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  • Iraq's prime minister kicked out of office as president orders new government

    08/11/2014 11:03:24 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8-11-2014 | Simon Tomlinson
    Iraq's new president has snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki by nominating the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government. But the move raises fears of more infighting in the government as the country faces the threat of Sunni militants in the north. A member of al-Maliki's political bloc said 'we will not stay silent' over the decision. Hussein al-Maliki, Maliki's son-in-law said: 'The nomination is illegal and a breach of the constitution. We will go to the federal court to object to the nomination.'
  • ‘Intoxicated’ 18-year-old girl Reportedly Rushed to Hospital From PM's Residence

    04/23/2014 12:01:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    National Post ^ | April 24, 2014 | Glenn MacGregor
    24 Sussex medical call won't be investigated by RCMP The RCMP have confirmed that Ottawa EMS was called to the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Drive last Saturday night as media reports said an 18-year-old girl needed to be taken to hospital for severe intoxication. RCMP would not confirm who the call was for, only that it was not Stephen Harper or one of his family members. “This was a medical call and not a police matter. It did not involve any of our protectees,” said a statement from the RCMP. The PMO said it would not be commenting...
  • Canada PM Ready to Introduce New Carbon-Emission Rules for Keystone Approval -- Report

    09/07/2013 8:40:04 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 6, 2013 | Paul Vieira
    OTTAWA--Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has told U.S. President Barack Obama that he's ready to work on joint plan between the two countries to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector in an effort to secure approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday. The CBC, citing unnamed sources, said Mr. Harper wrote to Mr. Obama in late August, signaling he is ready to accept carbon-reduction targets proposed by the U.S. and prepared to work with the White House to address concerns raised about Keystone and its impact on greenhouse-gas emissions. A spokesman for Mr....
  • Lieberman: I'd Order Conquest of Gaza

    07/06/2013 4:24:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/7/13 | Gil Ronen
    MK Avigdor Lieberman, Head of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said Saturday that if he were prime minister, he'd order the IDF to conquer Gaza. Speaking on Voice of Israel radio, Lieberman said that there is "a dubious quiet" in Gaza at the moment, which is being used by Hamas for building its power. Regarding the rebellion and coup in Egypt, Lieberman said that he has no doubt that jihadist elements in Sinai will try to take advantage of the situation in order to hurt Israel. He said that Israel has an interest in Egypt's stability. Lieberman said...
  • Rudd Wins, Gillard to Quit (Australian Prime Minister falls)

    06/26/2013 2:18:33 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 26th June 2013
    Kevin Rudd has been elected unopposed, according to reports.
  • Gillard calls leadership ballot (7pm tonight)

    06/25/2013 11:36:36 PM PDT · by Dundee · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 26, 2013 | DENNIS SHANAHAN AND BEN PACKHAM
    JULIA Gillard has called for a Labor leadership ballot to be held at 7pm tonight. ''Anyone who believes they should be Labor leader should put themselves forward for this ballot,'' the Prime Minister said. She said anyone who entered the ballot should commit, in the interests of the party, to resigning from parliament if they lost. The move forces the Rudd camp to bring forward their preferred timetable for a challenge. They had hoped to engineer a special caucus meeting tomorrow and a challenge on Friday. “I am asking my political party to endorse me as a leader and Prime...
  • Kevin Rudd to challenge PM Julia Gillard for Labor Leadership tomorrow morning

    06/25/2013 8:23:09 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 26th June 2013 | Simon Benson
    KEVIN Rudd will challenge Julia Gillard for the Labor leadership tomorrow morning. A petition for a ballot circulated among Labor MPs is believed to now have the required numbers for a spill of the PM.
  • PM: Israel can't rely on int'l forces for security

    06/09/2013 8:32:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    JPost ^ | 6/9/13 | HERB KEINON
    The disintegration of the UN peacekeeping forces in the Golan shows why Israel cannot rely on international forces for its security, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the cabinet at the outset of its weekly meeting on Sunday. Netanyahu was referring to Austria's decision last week to pull out its 380 troops from the 1,000-strong UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Israel-Syria border. While international forces can be part of agreements, they can not be what Israel relies upon for its security, Netanyahu said. He added that he will raise this in his talks this week with US Secretary of...
  • Budget of Prime Minister's Residence Jumps 80% in Four Years

