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Calls for Spain minister to quit over rape trial comment

Madrid - Spanish magistrates called Monday for the justice minister to resign after he cast doubt on the competence of one of the judges who acquitted five men of gang rape in a case that sparked nationwide protests.

Bashir fires Sudan foreign minister

Khartoum - President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday fired Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, state media reported, after he said that Sudanese diplomats abroad had been unpaid for months.

Argentina's Macri backs minister who keeps his millions abroad

Buenos Aires - Argentina's President Mauricio Macri on Friday backed his under-fire energy minister who admitted keeping his millions outside Argentina because he lacked faith in the economy.

German anti-Nazi crusader Heiko Maas to become foreign minister

Berlin - Germany's designated next foreign minister Heiko Maas is a sharp dresser with a steely edge who has become the nemesis of far-right and online giants spreading hate speech.

Dutch FM to face MPs after lying about Putin meeting

Den Haag - Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra was in hot water Monday after admitting he lied about attending a controversial 2006 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Brazilian public security 'broken:' minister

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's defense minister said Wednesday that the country's public security system is "broken" as gunmen fought with officers in a huge Rio de Janeiro slum, shutting down a major highway.

Spain on guard 24/7 to stop Puigdemont return: minister

Madrid - Spain's interior minister said Tuesday that troops were on alert 24/7 to prevent sacked Catalan president Carles Puigdemont from sneaking home from exile even "in the boot of a car".

British PM calls for action after lawmaker sex toys allegations

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday called for tougher rules governing MPs' conduct after a government minister was accused of asking his secretary to buy sex toys.

Bangladesh minister speaks of 'genocide' in Myanmar's Rakhine

Dhaka - Bangladesh's foreign minister said Sunday that genocide was being waged in Myanmar's violence-racked Rakhine state, triggering an exodus of nearly 300,000 Muslim Rohingya to his country."The international community is saying it is a genocide.

Kenya's interior minister dies in hospital: govt

Nairobi - Kenya's government on Saturday announced the death of Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery at a hospital in the capital Nairobi.

Qatar calls for 'dialogue' to resolve Gulf crisis

London - Qatar's foreign minister called for "dialogue" on Wednesday to resolve the Gulf diplomatic crisis, accusing Arab states that have cut ties with Qatar of trying to undermine the nation's sovereignty.

Qatar slams Saudi refusal to negotiate

Doha - Qatar on Wednesday condemned Saudi Arabia's refusal to negotiate the demands of the kingdom and its allies for ending a crippling embargo on the emirate.

Qatar won't back down in face of pressure: minister

Doha - Far from backing down in the face of unprecedented pressure from Gulf rivals, Qatar's foreign minister said Thursday that no other country could determine its policies.

Second Macron minister under scrutiny after ethics claims

Paris - France's European affairs minister took legal action Tuesday after becoming the second member of new President Emmanuel Macron's inner circle to be caught up in an ethics scandal.

Fascist salutes as Franco minister is buried

Madrid - Mourners raised their arms in a fascist salute as one of the last ministers to serve under former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, Jose Utrera Molina, was buried Saturday.

UK minister voices support for Gibraltar in Madrid talks

London - Brexit minister David Davis voiced Britain's "steadfast" support for Gibraltar in talks with Spain's foreign minister in Madrid on Monday amid a bitter sovereignty row over the tiny outcrop.

Brazilian court approves Temer's ministerial pick

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that an ally of President Michel Temer can be a government minister despite allegations that his promotion was to protect him from a corruption probe.

Brazilian judge bars Temer ministerial pick

Bras - A Brazilian court barred a close ally of President Michel Temer from taking a ministerial position Wednesday because he has been implicated in a corruption probe.

Gulen network 'behind' killing of Russian ambassador: Turkish FM

Istanbul - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday blamed the group of exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen for the assassination of Russia's ambassador in Ankara, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

2,000 protest in Romania over minister's immunity

Bucharest - Around 2,000 people protested in Romanian capital Bucharest late Thursday over the Senate's refusal to lift the immunity from prosecution of a former interior minister for "involuntary homicide".

Somalia minister among 11 killed in Mogadishu hotel attack

Mugadishu - A junior minister was among 11 people killed in an attack by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militants on a hotel in the Somali capital, the foreign ministry said Sunday.

'No theories ruled out' on EgyptAir crash after smoke report

Paris - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Saturday that no theory on the cause of the EgyptAir crash has been ruled out, after revelations of smoke in the cabin minutes before the disaster."At this time...

Belgium names new transport minister after terror row

Brussels - The Belgian government on Sunday appointed a new transport minister in a reshuffle sparked by allegations of lax security at Brussels airport, one of two targets hit by suicide bombers last month.

Italian minister quits as waste scandal embroils partner

Rome - Italy's Economic Development Minister Federica Guidi resigned on Thursday after her partner was accused of abusing his connections to the centre-left government.

Israel says to treat soldier's shooting of Palestinian with 'utmost severity'

Jerusalem - Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Thursday that Israel will treat with "utmost severity" the case of a soldier caught on video shooting a Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay on ground.

French policewoman wounded in Brussels anti-terror raid: Belgian minister

Brussels - A French policewoman was wounded Tuesday during a major Franco-Belgian anti-terror operation in Brussels linked to the Paris attacks, Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens said.

Turkey won't take back migrants already on Greek islands: minister

Ankara - Turkey will not take back migrants already on Greek islands under a deal proposed to European Union leaders at a crunch summit this week, Ankara's EU affairs minister said Thursday.

Britain's Europe minister says EU deal 'in sight'

London - Britain's Europe minister told parliament on Tuesday that an EU deal now "appears in sight" following the publication of proposals by European Council president Donald Tusk.

Britain summons Russian ambassador after Litvinenko report

London - Britain on Thursday summoned the Russian ambassador after a report into the radiation poisoning murder of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko and imposed asset freezes on the two men identified as the perpetrators.

No reason to stop drug trials despite death: French minister

Paris - There is no reason to stop clinical trials in France, the country's health minister said Monday, despite the death of a man during testing for a new drug.
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