France’s Cazeneuve challenges conservative Fillon in first speech as prime minister

France’s Cazeneuve challenges conservative Fillon in first speech as prime minister

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Tuesday pledged to “protect French people” in his first speech to France’s National Assembly, defending President François Hollande and directly challenging conservative lawmakers. Cazeneuve delivered a fiery speech in which he admitted he had precious few months to serve as the new prime minister. He adopted a combative tone against […]

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announces shock resignation

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announces shock resignation

Popular New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced his shock resignation Monday, saying it was the right time to go after eight years in the job. “This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made and I don’t know what I’ll do next,” he told a news conference, adding that he had never seen himself as […]

Lebanon’s president names Saad Hariri new prime minister

Lebanon’s president names Saad Hariri new prime minister

Lebanon’s new Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the son of former billionaire premier Rafik Hariri, is a vociferous critic of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime which he blames for his father’s assassination. The 46-year-old was nominated Thursday to form a cabinet by his one-time political adversary, President Michel Aoun, who took office this week after receiving […]

Portugal’s ex-prime minister Guterres officially nominated as new UN chief

Portugal’s ex-prime minister Guterres officially nominated as new UN chief

Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres was officially nominated by the UN Security Council on Thursday to be the next United Nations secretary-general. Guterres will take up the new post to succeed Ban Ki-moon in January 2017. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution formally presenting Guterres as their choice during a closed-door session. The […]

Theresa May formally appointed British prime minister by the Queen

Theresa May formally appointed British prime minister by the Queen

Theresa May became Britain’s prime minister on Wednesday with the task of leading it out of the European Union, and quickly named leading ‘Brexit’ supporters including former London mayor Boris Johnson to key positions in her new government. The former Conservative interior minister, 59, said after being appointed by Queen Elizabeth that she would champion […]

Australia’s prime minister claims election win

Australia’s prime minister claims election win

Australia’s prime minister said on Sunday that his conservative coalition government was re-elected for a second three-year term, after a chaotic national election that left the country in a state of political paralysis for more than a week. Officials had scrambled to sort out who had won the tight race. Vote counting was still underway […]

Racism in Britain on the rise post-Brexit

Racism in Britain on the rise post-Brexit

  With yellow paint still evident on the building’s doors, tenants of a Polish community centre in London on Monday described their fear after being targeted in a racist post-referendum attack condemned by Prime Minister David Cameron in parliament. “The mood is a mixture of disgust and frightened. We’ve been here in the centre since […]

Rome set to elect first female mayor

Rome set to elect first female mayor

Voters in the Italian capital go to the polls Sunday with all signs indicating that they will elect Virginia Raggi as the first female mayor of the Eternal City. Raggi, a 37-year-old lawyer and local councillor, has leapt from anonymity to become one of the best-known faces in Italian politics in the space of only […]

British Prime Minister David Cameron accuses pro-Brexit campaign of lying

British Prime Minister David Cameron accuses pro-Brexit campaign of lying

Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday accused those backing a British exit from the European Union of lying to voters – and insisted he is not worried that the “remain” side is losing ground in the battle for votes. British voters are deciding in a referendum June 23 on whether to leave the 28-nation bloc […]

Italian vote on big-city mayors will be test for establishment parties

Italian vote on big-city mayors will be test for establishment parties

Italians vote on Sunday to choose mayors of the largest cities in elections that will test the popularity of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and could produce a big breakthrough for the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement. Only in Turin is the candidate of Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD) a clear favourite. He insists the elections will have no […]

Minister hopes MQM to play role in bringing normalcy in Karachi

ISLAMABAD:Commenting on Alatf Hussain’s arrest in London, Information Minister on Wednesday said Pakistan government would provide every possible moral and legal assistance to any Pakistani facing a difficult situation in any country.

Minister hopes MQM to play role in bringing normalcy in Karachi

He said as Altaf Hussain was very popular in Karachi, the reaction of his party workers was natural. However he hoped that the MQM would play its positive role in bringing normalcy in Karachi. To a question about talks or operation against the extremist elements he said that Prime Minister has devised a strategy which […]

PML-N govt presents 2nd budget with Rs3.945 trn outlay for 2014-15

PML-N govt presents 2nd budget with Rs3.945 trn outlay for 2014-15

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led government on Tuesday presented its second budget with a total outlay of Rs3.945 trillion for the fiscal year 2014-15. Federal Finance Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar read out the budget proposals at the special session of National Assembly attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and presided over by the speaker Sardar […]

Spain’s King Juan Carlos to abdicate

Spain’s King Juan Carlos to abdicate

Spain’s King Juan Carlos is to abdicate after almost 40 years on the throne, the country’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a surprise announcement Monday. Spain’s King Juan Carlos announced Monday he is abdicating after almost 40 years on the throne, making way for his son to take over as the country’s monarch. “I […]

Turkish court rules YouTube ban violates rights

Turkish court rules YouTube ban violates rights

ANKARA: Turkey’s top court ruled on Thursday that a blanket ban on YouTube violated individual rights and freedom, clearing the way for the popular video-sharing site to come back. YouTube was banned in Turkey on March 27 after the site was used to spread audio recordings where senior government, military and intelligence officials are allegedly […]