    05/13/2013 6:04:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/5/13 | Elad Benari
    Israelis will have to cut down on their expenses due to the planned austerity measures but at the same time, according to figures released on Monday, the budget of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Residence has increased by 80% over a period of four years. The figures, which the Prime Minister’s Office had to release to the public following an appeal to the Jerusalem District Court by the Movement for Freedom of Information, show that the budget of the Prime Minister’s Residence was 3 million shekels in 2009, but jumped to 5.4 million shekels by 2012. The numbers show an increase...
  • Report: PM Plans Leftist Coalition because of Obama

    01/14/2013 4:02:46 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/13 | Annie Lubin
    ....Netanyahu is expected to redefine his "natural partners" after the upcoming election, shifting from a nationalist government to a more leftist one. The Ma'ariv newspaper quoted senior Likud members as saying that because of a need to focus on issues such as the economy and due to pressure that is expected to come from US President Barack Obama in regards to the peace process, Netanyahu is expected to shift his coalition more towards the center-left in an effort to build as broad a coalition as possible. "Netanyahu would prefer to give up the religious parties, especially in light of the...
  • Newt gives (Cdn) PM a nod in victory speech

    01/22/2012 11:05:49 AM PST · by Dartman · 12 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 22/12 | Bryn Weese
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- This southern state and the Republican nomination race may be far removed from Canada, but that didn't stop Palmetto State primary winner Newt Gingrich from giving a shout out to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his victory speech. While blasting President Barack Obama for rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline and the thousands of jobs it has been estimated it would create, Gingrich warned Canada will send its oil to China instead. And he praised Harper, too. "What Prime Minister Harper -- who, by the way, is conservative and pro-American -- what he has said is he's gonna...
  • Friends and foes of Lady Thatcher give their verdict on Meryl Streep's film portrayal

    12/14/2011 4:08:24 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12-14-11 | Assorted Colleagues
    Maggie to a T, except the walk Edwina Currie (junior health minister under Thatcher) Towering above everything else in this wonderful movie is the magnificent performance of Meryl Streep, whose majestic portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady confirms that she is the greatest screen actress of modern times. What is so outstanding is how she captures the essence of Margaret’s personality, right down to the curl of her lip. This is no mere imitation. It shows what Margaret was really like. Streep’s screen character embodies Margaret’s steely determination, overlaying a considerable sense of insecurity. As the film so...
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel: Progressives on the march to take over Congress

    11/19/2011 10:45:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 14, 2011 | Katrina vanden Heuvel
    Progressives are on the move once more. Wisconsin lit the spark, as workers, students, teachers and farmers occupied the state’s capitol in February and launched recall elections that sobered conservative Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his legislative allies. Occupy Wall Street turned that spark into a conflagration that swept the nation. Last week, in Ohio and Maine and even Mississippi, voters overwhelmingly rejected efforts to trample worker rights, constrict the right to vote and roll back women’s rights. These electoral victories have led pundits to wonder whether Occupy Wall Street will imitate the Tea Party and stand candidates for office....
  • Gaddafi's prime minister arrested in Tunisia

    09/22/2011 11:37:16 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 5 replies
    Guardian ^ | Sept 22nd 2011 | Ian Black
    Muammar Gaddafi's last prime minister has been arrested in Tunisia, becoming the most senior member of the former Libyan regime to be detained since the government's overthrow by Nato-backed rebels a month ago, it emerged on Thursday. Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi was caught near the border with Algeria and jailed for six months for illegal entry, though he is likely to be handed over to Libya to face investigation, since the government in Tunis recognises the new ruling national transitional council (NTC) in Tripoli. Gaddafi himself and his sons Seif al-Islam and Mutasim are thought to be still on the run...
  • Egypt PM: Israel Treaty 'Not Sacred'

