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Ireland set to vote on abolishing upper house of parliament
Ireland set to vote on abolishing upper house of parliament

Ireland votes on Friday on whether to abolish its upper house of parliament, a historic move that Prime Minister Enda Kenny argues will save money but which critics say is a power grab.

Ireland set to vote on abolishing upper house of parliament
US default could be 'catastrophic': Treasury
US default could be 'catastrophic': Treasury

The US Treasury warned Thursday of a disastrous outcome if Congress's refusal to raise the country's borrowing ceiling forces it to default on obligations.

US default could be 'catastrophic': Treasury
Unemployment remains dark spot in Spanish economy
Unemployment remains dark spot in Spanish economy

Spain's government sees light at the end of the tunnel with the end to a two-year recession but analysts warn joblessness will continue to weigh down the eurozone's fourth-largest economy.

Unemployment remains dark spot in Spanish economy
White House talks fail to end government shutdown
White House talks fail to end government shutdown

Talks between an exasperated President Barack Obama and top Republicans failed to end a government shutdown, with both sides accusing the other of refusing to negotiate.

White House talks fail to end government shutdown
Berlusconi drops bid to oust govt in shock U-turn
Berlusconi drops bid to oust govt in shock U-turn

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi abandoned his bid to topple Enrico Letta's government in a humiliating climbdown after key allies rebelled against his leadership.

Berlusconi drops bid to oust govt in shock U-turn
US military braces for full effect of shutdown
US military braces for full effect of shutdown

The US government shutdown had no drastic effect on the military Tuesday but if it remains in place everything from ship repairs to combat training will be disrupted.

US military braces for full effect of shutdown
Erna Solberg. ©Reuters/Stian Lysberg Solum/NTB Scanpix
Next Norwegian government to get tough on immigration

Norway's incoming government will get tough on immigration, future prime minister Erna Solberg, said Monday as she presented the main policies of the minority coalition she is forming with a populist right-wing party.

Next Norwegian government to get tough on immigration
US economy faces hefty hit if government shuts down
US economy faces hefty hit if government shuts down

A US government shutdown would hit an economy struggling to sustain its post-crisis rebound, but experts say the impact will only be substantial if Washington's political paralysis lasts several weeks.

US economy faces hefty hit if government shuts down
Deadline missed, US slides into government shutdown
Deadline missed, US slides into government shutdown

The US lurched into a dreaded government shutdown for the first time in 17 years, triggering agency closures and hundreds of thousands of furloughs as Congress missed a deadline to pass a budget.

Deadline missed, US slides into government shutdown
Do or die as US, Congress face government shutdown
Do or die as US, Congress face government shutdown

Lawmakers have one final day to try to prevent the first US government shutdown in 17 years, but a deal appeared remote Monday as congressional leaders showed little intent to compromise.

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Do or die as US, Congress face government shutdown
Spain to stick to austerity path in 2014 budget
Spain to stick to austerity path in 2014 budget

Spain will stick to its path of austerity in 2014 with the government due to approve its draft budget for the year on Friday, subjecting pensioners and public workers to more cutbacks despite a slowly improving economy.

Spain to stick to austerity path in 2014 budget
US spy revelations hurt Web trust: Facebook chief
US spy revelations hurt Web trust: Facebook chief

Revelations about the US government's secret surveillance programs has had a big impact on "trust metrics" of Internet companies like Facebook.

US spy revelations hurt Web trust: Facebook chief
Yahoo reports 29,000 government data requests
Yahoo reports 29,000 government data requests

Yahoo received some 29,000 government requests for data on its users this year, with almost half coming from the United States.

Yahoo reports 29,000 government data requests
Senegal PM forms new government without singer Youssou N'Dour
Senegal PM forms new government without singer Youssou N'Dour

Senegal's new prime minister, Aminata Toure, formed her new government Monday with the notable absence of singer and tourism minister Youssou N'Dour, according to a presidential statement.

Senegal PM forms new government without singer Youssou N'Dour
One year on, tough times for fragile Somalia government
One year on, tough times for fragile Somalia government

Hopes that Somalia may soon turn the page on decades of anarchy have been dealt a string of blows, giving the internationally-backed government little to cheer as it marks its first birthday.

One year on, tough times for fragile Somalia government
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US admits electronic spying on Americans was illegal

The US government spied on electronic communications between Americans with no links to terror suspects until a judge ruled it illegal in 2011.

US admits electronic spying on Americans was illegal
Rowhani govt cleared to start work in Iran
Rowhani govt cleared to start work in Iran

Iran's parliament approved on Thursday most of President Hassan Rowhani's cabinet picks, allowing the government to start work.

Rowhani govt cleared to start work in Iran
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Brazil energy giant paid bribes to parties: press

Brazil's state-run energy giant Petrobras funneled kickbacks to officials from political parties.

Brazil energy giant paid bribes to parties: press
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US sues Bank of America for fraud over mortgage bonds

The US government on Tuesday sued Bank of America for defrauding investors in the sale of $850 million in mortgage-backed securities ahead of the housing bust.

US sues Bank of America for fraud over mortgage bonds
Mass demo in Tunis demands Ennahda-led government quit
Mass demo in Tunis demands Ennahda-led government quit

More than 40,000 people massed Tuesday outside Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly to demand the resignation of the government led by the moderate Islamic movement Ennahda.

Mass demo in Tunis demands Ennahda-led government quit