Politics & Corruption

Medvedev says wants to see Obama re-elected

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday he wanted his US counterpart Barack Obama to win re-election next year, fearing that the two men's efforts to improve ties may lose steam under a new administration.

Greece wracked by political turmoil in debt crisis

NICHOLAS PAPHITIS Yahoo! News 17.06.2011
Greece wracked by political turmoil in debt crisis

Greece was wracked by political turmoil Thursday as the embattled prime minister faced down a party revolt over new austerity measures — a bitter dispute that forced the EU to hint at new loans so Greece can fend off a summer default.

Russia, China warn West against Arab interference

Russia and China oppose outside interference in the unrest in the Arab world, the two presidents said on Thursday in a declaration, as the West seeks their support for increasing pressure on Syria.

Ahmadinejad joins China, Russia leaders at summit

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday joined the Chinese and Russian leaders in a rare encounter at a summit in Kazakhstan, where he launched a new attack on the "slavers and colonisers" of the West.

Libya slams Germany for 'violating' its sovereignty

Libya on Tuesday slammed as "irresponsible" a visit to the rebel capital Benghazi by Germany's foreign minister, as the US pressed Africa to take tougher action against Moamer Kadhafi's regime.

New Egypt? 7,000 civilians jailed since Mubarak fell

Mohannad Sabry McclatchyDC 15.06.2011
New Egypt? 7,000 civilians jailed since Mubarak fell

Egypt's military rulers told human rights advocates Monday that at least 7,000 civilians have been sentenced to prison terms by military courts since Hosni Mubarak was ousted — an astoundingly high number likely to fuel debate over how much the re...

Italians 'turned their backs' on Berlusconi

A trouncing in referendums that have wiped out Italy's plans to return to nuclear power after a shock local election defeat mean Silvio Berlusconi has lost his magic, Italian newspapers said on Tuesday.

Dalai Lama mistakes Australian PM for a man

It may be just as well that the Dalai Lama has given up his political role after the revered Tibetan spiritual leader Tuesday referred to Australia's female prime minister as a man.

New blog entry asserts gay Syrian was a hoax

A new entry Sunday in a blog purportedly by a lesbian Syrian-American living in Damascus asserted that the entire saga was a hoax, supposedly written by a man.

Chavez recovers after surgery in Cuba: officials

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was recovering satisfactorily Sunday after undergoing surgery in Cuba and was expected to return home "in the coming days," officials from the presidential entourage said.

In Saudi Arabia, Royal Funds Buy Peace for Now

NEIL MacFARQUHAR The New York Times 10.06.2011
In Saudi Arabia, Royal Funds Buy Peace for Now

As one nation after another has battled uprisings across the Arab world, the one major country spared is also its richest — Saudi Arabia, where a fresh infusion of money has so far bought order.

Portugal election: Socialists admit defeat

Socialist leader Jose Socrates said he accepted responsibility for the defeat and resigned as head of his party. The victorious centre-right Social Democrats (PSD) led by Pedro Passos Coelho are expected to form a majority with the conservative CDS.

Libya oil chief defects as NATO extends campaign

Peter Graff and Deepa Babington Yahoo! News Canada 02.06.2011
Libya oil chief defects as NATO extends campaign

Libya's top oil official became the latest leading figure to desert Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday, complaining of "unbearable" violence and adding political momentum to a revolt against the leader's long rule.

Netanyahu: Israel cannot prevent UN recognition of Palestinian state

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that no one can prevent the recognition of a Palestinian state in the United Nations in September.

Egypt to open Gaza crossing permanently

MAAMOUN YOUSSEF Yahoo! News 26.05.2011
Egypt to open Gaza crossing permanently

Egypt will open its only crossing with the Gaza Strip this weekend, the Cairo military government announced Wednesday, significantly easing a four-year blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory but setting up a potential conflict with Israel.

Obama visits family roots in Ireland

Jeff Mason and Padraic Halpin Reuters 24.05.2011
Obama visits family roots in Ireland

President Barack Obama declared solidarity between the United States and economically struggling Ireland with a symbolic gulp of beer and a rousing speech, telling a huge Dublin crowd on Monday: "Your best days are still ahead."

US official: Obama invites Libyan rebels to DC

The top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East says President Barack Obama has invited the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council to open an office in Washington D.C., but he stopped short of formal recognition.

Hamas: Obama will fail in forcing us to recognize Israel

Hamas condemned U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to AIPAC on Sunday, saying it will not recognize Israel despite U.S. demands.

Palestinian PM suffers heart attack in US, recovering in Texas

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad suffered a heart attack while visiting Austin over the weekend. and was recovering Monday at Seton Medical Center.

Putin decides to retake Russian presidency

Mark Franchetti The Australian 23.05.2011
Putin decides to retake Russian presidency

RUSSIAN Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has decided to run for the presidency next year, raising the possibility of a power struggle with his protege Dmitry Medvedev, the incumbent Kremlin leader, say highly placed sources.

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