Politics & Corruption

Fidel Castro speaks in Venezuelan TV interview

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro jokingly dismissed rumors that he might be sick in an interview aired on Venezuelan state television.

Venezuela's Chavez turns to shamans to fight cancer

Shamans from tribes in Venezuela's Amazon jungle held a ceremony at the Miraflores presidential palace Saturday to help Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recover from his cancer treatment.


Tony Blair is godfather to Rupert Murdoch’s daughter

The former prime minister was reportedly present in March last year when Murdoch’s two daughters by his third wife were baptised on the banks of the Jordan.

'We won't give up UN bid': Palestinians

The Palestinians will not be deterred from seeking United Nations membership, a senior official said here Sunday, after reports Washington was trying to head off their bid.


Strauss-Kahn returns to France but not politics

GREG KELLER, SARAH DiLORENZO Yahoo! News 05.09.2011
Strauss-Kahn returns to France but not politics

The last time he boarded a flight for Paris, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was on the verge of announcing his candidacy for president, and in some quarters his victory was considered certain.

Berlusconi vows to leave 'shitty' Italy in conversation recorded by police

In a sign of his frustration at the investigations into his alleged crimes and misdemeanours, Silvio Berlusconi vowed in July to leave Italy, which he described as a "shitty country" that "sickened" him.


Russia's Putin revs up vote campaign astride a bike

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin kicked off an election campaign on Monday revving up his three-wheeled Harley Davidson at the head of a bikers motorcade -- the latest in a series of macho stunts that have punctuated his political career.

Chavez to undergo new round of cancer treatment

President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that he will undergo his next round of chemotherapy in Venezuela instead of Cuba, where he has had previous cancer treatments.


Yoshihiko Noda set to become Japanese PM

Justin McCurry The Guardian 29.08.2011
Yoshihiko Noda set to become Japanese PM

Yoshihiko Noda, Japan's finance minister, is almost certain to become the country's seventh prime minister in six years on Tuesday after winning the race to succeed Naoto Kan as leader of the governing party.

Chavez proclaims solidarity with besieged Kadhafi

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared Tuesday that he will continue to recognize only Moamer Kadhafi as the legitimate leader of Libya, despite signs the regime is likely in its last throes.


Door opened to political return for Strauss-Kahn

Daniel Flynn and Thierry Leveque Reuters 23.08.2011
Door opened to political return for Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn could make a dramatic return to French public life if sexual assault charges against the former IMF chief are dropped this week, the frontrunner in France's presidential election said on Monday.

Chavez's supporters shave heads in solidarity

Supporters of President Hugo Chavez shaved their heads in solidarity with their leader's struggle against cancer on Sunday as hundreds prayed and sang at a televised event.


Swedish royal couple turned away from German restaurant

A red-faced restaurant owner in southern Germany admitted Sunday she had turned away Sweden's king and queen when they asked for a table after failing to recognise them.

U.S. Officials: Syria Using Diplomats to Threaten Opposition Around the World

Syria is taking its war against President Bashar al-Assad's political opponents global, using diplomats in Washington, London and elsewhere to track and intimidate expatriates who speak out against the Damascus regime, according to Syrian dissiden...


Mikhail Gorbachev: I should have abandoned the Communist party earlier

Politicians rarely admit mistakes, but Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev always was in a different class. So it is not surprising that, as he looked back on his six tumultuous years in power at the head of the Soviet Union, he was willing to count the...

Argentina's Fernandez hand strengthened by primary

Hilary Burke and Luis Andres Henao Reuters 16.08.2011

Center-left Argentine President Cristina Fernandez looks set to win a second term in October and deepen her interventionist policies after thrashing rivals in a primary election, results showed on Monday.


Hillary Clinton in Bali to push Southeast Asian security

Peacefully resolving maritime disputes between China and its smaller neighbors, drawing North Korea back into nuclear disarmament talks and human rights concerns in military-run Myanmar will top U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's age...

Chavez heads to Cuba, says chemo to 'attack hard'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez left home Saturday for Cuba to begin chemotherapy, vowing to win his fight against cancer and calling for his political allies to stay united in his absence.


Lawyer says Egypt's Mubarak in coma, TV denies

Yasmine Saleh Reuters 18.07.2011
Lawyer says Egypt's Mubarak in coma, TV denies

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak,hospitalised since April and due to stand trial in August, is in a coma, his lawyer said on Sunday, although the state news agency MENA cited a hospital official as denying the report.

President Obama Meets With the Dalai Lama at the White House as China Objects

President Barack Obama held a White House meeting Saturday with the Dalai Lama, a fellow Nobel Peace laureate, hours after China called on the U.S. to rescind an invitation that could sour relations with Beijing.



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