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    WARSAW (Reuters) - Migrants fleeing conflict should stay as close as possible to their home countries, Poland's president said on Friday, criticising proposals for an overhaul of the European Union's migration and asylum rules. "For the sake of those countries from which these people are escaping war today, they need to be as close to their borders as possible in order to have the greatest possible enthusiasm and motivation to come back and rebuild them," President Andrzej Duda told public broadcaster TVP Info. He criticized proposals for the EU to distribute migrants among member countries, saying that Poland opposed being forced to receive migrants and migrants having no choice in their destination. "No dictate of the European Union, I believe,...
    TOKYO (AP) — Considered something of a lightweight on foreign policy issues, Japan’s new prime minister has spent much of his career in the shadows, supporting previous leader Shinzo Abe with backroom bureaucratic maneuvers and in largely scripted, sometimes prickly dealings with the media. That will change Saturday morning (Friday afternoon at the United Nations) when Yoshihide Suga makes his very public debut, albeit virtually and in a prerecorded video, at the U.N. General Assembly, the world’s premier international gathering of leaders. Don’t expect the earth to shake, though, with resounding rhetoric or wildly innovative ideas to improve Japan’s rocky ties with the nations it terrorized in WWII or its decades-long economic malaise. Much as he’s done...
    PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Jean Castex arrived on Friday afternoon on the scene of the stabbing that took place earlier in the day near the former office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, images on BFM television showed. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo were with Castex. (Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Kevin Liffey) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By FOSTER KLUG and MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Considered something of a lightweight on foreign policy issues, Japan’s new prime minister has spent much of his career in the shadows, supporting previous leader Shinzo Abe with backroom bureaucratic maneuvers and in largely scripted, sometimes prickly dealings with the media. That will change Saturday morning (Friday afternoon at the United Nations) when Yoshihide Suga makes his very public debut, albeit virtually and in a prerecorded video, at the U.N. General Assembly, the world’s premier international gathering of leaders. Don’t expect the earth to shake, though, with resounding rhetoric or wildly innovative ideas to improve Japan's rocky ties with the nations it terrorized in WWII or its decades-long economic...
    TOKYO (AP) — Considered something of a lightweight on foreign policy issues, Japan’s new prime minister has spent much of his career in the shadows, supporting previous leader Shinzo Abe with backroom bureaucratic maneuvers and in largely scripted, sometimes prickly dealings with the media. That will change Saturday when Yoshihide Suga makes his very public debut, albeit virtually, at the U.N. General Assembly, the world’s premier international gathering of leaders. Don’t expect the earth to shake, though, with resounding rhetoric or wildly innovative ideas to improve Japan’s rocky ties with the nations it terrorized in WWII or its decades-long economic malaise. Much as he’s done domestically in the week and a half that he’s been prime minister, Suga is eager...
    TOKYO – Considered something of a lightweight on foreign policy issues, Japan’s new prime minister has spent much of his career in the shadows, supporting previous leader Shinzo Abe with backroom bureaucratic maneuvers and in largely scripted, sometimes prickly dealings with the media. That will change Saturday when Yoshihide Suga makes his very public debut, albeit virtually, at the U.N. General Assembly, the world’s premier international gathering of leaders. Don’t expect the earth to shake, though, with resounding rhetoric or wildly innovative ideas to improve Japan's rocky ties with the nations it terrorized in WWII or its decades-long economic malaise. Much as he’s done domestically in the week and a half that he’s been prime minister, Suga...
    PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday that four people were injured, including two seriously, in a knife attack that took place near the former office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Police were searching for two suspects and a security cordon was set up around the office, a police source also said. (Reporting by Michel Rose, Tangui Salaun Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Toby Chopra) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    EVERY time a UK celeb criticised the policy of the United States and our Republican president, my reaction was always the same: “Don’t they have enough problems in their own nation to solve without sticking their noses in our business?” Now, I direct that same question – and admonishment – at U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden. 8Joe Biden, the Democratic Presidential Nominee, controversially commented on Brexit negotiationsCredit: AP:Associated Press In a somewhat bizarre, transparent, and convoluted attempt to pander to Irish-American votes, Biden decided to weigh-in on Brexit in relation to the contentious negotiations between Britain and the European Union regarding Northern Ireland.  Biden has now made it clear that he is siding with the EU - and that if Britain...
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Migrants entering the European Union should be stopped and turned back to their home countries, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday in Brussels ahead of negotiations surrounding a new EU migration plan next week. A meeting of EU heads of government to discuss a new migration plan, Belarus and coronavirus was postponed from Thursday until next week because European Council President Charles Michel, who normally chairs such gatherings, was quarantined. "We have to change the system of grants and the quota system, it's unacceptable for us. That's why we should keep negotiating... the strategy should look like this - the people coming from these countries, they should be stopped and turned back to their countries...
    Jerusalem (CNN)Last week's signing ceremony on the south lawn of the White House, as Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain normalized relations, was the celebration Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted -- and the distraction he needed. "Let us pause for a moment to appreciate this remarkable day. Let us rise above any political divide. Let us put all cynicism aside. Let us feel on this day the pulse of history," he said last Tuesday. "For long after the pandemic is gone, the peace we make today will endure." The normalization deals were the latest feathers in the cap of a leader who's been on a diplomatic winning streak lately. From the outside, Israel projects the image of a small...
    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Britons Tuesday that they may be in lockdown for at least six more months after he ordered new restrictions following a surge in coronavirus cases. “We will spare no effort in developing vaccines, treatments and new forms of mass testing, but unless we palpably make progress, we should just assume that the restriction I have announced will remain in place for perhaps six months,” Johnson told the House of Commons, according to the Associated Press. On Monday, 4,300 new confirmed cases were reported, according to the AP. Chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance warned Monday that is the U.K. doesn’t take swift action to curb the spread of the virus, new infections could rise to...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed further coronavirus restrictions in the form of ordering a 10 pm curfew on pubs and social venues, but has so far stopped short of imposing the speculated two-week second lockdown. The pub curfew will come into force on Thursday, as will a ban on ordering from the bar, with only table service allowed. The numbers of those who can attend weddings will also be reduced from 30 to 15. Addressing an abandoned Parliament chamber on Tuesday afternoon, Boris Johnson said of the change in rules — made by government decree and not debated or voted on by parliament itself: “The prospect of a second wave was real, and I’m sorry to say as in France...
