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UK’s May asks the EU to delay Brexit until June 30

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday sought to delay Brexit until June 30 to avoid a chaotic withdrawal from the European Union in one week, but a key leader …


Israel AG recommends indicting Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust

Israel’s attorney general on Thursday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases, a momentous move that shook up Israel’s …


UK’s May suffers embarrassing defeat on Brexit strategy

British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an embarrassing defeat by lawmakers Thursday in a vote that left her bid to secure a European Union divorce deal stuck between an intransigent …


Brexit sparks showdown between UK Parliament and government

As Brexit enters its endgame, the big divide is not between the U.K. and the European Union, but between Britain’s government and its Parliament.


Belgian PM offers to resign after migration tears government

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel submitted his resignation Tuesday amid pressure on his government after the biggest coalition party quit over Michel’s support for a United Nations compact on international …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Macron caves in to French protesters – too late, they say

The French government’s decision to suspend fuel tax and utility price hikes Tuesday did little to appease protesters, who called the move a “first step” and vowed to fight on …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 18, 2018, 6 p.m.

Netanyahu takes on defense post amid call for early polls

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he would take on the defense minister portfolio, rejecting calls to dissolve his government even as early elections appeared increasingly likely.


Malaysia ex-PM’s wife pleads not guilty to money laundering

The detained wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najjib Razak pleaded not guilty Thursday to laundering illegal proceeds from a graft scandal involving the 1MDB state investment fund, five months …


Pakistan PM ‘optimistic’ after brief talks with Pompeo

Pakistan’s newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Islamabad on Wednesday, saying he was “optimistic” he could reset the relationship with Washington after …


Australia’s ‘accidental prime minister’ promises stability

Australia’s new prime minister, Scott Morrison, on Friday promised a stable government at the end of a tumultuous week in which his predecessor was forced out of office, 13 ministers …


Pakistan’s Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

Pakistan’s cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf in last …


Indians gather as former premier Vajpayee is cremated

Thousands of Indians gathered Friday as the funeral pyre was lit for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who was respected across the political spectrum.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 8:12 p.m.

Pakistani lawmakers elect Imran Khan as prime minister

Pakistani lawmakers on Friday elected former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan as the country’s next prime minister, in a step toward the country’s third civilian transfer of power.


Former Malaysian leader arrested, to be charged for graft

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested Tuesday by anti-graft investigators and will be charged over his alleged role in the multibillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund, officials …


Jordan’s king appoints new prime minister as protests resume

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Tuesday appointed a new prime minister, the royal palace said, naming a leading reformer as head of government in hopes of quelling the largest anti-government …


Jordan PM quits over mass protests against tax increases

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Monday accepted the resignation of his embattled prime minister and reportedly tapped a leading reformer as a successor, hoping to quell the largest anti-government protests …


Giuseppe Conte set to be sworn in as Italian PM

Political novice Giuseppe Conte was on Friday set to be sworn in as prime minister of Italy at the head of a populist coalition government, after President Sergio Mattarella accepted …


Embattled Spanish PM to face no-confidence vote this week

Spain’s parliament agreed Monday to subject Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to a vote of no confidence this week in the wake of graft convictions of businesspeople and officials tied to …


Armenia protest leader seeks president’s backing to be PM

The leader of the wave of protests that created a surprise power vacuum in Armenia said Sunday that he met with the country’s new president and hopes to secure his …


Ethiopia’s new leader makes rare outreach to opposition

Ethiopia’s new prime minister is making a rare outreach to opposition parties, calling on them to prepare for “peaceful dialogue and negotiations” in an effort to broaden the political space.


Former Vietnam Prime Minister Phan Van Khai dies at 84

Phan Van Khai, an architect of Vietnam’s economic rise and the country’s first prime minister to visit the United States after the end of the war, died Saturday. He was …


Romanian PM who called rivals ‘autistic’ cleared of bias

A government council cleared Romania’s prime minister Monday of wrongdoing for using the word “autistic” to describe political rivals.


Ethiopia’s prime minister submits resignation after protests

Ethiopia’s prime minister announced Thursday he has submitted a resignation letter after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century, saying he hoped the surprise decision would help planned reforms succeed …


Romania approves first female premier amid protests

Romania’s first female prime minister was sworn in Wednesday as the country’s third head of government in a year amid ongoing anti-corruption protests.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 12:13 p.m.

Romania’s PM resigns after he loses support from party

Romania’s prime minister has resigned after his party withdrew its support amid a power struggle with the party chairman.


Greece: austerity protesters reach prime minister’s office

Anti-austerity protesters in Greece reached the entrance of the prime minister’s official residence Wednesday, as demonstrations have intensified against a new austerity bill due to be voted in parliament next …


Thai leader tells reporters to quiz cardboard mock-up

Thailand’s prime minister evaded journalists’ questions on Monday by bringing out a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself and telling the reporters to quiz it instead of him.


Egyptian former PM not to run in 2018 presidential elections

An Egyptian former prime minister says he will not run against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in elections due later this year.


New PM: Poland needs to protect its national interests

Poland “fits the European puzzle” and should be allowed to protect its national interests and character even while being a member of the European Union, the country’s new prime minister …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 4:02 p.m.

Poland’s new prime minister sworn in with old Cabinet

Poland’s new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, was officially sworn into office Monday along with the Cabinet members who served under his predecessor.