site.news_by_theme leaders

Strongman's death stirs uncertainty in Uzbekistan and region
Strongman's death stirs uncertainty in Uzbekistan and region

The death of Uzbek leader Islam Karimov after 27 years in charge with no clear successor lined up plunges his homeland into uncertainty.

Strongman's death stirs uncertainty in Uzbekistan and region
Emotional scenes as Singapore pays tribute to Lee Kuan Yew
Emotional scenes as Singapore pays tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

Singaporeans wept on the streets and queued in their thousands to pay tribute to founding leader Lee Kuan Yew.

Emotional scenes as Singapore pays tribute to Lee Kuan Yew
Dalai Lama. ©REUTERS/Stringer India
China opposes Dalai Lama meeting foreign leaders 'in any form'

China said it opposed foreign leaders meeting the Dalai Lama "in any form".

China opposes Dalai Lama meeting foreign leaders 'in any form'
Mexico leader travels amid unrest over massacre

Mexico's president left on a six-day trip to China and Australia amid angry protests over the suspected massacre of 43 college students by a gang allied with corrupt police.

Mexico leader travels amid unrest over massacre
Ebola 'most serious' health emergency in years: leaders
Ebola 'most serious' health emergency in years: leaders

The Ebola epidemic is "the most serious international public health emergency in recent years," British, US, French, German and Italian leaders agreed.

Ebola 'most serious' health emergency in years: leaders
Iran issues 'red lines' ahead of key nuclear talks
Iran issues 'red lines' ahead of key nuclear talks

Iran's supreme leader reiteratedhis country's "red lines" in negotiations with world powers over its controversial nuclear programme.

Iran issues 'red lines' ahead of key nuclear talks
A G7 leaders meeting at European Council. ©Reuters
G7 leaders warn Russia of more sanctions

Leaders of the world's most developed economies warned Russia of more sanctions unless all fighting stops in Ukraine.

G7 leaders warn Russia of more sanctions
Turkey ruling party set to name Davutoglu as PM
Turkey ruling party set to name Davutoglu as PM

Turkey's ruling party meets to choose a new leader and premier to succeed incoming president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey ruling party set to name Davutoglu as PM
Tributes to former South African President Nelson Mandela. ©Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye
World to celebrate 1st Mandela Day since icon's death

People around the world will celebrate "Mandela Day" Friday for the first time since the iconic South African leader's death by doing good deeds on what would have been his 96th birthday.

World to celebrate 1st Mandela Day since icon's death
EU summit fails to reach deal on top jobs
EU summit fails to reach deal on top jobs

EU leaders failed to reach agreement as their summit ended early Thursday over who should get the top jobs to steer the 28-nation bloc over the next five years.

EU summit fails to reach deal on top jobs
BRICS create development bank, 'mini-IMF'
BRICS create development bank, 'mini-IMF'

The BRICS group of emerging powers created a Shanghai-based development bank and a reserve fund seen as alternatives to Western-led institutions.

BRICS create development bank, 'mini-IMF'
Syrian opposition elects Hadi el-Bahra as new leader
Syrian opposition elects Hadi el-Bahra as new leader

The Syrian National Coalition, the main exiled opposition group seeking the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad, elected Saudi-based Syrian opposition figure Hadi el-Bahra as its new president.

Syrian opposition elects Hadi el-Bahra as new leader
Limping N. Korea leader leads memorial for Kim Il-Sung
Limping N. Korea leader leads memorial for Kim Il-Sung

A visibly limping Kim Jong-Un presided over an official memorial in Pyongyang on Tuesday for the 20th anniversary of the death of his grandfather and North Korea's founder, Kim Il-Sung.

Limping N. Korea leader leads memorial for Kim Il-Sung
Jean-Claude Juncker. ©Reuters/Francois Lenoir
Juncker named to top EU job in bitter blow for Britain

Jean-Claude Juncker has been named as the next president of the European Commission with backing from most EU leaders, dealing a bitter blow to opponent David Cameron and threatening to increase the chances of Britain leaving the bloc.

Juncker named to top EU job in bitter blow for Britain
A floral basket from Kim Jong Un in front of statues of his grandfather Kim Il Sung and father Kim Jong Il at Ku’msusan. Photo courtesy of nkleadershipwatch.wordpress.com
N. Korea marks Kim Il-Sung birthday with loyalty pledge

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un paid respects to his grandfather Kim Il-Sung as the country marked the birthday Tuesday of its late founder with renewed calls for loyalty to the ruling Kim dynasty.

N. Korea marks Kim Il-Sung birthday with loyalty pledge
N. Korean leader enjoys 100% 'poll' win
N. Korean leader enjoys 100% 'poll' win

North Korea's state media confirmed Monday what was never in doubt -- a 100 percent, no-abstention poll victory for leader Kim Jong-Un in the country's stage-managed parliamentary election.

N. Korean leader enjoys 100% 'poll' win
Energy is 'game changer' in new Cyprus peace drive
Energy is 'game changer' in new Cyprus peace drive

Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders meet Tuesday to relaunch talks on ending the island's division after a nearly two-year break, with optimism that the energy card could provide a breakthrough.

Energy is 'game changer' in new Cyprus peace drive
70,000 rally in Kiev in fresh show of force
70,000 rally in Kiev in fresh show of force

An estimated 70,000 pro-Western Ukrainians thronged the heart of Kiev on Sunday vowing never to give up their drive to oust President Viktor Yanukovych over his alliance with old master Russia.

70,000 rally in Kiev in fresh show of force
Olympics: Russia plans glitzy ceremony to sway sceptical world
Olympics: Russia plans glitzy ceremony to sway sceptical world

Russia on Friday officially opens in Sochi its first ever Winter Olympics with a lavish ceremony attended by dozens of heads of state and aimed at impressing a sceptical world with an unforgettable spectacle.

Olympics: Russia plans glitzy ceremony to sway sceptical world
Ukraine president returns to work as protests persist
Ukraine president returns to work as protests persist

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych returns to work from four days of sick leave after opposition leaders appealed for Western assistance and an injured militant accused of rioting left the country for medical treatment.

Ukraine president returns to work as protests persist