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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.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 12:13 p.m.

Polish finance chief Morawiecki to be the new prime minister

Poland’s prime minister has resigned and will be replaced by Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the conservative ruling party announced Thursday.


Lebanese PM puts resignation on hold, in surprise reversal

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri walked back his resignation on Wednesday after weeks of intensive international diplomacy aimed at restoring the delicate political balance that has kept the country from …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:49 a.m.

Lebanese PM invited to France amid resignation crisis

BEIRUT – French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday invited Saad Hariri and his family to come to France after the Lebanese prime minister’s surprise resignation earlier this month, amid allegations …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

U.K. PM May urges ‘culture of respect’ after abuse scandal

British Prime Minister Theresa May called Monday for a new “culture of respect” in public life amid what she called troubling allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in British politics.


Australian court disqualifies deputy prime minister for dual citizenship

Australia’s High Court on Friday disqualified the deputy prime minister and four senators from sitting in Parliament in a ruling that could cost the government its slender majority in Parliament.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe heads to impressive election win

Japan’s leader has scored a major victory in national elections that returned his ruling coalition to power in decisive fashion.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 4:17 p.m.

New Zealand’s new leader impresses by answering the phone

When an Australian journalist wanted to find out how to correctly pronounce the name of New Zealand’s incoming prime minister, he – unknowingly – went straight to the top.