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Mohamed Abbadi (L), leader of the advisory council of the radical Moroccan Islamist movement Al-Adl wal-Ihsan, the Secretary-General of the movement Fathallah Arsalane (C). ©REUTERS
Morocco opposition Islamists warn of 'explosion'

Morocco's main Islamist opposition group said the country is run by a shadow government and warned dire social and economic conditions could cause an "explosion" among disaffected youths.

Morocco opposition Islamists warn of 'explosion'
India reaches 'broad consensus' on land acquisition bill
India reaches 'broad consensus' on land acquisition bill

India's main political parties have struck a "broad consensus" on a contentious land acquisition bill to better reward landowners whose property is bought for industrial development.

India reaches 'broad consensus' on land acquisition bill
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Indonesia moves towards approving deforestation plan

The Indonesian government has said it aims to approve within a month a plan that would free up vast swathes of protected virgin rainforest on Sumatra island for commercial exploitation.

Indonesia moves towards approving deforestation plan
Spain vows to tighten abortion law despite criticism
Spain vows to tighten abortion law despite criticism

Spain's centre-right government has vowed to "promptly" tighten the nation's abortion laws, angering the opposition Socialist Party which had eased access to the procedure.

Spain vows to tighten abortion law despite criticism
French ministers face first-ever assets declaration
French ministers face first-ever assets declaration

French ministers will for the first time on Monday disclose their assets, in a move President Francois Hollande's Socialist government hopes will restore public confidence after a tax fraud scandal.

French ministers face first-ever assets declaration
Croatia's flagging support to join EU to be tested by vote
Croatia's flagging support to join EU to be tested by vote

Not so long ago, Croatia was ebullient at the prospect of becoming the EU's newest member in July this year.

Croatia's flagging support to join EU to be tested by vote
French ministers to declare assets publicly after scandal
French ministers to declare assets publicly after scandal

France's Socialist government said Monday it had ordered ministers to declare their assets publicly within days, as it seeks to limit the damage from a tax fraud scandal involving an ex-minister.

French ministers to declare assets publicly after scandal
Spanish youth protest around the world against unemployment
Spanish youth protest around the world against unemployment

Spanish youths demonstrated Sunday in cities across Spain and near the country's embassies abroad against sky-high unemployment and poor working conditions.

Spanish youth protest around the world against unemployment
Lebanese former minister Tammam Salam. ©REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Salam set to be named Lebanon prime minister

Tamam Salam of the Western-backed opposition is to be named Lebanon's prime minister Saturday, two weeks after Najib Mikati resigned and effectively brought down his Hezbollah-dominated government.

Salam set to be named Lebanon prime minister
US has 'real concerns' about Egypt: Kerry
US has 'real concerns' about Egypt: Kerry

The United States has "real concerns" about the direction being taken by the Egyptian government following recent arrests and political violence.

US has 'real concerns' about Egypt: Kerry
C.Africa's new post-coup government to start work
C.Africa's new post-coup government to start work

The Central African Republic's new post-coup government was due to hold its first meeting as soon as Tuesday, its spokesman said, as anger rose in South Africa over its military mission in the restive country.

C.Africa's new post-coup government to start work
Italy government talks end with no solution in sight
Italy government talks end with no solution in sight

Italy remained in political limbo on Friday after talks to break a deadlock created by inconclusive polls ended with no solution in sight.

Italy government talks end with no solution in sight
Italy struggles to break government deadlock
Italy struggles to break government deadlock

Italy was left struggling to form a government after leftist leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Thursday lost his bid to end an impasse created by elections with no clear winner in the eurozone's third-largest economy.

Italy struggles to break government deadlock
Brother of British Labour leader to step down as MP: report
Brother of British Labour leader to step down as MP: report

British lawmaker David Miliband, who lost the 2010 battle for the leadership of the opposition Labour party to his younger brother Ed, is to stand down as an MP.

Brother of British Labour leader to step down as MP: report
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Britain tries to reassure bloggers on new press rules

The British government has insisted that bloggers and posts on social media would not be caught by a new system of press regulation, but campaigners warned the new rules could be open to interpretation.

Britain tries to reassure bloggers on new press rules
Aid flowing to Myanmar may hinder, not help: experts
Aid flowing to Myanmar may hinder, not help: experts

Governments and agencies must be wary of drowning Myanmar with well-intentioned but ill-targeted aid, experts warned Thursday, admonishing the global community to "first do no harm."

Aid flowing to Myanmar may hinder, not help: experts
India to hand plots of land to rural poor: reports
India to hand plots of land to rural poor: reports

India's government is drawing up a major new welfare reform which would hand small plots of land to millions of homeless poor in the countryside.

India to hand plots of land to rural poor: reports
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Australia gets first Aboriginal provincial government leader

The first Aboriginal to head a government in Australia took office on Thursday as chief minister of the Northern Territory, after staging a backroom coup.

Australia gets first Aboriginal provincial government leader
Obama says US won't balance budget in next 10 years
Obama says US won't balance budget in next 10 years

President Barack Obama warned Tuesday America will not balance its budget within a decade because Republican plans to do so would entail slashing social programs many citizens rely on for support.

Obama says US won't balance budget in next 10 years
Kazakhstan Majilis deputy Aigul Solovyova. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Kazakhstan to adopt Polish local government experience

A memorandum of experience exchange in local self-government has been signed between Poland and Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan to adopt Polish local government experience