    New Zealand’s Prime Minister has apologized for taking a selfie without a mask on, calling it a “mistake.” “In that particular photo I made a mistake,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference Monday, according to the New Zealand Herald. “Yes I should have moved further forwards and I should have asked them to step apart as well.” “It is hard,” she added. “I will keep up, as I have, those awkward moments where I refuse to shake hands.” (RELATED: Four New COVID-19 Cases Hurl New Zealand Into Renewed Country-Wide Lockdown) In the photo, Arden was pictured with a group of supporters. Nobody in the photo was wearing a mask or social distancing. David Seymour, leader of the...
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish ruling party leaders hold an emergency meeting on Monday that could result in a split of the nationalist coalition, lawmakers have said, amid disagreements over long-term policy plans and the coronavirus pandemic. Tensions have approached boiling point in recent weeks as a small coalition party headed by ultra-conservative Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro demanded the government take a tougher stance against gay rights and EU climate policy. The parties also disagree over animal rights, and government plans to give officials immunity from prosecution for decisions taken to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The main coalition party, Law and Justice, says Warsaw needs to be more pragmatic so as not to further strain relations with the European Union, already...
    Keir Starmer – Reuters Sir Keir Starmer has warned Boris Johnson the Labour Party will not necessarily vote for his Brexit deal when he brings it back to Parliament. Deal talks have stalled in recent weeks over the key issues of state aid and fishing rights, but negotiations must be concluded before the end of the transition period, after which Britain will automatically leave without a deal. Sir Keir, who supported Remain in the 2016, has urged the Prime Minister he must secure a deal with the EU as promised during last year’s election campaign. But speaking on Sky News, the Labour leader refused to commit to voting for the deal if it ever comes back from Brussels for...
    Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, who served just 79 days in office, has died at the age of 91, his family reported Saturday. The Liberal Party politician also served as Canada’s justice and finance ministers while on the rise to his brief stint as country’s 17th prime minister in 1984 — only for his party to then be dealt to a massive electoral defeat. Marc Kealey, a former aide speaking on behalf of the family, said Turner died peacefully in his sleep Friday night at home in Toronto. Turner was a track star while attending the University of British Columbia in 1949 and won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University thereafter. He served as justice minister in Pierre...
    TORONTO (AP) — John Turner, a Liberal party politician who served stints as Canada’s justice and finance ministers before a very brief turn as the country’s 17th prime minister, has died at age 91, his family reported Saturday. Marc Kealey, a former aide speaking on behalf of Turner’s relatives as a family friend, said Turner died peacefully in his sleep at home in Toronto on Friday night. Turner failed to live up to the great expectations of his early career, serving as prime minister for just 79 days in 1988 after a difficult, decades-long climb to the top job. A track star, Turner graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1949, winning a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. After...
    Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, who was in office for just 79 days and led his Liberal Party to a huge defeat in 1984, has died aged 91. A lawyer by training, he served as justice and then finance minister from 1968-1975. He resigned after arguments with party leader Pierre Trudeau. Turner resumed his legal work and nine years later won the party leadership. He called an election and then presided over what observers say was one of the worst campaigns in Canadian history. His gaffes combined with growing public fatigue with the Liberals, who had been in power for 20 of the previous 21 years, resulted in his party falling from 135 seats in the 282-member House...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party has caught up with the governing Conservatives for the first time since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July last year, a YouGov opinion poll showed. Data released late on Friday showed the Conservatives and Labour both on 40% support, based on online polling of 1,618 adults conducted on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17. A previous YouGov poll on Sept. 9 showed the Conservatives on 42% and Labour on 37%. This is the first time YouGov, one of Britain's main polling organisations, has shown Labour level with the Conservatives since May 2019, just before Theresa May said she would resign as prime minister and while Jeremy Corbyn still led Labour. A poll by...
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Protests have been growing in Thailand against the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader, with some protesters also calling for reforms of King Maha Vajiralongkorn's monarchy. Below is a timeline of events since Prayuth was appointed prime minister after an election in March 2019. He rejects accusations the electoral laws were fixed in his favour. June 9, 2019 - The king endorses Prayuth as prime minister, keeping him in the post he first took in a 2014 coup. Nov. 20 - Constitutional court disqualifies vocal opposition figure Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit as a member of parliament, saying he violated electoral law. He disputes the ruling. Dec. 14 - Several thousand protesters demonstrate in Bangkok to...
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy to Northern Ireland, Mick Mulvaney, has warned against creating a "hard border by accident" on the island, the Financial Times reported on Friday. British Prime Minister Prime Minister Boris Johnson is proposing new legislation that would break the Northern Ireland protocol of the Brexit divorce treaty that seeks to avoid a physical customs border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland. "The Trump administration, State Department and the U.S. Congress would all be aligned in the desire to see the Good Friday Agreement preserved to see the lack of a border maintained," Mulvaney said in an interview with the newspaper, referring to a peace accord signed by London, Dublin and Northern Ireland...
    Sept 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s special envoy to Northern Ireland, Mick Mulvaney, has warned against creating a “hard border by accident” on the island, the Financial Times reported on Friday. British Prime Minister Prime Minister Boris Johnson is proposing new legislation that would break the Northern Ireland protocol of the Brexit divorce treaty that seeks to avoid a physical customs border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland. “The Trump administration, State Department and the U.S. Congress would all be aligned in the desire to see the Good Friday Agreement preserved to see the lack of a border maintained,” Mulvaney said in an interview with the newspaper, referring to a peace accord signed by London, Dublin and...
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has picked Mohamed Hussein Roble as the new prime minister, his office said on Friday. Roble, a newcomer to politics, replaces Hassan Ali Khaire, who was sacked in July after a power struggle with the president. (Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; Writing by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Sandra Maler) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    (CNN)The United Nations welcomes the decision by Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister to step down by the end of October, a UN statement released Thursday said. The Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli, Fayez al-Sarraj, announced his decision in a televised speech on Wednesday. "I declare my sincere desire to hand over my duties to the next executive authority no later than the end of October," al-Sarraj said, citing "internal and external conspiracies" and other obstacles to the effectiveness of his government. Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General Stephanie Williams commended the decision in a statement, saying it "comes at a decisive turning point in Libya's longstanding crisis when it is clear that the...
    The Honourable Prime Minister Of India, Narendra Modi, celebrates his 70th birthday on September 17, 2020. From political parties to celebrities from the entertainment industry to other eminent personalities, all have been extending heartwarming wishes to PM Narendra Modi across social media platforms. South celebs such as Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal, Mahesh Babu and many others have wished the 14th and current Prime Minister of India with thoughtful messages. PM Narendra Modi Birthday: Surat Bakery Makes 71-Feet-Long Cake With ‘Corona Warriors’ Theme. Mahesh Babu writes, “Your dynamic leadership and vision has brought our nation to the forefront of change.” On the occasion of PM Narendra Modi’s 70th birthday, the Bharatiya Janata Party has organised several events as part of the...
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib said he had agreed with President Michel Aoun on Thursday to give more time for talks on forming a new government after efforts to appoint a cabinet to lift the nation out of crisis faltered. After a meeting at the presidential palace, Adib said he knew there was no time to waste and hoped all sides would cooperate. "We hope it will go well," he told reporters. (Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Edmund Blair) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — A group of COVID-19 survivors and patients' families is suing French Prime Minister Jean Castex, accusing him of potentially dangerous and contradictory management of the virus crisis even as infections have multiplied in recent weeks. Castex and the government have pushed to reopen the economy and “learn to live with the virus,” refusing to impose new nationwide lockdowns as hospitals in some French regions start to fill up with virus patients again. Lawyer Fabrice Di Vizio said he filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of the France Coronavirus Victims group in the Court of Justice of the Republic, a special court for prosecuting government ministers. The prime minister is accused of failing...
    PARIS – A group of COVID-19 survivors and patients' families is suing French Prime Minister Jean Castex, accusing him of potentially dangerous and contradictory management of the virus crisis even as infections have multiplied in recent weeks. Castex and the government have pushed to reopen the economy and “learn to live with the virus,” refusing to impose new nationwide lockdowns as hospitals in some French regions start to fill up with virus patients again. Lawyer Fabrice Di Vizio said he filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of the France Coronavirus Victims group in the Court of Justice of the Republic, a special court for prosecuting government ministers. The prime minister is accused of failing to “fight a disaster likely to...
    David Cameron indirectly criticised his successor Boris Johnson – AFP Boris Johnson’s failure to attend Cobra meetings at the start of the pandemic may have hindered a rapid Government response, David Cameron has said.  Mr Johnson has been criticised for missing five of the first Cobra meetings dedicated to coronavirus at the start of the outbreak.  His former boss said although he sometimes missed the first Cobra in an emergency, being there meant decisions could be taken more quickly, with a prime minister’s seniority allowing him “to bang the table and ask obvious questions”.  Mr Cameron added: “You have got to get in there quite quickly and drive progress.” Asked if he was criticising Mr Johnson directly, his predecessor said:...
    On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 70th birthday, several prominent personalities from across different fields such as sports and entertainment took to social media to share warm birthday messages. While Kangana Ranaut and Anupam Kher posted videos with birthday messages for PM Modi on Twitter, other celebs such as Anil Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty among others shared pictures with the PM as they wished him. Actor Salman Khan too took to Twitter to wish the Prime Minister as he shared an old picture of himself in conversation with Mr Modi. PM Narendra Modi Turns 70: From Anil Kapoor to Abhishek Bachchan, Bollywood Celebs Extend Birthday Wishes for Prime Minister of India. The actor taking to Twitter wrote, “Wishing the honourable prime minister...
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday thanked legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar after she wished him on her birthday. Mangeshkar had earlier in the day taken to Twitter to wish the Prime Minister on his 70th birthday. “Namaskar Respected Narendra Bhai, Best wishes to you on your birthday. I wish that God blesses you with longevity @narendramodi,” she tweeted. PM Narendra Modi Turns 70: From Anil Kapoor to Abhishek Bachchan, Bollywood Celebs Extend Birthday Wishes for Prime Minister of India Responding to the same, Modi said, “Heartfelt gratitude for your good [email protected] my Elder sister.” “Your affection and blessings always give me new energy to serve Maa Bharati.” PM Narendra Modi 70th Birthday: Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal, Mahesh Babu Extend Heartwarming Wishes To...
    Several Bollywood celebrities extended birthday wishes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he turned 70 on Thursday. Senior actor Anupam Kher took to Twitter to share a video of himself where he is seen heaping praises on the Prime Minister. “Happy birthday Prime Minister #NarendraModiJi. May God grant you long & healthy life!! Jai Hind !! #HappyBirthdayPMModi,” Kher tweeted along with the video. ‘Nayak’ actor Anil Kapoor also took to Twitter and posted a picture of himself with the Prime Minister where the two are seen holding hands. PM Narendra Modi 70th Birthday: Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal, Mahesh Babu Extend Heartwarming Wishes To The Hon’ble Prime Minister (View Posts) “Wishing our honourable PM Shri @narendramodi Ji, a very happy birthday. In...
    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called for rapists and child molesters to be publicly hanged or castrated after a mother was raped by two men, numerous sources reported.  The attack garnered national attention and protests after the woman was raped by two men when she ran out of gas and her car broke down on a highway outside of Lahore, according to CBS News. While waiting for police to arrive to help her, the two men allegedly raped and robbed her, officials said according to CNN. Imran Khan Govt wants to send a clear message to society & world at large that it’s serious in fighting the scourge of gang rapes & pedophilia; we withheld this comment for several hours...
    Islamabad — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for rapists and pedophiles to be publicly hanged or chemically or physically castrated for their crimes after a gang-rape case provoked a nationwide outcry. Last week a woman was raped by two men after she ran out of gas and her car broke down on a  highway outside of Lahore. The woman called a helpline and was waiting for the police to arrive when the men raped her and robbed her with her two children present, officials said. Members of civil society groups take part in a rally to condemn the incident of rape on a deserted highway, in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020.  Fareed Khan / AP Following...
    (Bloomberg) – Japan’s parliament formally elected Yoshihide Suga, a loyalist of the ruling party and the son of a strawberry farmer, as the country’s new prime minister in nearly eight years. At his inaugural press conference as prime minister, he vowed to follow the policies of his former boss, Shinzo Abe, and give top priority to controlling the coronavirus, which helped cause the country’s worst contraction on record in the second quarter of this year. . “Reviving the economy remains the administration’s top priority,” Suga told reporters after a ceremony at the Imperial Palace where the emperor endorsed the new prime minister and his cabinet. “As I continue with‘ Abenomics, ’I want to go ahead with...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland's top law adviser to the British government, Richard Keen, resigned on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said in a statement. "Lord Keen has resigned as Advocate General for Scotland. The Prime Minister thanks him for his service," the spokesman said. (Reporting by William James; editing by Michael Holden) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during a debate ahead of the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election on September 12, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Charly Triballeau/Getty Tokyo — Within the dynasty-heavy ranks of Japanese politicians, Yoshihide Suga, 71, is a distinct outlier. The new Prime Minister of Japan is a farmer's son who worked his way out of the country's snowy hinterlands, through college and up the political ladder on sheer grit and determination. Suga was chosen on Wednesday, by members of their political party, to replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has resigned for health reasons. Unlike his former boss Abe — the son of a foreign minister and grandson of a prime minister who has been...
    TOKYO — Japan’s Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, changing long-serving chief Shinzo Abe together with his right-hand man. Suga had been chosen as chief of the ruling get together on Monday, just about assuring he would succeed Abe, who resigned earlier within the day due to in poor health well being. Suga, who was chief Cupboard secretary in Abe’s authorities, is to launch his personal Cupboard later Wednesday. Suga has confused his background as a farmer’s son and a self-made politician in promising to serve the pursuits of abnormal folks and rural communities. He has stated he’ll pursue Abe’s unfinished insurance policies, and that his prime priorities might be preventing the coronavirus and turning round an...
    TOKYO — Japan’s Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man. Suga, keeping his straight face, bowed deeply several times when the results were announced first in the lower house, the more powerful of the two parliamentary chambers where he has a seat, as his fellow ruling lawmakers applauded. He was also confirmed in the upper house. Suga had been chosen Monday to lead the ruling party, virtually assuring he would succeed Abe, who resigned because of ill health. Suga, who was chief Cabinet secretary in Abe’s government, is to launch his own Cabinet later Wednesday.SUGA WINS PARTY VOTE, TO REPLACE OUTGOING ABE AS JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER Suga has stressed his background...
    (CNN)Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan called for rapists and child molesters to be chemically castrated when asked in an interview about a rape that garnered national attention in Pakistan. Khan said in an interview with Hard Talk Pakistan on 92 News that he had discussed possible punishments for the alleged perpetrator with ministers in his cabinet.Pakistan to open more than 1,000 new courts to fight violence against women "I think he (the rapist) should be hanged publicly. Rapists and child molesters should have public hanging. You do not know the real statistics as well, because it's under-reported. People do not report it due to being scared or ashamed, women are ashamed, no one wants to tell," Khan told interviewer Moeed...
    By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Before he got Japan's top government job officially, Yoshihide Suga was known as a “shadow" prime minister and the right-hand man for his long-serving predecessor. When Shinzo Abe announced last month he would resign due to ill health, his chief Cabinet secretary Suga said he would come forward to pursue Abe's unfinished work. The self-made politician was elected by Parliament on Wednesday as Japan's new prime minister, two days after he succeeded Abe as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Suga's low-key image from government briefings contrast with his behind-the-scenes work at managing bureaucrats and pushing policies. As the chief Cabinet spokesman under Abe, the straight-faced Suga offered bland commentary at...
    TOKYO — Japan’s Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man. Suga had been chosen as leader of the ruling party on Monday, virtually assuring he would succeed Abe, who resigned earlier in the day because of ill health. Suga, who was chief Cabinet secretary in Abe’s government, is to launch his own Cabinet later Wednesday. Suga has stressed his background as a farmer’s son and a self-made politician in promising to serve the interests of ordinary people and rural communities. He has said he will pursue Abe’s unfinished policies, and that his top priorities will be fighting the coronavirus and turning around an economy battered by the pandemic. Abe said...
    TOKYO (AP) — Before he got Japan’s top government job officially, Yoshihide Suga was known as a “shadow” prime minister and the right-hand man for his long-serving predecessor. When Shinzo Abe announced last month he would resign due to ill health, his chief Cabinet secretary Suga said he would come forward to pursue Abe’s unfinished work. The self-made politician was elected by Parliament on Wednesday as Japan’s new prime minister, two days after he succeeded Abe as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Suga’s low-key image from government briefings contrast with his behind-the-scenes work at managing bureaucrats and pushing policies. As the chief Cabinet spokesman under Abe, the straight-faced Suga offered bland commentary at twice-daily televised news briefings...
