Finland's Greens name Haavisto as foreign minister in new government

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland’s Greens, fresh from their best ever election result in April and part of the incoming governing coalition, named party chief Pekka Haavisto as the next foreign minister on Tuesday. Haavisto, 61, has a long background in international conflict resolution. He has run for president twice, finishing second to current President Sauli Niinisto on both occasions. Haavisto […]

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Finland's center-left coalition concludes talks to form new government

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Five center-left parties concluded talks on Sunday to form a new government in Finland, Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne, set to become the first leftist prime minister for 20 years, said on Twitter. “The government program is ready and ministerial posts have been allocated,” Rinne wrote. While he said he would not release details until Monday, a […]

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Sudan protesters move to protect Khartoum sit-in

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese protesters moved to block an attempt on Monday to break up a sit-in outside the Defense Ministry, where demonstrators have been pushing for a quick transition to civilian rule after President Omar al-Bashir was ousted, a Reuters witness said. Troops had gathered on three sides of the sit-in and tractors were preparing to remove stone and […]

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Bulgarian justice minister resigns over real estate deal

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva resigned on Saturday following media reports that she and three other ruling center-right GERB party politicians have bought luxurious apartments at below market prices, the government’s press office said. Tsacheva has denied any wrongdoing and asked the Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the terms on which she had acquired a specious apartment in […]

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Spanish government accused of lying over remains of Franco victims

Madrid: Officials in Madrid have been accused of lying about the cremation of 3000 civilians, executed under the brutal regime of Francisco Franco, after heavy rains exposed a mass grave. An archeologists inspects a grave with the remains of what is believed to be two republican prisoners killed during the Spanish Civil War, in the small Pyrenees village of Leranoz, […]

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Building on Syria war gains, Hezbollah scores political win

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hezbollah’s bigger role in Lebanon’s new unity government points to a growing appetite to shape state affairs and builds on unprecedented military clout the group is wielding after helping turn the tide in Syria’s war. Hezbollah’s expanding power in Lebanon reflects a deepening of Iranian influence in an arc of territory from Tehran through Baghdad and Damascus […]

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Lebanon announces formation of government

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon agreed a new government on Thursday, ending months of wrangling between rival political factions that has added to concerns for its struggling economy and massive public debt. The news boosted Lebanon’s bonds, with a 2037 dollar issue jumping in price by 4.3 cents to its highest since August. Western-backed Saad al-Hariri will face a big challenge […]

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Government shutdown 'cost US economy $11 BILLION' – double the price of Trump’s border wall

According to the Congressional Budget Office America’s economy lost the sum during the five-week period of the longest shutdown in US history. Around 800,000 government workers went without pay after the President and Congress reached an impasse over a new funding bill. The key sticking point was Trump’s demand that Congress include $5.7bn to build a wall along the Mexican […]

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