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Slovak foreign minister elected UN General Assembly president

New York - The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday picked Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak to be its next president.

Albanian MPs elect new president

Tirana - Albania's parliament on Friday elected speaker Ilir Meta as the Balkan country's new president, a largely ceremonial post for which he was supported by the governing Socialist party.

No evidence Czech leader's computer hacked with child porn: police

Prague - Czech police said Monday they had found no evidence that hackers had infected the computer of the Czech president with child pornography, a claim made as he prepares to run for re-election.

U.S. Secret Service laptop 'stolen'

New York City - A U.S. Secret Service laptop, containing the Trump Tower floor plans together with other sensitive material, has been taken from an agent's vehicle in New York.

'Ghosts' drive Brazil's president from residence: report

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's President Michel Temer blames bad vibes and even ghosts for driving him from his sumptuous official residence in the capital Brasilia, a Brazilian news weekly reported Saturday.

Germany elects 'anti-Trump' Steinmeier as president

Berlin - Billed as Germany's "anti-Trump", former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected Sunday as the new head of state, vowing to stand up to simplistic populist rhetoric.

Germany elects 'anti-Trump' Steinmeier as president

Berlin - Billed as Germany's "anti-Trump", former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected Sunday as the new head of state, vowing to stand up to simplistic populist rhetoric.

Germany elects 'anti-Trump' Steinmeier as president

Berlin - Billed as Germany's "anti-Trump", former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected Sunday as the new head of state, vowing to stand up to simplistic populist rhetoric.

Germany to elect 'anti-Trump' Steinmeier as new president

Berlin - Billed as Germany's "anti-Trump", centre-left former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to be elected Sunday as the new ceremonial head of state.

Germany to elect 'anti-Trump' Steinmeier as new president

Berlin - Billed as Germany's "anti-Trump", centre-left former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to be elected Sunday as the new ceremonial head of state.

Germany to elect 'anti-Trump' Steinmeier as new president

Berlin - Billed as Germany's "anti-Trump", centre-left former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to be elected Sunday as the new ceremonial head of state.

New Austrian president issues warning on populism

Vienna - Austria's new president, who beat an anti-immigration candidate in a polarising and nail-biting election last year, issued a rallying call Thursday for the EU and a warning against populism as he was sworn in.

The most common word written to President Obama revealed

Washington - Thousands of people write (or email) the U.S. president each day, making serious points, requests for information or bizarre statements. An analysis of the correspondence has revealed the most commonly used word.

Rumen Radev, Bulgaria's new Russophile president

Sofia - Rumen Radev, Bulgaria's surprise new Russophile president-elect, is a former flying ace with no political background who critics say could try to steer the EU's poorest country back into Moscow's orbit.

Merkel's bloc expected to decide Monday whom to back for president

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are set to decide Monday whether to back centre-left Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to become Germany's next president or propose a rival candidate, a party source said.

Merkel's coalition at odds over next presidential candidate

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partners appeared more divided than ever Sunday in their search for a joint candidate to be Germany's next president, highlighting the tensions between the parties ahead of next year's general election.

S. Korean presidential aides raided in scandal probe

Seoul - South Korean prosecutors on Saturday raided the homes and offices of senior advisers to President Park Geun-Hye, as she struggled with a corruption and influence-peddling scandal involving a close family friend.

Obama says Peres never gave up on possibility of peace

Washington - President Barack Obama hailed Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday, as a friend who refused to give up on the dream of peace, while former president Bill Clinton called him "a genius with a big heart.

Shimon Peres: Israeli hawk turned Nobel peace laureate

Jerusalem - Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday aged 93, was an Israeli elder statesman, Nobel laureate and two-time prime minister who spearheaded peace efforts with the Palestinians after breaking with his hawkish past.

Estonian presidential vote delayed again, until October

Tallinn - Estonia's electoral college failed on Saturday to choose a successor to two-term liberal President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, returning the vote to the stalemated parliament where it flopped in August and could fail again.

Kyrgyz president taken ill with heart trouble

Bichkek - Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev was forced to abort a trip to the UN General Assembly after being taken ill with heart problems, his office said Monday.

Michel Temer sworn in as Brazil's new president

Bras - Brazil's Michel Temer was sworn in as the country's new president on Wednesday after leftist Dilma Rousseff was removed in a Senate impeachment trial.

Estonian presidential vote delayed until late September

Tallinn - Estonia's divided parliament failed on Tuesday to elect a successor to two-term liberal President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, delaying the choice until September 24.The head of state plays a largely ceremonial role in the Baltic NATO country of 1.

Estonia fails to elect president in first round

Tallinn - Estonia's parliament failed to elect a president Monday after none of the contenders for the largely ceremonial role received the necessary two-thirds majority of votes in round one of the race.

World Bank suffering 'leadership crisis,' staff say

Washington - Staff at the World Bank delivered a broadside against its sitting president this week, saying the global lender faced a "crisis of leadership" and risked irrelevance on the world stage.

Brazil interim leader says he's ready to be booed at Olympics

Bras - Brazil's interim president Michel Temer said he is fine with the likelihood he will be booed when he appears at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games next week."I am totally ready.

Brazil impeachment must be settled by Aug 26: Temer

Bras - Brazil's political uncertainty must be resolved by the end of August -- its Olympic-hosting month -- by reaching a verdict in the impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, her interim replacement said Friday.

German president 'horrified' by 'murderous attack' in Munich

Berlin - German President Joachim Gauck said Friday he was "horrified" by the "murderous attack" in a Munich shopping centre which left at least eight people dead.

U.S. vice president begins official visit to Ireland

Dublin - United States Vice-President Joe Biden arrived in Dublin on Tuesday evening for a six-day official visit to Ireland that will include tours of the birthplaces of his ancestors and meetings with local leaders.

Haiti power vacuum looms as interim president's mandate ends

Port-au-prince - Haiti faced a new power vacuum Wednesday after interim president Jocelerme Privert's mandate ended with no formal solution to the country's immediate political crisis, lawmakers said.
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