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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Putin engineers shakeup that could keep him in power longer

President Vladimir Putin engineered a surprise shakeup of Russia’s leadership Wednesday, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Netanyahu to seek immunity from criminal charges

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that he would ask the Israeli parliament to grant him immunity from three criminal charges, tying up further the lengthy legal proceedings against him …


Iraq president rejects Iran-backed bloc’s nominee as PM

Iraq’s president refused Thursday to designate the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc’s nominee for prime minister after he was rejected by anti-government protesters, saying he was prepared to submit his resignation to …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

UK election exit poll suggests Conservatives majority

An exit poll in Britain’s election projects that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party likely will win a majority of seats in Parliament, an outcome that would allow Johnson to …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Finland’s new young female prime minister breaks the mold

Finland’s next government is breaking the mold in multiple ways. Sanna Marin, the 34-year-old transport minister, was tapped over the weekend by the ruling Social Democratic Party to be Finland’s …


Attorney general: Israel’s Netanyahu not required to resign

Israel’s attorney general said Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not required to leave office following his indictment on corruption charges, giving a small boost to the embattled leader.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicted on corruption charges

Israel’s attorney general has formally charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases, throwing the country’s paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening the long-time leader’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Lebanese prime minister quits amid anti-government protests

Lebanon’s prime minister resigned Tuesday, bowing to one of the central demands of anti-government demonstrators shortly after baton-wielding Hezbollah supporters rampaged through the main protest camp in Beirut, torching tents, …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019

‘It was a dumb thing to do’: Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface makeup at a costume party in 2001

Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign for national elections was hit Wednesday by the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a costume party in 2001. The …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

Israel’s Netanyahu appears to suffer setback in exit polls

In an apparent setback for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, exit polls showed the longtime Israeli leader falling short of securing a parliamentary majority with his hard-line allies in Tuesday’s election.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …