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West nurtures 'silent hope' Turkey protests can bring reform
West nurtures 'silent hope' Turkey protests can bring reform

Caught off-guard by the massive protests erupting in Turkey, the country's Western partners have roundly condemned the use of excessive violence.

West nurtures 'silent hope' Turkey protests can bring reform
Turkey protesters defiant after government apology
Turkey protesters defiant after government apology

Fresh violence erupted early Wednesday as protesters defied a government plea to end days of deadly unrest, the biggest challenge yet to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decade-long rule.

Turkey protesters defiant after government apology
US says Apple led 'deliberate' scheme on ebooks
US says Apple led 'deliberate' scheme on ebooks

A US government lawyer accused Apple Monday of concocting a deliberate scheme to fix prices of electronic books as the antitrust trial against the tech giant got underway.

US says Apple led 'deliberate' scheme on ebooks
Union to join Turkey's anti-govt protests
Union to join Turkey's anti-govt protests

Turkish police and anti-government protesters clashed again in Istanbul early Tuesday, as the reported death toll from nationwide protests rose to two.

Union to join Turkey's anti-govt protests
University chief says tapped to form Palestinian govt
University chief says tapped to form Palestinian govt

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Sunday named Rami Hamdallah to form a new government, and the university chief said he accepted the task.

University chief says tapped to form Palestinian govt
Fresh street clashes pressure Turkey government
Fresh street clashes pressure Turkey government

Turkey's Islamist-rooted government faced growing pressure on Monday after angry demonstrators clashed for a third night with police in a nationwide wave of protests.

Fresh street clashes pressure Turkey government
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'Furlough Friday' hits US federal employees

The first day of US government furloughs imposed by a budget crunch saw more than 100,000 federal workers ordered to stay home Friday.

'Furlough Friday' hits US federal employees
Britain's Tories to propose EU referendum law
Britain's Tories to propose EU referendum law

Britain's Conservative Party will on Tuesday propose laws to force an in-out referendum on the country's membership of the European Union to be held by the end of 2017.

Britain's Tories to propose EU referendum law
Deadlock, demos loom after tight Bulgarian election
Deadlock, demos loom after tight Bulgarian election

The European Union's poorest country Bulgaria faced fresh political uncertainty Monday after inconclusive elections held three months after the biggest demonstrations in years forced the government to resign.

Deadlock, demos loom after tight Bulgarian election
Berlusconi affirms loyalty to coalition government
Berlusconi affirms loyalty to coalition government

Silvio Berlusconi affirmed over the weekend his centre-right movement's loyalty to the grand coalition government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta at a rally in a northern city which attracted noisy support and dissent.

Berlusconi affirms loyalty to coalition government
Philippine holds elections vital for Aquino reforms
Philippine holds elections vital for Aquino reforms

The Philippines held elections Monday seen as crucial for President Benigno Aquino's bold reform agenda, as deadly violence and graft-tainted candidates underlined the nation's deep-rooted problems.

Philippine holds elections vital for Aquino reforms
New Pakistan government to hold firm on Taliban
New Pakistan government to hold firm on Taliban

Pakistan's incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif looks set to be a pragmatic ally of Washington, unlikely to end the war against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban as he seeks to focus on fixing the economy.

New Pakistan government to hold firm on Taliban
Immigration tops British government's agenda for the year
Immigration tops British government's agenda for the year

The British government will set out its legislative programme for the coming year on Wednesday, with immigration top of the agenda in a Queen's Speech aimed at people who "work hard and want to get on".

Immigration tops British government's agenda for the year
Dotcom's lawyers say prosecution threatens Internet freedom
Dotcom's lawyers say prosecution threatens Internet freedom

Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom accused the US government Wednesday of launching a flawed prosecution against their client with "frightening" implications for all Internet users.

Dotcom's lawyers say prosecution threatens Internet freedom
South Africa government in crisis over wedding scandal
South Africa government in crisis over wedding scandal

South Africa's government announced the suspension of a slew of officials and military personnel Friday, as it tried to limit the political and diplomatic fallout from a lavish Indian wedding.

South Africa government in crisis over wedding scandal
Newly appointed Prime Minister Enrico Letta. ©REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito
New Italy PM to unveil programme for change

Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta was set to unveil his coalition government's programme on Monday, under the watchful gaze of international markets and European partners.

New Italy PM to unveil programme for change
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Italy cabinet swearing-in marred by shooting

Italy's new coalition government was sworn in on Sunday, but a ceremony symbolising a fresh start for the recession-wracked country was overshadowed by a shooting outside government headquarters.

Italy cabinet swearing-in marred by shooting
Archbishop says OK with irking British PM on economy
Archbishop says OK with irking British PM on economy

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby accepted in an interview aired Saturday that he had probably ruffled the British government's feathers with his comments on the bleak state of the economy.

Archbishop says OK with irking British PM on economy
Spanish government in new bid to revive economy
Spanish government in new bid to revive economy

Spain's government, seeking to cut its deficit amidst a double-dip recession, is to unveil new measures Friday aimed at reviving the economy, a day after registering record unemployment.

Spanish government in new bid to revive economy
Moderate leftist Letta nominated to lead Italy
Moderate leftist Letta nominated to lead Italy

An Italian leftist politician, Enrico Letta, was nominated to be the new prime minister on Wednesday, bringing to an end a bitter two-month deadlock on forming a new government.

Moderate leftist Letta nominated to lead Italy