    TOKYO – Before he got Japan's top government job officially, Yoshihide Suga was known as a “shadow" prime minister and the right-hand man for his long-serving predecessor. When Shinzo Abe announced last month he would resign due to ill health, his chief Cabinet secretary Suga said he would come forward to pursue Abe's unfinished work. The self-made politician was elected by Parliament on Wednesday as Japan's new prime minister, two days after he succeeded Abe as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Suga's low-key image from government briefings contrast with his behind-the-scenes work at managing bureaucrats and pushing policies. As the chief Cabinet spokesman under Abe, the straight-faced Suga offered bland commentary at twice-daily televised news briefings highlighted...
    Tokyo (CNN)Yoshihide Suga has been elected Japan's new Prime Minister following a vote in the country's Parliament on Wednesday, confirming the former cardboard factory worker and farmer's son as leader of the world's third largest economy.The 71-year-old head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) replaces outgoing leader Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister, who announced his intention to resign in August due to health problems related to colitis -- a non-curable inflammatory bowel disease that he was able to manage for most of his tenure.Suga was elected LDP leader on Monday with about 70% of the votes, but he still required the backing of the country's national legislature, the Diet, before he could officially become Prime Minister.The new Prime...
    TOKYO (AP) — Former chief Cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga elected by Parliament as Japan’s new prime minister, succeeding Shinzo Abe. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet resigned, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later Wednesday. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, announced last month that he was stepping down because of health problems. “I devoted my body and soul for the economic recovery and diplomacy to protect Japan’s national interest every single day since we returned to power,” Abe told reporters at the prime minister’s office before heading into his final Cabinet meeting. “During this time, I was able to tackle various challenges together with the people, and I’m proud of myself.” He said his health is improving thanks to treatment and that he, as a lawmaker, will support his...
    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese ruling party president Yoshihide Suga was poised to become the nation's next prime minister on Wednesday, pulling together a "continuity" cabinet, about half of which will not change from the current makeup, local media reported. Suga, a longtime aide and chief cabinet secretary under outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Monday won a landslide victory to take over the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He pledged to carry on many of Abe's programmes, including his signature "Abenomics" economic strategy. He faces numerous challenges, including tackling COVID-19 while reviving a battered economy and dealing with a rapidly aging society, in which nearly a third of the population is older than 65. Abe, whose support was...
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet have resigned, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later Wednesday. Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, announced last month that he was stepping down due to health problems. "I devoted my body and soul for the economic recovery and diplomacy to protect Japan's national interest every single day since we returned to power," Abe told reporters at the prime minister's office before heading into his final Cabinet meeting. He said his health is improving and thanked the people for their support, and asked them to support his successor. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, long seen as...
    By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet resigned, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later Wednesday. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, announced last month that he was stepping down because of health problems. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, long seen as Abe’s right-hand man, was chosen Monday as the new head of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, virtually guaranteeing his election as prime minister in a parliamentary vote Wednesday because of the party’s majority. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet resigned, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later Wednesday. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, announced last month that he was stepping down because of health problems. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, long seen as Abe’s right-hand man, was chosen Monday as the new head of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, virtually guaranteeing his election as prime minister in a parliamentary vote Wednesday because of the party’s majority. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
    (CNN)Here's a look at the life of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.PersonalBirth date: September 21, 1954Birth place: Nagato, Japan (some sources say Tokyo) Father: Shintaro Abe, former Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)Read MoreMother: Yoko KishiMarriage: Akie (Matsuzaki) Abe (1987-present)Education: Seiki University, B.S. in Political Science, 1977. He also studied at the University of Southern California.Other FactsHe was Japan's first prime minister born after WWII.His grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, was Japan's prime minister from 1957 to 1960.Abe's great uncle, Eisuke Sato, was prime minister from 1964 to 1972. Sato is also a Nobel Peace Prize recipient.In early 2013, Abe launched a grand experiment designed to jolt Japan's economy out of decades of stagnation. Known as "Abenomics," it included three...
    WASHINGTON (CBS NEWS) – President Trump presided over a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday with the leaders of Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain for the signing of historic deals between the nations. WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Foreign Affairs Minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan participate in the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords on the South Lawn of the White House on September 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. Witnessed by President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu signed a peace deal with the UAE and a declaration of intent to make peace with Bahrain. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty...
    Melania Trump truly wowed Tuesday when she stepped out in a stunning navy blue dress to welcome Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House. REUTERS/Tom Brenner (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) The first lady looked just as striking as ever in the dark blue and white number that went down past her knees as she joined President Donald Trump to welcome the prime minister and his wife Sara Netanyahu. (RELATED: Celebrate Ivanka Trump’s Birthday With Her Greatest Looks [SLIDESHOW]) REUTERS/Al Drago REUTERS/Tom Brenner She completed the jaw-dropping look with loose hair and white high heels. (RELATED: Melania Stuns In Pale-Pink Dress At Reception During UN General Assembly [PHOTOS]) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)...
    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for the worst sex offenders to be hanged or chemically castrated amid fury over the gang rape of a woman in the country last week. Khan made his comments while demanding 'exemplary sentences' for the woman's rapists, saying he would sentence them to be hanged at the site of the attack.  But he added that hangings would probably lead to Pakistan being punished by the EU, so it might be better to chemically castrate them. The attack involved a woman who was dragged from her car at gunpoint and raped in front of her two children after her car broke down.  Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for violent sex offenders...
    TOKYO (AP) — Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet are set to resign Wednesday morning, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later in the day. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, announced last month that he was stepping down because of health problems. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, long seen as Abe’s right-hand man, was chosen Monday as the new head of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, virtually guaranteeing his election as prime minister in a parliamentary vote Wednesday because of the party’s majority. Suga, a self-made politician and the son of a strawberry grower in the northern prefecture of Akita, has stressed his background in promising to serve the interests...
