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Mahmoud Abbas Names Prime Minister as Unity Government Talks Stall Over Foreign Minister

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chose a prime minister to head a unity government Thursday but announcement of the lineup was held up over the foreign affairs portfolio, officials said.

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Obama Courts India’s Modi After Election Sweep

President Barack Obama on Friday told India’s future prime minister, Narendra Modi, that he hopes they can work closely and invited the once-shunned Hindu nationalist leader to visit Washington.

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Prime Minister ‘Certain’ of Victory as Iraqis Vote Despite Attacks

Iraqis defied a rash of attacks that killed 14 people Wednesday and voted in the first general election since U.S. troops withdrew, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki proclaiming “certain” victory.

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Israel Halts Peace Talks After Palestinian Unity Deal

Israel said Thursday that it was halting peace talks with the Palestinians after their unity deal with the Hamas rulers of Gaza, as the faltering U.S.-backed process approached its deadline.

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Netanyahu Takes a Joke at His Own Expense

Employing the time-honored strategy of reappropriation, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a spoof video, based on his speech at Tuesday’s AIPAC session, in which his words about Iran’s alleged plans for its nuclear program are intercut with footage of a cartoon classic and mixed to a lively techno beat.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Putin Rival Warns of Arab Spring for Russia

If Vladimir Putin, the expected winner of Russia’s upcoming presidential election, isn’t careful, he may face the kind of upsurge in revolt that occurred a year ago in Tunisia, Egypt and other nations when the regional sea change we now know as the Arab Spring took hold. So says Putin’s former ally and now rival, Sergei Mironov.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Putin Poised to Reclaim Russian Presidency

Surprising no one, Russian strongman and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is looking like the clear front-runner to become Russia’s next president, reclaiming the office from Dmitry Medvedev, who at times seemed mostly to fill the position of useful political backdrop to make Putin look good in his own office.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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British PM: No Public Funding for Queen’s Yacht

British Prime Minister David Cameron made a good call Monday by declaring that no funds from U.K. taxpayers’ pockets should be funneled toward gifting Queen Elizabeth II with a shiny new $90 million yacht on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



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‘The Iron Lady’: Power in Spectator Pumps

Do we learn anything about Margaret Thatcher from Abi Morgan’s screenplay? And more important, will anyone born after Thatcher’s 11 years in office learn anything about her brand of conservatism and its effects?

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 READ MORE



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France, Turkey Trade Accusations of Genocide

Since France took the bold step this week of making it a criminal act to deny that Ottoman Turks committed genocide in Armenia nearly a century ago, Turkey has countered with similar accusations, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan even added a personal touch about French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s own past.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Britain Stands Alone After EU Veto

If pushing away from the European Union was British Prime Minister David Cameron’s goal in making the U.K. the only nation in the region to veto a proposal to renegotiate the EU treaty, he got what he wanted Friday.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



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More Protests Lead to Mass Arrests in Moscow

So much for United Russia. That’s the optimistic name of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party, which drew accusations of voting fraud and incited protests after Sunday’s parliamentary election. The demonstrations continued Tuesday in Moscow and two other Russian cities, leading to hundreds of arrests and two counter-protests.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE


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Putin’s Party Takes a Hit at the Polls

Could martial arts enthusiast, tiger wrangler and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin be losing his steely grip on power in his homeland? Could be, judging by the results of Sunday’s parliamentary election in Russia, which resulted in a shaky showing for Putin’s United Russia party.

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2 Million Brits Walk Out Over Pension Cuts

As many as 2 million British public sector workers went on strike Wednesday to oppose the government’s plans to increase revenue by digging into their hard-earned pensions. Just over one-quarter of the civil service walked out, including members of Prime Minister David Cameron’s staff.

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Turkish PM: Step Down, Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s list of international supporters is dwindling, and he can strike another off the list now that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has joined the chorus calling for Assad’s resignation. In a strongly worded statement, Erdogan invoked some striking figures from ... (more)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Egypt’s Civilian Government Offers to Step Down

Egyptians staged another mass protest Monday as the interim civilian government faced another major transition. The day before, the whole cabinet submitted its resignation, but the ruling military council had yet to accept it by nightfall. Meanwhile, more than 30 people were ... (more)

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Thatcher’s Friends Slam Streep in ‘Iron Lady’

Perhaps the filmmakers behind the new Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady,” with big-screen queen Meryl Streep playing the titular part, can at least be assured that their characterization of Great Britain’s first female prime minister didn’t overly pander to its famous subject, in that some of her friends ... (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Berlusconi Shown the Door

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has powered his way through political crises with all the subtlety and grace of a battering ram, but in the end, he couldn’t fix Italy’s foundering economy. So, Il Cavaliere (The Knight) is about to lose his occupazione (job).

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE


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So Long, Silvio?

Either Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is in serious denial mode or he’s about to pull off a recession-defying stunt of unprecedented proportions, as pressure is mounting for the embattled PM to follow the fresh example of his Greek counterpart ... (more)

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Papandreou Prepares His Exit

After his ill-conceived eleventh-hour referendum idea fell through last week, the thread from which Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou was dangling effectively snapped. By Sunday, it was apparent that Papandreou was ready to accept defeat ... (more)

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Greek PM: Never Mind the Referendum

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou appeared to be losing his grip on both his country and his job on Thursday, as reports circulated that he had scrapped his surprise call for a nationwide referendum on the bailout plan proposed by eurozone leaders ... (more) Updated

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Greek PM Rocks the Bailout Boat

Last week’s summit of European Union leaders to find an emergency solution, or at least a stopgap measure, for the region’s compounding economic crisis initially led to a brief bounce in the markets and a flash of hope. That was squelched by Tuesday with the news that Greek prime minister … (more)

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Netanyahu Responds to Palestinian Bid for Statehood

Less than an hour after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas finished speaking before the United Nations General Assembly about his wish for statehood, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the lectern to give his side of the story. (more)

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Denmark Elects First Female Prime Minister

The people of Denmark elected their first female prime minister Thursday, bringing the center-left Social Democratic Party to power after 10 years with a right-wing government.