    09/15/2011 10:45:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 9/15/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Egyptian prime minister Isam Sharaf told Turkish television the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty wasn't sacred and was subject to change. Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf on Thursday said the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty is not sacred and is subject to change. "The Camp David agreement depends on what benefits the region," Sharaf said in an interview on Turkish television, adding, "Egypt will make changes to the treaty if necessary." Sharaf's statements follow the popular sentiments of the street in Cairo, but altering the treaty would require the consent of all three signatories - Egypt, Israel, and the United States. Contrary...
  • J Street: PM refuses to meet delegation

    06/06/2011 2:12:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    ynet ^ | 6/6/11 | Itamar Eichner
    Despite enjoying a hearty welcome at the US Congress recently, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to meet with a delagation of representatives organized by J Street, the liberal Jewish lobby said Sunday. Congressmen cheered Netanyahu on enthusiastically 50 times during his speech, 29 of those being standing ovations. However when five of those same Congress members planned a visit Israel, requesting a meeting with the prime minster or any other official representative of the state, not a single one complied. The delegation, composed of Democratic Congress members, was set to arrive in Israel on Monday. The trip was initiated...
  • British PM removes his name from list of Jewish National Fund patrons

    05/28/2011 10:43:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    haaretz ^ | 5/28/11 | Nir Hasson and Danna Harman
    British Prime Minister David Cameron has removed his name from a list of patrons of the UK branch of the Jewish National Fund - and pro-Palestinian activists have taken credit for the move. Cameron's decision to drop his link with the charity was explained by his office as simply having to do with "time constraints." In an e-mail, Downing Street reiterated the explanation without going into details. "The Prime Minister stepped down from a number of charities - including the JNF," the office wrote. Downing Street declined to comment on the fact that the Stop the JNF Campaign has actively...
  • PM warns of Arab unrest resulting in theocratic regimes

    03/30/2011 3:23:02 PM PDT · by Nachum
    jpost.com ^ | 3/30/11 | JPOST.COM STAFF AND HERB KEINON
    In rare interview, Netanyahu answers questions submitted on YouTube; addresses Channel 10 investigation into travel funding, unrest in Syria, Gazan engineer snatched in Ukraine, bringing Gilad Schalit home. Talkbacks (1) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held an interview on YouTube on Wednesday, answering questions sent in by audience members worldwide. Netanyahu commented on the ongoing demonstrations in Syria, saying, "We shouldn't worry about democracy in Arab countries." Instead, he explained, "you may receive a theocracy, with an extremist Muslim leadership." "There are some journalists who don't like me, they are not happy that I am prime minister," Netanyahu said, addressing the...
  • PM: No Document Means No Progress (Israel)

    11/25/2010 2:48:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    inn ^ | 11/25/10 | staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that a peace agreement does not guarantee the existence of peace, which is why he insists on security arrangements.
  • PM wary of UN flotilla inquiry proposal

    06/06/2010 10:57:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 233+ views
    jpost ^ | 6/6/10 | staff
    Netanyahu postpones decision on investigation of IDF raid. Israel will defer for further consideration UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for an international investigation of the boarding of the Mavi Marmara last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a government session on Sunday. "We must cautiously weigh the manner in which such an investigation will be conducted to protects the interests of the IDF and Israel," added Netanyahu.
  • Japan names outspoken populist Naoto Kan as new PM

    06/04/2010 5:38:37 AM PDT · by paudio · 3 replies · 550+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/4/10 | TOMOKO A. HOSAKA
    Japan's parliament elected outspoken populist Naoto Kan as prime minister Friday, handing the political veteran the immediate task of rallying his party and reclaiming its mandate for change before elections next month. Kan succeeds Yukio Hatoyama, who stepped down Wednesday after squandering the public's high hopes with broken campaign promises, including moving a U.S. Marine base off Okinawa island, and financial scandals.
  • Hoon and Hewitt bid to oust PM