    THE BBC is set to reveal the salaries of its top stars today - with 76 presenters on more money than the Prime Minister. It comes as the OAP TV licence row rages on, with the Beeb confirming in July it would plough on with a plan to end free TV licences for most over-75s. 1Gary Lineker is set to remain as one of the highest-paid stars at the BeebCredit: Getty - Contributor The corporation's annual report is published today, with the Daily Mail reporting almost 80 presenters earn more than £150k - what Boris Johnson makes as PM. There are now two stars earning more than £1million, one between £500k and £1million and 73 others between £150,000 and £500,000. The...
    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday he would like convicted rapists to be publicly executed or chemically castrated, reacting to a question on the rape of a woman on a highway last week that has caused uproar in the South Asian nation. Last week, a mother of two driving along a major highway near Lahore was dragged out of her car and raped by two men at gunpoint – one of whom was arrested by police on Monday. Khan said he believed the culprits should be hanged publicly, but added that officials had informed him that such an act could endanger a preferential trade status given to Pakistan by the European Union (EU). The EU’s...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the measures contained in the Bill to override the Withdrawal Agreement would ‘never be invoked’ if an agreement was reached with Brussels – AFP/AFP Boris Johnson has failed to quash a growing Tory revolt over plans to amend the Brexit divorce deal, as senior figures, including Sajid Javid, joined the rebels. Mr Javid, the former chancellor, said he would “regretfully” be unable to support legislation that would give the Government the power to go back on parts of the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by Mr Johnson last year. He is one of 18 Tory MPs who have publicly opposed legislation which cleared its first Commons hurdle last night, while David Cameron became the fifth former...
    The conservative majority Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan elected departing Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s chief cabinet secretary, Suga Yoshihide, its president on Monday. Barring an unlikely revolt in parliament, Suga is all but guaranteed to succeed Abe as the next prime minister of Japan. Suga’s brief campaign for the swiftly-held election looked like an uphill battle after Abe announced his surprise resignation for health reasons on August 28, with former Defense Minister Ishiba Shigeru looking like an early favorite, but Suga quickly turned those polls around and won on Monday with a landslide victory in the LDP leadership contest.  According to Asahi Shimbun’s tally of the somewhat opaque party leadership vote, Suga won 377 out of 534...
    OTTAWA, ON, Sept. 14, 2020 /CNW/ – Note: All times local Ottawa, Ontario The Prime Minister will speak with the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. 9:00 a.m. The Prime Minister will attend the Cabinet retreat. Closed to media. This document is also available at http://pm.gc.ca SOURCE Prime Minister’s Office Cision More View original content: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2020/14/c7615.html
    Yoshihide Suga is one step closer to becoming Japan's next prime minister after being elected president of the country's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Monday. Suga, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's chief Cabinet secretary, said he wants to create a government that people can trust and vowed to push ahead with Abe's economic policies, according to Nikkei Asian Review. "We cannot have any void in policy," Suga said. "It is my mission to carry forward what has been done under Prime Minister Abe." Suga, 71, said he would create a central agency to handle Japan's digitalization and improve competition in the telecommunications industry to lower cellphone rates. He is almost certain to be elected on Wednesday in both houses of parliament,...
    TOKYO—The right-hand man of Japan’s longest reigning Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who orchestrated the administration’s control of the press and helped cover up the corruption scandals that forced Abe to resign, is set to be the next prime minister.  Yoshihide Suga was crowned the president of Japan’s ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Monday in an election that had been pre-decided in back-room deals. The LDP controls the lower house of Japan’s parliament and so their president will become the new prime minister. The Japanese press, who Suga has successfully tamed, did their best to spin his ascension as a story of a simple hard-working boy from a rural prefecture who worked his way to the top. But...
    Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) voted in Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga as its new party leader Monday following the resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in late August. Suga won by a wide margin in Monday’s inter-party election, securing roughly 70% of the 534 votes cast by LDP lawmakers and party representatives from across the county, The Japan Times reported. He is expected to become prime minister following a parliamentary vote Wednesday as the LDP holds a majority of seats in Japan’s National Diet. WATCH: The 71-year-old cabinet secretary has been a longtime ally of Abe, who stepped down following health complications. His election indicates that the LDP will pick up where Abe left off in a...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Yoshihide Suga, Japan's next Prime Minister, plans to re-appoint Taro Aso as his deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, the same positions Aso currently holds, Nikkei business daily reported on Monday. Suga has promised to continue key policies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Reporting by Hideyuki Sano) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    TOKYO — Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party on Monday, all but assuring that he will become the country's new prime minister when a parliamentary election is held later in the week. Despite his low-key image, Suga, 71, has been a key figure in outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration, serving as the government's top spokesperson in his role as chief Cabinet secretary. Suga's victory in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party vote virtually guarantees his election in a parliamentary vote Wednesday because of the majority held by the LDP's ruling coalition. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga acknowledges as he is elected as new head of Japan's ruling party at the Liberal Democratic...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Yoshihide Suga, the new leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said on Monday he wanted to try to reform the constitution, saying parts of it had become out of touch with reality. Suga, speaking at his first news conference since being elected as party head, also said diplomacy must be pursued using all the resources available, including the close relations Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori have with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Suga is virtually assured to become prime minister in a special session of parliament later this week given the LDP's majority. (Reporting by Leika Kihara; Writing by Elaine Lies; Editing by David Dolan) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's next prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, said he wanted to continue with the policies of predecessor Shinzo Abe, and push structural reforms while removing barriers between the bureaucracy. Suga made the comments in a speech soon after he was overwhelmingly voted in as the next leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which virtually assures him of becoming the next prime minister, given the party's majority in parliament. (Reporting by Antoni Slodkowski; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Christian Schmollinger) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Yoshihide Chuka is viewed by many political analysts As the front-runner to replace the announced Prime Minister Abe Last month He resigned due to complications related to colitis, an incurable inflammatory bowel disease, which he was able to manage for most of his tenure. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will vote in his place on Monday. Japan is not a presidential system – the country’s president is elected by members of parliament, so the next LDF leader, whoever he is, should have an easy path to become prime minister. Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba are also in the running. If Sukha is elected, it will mark the culmination of an incredible and impossible...
