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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.

Kosovo police fire tear gas in protests against Serb minister

Pristina - Police in Kosovo fired tear gas to disperse groups of stone-throwing protesters Saturday as thousands took to the streets of Pristina to demand the dismissal of a Serb minister accused of insulting the ethnic Albanian majority.

Op-Ed: The analysis of questioning torture

In the framework of the rule of law, the only argument in support of a possible use of torture is a "time bomb." Where is the line drawn?

Yemen cabinet resigns after militia siege of premier

Sanaa - The Yemeni cabinet tendered its resignation to President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Thursday after a two-day siege of the prime minister by Shiite militiamen, a government source said.

Department of Justice settles over fake Facebook profile lawsuit

The Justice Department reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after the Drug Enforcement Administration used her information to set up a fake Facebook profile to track other suspects.

Haiti unveils cabinet to fill political vacuum

Port-au-prince - Haiti's leaders unveiled the line-up Monday of a unity government supposed to bridge a dangerous political void and put the fragile Caribbean nation back on the road to elected government.

Seven ministers depart as Mali names new government

Bamako - Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita named seven new ministers on Saturday, with cabinet members replaced in key defence and economy posts in the strife-torn west African nation.

France's New Year car-burning ritual recedes

Paris - The French government on Thursday reported a 12-percent drop in the number of cars torched on New Year's Eve - a ritual among revellers in the country's high-rise suburbs.

Economist Thomas Piketty refuses France's highest honour

Paris - France's influential economist Thomas Piketty, author of "Capital in the 21st Century", on Thursday refused to accept the country's highest award, the Legion d'honneur, to criticise the Socialist government in power.

Belarus strongman sacks PM amid economic woes

Minsk - Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday sacked his prime minister and several other top officials as the ex-Soviet state reels from the effects of Russia's economic crisis next door.

Assembly rejects proposal to ban commercial marijuana

Anchorage - An Anchorage, Alaska ordinance that would have counteracted a recently passed statewide voter initiative failed Tuesday following hours of public comment.

Romanian parliament approves new Ponta cabinet

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta's revamped government sailed through a vote of confidence in parliament Monday on a promise of continued economic growth and improved social programmes.

Romanian PM reshuffles cabinet after poll defeat

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta reshuffled his leftist government Sunday, a month after his surprise defeat in presidential elections.

Indian government to protect vulnerable languages

New Delhi - The Government has launched a National Translation Mission (NTM) to work towards protecting vulnerable languages that may go extinct unless support is offered.

Thousands of French business owners protest taxes, red tape

Paris - Thousands of business owners took to the streets in French cities Monday in a rare protest against hefty taxes, charges and stifling regulations they say are driving their firms into the ground.

Yatsenyuk to remain Ukraine PM in coalition: President

Kiev - Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will keep his post to lead a new coalition government after a deal between the country's pro-Western parties, President Petro Poroshenko said Friday.

Government spy planes being used to collect cellphone data

In the last few days, an aerial spy network used by the Justice Dept and US Marshalls to collect cellphone information has been exposed.

Public official pleads guilty to extorting sex workers

Newark - A former New Jersey public official pleaded guilty Wednesday in a U.S. district court to accepting sex workers' bribes in exchange for rubber-stamped permits and forewarning of forthcoming law enforcement activity.

Power struggle plunges Georgia in turmoil

Tbilisi - Georgia on Wednesday plunged into political crisis after its youthful prime minister sacked his hugely popular defence minister and the foreign minister resigned in protest.

Rival PM says new elections can save Libya

Tripoli - The head of Libya's self-declared government, Omar al-Hassi, has called in an interview with AFP for new elections to pull the violence-wracked nation back from chaos.

Government accuses Gerber of false advertisement in formula

Gerber, the baby-food maker, is being accused by the Federal Trade Commission of falsely claiming that its formula can prevent or reduce allergies in kids.

Rome mayor refuses to back down over gay marriages

Rome - Rome's mayor refused Friday to back down in an increasingly heated dispute over his registering gay marriages celebrated abroad, in defiance of an order from the government to the delight of rights groups.

U.S. government spends $31 million for diversity in science

Bethesda - A dozen academic research groups have received substantial U.S. National Institutes of Health funding to improve the diversity of the American biomedical community.

Op-Ed: FIPA undermines sovereignty of Canada, First Nations – Don Davies Special

Vancouver - Don Davies, Canadian Member of Parliament for the NDP representing the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, discusses the approval of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and its future impact on Canada and First Nations.

Belgian minister's Nazi collaboration remarks spark uproar

Brussels - Belgium's new interior minister sparked uproar Monday after saying that Flemish collaborators with the Nazi occupiers in World War II "had their reasons", touching a raw nerve in a sharply divided country.

Belgium's new right-wing coalition takes office with young PM

Brussels - Belgium's new right-wing coalition government was sworn in Saturday after four months of horsetrading with francophone liberal leader Charles Michel becoming the country's youngest prime minister since 1840.

Head of Twitter news staff lasts less than one year

San Francisco - The head of Twitter's news staff left the social media company Wednesday after less than a year at the helm of a revitalized operation.
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Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia  November 30  2012.
Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia, November 30, 2012.
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On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
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On February 7  British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in c...
On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
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Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia  November 30  2012.
Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia, November 30, 2012.
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Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia  November 30  2012.
Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia, November 30, 2012.
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Government buildings in Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia.
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On February 7  British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in c...
On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
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An illustration depicting the 2013 U.S. government shutdown
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Quebec National Assembly building
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Meself, Jaydip is interacting with a handicapped person at a fair in Tripura, India. The person came to fair to get the sanction letter from the local administration of a Government sponsored scheme meant for disabled persons.
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On February 7  British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in c...
On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
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It will soon be up to those at FCC headquarters to make the final decision.
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Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia  November 30  2012.
Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia, November 30, 2012.
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A woman belonging to Manipuri community is seen working with improvised machine  known as Charka. Th...
A woman belonging to Manipuri community is seen working with improvised machine, known as Charka. This device is an integral part of hand loom. Threads are being collected using charka and put into hand loom to weave cloths with exotic ethnic and traditional design. The photo was clicked in a village near Agartala, Tripura. Important to note that Tripura, a tiny North Eastern State of India and surrounded from three sides by Bangladesh, is a heaven for unique ethnic cultures of 19 ancient tribes
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Tourists' spot: Palace of tribal kingdom of Tripura. A princely State, Tripura acceded to India after India won her Independence from British Government.
Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia  November 30  2012.
Protests prior to the presidential elections in Slovenia, November 30, 2012.
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On February 7  British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in c...
On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
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