    01/06/2010 2:00:15 PM PST · by Dryman · 12 replies · 533+ views
    The Sun ^ | 01-06-10 | staff reporter
    FORMER Cabinet ministers Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt today launched a last-ditch bid to oust Gordon Brown. They have written to all Labour MPs calling for the leadership issue to be sorted out "once and for all". A source close to the ex cabinet ministers — both of whom were allies of Tony Blair — said: "We can't go on like this." Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2796950/Hoon-and-Hewitt-bid-to-oust-PM.html#ixzz0bs7T1TPH
  • Kenya PM dropped from Obama luncheon

    09/19/2009 8:43:01 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 85 replies · 4,216+ views
    www.nation.co.ke ^ | 09/19/09 | NATION Team
    Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga arrived in the United States of America on Saturday night to news of cancellation of a luncheon with US President Barack Obama which had earlier been scheduled for later this week. The news followed a round of confusion over whether he would attend the luncheon, hosted by the White House for selected leaders from sub-Saharan Africa on the sidelines of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. New York-based Kenyan ambassador to the UN Zachary Muburi-Muita told the Nation on Saturday night that the State Department contacted him on Friday to...
  • 'It's a scandal'(Catholics demand explanation for PM pocketing communion wafer at LeBlanc funeral)

    07/09/2009 8:31:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies · 1,367+ views
    Telegraph Journal ^ | July 8, 2009
    A senior New Brunswick Roman Catholic priest is demanding the Prime Minister's Office explain what happened to the sacramental communion wafer Stephen Harper was given at Roméo LeBlanc's funeral mass.During communion at the solemn and dignified service held last Friday in Memramcook for the former governor general, the prime minister slipped the thin wafer that Catholics call "the host" into his jacket pocket.In Catholic understanding, the host - once consecrated by a priest for the Eucharist - becomes the body and blood of Jesus Christ. It is crucial that the small wafer be consumed when it is received.Monsignor Brian Henneberry,...
  • Former Jordanian PM Calls Israel 'A Cancer'

    07/01/2009 9:21:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies · 696+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 7/1/09 | staff
    (IsraelNN.com) Former Jordanian prime minister Abd Al-Raouf Al-Rawabdeh delivered a speech recently in which he called Israel “a cancer that must be eradicated.”
  • Czech PM: We'll fortify Israel-EU ties

    04/24/2009 10:54:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 708+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/24/09 | staff
    Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek met with President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem on Friday, and reiterated his country's commitment to strengthen ties between Israel and the European Union.
  • Netanyahu Sworn In As Prime Minister Of Israel's 32nd Government (Knesset Approves 69-45)

    03/31/2009 1:42:45 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 767+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 3/31/2009 | Haaretz
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in late Tuesday to lead Israel 32nd government, after cobbling together a coalition amid rising tensions within his own Likud party and with other leading political figures. Lawmakers voted 69 to 45 with five abstentions in favor of Netanyahu's right-wing government after a six-hour debate, making Netanyahu prime minister for the second time in 10 years. The new coalition will comprise 30 ministers and seven deputy ministers. In addition to serving as premier, Netanyahu has also created a position for himself as financial strategy minister and appointed Yuval Steinitz (Likud) to serve as finance...
  • President Barack Obama just plain rude to Britain. Don't call us in future.

    03/04/2009 7:09:56 PM PST · by reprobate · 100 replies · 2,945+ views
    Telegraph.co.UK ^ | 03-04-09 | Iain Martin
    Why couldn't President Obama have put on more of a show for his British guests? He looked like he simply couldn't be bothered. Number 10 may be content that they just about got away with the visit to the Oval Office yesterday, as Andrew Porter reports from Washington. But on this side of the Atlantic the whole business looked pretty demeaning. The morning papers and TV last night featured plenty of comment focused on the White House's very odd and, frankly, exceptionally rude treatment of a British PM. Squeezing in a meeting, denying him a full press conference with flags...
  • Turkish PM: Obama must rethink definition of Mideast terror

    01/29/2009 3:16:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 561+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 1-29-09 | AP
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama must redefine terror and terrorism in the Middle East and use it as the basis for a new American policy.
  • Turkey PM storms off Davos stage over Peres remarks on Gaza