    TOKYO (AP) — Yoshihide Suga elected as new ruling party leader, virtually securing him parliament vote as Japan’s new prime minister. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)Here is a look at the life of Narendra Modi, prime minister of India. PersonalBirth date: September 17, 1950 Birth place: Vadnagar, Gujarat, IndiaBirth name: Narendra Damodardas ModiRead MoreFather: Damodardas ModiMother: Hiraba "Heeraben" ModiMarriage: Jashodaben (Chimanlal) Modi (1968-present, separated) Education: Delhi University, B.A., 1978; Gujarat University, M.A., 1983Religion: HinduOther FactsLeft home in his late teens to travel India, stay in ashrams and wander the Himalayas. First prime minister born in independent India.TimelineOctober 3, 1972 - Joins the Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. June 1975 - Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposes a period of emergency as she faces a political crisis. Civil liberties are restricted, media is censored, and protesters are arrested. Modi becomes involved in the movement to restore...
    (CNN)If Shinzo Abe was perhaps born to be Japan's prime minister, the path to political stardom for his potential successor was hardly guaranteed. Yoshihide Suga is seen by many political analysts as the front runner to replace Prime Minister Abe, who announced last month he was stepping down due to complications related to colitis, a non-curable inflammatory bowel disease that he was able to manage for most of his tenure. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will vote on Monday to choose his replacement. Japan is not a presidential system -- the country's leader is chosen by parliamentarians, so the next LDP leader, whoever that is, should have an easy path to becoming prime minister. Former foreign minister Fumio Kishida...
    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Aline Chretien, the wife and trusted adviser of former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, has died. She was 84. A spokesman for the Chretien family says she died at her home in Shawinigan, Quebec, on Saturday morning surrounded by family. A cause of death was not specified. Bruce Hartley says only a private ceremony is being planned for now because of restrictions associated with COVID-19, with a public memorial planned for sometime in the future. Jean Chretien served as Canada’s 20th prime minister from 1993 to 2003. He led his Liberal party to three straight majority governments. Aline Chretien grew up in a blue-collar family, just a few blocks away from her future husband in...
    By Elaine Lies and Chris Gallagher YUZAWA, Japan (Reuters) - As a boy, friends say, Yoshihide Suga - poised to be Japan's next leader - sledded down mountains in winter, ran track and field and was an avid baseball player. But his skills didn't extend as far as acting. "He was always kind of stiff," said Masashi Yuri, displaying a photo of their junior high school class play. "So he was only really good to play policemen, things like that." Yuri, 71, who grew up three houses away from Suga in Akinomiya, a long, narrow valley so far from central Yuzawa it took nearly two hours to get to high school, describes a boyhood of fishing for trout in the...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces new countrywide lockdown starting Friday amid surge in virus cases. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland is focused on achieving a "decent free-trade deal" between Britain and the European Union, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Sunday, adding that he did not believe the British government wanted the "ruinous" consequences of failure. "No deal would be ruinous for Britain, it would be extremely damaging to the British economy and British jobs," Martin told RTE television in an interview. "They do care in the end." Martin described British actions in recent days as "a ploy" and said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson "knows well" that the European Union is not trying to break up the United Kingdom. (Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Susan Fenton) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga looks set to become prime minister this week, after garnering the backing of most of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) factions to win a party leadership election slated for Monday. Incumbent premier Shinzo Abe announced last month he was resigning because of poor health. The winner of the party election is virtually assured of becoming prime minister because of the LDP's parliamentary majority. Here is where Suga stands on key policies. ECONOMY A longtime lieutenant of Abe, Suga aims to continue the incumbent's hyper-easy monetary policy, stepped-up government spending and structural reforms, dubbed "Abenomics". Suga also plans to maintain Abe's policy of prioritising economic growth over efforts...
    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prime minister hopeful Yoshihide Suga said Saturday that he lacks the kind of diplomatic skills that outgoing leader Shinzo Abe has, including Abe’s personal friendship with President Donald Trump, and that he will need his assistance if he assumes the top job. Abe in late August announced his intention to step down as prime minister due to health problems. He has led Japan since he returned to power in December 2012 for a second stint as prime minister. Suga, the chief Cabinet secretary, is expected to win Monday’s party election and then be endorsed in a parliamentary vote on Wednesday because of the majority held by the ruling bloc. Abe has traveled to...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, widely expected to succeed Shinzo Abe as prime minister, said on Saturday he wanted to promote diplomacy that enables solid communications with Asian neighbors, including China and South Korea. Suga made the comment at a televised debate with rival candidates for a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership election on Monday to replace Abe as party chief. The winner is virtually assured to become prime minister because of the LDP's parliamentary majority. Abe said last month he would resign due to ill health. (Reporting by Linda Sieg; Editing by William Mallard) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    A CONTESTANT on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has become the first winner of the £1million since 2006. Donald Fear handled the questions from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host Jeremy Clarkson - but could you have made it past the £500,000 about the Great Offices of State? 3James Callaghan as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1967Credit: Getty - Contributor Who is the only British politician to have held all four Great Offices of State? James Callaghan is the only 20th-century British Prime Minister to have held all four major offices of state. The four "Great Offices of State" are the four most important cabinet jobs in the UK. They are Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary, Foreign...
    By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of four central European countries said Friday that a new election should be held in Belarus to allow the country's voters to decide the course of its future. “We all agree that Belarus should hold free elections so that the Belarusian nation can on its own and in a sovereign way determine their fate and future,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after he hosted fellow Visegrad Group leaders at a meeting in Poland's eastern city of Lublin. Gearing up for a European Union summit later this month, Morawiecki and the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary also called for all political prisoners to be...
