Turkish fledging party to run in June polls after membership boost

Turkish fledging party to run in June polls after membership boost

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – A fledgling Turkish political party founded by a popular former interior minister will be allowed to run in snap June elections, authorities ruled on Sunday, after 15 parliamentarians from the main opposition switched parties to bolster its ranks. Turkey’s…

Police in Armenia detain opposition leaders, protesters

Police in Armenia detain opposition leaders, protesters

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Police in Armenia detained three opposition leaders and nearly 200 protesters on Sunday, drawing a rebuke from the European Union after demonstrators demanded newly appointed Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan quit. Protesters accuse Sarksyan, 63, of clinging to power after…

Singapore PM reshuffles cabinet with succession question looming

Singapore PM reshuffles cabinet with succession question looming

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday, naming one of his potential successors, Chan Chun Sing, as trade minister and giving additional duties to two other ministers tipped as contenders. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien…

UK opposition likely to seek broader BoE mandate if in power

UK opposition likely to seek broader BoE mandate if in power

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party would likely broaden the Bank of England’s mandate to include factors like employment but would not seek to remove the central bank’s independence, Labour’s finance policy chief John McDonnell said on Sunday. The Bank of…

Voter support for Japan’s Abe slips amid calls for finance minister…

Voter support for Japan’s Abe slips amid calls for finance minister…

TOKYO (Reuters) – Voter support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, battered by accusations of cronyism and other government missteps, slipped in three newspaper surveys published on Monday, as opposition parties demanded that his finance minister resign. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe…

Group of soldiers joins anti-government protests in Armenia

Group of soldiers joins anti-government protests in Armenia

YEREVAN (Reuters) – A group of Armenian soldiers joined an illegal anti-government protest in the capital Yerevan on Monday, the Armenian Defense Ministry said, promising they would be harshly punished according to the law. People march during a protest against the appointment…

Armenian PM Sarksyan quits after 11 days of street protests

Armenian PM Sarksyan quits after 11 days of street protests

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan said on Monday he was resigning to help safeguard civic peace following almost two weeks of mass street protests that have plunged the impoverished ex-Soviet republic into political crisis. FILE PHOTO: Armenia’s former President…

Armenian PM resigns after days of street protests

Armenian PM resigns after days of street protests

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan said on Monday he would resign to help maintain peace in the ex-Soviet republic following daily street protests since before he took up the post on April 17. People march during a protest against…

Germany’s Social Democrats choose first ever female chair to revamp…

Germany’s Social Democrats choose first ever female chair to revamp…

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) elected Andrea Nahles as their first ever female chairwoman on Sunday, hoping she can reinvigorate the country’s oldest party after it suffered heavy losses in September’s election. Designated SPD leader Andrea Nahles addresses a one-day…

Unarmed soldiers join anti-government protests in Armenia

Unarmed soldiers join anti-government protests in Armenia

YEREVAN (Reuters) – A large group of unarmed Armenian soldiers joined anti-government protests in the capital Yerevan on Monday in a development the Armenian military said was illegal and would be harshly punished. People march during a protest against the appointment of…

Armenian PM rejects demands to quit on 10th day of protests

Armenian PM rejects demands to quit on 10th day of protests

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan rejected on Sunday opposition demands to step down, as protests against the former president’s appointment as premier extended to a 10th day. Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan (L) meets with opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan…

Germany’s Social Democrats choose first female chair in hope of revamp

Germany’s Social Democrats choose first female chair in hope of revamp

Wiesbaden, GERMANY/BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) elected Andrea Nahles as their first ever female leader on Sunday, hoping she can reinvigorate the country’s oldest party after it suffered heavy losses in September’s election. Designated SPD leader Andrea Nahles addresses a…

Underlining alliance, Venezuela’s Maduro visits new Cuban leader

Underlining alliance, Venezuela’s Maduro visits new Cuban leader

HAVANA (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro became on Saturday the first foreign leader to meet with Cuba’s Miguel Diaz-Canel since he became president of the communist-run island this week, underscoring the importance of the Venezuelan-Cuban alliance. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (R)…

Armenian police break up protests after PM rejects demands to quit

Armenian police break up protests after PM rejects demands to quit

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenian police detained three opposition leaders on Sunday and dispersed some protesters on the 10th day of demonstrations against the appointment of former President Serzh Sarksyan as prime minister, an opposition politician and witnesses said. Armenian Prime Minister Serzh…

Turkish opposition deputies switch to help fledging party fight…

Turkish opposition deputies switch to help fledging party fight…

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Fifteen Turkish parliamentarians from the main opposition have switched to the fledgling Iyi Party to ensure it can run in snap June elections called by President Tayyip Erdogan, officials from the opposition CHP said on Sunday. Erdogan this week…

Armenian opposition demands early election on eighth day of protests

Armenian opposition demands early election on eighth day of protests

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Armenian opposition supporters rallied on Friday for an eighth consecutive day against the appointment of ex-president Serzh Sarksyan as the new prime minister and demanded an early parliamentary election. Demonstrators block the entrance of the…

Castro bows out in Cuba but Cold War chill returns with U.S.

Castro bows out in Cuba but Cold War chill returns with U.S.

HAVANA (Reuters) – Raul Castro has stepped down as president and his brother Fidel is dead but U.S. relations with Cuba are frostier than in years, with their reopened embassies nearly empty and President Donald Trump hinting at measures that could further…

Burundi replaces foreign minister with ex-head of ruling party…

Burundi replaces foreign minister with ex-head of ruling party…

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza replaced his foreign minister with the former head of the ruling party’s youth wing less than a month before a constitutional referendum that could keep him in power until 2034. FILE PHOTO: Burundi’s President Pierre…

The new Queen of Hearts, Georgia Toffolo, is this week's Fabulous cover star as she chats politics, snobbery and her surprising taste in men

The new Queen of Hearts, Georgia Toffolo, is this week's Fabulous cover star as she chats politics, snobbery and her surprising taste in men

Best mates with Stanley Johnson, the Tory girl and Made in Chelsea star wasn't the obvious People's Champion but she's landed a gig on This Morning and explains why she now wants get serious about politics. Also in this week's issue, Fabulous…

Senegal capital erupts in protest over proposed election law

Senegal capital erupts in protest over proposed election law

DAKAR (Reuters) – Protests flared in Senegal’s capital on Thursday and a parliamentary debate descended into pushing and shoving over a proposed change to an election law that critics say will make it impossible for minor candidates to run for president in…