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Italian coastguards express unease as government closes ports to migrants

Rome - The decision by Italy's new populist government to close the country's ports to migrants saved at sea is causing unease within the heart of the Italian coastguard, some staff say, who until recently played a key role in rescue missions.

France to seek 190 mn euros of public broadcasting cuts

Paris - The French government said Thursday that it would demand 190 million euros of spending cuts at its public broadcasting operations by 2022 as part of President Emmanuel Macron's pledge to improve state finances.

Canada PM shakes up govt ahead of 2019 elections

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reshuffled his government on Wednesday, setting the stage for his Liberal Party ahead of legislative elections next year amid tensions on global trade and the rise of populism.

Ruling from your home: Inside Australia's micronations boom

Sydney - Lounging on a sofa in his flowing robes, a gold crown resting on his snowy hair and a stuffed white toy tiger at his feet, Paul Delprat looks every bit a monarch.

Slovenia anti-migrant party handed coalition deadline

Ljubljana - Slovenian President Borut Pahor on Thursday gave the anti-migrant SDS party a deadline to clearly state if it can form a coalition government.

Czech government wins confidence vote backed by Communists

Prague - The minority government of billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis won a parliamentary confidence vote Thursday, becoming the first administration since the 1989 collapse of communism to rely on backing from the Communist Party.

Czech minority government wins confidence vote

Prague - The minority government of billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis won a parliamentary confidence vote Thursday, becoming the first administration since the 1989 collapse of communism to rely on backing from the Communist Party.

Czech minister resigns two days before confidence vote

Prague - The Czech centre-left cabinet of billionaire Andrej Babis lost a member two days ahead of a parliamentary confidence vote after the justice minister from his own party resigned over plagiarism allegations.

'Defective' security may have aided helicopter jailbreak: French minister

Paris - The French government pointed to possible security failings on Monday after a notorious gangster used a helicopter to stage his second brazen jailbreak of a crime career inspired by films such as "Scarface".

New Swedish law recognises sex without consent as rape

Stockholm - A tough new law that will recognise sex without explicit consent as rape comes into effect in Sweden on Sunday, after the country was rocked by the #MeToo movement denouncing sexual harassment and assault.

Czech tycoon's new cabinet vows to fight migration

Prague - Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis vowed on Wednesday to fight illegal migration as the mogul was given his second shot at forming a government in six months.Migration is a hot issue for the 10.

Czech tycoon gets second shot at government

Prague - The Czech president appointed the second cabinet of billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis in six months on Wednesday, betting that a coalition with the Social Democrats and informal backing from the Communists would provide a parliamentary majority.

Slovenia president to ask anti-migrant party to form coalition

Ljubljana - Slovenian President Borut Pahor on Friday said he will ask the anti-migrant SDS party, which came out top in this month's elections, to try and form a coalition government.

Slovenia president asks anti-migrant party to form coalition

Ljubljana - Slovenian President Borut Pahor on Friday asked the anti-migrant SDS party, which came out top in this month's elections, to try and form a coalition government.

Greece hails 'historic' deal to end debt crisis

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday hailed an agreement by Eurozone ministers that will put an end to the country's eight-year bailout program as an "historic" step.

Greece 'turning a page' as eurozone agrees debt relief

Atenas - The Greek government on Friday said the country was "turning a page" after eurozone ministers declared its crisis over as they granted Athens debt relief under a bailout exit strategy.

Intel CEO Krzanich resigns over relationship with employee

New York - Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich has resigned over a "past consensual relationship" with an employee that violated a company non-fraternization policy, the technology company announced Thursday.

Spain's new culture minister quits after one week over tax fraud

Madrid - Spain's culture and sports minister Maxim Huerta resigned Wednesday after it emerged he has been fined for tax fraud, in a blow to the Socialist government that took over only last week.

Macron on verge of French rail reform victory

Paris - In launching his plan to overhaul France's heavily indebted state rail operator SNCF earlier this year, President Emmanuel Macron knew he was taking aim at a bastion of labour unions which have long defied a range of government reform efforts.

Japan PM Abe pledges zero tolerance on sexual harassment

Apo - Japan's prime minister on Tuesday pledged zero tolerance on sexual harassment, ordering senior officials to undergo training to prevent abuse after a scandal involving a top government bureaucrat."Sexual harassment is a clear violation of human rights....

Far-left Podemos accuses Spain's new PM of 'arrogance'

Madrid - Spain's far-left party Podemos, which helped the Socialists oust the conservatives and take power, accused new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez of being "arrogant" for thinking "he could govern alone.

Spain's new foreign minister Borrell, a fierce Catalan independence critic

Madrid - Former European parliament president Josep Borrell, who was nominated Wednesday Spain's new foreign minister, has been an outspoken critic of Catalan secessionism in recent years and is staunchly pro-European Union.

Populist Czech mogul tapped PM for second go at forming govt

Prague - The Czech president on Wednesday named populist billionaire Andrej Babis the country's prime minister for the second time in six months, hoping that he will be able to swing a parliamentary majority after failing to do so in January.

New Spanish PM to form government without far-left Podemos

Madrid - Spain's new Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will not include ministers in his cabinet from far-left party Podemos, which helped him oust conservative Mariano Rajoy, a top Socialist party official said Monday.

Macron's chief of staff probed for alleged conflict of interest

Paris - French anti-corruption prosecutors said Monday that they have opened an investigation into President Emmanuel Macron's chief of staff Alexis Kohler over his links to Italian shipping giant MSC.

Macron's chief of staff faces corruption probe: prosecutors

Paris - French anti-corruption prosecutors have opened an investigation into President Emmanuel Macron's chief of staff Alexis Kohler over his links to Italian shipping giant MSC, a statement said on Monday.

Italy cannot be 'Europe's refugee camp': new deputy PM Salvini

Pozzallo - Italy's new hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini said Sunday that "common sense" was needed to stop the country from being "Europe's refugee camp" as he visited a migrant centre in the south.

Italy's Salvini in Sicily to push new hard line on migration

Pozzallo - Italy's new hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini will be in Sicily Sunday to push the anti-immigration platform that propelled him to power at one of the country's main landing points for refugees.

Italy's new PM Conte begins work

Rome - Italy's new prime minister Giuseppe Conte attended a military parade on his first full day in office Saturday, while his outspoken deputy Matteo Salvini was to head to Sicily as part of his campaign against illegal immigration.

Sanchez sworn in as Spain PM, Catalan challenge awaits

Madrid - Spain's Socialist chief Pedro Sanchez was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday after ousting veteran conservative leader Mariano Rajoy, with Catalonia's separatist president promptly calling for talks over the region's independence drive.
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