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Nigeria's Buhari assigns new ministers

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday handed out jobs to his new cabinet, insisting the government was able to meet Nigeria's challenges despite criticism that his lineup favoured ageing loyalists.

Nigeria's Buhari faces flak over cabinet picks

Lagos - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire for stacking his new cabinet with ageing party loyalists despite hopes he might opt for more technocrats in his final term.

Swiss president and two new ministers elected

Geneva - Switzerland's parliament on Wednesday elected the country's hardline finance minister to serve in the largely symbolic position of president next year, and also picked two women to fill vacant ministerial spots.

EU says still time for Brexit deal as failure looms

London - British and European leaders insisted Monday they could still reach a Brexit deal despite the latest failed round of divorce talks, but the EU warned a no-deal scenario was "more likely than ever before".

Second Swiss minister announces resignation in a week

Geneva - Swiss Energy Minister Doris Leuthard announced Thursday that she will step down at the end of the year, marking the second government resignation in the past week.

Zimbabwe seeks return to dollar as new govt sworn in

Harare - Zimbabwe's newly sworn-in finance minister on Monday said he planned to reintroduce the Zimbabwe dollar and accelerate plans to repay the country's debt, in a bid to revive the battered economy.

Who's who in South Africa's new cabinet

Johanesburg - South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa has reshuffled the cabinet to bring reformers to several key ministries while axing graft-tainted allies of ex-leader Jacob Zuma.

Zimbabwe's new leader drops 2 ministers after public outcry

Harare - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday dropped two ministers he had appointed to his new cabinet just a day earlier, a move widely seen as a response to a public uproar over the nominations.

Zimbabwe's new leader under fire over maiden cabinet pick

Harare - Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, came under fire on Friday for unveiling a debut cabinet that named two military allies to top positions, reappointed figures from Robert Mugabe's discredited era and sidelined the opposition.

Leading faces in France's new government

Paris - Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron named his cabinet on Wednesday, appointing veteran Socialist Jean-Yves Le Drian to foreign affairs and a rightwinger as economy minister in a team that cuts across traditional party lines.

Brazil president denies protecting corruption-tainted minister

Bras - Brazilian President Michel Temer on Monday denied suggestions that he is trying to protect a minister implicated in a corruption scandal.

Paolo Gentiloni completes long march to power in Italy

Rome - Paolo Gentiloni, the man named Sunday as Italy's new prime minister, is a trusted ally of his predecessor Matteo Renzi, to whom he owes his rise to the summit of national politics.

Russia elevates 34-year-old ex-banker to economy minister

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday appointed deputy finance minister Maxim Oreshkin as economy minister, replacing Alexei Ulyukayev who was dismissed this month after being charged with taking a $2-million bribe."You haven't been working long, but.....

Key figures in Britain's new cabinet

London - New British Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed allies and rivals to her cabinet, and created two new posts to deal with the repercussions of Brexit.

May's inner circle: Who will be in Britain's Brexit cabinet?

London - When Theresa May takes over as British prime minister on Wednesday, she will have to appoint a fresh team of ministers.

Brazil government urges child 'army' against Zika mosquitos

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff led two dozen ministers on a campaign Friday to form what one official called an "army" of children against the Zika-carrying mosquito.

Nigeria's new government to be announced

Abuja - Nigeria will finally get a new government on Wednesday after more than five months of waiting, when President Muhammadu Buhari assigns formal roles to 36 ministerial nominees approved by parliament.

'Catastrophe' warnings as climate talks enter final stretch

Paris - Large swathes of New York and Shanghai could disappear under the waves and millions driven into poverty, fresh climate reports warned as ministers scrambled Monday for common ground weeks ahead of a crunch environmental summit.

'Life on planet at stake', France warns as climate ministers meet

Paris - France's top diplomat, who will preside over a year-end Paris summit tasked with inking a global pact to rein in global warming, warned Sunday of a looming planetary "catastrophe".

Ministers seek convergence on climate rescue pact

Paris - More than 60 environment and energy ministers tasked with inking a global pact in December to rein in climate change, meet in Paris from Sunday seeking to narrow political rifts.

Ministers in Paris to seek climate convergence

Paris - Five weeks before they hope to sign off on a pact to curb global warming, more than 60 environment and energy ministers gather in Paris from Sunday to narrow political rifts.

Nigeria set to finally get government ministers

Lagos - It's taken nearly five months but Nigeria -- Africa's biggest economy, most populous nation and number one oil producer -- may get a government this week.

Time to compromise for climate: French FM

Paris - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, tasked with steering UN talks towards a climate rescue pact by year's end, urged countries Monday to find "compromise" to boost the flagging process.

Ministers in Paris to boost flagging climate talks

Paris - Foreign and environment ministers and other high-level officials from 45 countries are set to gather in Paris Monday seeking to re-energise climate talks mired in technical details and political squabbling.

Iran, major powers meet on eve of deal deadline

Vienna - Foreign ministers from six major powers began Monday a meeting with their Iranian counterpart, on the eve of a deadline in Vienna to agree a historic nuclear deal.

Russia sanctions only lifted when truce respected: G7

Berlin - Russia can expect international sanctions against it to be lifted only when it complies with the terms of a ceasefire with Ukraine, foreign ministers from the Group of Seven said on Wednesday.

G7 foreign ministers look to progress on Ukraine, Iran

Deutschland - G7 foreign ministers met in Germany on Tuesday looking to build on recent progress on the Ukraine crisis and Iran's nuclear programme, host Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

Peru PM sacked in spy scandal, president faces crisis

- Peruvian President Ollanta Humala was left scrambling to find a new prime minister Tuesday after Congress sacked the incumbent, Ana Jara, over allegations of domestic spying.

Peru sacks PM over alleged domestic spying

- Peru's Congress has sacked the prime minister, Ana Jara, over alleged spying against lawmakers, reporters, business leaders and other citizens.Supreme executive power in Peru is held by the president, in this case Ollanta Humala.

Internet and border monitoring needed to thwart further attacks

Paris - Increased Internet surveillance and tighter border checks are "urgently" needed to foil jihadist attacks of the sort that rocked Paris this week, European, US and Canadian security ministers agreed Sunday.
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