    01/29/2009 3:11:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 718+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 1-29-09 | Associated Press
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday stormed off the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, red-faced after verbally sparring with President Shimon Peres over the recent fighting in Gaza. Erdogan was angry after being cut off by a panel moderator after listening to an impassioned monologue by Peres defending Israel's recent 22-day offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
  • Canada Too! Conservative PM Harper Has Cash for the Big Three, Rogering for Taxpayers

    12/26/2008 6:16:15 AM PST · by Invisigoth · 1 replies · 247+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | December 26, 2008 | Rachel Marsden
    This past Saturday morning, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared live on national television to give both himself and the voting public a rogering so intense that I was surprised it wasn’t censored as pornography. After holding out as arguably the last truly conservative world leader on the bailout issue, he announced just over $3 billion USD in “repayable loans” (I regretfully gave a friend one of those, once) for American auto makers. It’s $3 billion for General Motors, $1 billion for Chrysler and a credit line for Ford. The only thing missing from the announcement was the post-coital cigar....
  • Japan's next prime minister is Catholic

    09/22/2008 12:20:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 426+ views
    American Papist ^ | September 22, 2008 | Thomas Peters
    BBC News: "Members of Japan's ruling party have selected a bluff conservative, Taro Aso, as their new leader, meaning he is almost certain to become the next PM." He would be the first Catholic PM in Japan's history. More about Taro Aso on his Wikipedia page. He also loves comics, was quickly profiled by Time, faces a tough future, is a very big departure from previous PMs, and appears to be quite the renaissance man. Now, here's my question: presuming he wasn't born Catholic (which would surprise me), when/how did he convert? Can anyone find out?
  • Thai PM must quit, court rules (Constitutional Court kicks out prime minister)

    09/09/2008 3:24:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 160+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/09/08
    Thai PM must quit, court rules BANGKOK, Sept 9 (Reuters) - A Thai court said on Tuesday Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej must step down because he violated the constitution by hosting TV cooking shows while in office.
  • Olmert Sees the Light, Probably Will Not Fight To Remain PM

    07/09/2008 10:26:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 156+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 7-9-08 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    (IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Ehud Olmert probably will not run in the Kadima party leadership primaries in September after realizing that the public has deserted him, according to a wide number of media reports. The internal elections will be held on September 17, with a second round a week later, if necessary, according to the usually reliable Channel 1 television news program. However, Kadima election steering committee head Knesset Member Tzachi HaNegbi denied Thursday morning that the Prime Minister has made a final decision, which he said will not be announced until next month. The Prime Minister agreed to new primaries...
  • Gordon Brown Calls for Revival of US Greatness

    04/14/2008 11:28:34 AM PDT · by Tully Pettigrew 1 · 23 replies · 68+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 14, 2008 | Tim Shipman
    Gordon Brown is to urge the next American president to re-engage with the world and show the kind of leadership America demonstrated in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. His message will be conveyed to all three candidates for the White House in back-to-back meetings during his trip to the United States this week He will tell Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and the Republican John McCain, that America must re-connect with the international community as the George W Bush era draws to a close. In his first major speech as Prime Minister on American soil, in...
  • Mexican drug cartels post help-wanted ads

    04/05/2008 6:46:45 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 1,038+ views
    UPI ^ | April 4, 2008
    EL PASO, Texas - Mexican Consulate officials in El Paso, Texas, said Mexican drug cartels have been posting help-wanted ads in Juarez, Mexico, newspapers. The officials said publications including P.M., El Diario de Juarez and El Norte have been printing vague help-wanted ads that are designed to trick young people into smuggling drugs over the border into the United States, the Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-News reported Friday. Mexican Consulate spokeswoman Socorro Cordova said the issue came to the attention of officials nine months ago when the family of a driver stopped at the U.S. border showed the ad to Mexican...
  • Al-Qaeda Chased From Baghdad, Says Iraqi PM

