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Kazakhstan Senate gets new Chief of Staff

A new Chief of Staff of the Kazakhstan Senate has been appointed.

Kazakhstan Senate gets new Chief of Staff
Bo claims to wear 50-year-old underwear at trial
Bo claims to wear 50-year-old underwear at trial

Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai attempted to counter accounts of his family's luxury lifestyle Monday by telling his corruption trial his underwear was five decades old.

Bo claims to wear 50-year-old underwear at trial
Bo's crimes 'extremely serious': China prosecutors
Bo's crimes 'extremely serious': China prosecutors

The crimes of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai were "extremely serious", prosecutors said Monday as his bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power trial began moving into its final stages.

Bo's crimes 'extremely serious': China prosecutors
Even stupid Chinese officials don't discuss graft by phone: Bo
Even stupid Chinese officials don't discuss graft by phone: Bo

Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai Saturday launched a scathing attack on a key witness in his corruption trial, saying even the most stupid official knows not to discuss bribery where they can be overheard.

Even stupid Chinese officials don't discuss graft by phone: Bo
China high-flyer Bo brought low as trial finally nears
China high-flyer Bo brought low as trial finally nears

Once one of China's highest-flying politicians, Bo Xilai will find himself in a criminal dock Thursday on trial for bribery and abuse of power in the country's highest-profile prosecution in decades.

China high-flyer Bo brought low as trial finally nears
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Australian politician quits over lewd texts

An Australian politician was forced to quit a parliamentary ethics committee after his ex-mistress revealed lewd texts he sent her, including one reportedly of his penis in a glass of red wine.

Australian politician quits over lewd texts
Italy government 'must forge ahead': Berlusconi
Italy government 'must forge ahead': Berlusconi

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi said Sunday the government "must forge ahead" amid high tension on the political scene after he was handed his first definitive conviction by the country's highest court.

Italy government 'must forge ahead': Berlusconi
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Scepticism over corrupt China minister's punishment

China's Communist authorities are touting a suspended death sentence for an ex-minister as proof new leaders are serious about their avowed corruption crackdown.

Scepticism over corrupt China minister's punishment
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Blair calls Kazakhstan officials to set proper priorities

Former Prime-Minister of Great Britain Tony Blair advised Kazakhstan officials to set proper priorities in their jobs.

Blair calls Kazakhstan officials to set proper priorities
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. ©REUTERS/Andrew Taylor
Australian PM brought to tears in parliament

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's tough exterior cracked Wednesday as she choked back tears while introducing a bill into parliament on disability reforms.

Australian PM brought to tears in parliament
Russia hits 18 US officials with tit-for-tat entry ban
Russia hits 18 US officials with tit-for-tat entry ban

Russia on Saturday published its own blacklist of US officials banned from entering the country in retaliation for Washington's move Friday to name 18 Russians who allegedly committed human rights abuses.

Russia hits 18 US officials with tit-for-tat entry ban
London braces for mass 'party' for Thatcher's death
London braces for mass 'party' for Thatcher's death

Police were braced on Saturday for a mass 'party' staged by opponents of Margaret Thatcher in London's Trafalgar Square to celebrate the former British prime minister's death.

London braces for mass 'party' for Thatcher's death
World leaders pay tribute to 'iconic' Thatcher
World leaders pay tribute to 'iconic' Thatcher

Mikhail Gorbachev, Helmut Kohl and Bill Clinton were among the former friends and foes who joined in tributes to Margaret Thatcher, praising the fearlessness and fierce determination of an "iconic" leader.

World leaders pay tribute to 'iconic' Thatcher
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Mass leaks 'reveal secret world of tax havens'

Millions of emails and leaked records from offshore tax havens have exposed the identities of thousands of holders of offshore accounts.

Mass leaks 'reveal secret world of tax havens'
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
Japan court rules some election results 'invalid'
Japan court rules some election results 'invalid'

Japan's politicians were grappling with possible implications Tuesday after a high court said some general election results were invalid, with other rulings expected later in the day.

Japan court rules some election results 'invalid'
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Kazakhstan state workers of A block to have high salaries

Normally these people get very high salaries, that’s why we will also choose this path to make sure they stay at the state service: expert.

Kazakhstan state workers of A block to have high salaries
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Bloggers expose lavish lifestyles of Putin loyalists

Bloggers who oppose Russian President Vladimir Putin are targeting top lawmakers loyal to the Kremlin with scandalous revelations about their luxury lifestyles.

Bloggers expose lavish lifestyles of Putin loyalists
Black lawmakers urge diversity in Obama cabinet
Black lawmakers urge diversity in Obama cabinet

The Congressional Black Caucus complained to President Barack Obama on Monday about his lack of diversity, highlighting his failure to nominate any African-Americans to his second-term cabinet.

Black lawmakers urge diversity in Obama cabinet
Fallen UK minister, ex-wife jailed in revenge 'tragedy'
Fallen UK minister, ex-wife jailed in revenge 'tragedy'

Disgraced former British energy minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife were jailed on Monday after a bitter saga of revenge that began with a driving offence and ended in adultery and the destruction of his political career.

Fallen UK minister, ex-wife jailed in revenge 'tragedy'