traditional parties in Czech vote

Prague - The Czech populist movement, ANO, led by a billionaire dubbed as the "Czech Trump", is the clear favourite in a general election on Friday and Saturday where the traditional parties are set to take a thrashing.

Iceland PM sold assets before 2008 crisis: reports

Reykjav - Iceland's Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson allegedly sold almost all of his assets in a major bank just before the government nationalised it during the nation's 2008 financial collapse, according to several media reports on Friday.

French leftist leader Melenchon in hot water over Nazi comments

Paris - French leftist leader Jean-Luc Melenchon was plunged into the eye of a storm on Sunday after comments about the Nazis that one minister branded "shameful".

Iceland sets October 28 election date after coalition collapses

Reykjav - Iceland's president agreed on Monday to dissolve parliament and set new legislative elections for October 28 after the collapse of the country's centre-right government.

Iceland could face another vote as coalition loses majority

Reykjav - Iceland's coalition government was in crisis Friday after one party pulled out over a scandal concerning the prime minister's father and another called for fresh elections.

US Treasury chief sought Air Force jet for European honeymoon

Washington - US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was back in an awkward spotlight on Thursday following reports he asked to use a military jet this summer for his European honeymoon.

New e-passport harnesses digital technology for multi-country use

Amsterdam - The Dutch technology company Gemalto developed a biometric passport that can be used by thirty different countries. Now the company is pushing ahead with digital passport technology to combine stronger security with enhanced traveler experience.

Musharraf says will face Bhutto murder trial in Pakistan

Islamabad - Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf said he would return to Pakistan to face trial in the murder case of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf declared fugitive in ex-Pakistan PM Bhutto's murder trial

Rawalpindi - A Pakistani court Thursday branded former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a fugitive in ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto's murder trial, but acquitted five men accused of involvement in the 2007 assassination.

Musharraf declared fugitive in ex-Pakistan PM Bhutto's murder trial

Rawalpindi - A Pakistani court Thursday branded former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a fugitive in ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto's murder trial, but acquitted five men accused of being involved in the 2007 assassination.

Turkmenistan bans alcohol ahead of flagship sporting event

Ashgabat - Reclusive Turkmenistan has banned sales of alcohol until October to ensure "public order" ahead of a key sporting event the country is hosting next month, an official in the trade ministry told AFP Saturday.

Russian ex-minister accuses Putin ally at bribery trial

Moscow - Russia's ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Wednesday accused the head of state oil giant Rosneft, a powerful ally of President Vladimir Putin, of personally entrapping him as he is accused of taking a massive bribe.

Algeria's PM sacked after less than three months in office

Alger - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday, less than three months after appointing him, according to a presidential statement carried by state media.

DR Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi's body to be repatriated: family

Kinshasa - An agreement has been struck with Kinshasa for the repatriation of the body of veteran Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who died aged 84 in Belgium in February, his family and political party told AFP Friday.

Charger stations for EVs a growing technology-related market

Technavio’s report on the global electric vehicle (EV) charger market analyses some of the most important trends expected to impact the tech-related market outlook over the next few years.

Talks to form Dutch govt kick off again after break

Den Haag - Tortuous talks to form the next Dutch government began again Wednesday after a three-week break, with party leaders declining to indicate when a new cabinet will be formed.

Russian ex-minister protests innocence at corruption trial

Moscow - Russia's former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Tuesday insisted he was innocent as his high-profile bribery trial began in Moscow.

Iran's Rouhani under fire for male-only cabinet

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani put forward a new cabinet line-up on Tuesday that was immediately criticised by reformists for its lack of women or young people.

Russian ex-minister protests innocence at corruption trial

Moscow - Russia's former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Tuesday insisted he was innocent as he arrived for the start of his high-profile bribery trial in Moscow.

The White House asked tech giants to help it digitally transform

The White House asked the U.S. tech giants to help federal agencies digitally transform during a private call held last week. The Trump administration is seeking advice from the private sector on how it can make better use of modern technology.

Obama's cybersecurity advisor: We need to tackle 'statecraft'

Obama's former cyber advisor Michael Daniel has said we need to reconsider our approach to cybersecurity. He called for more companies to share information about common threats as states and governments step up their use of cyberattacks.

Devolution lights up local politics in Kenya

Machakos - There is a story that the governor of Machakos, in southern Kenya, loves to tell:Since he bought a fleet of ambulances for the county, baby boys are no longer named Mwanzia and girls are no longer named Nzilani.

Governments need to realize the potential of social media

London - A new report has concluded that governments around the world need to embrace social media. The report calls out the U.K. government as an example of a leading innovator in online communication.

Tillerson staying on as top US diplomat: official

Washington - Top US diplomat Rex Tillerson does not plan to step down, the State Department said Tuesday, quashing reports citing differences with the White House.

Merkel challenger calls for guaranteed public investment

Berlin - Germany should be legally bound to invest in infrastructure, the centre-left challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel at September elections said Sunday.

Macron outshines Merkel as EU's top diplomat

Berlin - Germany has for years longed for a stronger French partner, but may have got more than it bargained for as the self-confident Emmanuel Macron takes Europe's spotlight.

CIA-hired hackers could make up to $150k a year

Hackers hired by the CIA and other government agencies could be making up to $150,000 per year. The pay for top-level engineers is higher and scales up to $200,000. A range of bonuses are available too, aiming to keep developers locked in.

UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest

Krak - UNESCO on Wednesday "strongly" urged Poland to stop logging the older parts of the ancient Bialowieza forest, a world heritage site that includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland.

Sri Lanka vows Tamil autonomy despite Buddhist resistance

Colombo - Sri Lanka vowed Wednesday to grant greater autonomy to its Tamil minority in a new constitution after an influential Buddhist monk said the clergy opposed the plan.
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