    02/16/2008 7:18:55 PM PST · by jdm · 12 replies · 50+ views
    AP/Arab News ^ | Feb. 16, 2008 | by Kim Gamel
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Prime Minister said US and Iraqi forces have chased Al-Qaeda in Iraq out of Baghdad since a security crackdown began a year ago, and he promised to pursue insurgents who have fled northward. Underscoring the rising violence in northern Iraq, a double suicide bombing targeted Shiite worshippers Friday as they left weekly prayer services in the northwestern city of Tal Afar, killing at least four people and wounding 17, officials said. Police said guards at the Juwad mosque prevented a larger casualty toll by opening fire on the two attackers, including an elderly man, before they could...
  • Thank You, John Howard

    11/24/2007 7:41:38 AM PST · by jdm · 22 replies · 85+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Nov. 24, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    Australian Prime Minister John Howard has conceded defeat in the national election as the Labour Party assumes control of Parliament. Perhaps America's staunchest defender of the global war on terror among world leaders, Howard now gives way to Kevin Rudd, and may find himself out of government altogether. Howard may be the first PM to lose his own seat in almost 80 years: Australian prime minister John Howard's 11 year reign has ended with a landslide election victory for the opposition Labour Party. Kevin Rudd, the former diplomat, was set to become Australia's 26th prime minister, less than a year...
  • CONFIDENCE IN LABOUR 'PLUMMETS'

    11/23/2007 7:08:57 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 6 replies · 54+ views
    CONFIDENCE IN LABOUR 'PLUMMETS' The Government will face fresh questions over the loss of millions of voters' personal data amid evidence the debacle has helped fuel a massive slump in public confidence. One poll showed those backing Labour's ability to handle economic problems had been more than halved to 28%, with just a quarter deeming Gordon Brown's administration "competent and capable". And another gave the Tories a nine-point overall lead, its strongest position for 15 years, just weeks after Labour enjoyed an 11-point advantage in the same poll. The revelation that two CDs containing the information, including bank details, had...
  • Release Ceremony for Almost 500 Detainees Overseen by Iraqi PM

    11/08/2007 3:52:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 156+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Elizabeth Robbins
    Released detainees sit to hear words of encouragement from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during today’s detainee release ceremony at Camp Liberty. Nearly 500 men were released after the Combined Review and Release Board determined they are no longer a threat to Iraqi or Coalition forces, or the security of Iraq. Photo by Maj. Elizabeth Robbins, Multi-National Force-Iraq Public Affairs. CAMP LIBERTY — A detainee release ceremony here today at Forward Operating Base Constitution highlighted the expanded capacity of the Government of Iraq and Multi-National Force-Iraq to release detainees from Coalition Force custody. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki oversaw the...
  • Japan PM may quit over Afghan row

    09/09/2007 7:16:43 AM PDT · by Ghayyour · 21 replies · 1,644+ views
    BBC ^ | September 09, 2007
    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he may resign if he fails to win parliamentary approval to extend the country's mission in Afghanistan. Mr Abe said he would do the utmost to keep his promise to the US on the mission, but had "no intention of staying" as PM if MPs blocked the move. He was speaking in Sydney, at a summit of Asia Pacific leaders (Apec). The opposition controls the upper house and can stall talks on the mission beyond its expiry date on 1 November. The mission involves Japanese vessels in the Indian Ocean providing refuelling and...
  • Turkish PM threatens to invade northern Iraq

    07/20/2007 4:12:51 PM PDT · by jdm · 20 replies · 637+ views
    The Independent (U.K.) | July 21, 2007 | By Patrick Cockburn in Arbil, Iraq
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  • What Rajiv Gandhi told Canada's PM after Air India blast'85

    05/02/2007 10:01:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 935+ views
    What Rajiv Gandhi told Canada PM after A-I blast May 03, 2007 09:54 IST In a phone call just after the bombing of the Air India plane in 1985, then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had asked his Canadian counterpart why all the baggage on the flight was not removed and rechecked in Montreal when three pieces were found to be suspicious. Gandhi had suggested to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney that Canada had breached international procedures by not re-screening the luggage on Flight 182. Details of the emotionally-charged exchange were revealed on Wednesday in declassified government documents released at the...
  • Blair: Gordon Brown Is Next PM

