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PM Boris Johnson’s agenda raises UK election speculation

With Britain’s departure from the European Union due in less than 100 days, new Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a man in a hurry. But he’s not rushing off to …


Showdown looms as new British PM wants to redo Brexit deal

On his first full day in office, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the European Union on Thursday to rethink its refusal to renegotiate the Brexit deal, setting himself on …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 4:38 p.m.

Now British PM, brash Boris Johnson faces Brexit conundrum

Boris Johnson took over as Britain’s prime minister Wednesday, vowing to break the impasse that defeated his predecessor by leading the country out of the European Union and silencing those …


Boris Johnson chosen as new UK leader, now faces Brexit test

Boris Johnson has been chosen as Britain’s next prime minister, with a resounding mandate from the Conservative Party but conflicting demands from a divided country.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 10:47 a.m.

Boris Johnson chosen as new UK leader, now faces Brexit test

With Boris Johnson confirmed as the next U.K. prime minister, the outlook for the British economy has become murkier – and potentially more perilous.


Voting for new UK prime minister ends amid Brexit foreboding

Voting closed Monday in the two-man contest to become Britain’s next prime minister, as critics of likely winner Boris Johnson condemned his vow to take the U.K. out of the …


UK leader May slams populist politics, Brexit ‘absolutism’

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday criticized the increasing intolerance and absolutism of world politics, a message that many will see as aimed at her successor as Britain’s leader …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 4:24 p.m.

Boris Johnson builds lead in race to be UK prime minister

Boris Johnson increased his lead Tuesday in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister as one of his rivals was eliminated in a party vote, leaving a five-strong field.


Boris Johnson builds momentum in UK Conservative race

Boris Johnson solidified his front-runner status in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister on Tuesday, gaining backing from leading pro-Brexit lawmakers.


Undone by Brexit, May steps down as Conservative leader

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s time as Conservative Party leader ended Friday, not with a bang but a whimper.


Thai Parliament votes for coup leader to stay on as PM

Thailand’s Parliament elected 2014 coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister in a vote Wednesday that helps ensure the military’s sustained dominance of politics since the country became a constitutional …


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Britain’s May hunkers down as premiership enters final stage

British Prime Minister Theresa May was hunkered down with close allies Thursday as she considered whether to give in to relentless pressure to resign, or fight on to save her …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 2:49 p.m.

Last days of May? UK leader in peril as Brexit offer slammed

British Prime Minister Theresa May dug in Wednesday against a growing push by both rivals and former allies to remove her from office as her attempts to lead Britain out …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 1:14 p.m.

Ex-Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke dies at age 89

Bob Hawke, Australia’s longest-serving Labor Party prime minister, whose charisma and powers of persuasion earned him near-folk hero status among many Australians, died on Thursday, his wife said. He was …


UK’s May agrees to give timetable next month for her exit

British Prime Minister Theresa May fended off pressure Thursday from Conservative Party lawmakers demanding she set a date for her resignation, buying herself a few more weeks to try to …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

UK defense secretary fired over Huawei leaks

British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson was summarily fired Wednesday after an investigation into leaks from a secret government meeting about Chinese telecoms firm Huawei.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Conservatives reject move to topple PM Theresa May, for now

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s job is safe, for now, after Conservative lawmakers decided against enabling a new challenge to her leadership.


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.