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Turkey Imposes Further Sanctions on Israel

Turkey added fuel to its smoldering relationship with Israel on Tuesday when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his nation would impose additional sanctions against its once-close ally.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Japan PM Resigns, Race for Replacement Begins

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned Friday after enduring months of heavy criticism about his response to the March earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent nuclear crisis the natural disasters caused. By Saturday, five Japanese lawmakers were vying for the newly open position.

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Activist Rejects Indian PM’s Plea to End His Fast

India’s prime minister begged anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare again on Thursday to end his protest fast, which after 10 days has caused the activist to lose at least 14 pounds but gain much public attention. (more)

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE


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Japanese Reconstruction Minister Creates PR Disaster, Quits

After spring’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s administration created the position of minister for reconstruction and looked to appointee Ryu Matsumoto to help the recovery effort on several levels. That didn’t turn out so well.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Gridlock in Greece

So, time is running out for the Greek government to put a plan in place in the interest of avoiding complete economic catastrophe. Too bad Prime Minister George Papandreou’s austerity-tastic ideas are failing to win over the protesters ... (more)

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama and Cameron Take a Page from Reagan and Thatcher

Some may question their choice of reference material, but President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron teamed up to pen a column for The Times of London, comparing this year’s Arab Spring to the Cold War—and themselves to that era’s ... (more)

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Thai PM Survives No-Confidence Vote

Although his political future looked dim only weeks ago, Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has survived a no-confidence vote brought against his administration by opposition party members.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Japan’s Ordeal Is ‘Worst Since WWII’

Japan’s prime minister, surveying the incredible damage inflicted by a massive earthquake and tidal wave and a still-unfolding nuclear disaster, said the country is facing its gravest crisis since World War II.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Building Egypt’s Cabinet

Post-revolution Egypt’s government is beginning to take form, with Prime Minister-designate Essam Sharaf selecting two men not affiliated with Hosni Mubarak to head the interior and foreign ministries.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Tunisia’s Interim PM Resigns Amid Protests

Following huge protests Friday and Saturday that left at least three people dead, the Tunisian interim prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, has announced he will resign his position.

Posted on Feb 27, 2011 READ MORE


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Thai PM Is a British Citizen

Thailand’s prime minister may be in some hot water. Abhisit Vejjajiva acknowledged that he holds British citizenship, an admission that may make him vulnerable to prosecution for the deaths of around 90 people in anti-government demonstrations back in 2008.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Palestinian PM Disbanding, Rebuilding Cabinet

In a move that has a little to do with the Egyptian revolution, or at least lip service is being paid to same, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced Monday that he will be swapping out his Cabinet for a new one in the next couple of weeks.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Berlusconi Protesters Have a Few Tricks Up Their Sleeve

Following a long-standing tradition of creative Italian resistance, activists are planning to adorn Silvio Berlusconi’s villa with condoms, as well as performing parodies set to the soundtrack of “Grease,” to protest the prime minister’s most recent alleged sexual escapades.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Thousands Take to Streets in Jordan

As protests continue to rock Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, add Jordan to the list of troubled Arab states, as thousands of people took to the streets of Amman on Friday to demand political change and more freedom.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Blair Realizes Regret Over Iraq

With regret over the loss of life throughout and after the 2003 Iraq war, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has changed his tune of condolence, saying his historically unapologetic statements defending the war were misinterpreted.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Berlusconi Under Investigation

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has officially been placed under investigation for allegedly paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl, providing even more fodder for criticism of the scandal-addicted Italian executive.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Vladimir Putin Will Now Take Your Questions

In a sort of Russian-style town hall meeting, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin fielded questions Thursday about his government’s policies and practices in a lengthy televised session (running time: 4 hours and 29 minutes) that included the cheeky query, “How is your puppy, Buffy?”

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Berlusconi Allegedly Bought Votes

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi’s political rap sheet is already quite appalling, from alleged under-age sexcapades to anti-Semitic jokes. But new allegations by state prosecutors have added another blotch on the billionaire’s bill: He’s accused of buying votes to stay in power.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Berlusconi’s Under Pressure

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been asked to resign by opposition lawmakers after the media reported that he had asked police to free a detained 17-year-old called “Ruby.” The Moroccan girl allegedly attended wild parties in Berlusconi’s home and has become yet another figure in the prime minister’s scandal catalog.

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Berlusconi Condemned for ‘Deplorable’ Jokes

Although one can’t expect class from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is it too much to ask that he just not talk? After making a crack about Hitler, and another about Jews, even the Vatican’s official newspaper has publicly decried his jokes as “deplorable.”

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Churchill’s UFO Cover-Up

Conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts, start your engines. Some newly unleashed documents from the British Ministry of Defense show that none other than Winston Churchill had a bee in his bonnet about ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Vote Ties Japanese Parliament in a Knot

Looks like the Japanese government is headed for a frustrating, and potentially ineffectual, phase after Sunday’s election left the nation’s parliament in a “twisted” condition. That’s an actual term, not a value judgment.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Good Luck With the Whole Gaza List Thing, Tony Blair

Hey, it’s Tony Blair! Remember him? The former British PM now bears the somewhat unlikely title of special peace envoy to the Middle East, and he’s getting down to business on a project having to do with lists, supplies and Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE


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