    02/06/2007 3:03:34 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 359+ views
    Sky News ^ | February 6, 2007
    Tony Blair has acknowledged that Gordon Brown will succeed him as Prime Minister when he steps down. The admission came as Mr Blair faced questions from the commons liaison committee. More follows...
  • Iraq's PM Longs To Leave Office (Maliki)

    01/03/2007 10:19:59 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 417+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-3-2007
    Iraq's PM longs to leave office Mr Maliki was not his alliance's first choice as prime minister Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has made clear he dislikes being the country's leader and would prefer to leave the job before his term ends. In an extensive interview with a US newspaper, Mr Maliki said he would certainly not be seeking a second term. A compromise choice, his tenure has been plagued by factional strife within both the country and government, and rumours the US has no faith in him. "I wish I could be done with it even before the end...
  • Ethiopia PM Admits Somalia Action

    12/24/2006 4:31:47 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 537+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-24-2006
    Ethiopia PM admits Somalia action Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has admitted for the first time that his troops are fighting in Somalia. In a televised speech, he said the troops were sent into the neighbouring country to defend its sovereignty against the Islamic Courts Union (UIC). While Mr Meles was speaking, his troops were attacking the Islamist militias in four areas of southern Somalia. The BBC's Amber Henshaw in Addis Ababa says there has been a significant escalation in the conflict. The UIC, which has seized control of much of southern and central Somalia, says Ethiopian troops have been...
  • Ex-Russian PM Poisoned

    11/30/2006 9:28:46 AM PST · by MadIvan · 54 replies · 1,513+ views
    Sky News ^ | November 30, 2006 | Staff
    Doctors treating a former Russian Prime Minister for a grave illness believe he was deliberately poisoned, an aide has revealed.Yegor Gaidar is being treated in a Moscow hospital after becoming ill on a trip to Ireland a week ago. "Doctors don't see a natural reason for the poisoning and they have not been able to detect any natural substance known to them in Gaidar's body," said aide Valery Natarov. "So obviously we're talking about poisoning (and) it was not natural poisoning." He said Mr Gaidar's condition could not have been the result of food poisoning. The news follows the death...
  • New Iraqi Plan Aims to Combat Sectarian Violence

    10/03/2006 5:48:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 313+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2006 – Senior U.S. officials in Iraq are calling a four-point plan released yesterday by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to halt sectarian violence “a significant step in the right direction.” Maliki’s plan, released yesterday, aims at uniting Shiite and Sunni parties to reduce and ultimately stop growing sectarian violence that threatens Iraq. “This … shows that the Iraqi leaders want their country to succeed and are responding to the wishes of their people for security,” said U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and Army Gen. George W. Casey, commander of Multinational Force Iraq, in a statement...
  • Japan’s poor have low hopes from new PM [mega barf alert... Japanese style!]

    09/26/2006 8:33:30 PM PDT · by jdm · 3 replies · 374+ views
    Pakistan Dawn ^ | Sept 27, 2006 | Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura
    TOKYO: Japan’s new premier has yet to spell out clear plans for his stewardship of the world’s second-largest economy but shopkeeper Mineo Hayakawa, like many of the elderly, is not getting his hopes up. Shinzo Abe, who on Tuesday succeeded outgoing Junichiro Koizumi, has spoken in general terms about the need to reduce wealth inequalities but he is known more for talking tough on North Korea than for his economic strategy. He penned a pre-campaign book entitled “To A Beautiful Country”, outlining his philosophy of unabashed conservatism, but many of Japan’s disadvantaged appear not to share his vision of a...
  • Karzai Expresses Gratitude to U.S. Troops

    09/25/2006 5:45:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 358+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2006 – Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai expressed his people's gratitude to U.S. servicemembers during a visit to the Pentagon today. When a Pentagon Channel reporter asked if he had a message for the troops, Karzai replied: "I was yesterday in the Walter Reed hospital. Ma'am, I was -- let me find the right word -- I was taken by emotions there, to put it in simple terms, of wounded soldiers and of a lady officer who had worked in Afghanistan, having six children, six boys. She was still helping the Afghan people. "So my message for the...