    WARSAW – The prime ministers of four central European countries said Friday that a new election should be held in Belarus to allow the country's voters to decide the course of its future. “We all agree that Belarus should hold free elections so that the Belarusian nation can on its own and in a sovereign way determine their fate and future,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after he hosted fellow Visegrad Group leaders at a meeting in Poland's eastern city of Lublin. Gearing up for a European Union summit later this month, Morawiecki and the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary also called for all political prisoners to be freed in Belarus and proposed...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday scrapped plans to fly to Washington with his family on a private plane and said he would instead travel with the official delegation. The reversal came after Israeli media reported that Netanyahu, his wife and two sons would be taking a separate flight to Washington for the White House ceremony marking the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Netanyahu, who was indicted on corruption charges last year, has long faced criticism over his family’s lavish lifestyle. That could have detracted from Tuesday’s ceremony marking a major breakthrough in Israel’s efforts to improve relations with its Arab neighbors. His Likud party initially defended the decision to take...
    Scott Morrison has unleashed an emotional attack on the Queensland Prime Minister, saying the decision to prevent a woman from seeing her father’s funeral was inhumane. He said Sky News “It’s hard to make any other decision” in an interview overnight. Canberra woman Sarah Gaizip, 26, was subjected to a national scrutiny on Thursday by Prime Minister Anastasia Pallas after Queensland health officials refused to allow her., Outside hotel isolation to attend his father’s funeral in Brisbane. Yesterday, Mr Morrison contacted Ms Balassuk to seek an exemption in the case. Shortly afterwards, the woman, who lives in Canberra, was allowed to see her father in his coffin, but without police custody and no family. She was briefly allowed to leave...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — With Israel’s prime minister lashing out at him nearly every day, the country’s attorney general is pressing Benjamin Netanyahu to sign a conflict-of-interest agreement barring him from influencing key appointments that could affect his corruption trial. Charged in a series of scandals, Netanyahu has long accused police, prosecutors and the media of trying to oust him in a deep-state conspiracy. Netanyahu has stepped up those attacks in recent days, following a pair of TV reports alleging cover-ups by police and prosecutors, including a case of possible conflict of interest by a police investigator. “Is it possible the attorney general didn’t know about this behavior?” Netanyahu told his Likud Party on Wednesday, calling for an independent investigation. “Is...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart agreed on Thursday that a strong partnership between their nations will be critical in charting the course for the global community in the post-coronavirus world, an Indian official said. Abe, who is stepping down because of a chronic health problem, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed an agreement between the armies of the two countries that will give them access to each other’s bases for supplies and services. “They concurred that the agreement will further enhance the depth of defense cooperation between the two countries and contribute to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said in a statement....
    A Canadian petition asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reverse expansive new gun control rules, which asks him to apologize to legal firearm owners, has earned a record-setting number of signatures. “The Prime Minister’s firearms confiscation regime, undemocratically imposed without debate during a pandemic while Parliament is suspended, is an assault on Canadian democracy," the petition states. The petition is sponsored by Conservative Member of Parliament Michelle Rempel Garner, whose husband is a U.S. Army veteran, and is initiated by a Calgary man named Jesse Faszer. The digital petition, e-2574, notched 230,905 signatures before it closed. It got so much attention in its first four hours that parliament's website had server trouble, according to Garner. The previous highest petition also took a stand against...
    (CNN)Here's a look at the life of Ehud Olmert, former prime minister of Israel.PersonalBirth date: September 30, 1945 Birth place: Binyamina, British Mandate Palestine (now Israel)Birth name: Ehud OlmertRead MoreFather: Mordechai Olmert, member of the KnessetMother: Bella Olmert Marriage: Aliza Olmert, artist and playwrightChildren: two sons: Ariel and Shaul, and three daughters: Dana, Michal and Shuli Education: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, B.A., 1968 (psychology and philosophy), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, L.L.B., 1973 (law)Military service: Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Combat Infantry Unit OfficerReligion: JewishOther FactsOlmert grew up in Nahalat Jabotinsky, a village that was later incorporated into Binyamina.Elected mayor of Jerusalem in 1993; Olmert defeated Teddy Kollek with 59% of the vote. Kollek had been mayor since 1965.He was successfully...
    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out the future for the nation the government is working towards, where daily coronavirus testing becomes a fact of life for millions and failing a test means being banned from social spaces and the workplace. Tacked on to the end of his announcement on Wednesday on the introduction of new, harsher restrictions on personal freedoms as the number of new infections — if not deaths — starts to rise, the prime minister said the way tests are used would change in the “near future”. At the moment, Boris Johnson said, testing is primarily used to actively identify those who are infected with coronavirus, but in the future that would change as tests became quicker...
    Winston Churchill said he would consider bombing Russia and China if USSR dictator Joseph Stalin didn't back down in the Cold War, a newly-discovered memo has revealed. A meeting took place between Churchill and former-US army officer Julius Ochs Adler in the wartime leader's Kent home on April 29, 1951 - when Churchill was the leader of the opposition between his two terms as Prime Minister. A memo from the meeting has revealed that Churchill, then-76, said he would give the Soviet Union 'an ultimatum' if he was Prime Minister. It would lay down certain conditions he would want the communist super-power to obey and, if they didn't, Churchill said he would threaten to 'atom bomb one of 20 or 30 cities'.  If...
    By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian regulators have ruled out prosecuting TikTok over an apparent suicide video under tough new laws prohibiting some forms of violent online images, but the prime minister urged social media companies on Wednesday to take more responsibility for offensive content. The Chinese-owned social media platform says it is working to remove videos of a man apparently taking his own life with a gun and banning users who keep trying to spread the clips through the app. It’s the latest example of the ongoing struggle by big tech companies to police their platforms for harmful content amid increasing pressure from regulators. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant, Australia’s...