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Palestinians head to polls in first vote since 2006

Palestinians in the West Bank will head to the polls on Saturday for the first time in nearly seven years, casting their ballots in local elections.

Palestinians head to polls in first vote since 2006
Colombian government and FARC kick off Oslo peace talks
Colombian government and FARC kick off Oslo peace talks

Colombian government representatives and leftist rebels FARC kick off their first peace negotiations in a decade in Norway on Thursday in a bid to end almost 50 years of bloodshed.

Colombian government and FARC kick off Oslo peace talks
Brazil eyeing public service quotas for blacks
Brazil eyeing public service quotas for blacks

President Dilma Rousseff wants to introduce public service quotas for black Brazilians as a way to repay a historic debt for centuries of slavery and discrimination.

Brazil eyeing public service quotas for blacks
Afghan government could collapse, new report says
Afghan government could collapse, new report says

The Afghan government could fall apart after NATO troops pull out in 2014, particularly if presidential elections that year are fraudulent.

Afghan government could collapse, new report says
Audit finds Philippines lost $2.46 bn to anomalies
Audit finds Philippines lost $2.46 bn to anomalies

The Philippines lost $2.46 billion through misuse of state funds and assets during the latter years of graft-tainted ex-president Gloria Arroyo's rule.

Audit finds Philippines lost $2.46 bn to anomalies
World must work out how to grey gracefully: UN
World must work out how to grey gracefully: UN

Governments around the world must work out how to cope with ageing, a UN report said Monday, warning developing economies with lots of young workers may one day find their populations a drag.

World must work out how to grey gracefully: UN
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Krymbek Kusherbayev appointed deputy Prime-Minister of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has appointed Krymbek Kusherbayev deputy Prime-Minister of Kazakhstan: press-service.

Krymbek Kusherbayev appointed deputy Prime-Minister of Kazakhstan
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US scholarships aim to close cybersecurity gap

For students seeking to become cyber warriors, the US government has a sweet deal.

US scholarships aim to close cybersecurity gap
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Popularity of Brazil government on the rise: poll

The popularity of Brazil's government rose in September, apparently unaffected by an ongoing bribery trial, a poll said Wednesday.

Popularity of Brazil government on the rise: poll
Spain tightens austerity screw in 2013 budget
Spain tightens austerity screw in 2013 budget

Spain's government unveiled Thursday a 2013 budget that tightens austerity even in the teeth of growing protests, easing the path to a widely expected sovereign bailout.

Spain tightens austerity screw in 2013 budget
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Czech government to ease ban on liquor sales

The Czech government said Wednesday it would ease a ban on liquor sales in force since September 14 following a wave of methanol poisoning that has claimed at least 25 lives.

Czech government to ease ban on liquor sales
Kazakhstan Prime-Minister Serik Akhmetov. Photo courtesy of pm.kz
Kazakhstan PM Serik Akhmetov called re-appointed ministers to press on

Kazakhstan's new Prime-Minister held the first meeting with the reshuffled Cabinet.

Kazakhstan PM Serik Akhmetov called re-appointed ministers to press on
Government reshuffles do not affect Kazakhstan's ratings
Government reshuffles do not affect Kazakhstan's ratings

Standard & Poor’s have kept Kazakhstan’s ratings and forecasts unchanged (ВВВ+/Stable/А-2) after the resignation of Prime-Minister Karim Massimov.

Government reshuffles do not affect Kazakhstan's ratings
Gulshara Abdykalikova. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Gulshara Abdykalikova appointed President’s Advisor

Former Kazakhstan Minister of Labor and Social Protection Gulshara Abdykalikova has been appointed President’s Advisor.

Gulshara Abdykalikova appointed President’s Advisor
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Serik Abdenov appointed Minister of Labor and Social Protection

Reshuffles in Kazakhstan Government have followed Prime-Minister Karim Massimov's resignation early this week.

Serik Abdenov appointed Minister of Labor and Social Protection
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Nazarbayev declares new government

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed a decree forming the new Government.

Nazarbayev declares new government
Political expert Dossym Satpayev. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Kazakhstan political experts on new Prime-Minister's course

I think that nothing will change from economic development point of view: Dossym Satpayev.

Kazakhstan political experts on new Prime-Minister's course
Karim Massimov. Photo courtesy of pm.kz
Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev relieves PM Massimov

Nursultan Nazarbayev is expected to ask Prime Minister Karim Massimov to head his powerful presidential administration amid ongoing jostling to succeed the veteran strongman.

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev relieves PM Massimov
Beijing seeks to balance anger and control: analysts
Beijing seeks to balance anger and control: analysts

A sudden decline in anti-Japan protests in China reflects the government's need to tread carefully between harnessing nationalist zeal and letting popular fury spiral out of control.

Beijing seeks to balance anger and control: analysts
Romney rocked by secret video
Romney rocked by secret video

Mitt Romney was rocked Monday by a secretly filmed video in which he said nearly half of Americans back President Barack Obama because they are government-dependent "victims" who dodge taxes.

Romney rocked by secret video