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Belarus leader fires foreign minister after Sweden row
Belarus leader fires foreign minister after Sweden row

Belarus strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko on Monday fired his foreign minister as part of a sweeping reshuffle that follows a diplomatic crisis in ties with Sweden after a pro-democracy stunt.

Belarus leader fires foreign minister after Sweden row
Todd Akin. Photo courtesy of rawstory.com
Furor over Republican's 'legitimate rape' comment

A Republican senatorial candidate triggered a firestorm of criticism Sunday, including a rebuff from Mitt Romney's campaign, after he suggested that "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy.

Furor over Republican's 'legitimate rape' comment
Dictator's daughter to run for S. Korea presidency
Dictator's daughter to run for S. Korea presidency

South Korea's ruling party overwhelmingly voted for the daughter of an assassinated dictator to be its presidential candidate Monday, the first time a major party has chosen a woman to run for the post.

Dictator's daughter to run for S. Korea presidency
Romney to Obama: take your 'hate' back home
Romney to Obama: take your 'hate' back home

Mitt Romney lashed Barack Obama as "angry and desperate" Tuesday and told him to take his "hate" home to Chicago in an outburst which prompted the president's camp to brand him "unhinged."

Romney to Obama: take your 'hate' back home
Romney vows to restore US strength
Romney vows to restore US strength

Republican candidate Mitt Romney vowed to restore American strength and avert "fiscal calamity" Sunday, as his re-energized presidential campaign drew a furious Democratic response.

Romney vows to restore US strength
Olympics: London mayor turns Games into political gold
Olympics: London mayor turns Games into political gold

London mayor Boris Johnson has had a golden political Olympics, emerging for the first time as a serious contender for prime minister despite -- or perhaps because of -- his clownish antics.

Olympics: London mayor turns Games into political gold
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Libya council hands power to new assembly

Libya's National Transitional Council on Wednesday handed power to a new assembly, in a symbolic move marking a peaceful transition following the overthrow of Moamer Kadhafi's 40-year dictatorship.

Libya council hands power to new assembly
Photo courtesy of theastralian.com.au
S&P cuts Greek outlook to 'negative'

Standard & Poor's cut Greece's debt rating outlook to negative Tuesday, saying the worsening economy and political challenges could soon force another downgrade.

S&P cuts Greek outlook to 'negative'
Obama slams Romney as 'Robin Hood in reverse'
Obama slams Romney as 'Robin Hood in reverse'

US President Barack Obama joked Monday that his election foe Mitt Romney's tax plans would rob from the middle class to help the rich -- "like Robin Hood in reverse."

Obama slams Romney as 'Robin Hood in reverse'
White House senior adviser David Plouffe. ©REUTERS
Obama aide accepted fee from company with Iran links: report

Senior White House adviser David Plouffe, who managed President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran.

Obama aide accepted fee from company with Iran links: report
US Senate confirms Obama's new envoy to Kabul
US Senate confirms Obama's new envoy to Kabul

The US Senate late Thursday confirmed career diplomat James Cunningham as President Barack Obama's new ambassador to Afghanistan.

US Senate confirms Obama's new envoy to Kabul
Blame game after Annan quits as Syria envoy
Blame game after Annan quits as Syria envoy

World powers traded blame on Friday after Kofi Annan quit as international peace envoy to Syria, complaining that his initiative to end the bloodshed there never received the support it deserved.

Blame game after Annan quits as Syria envoy
Romania's Basescu survives impeachment vote
Romania's Basescu survives impeachment vote

Romania's suspended president Traian Basescu survived an impeachment vote due to low turnout, according to provisional figures released by the polling panel.

Romania's Basescu survives impeachment vote
Ghana president dies after illness, successor sworn in
Ghana president dies after illness, successor sworn in

Ghana President John Atta Mills died suddenly Tuesday, hours after being taken ill and months before he was to seek re-election in a country seen as a bastion of democracy in west Africa.

Ghana president dies after illness, successor sworn in
Liberals have the edge in Libya vote but no clear majority
Liberals have the edge in Libya vote but no clear majority

Libya's liberal coalition outscored Islamist parties in preliminary results unveiled by the electoral commission Tuesday -- but it remained unclear who will dominate the next congress.

Liberals have the edge in Libya vote but no clear majority
Romney fights back on Bain, slams 'false' attacks
Romney fights back on Bain, slams 'false' attacks

Republican Mitt Romney on Friday angrily blunted "false" attacks about his time at Bain Capital but did not cede to demands to release more tax returns that have dogged his White House bid.

Romney fights back on Bain, slams 'false' attacks
Romney, Obama clash over Chavez threat
Romney, Obama clash over Chavez threat

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday clashed with President Barack Obama over how serious a security threat Iranian ally Venezuela poses to the US.

Romney, Obama clash over Chavez threat
Tunisia's ruling Islamist party in historic meeting
Tunisia's ruling Islamist party in historic meeting

Tunisia's ruling Islamist party Ennahda holds its first congress at home in 24 years on Thursday, seeking to clarify its strategy against a backdrop of political and religious tensions in the country.

Tunisia's ruling Islamist party in historic meeting
Egypt parliament set to convene, defying military
Egypt parliament set to convene, defying military

Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament was set to convene on Tuesday in defiance of the powerful military following a decree by newly elected President Mohamed Morsi to reinstate the assembly.

Egypt parliament set to convene, defying military
Suu Kyi makes Myanmar parliamentary debut
Suu Kyi makes Myanmar parliamentary debut

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi made her historic parliamentary debut Monday, marking a new phase in her near quarter century struggle to bring democracy to her army-dominated homeland.

Suu Kyi makes Myanmar parliamentary debut

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