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US leaders urge Congress to ratify IMF reforms
US leaders urge Congress to ratify IMF reforms

Nineteen US leaders, including former Treasury secretaries, urged Congress Tuesday to ratify International Monetary Fund (IMF) reforms and remove the key obstacle to its implementation.

US leaders urge Congress to ratify IMF reforms
Split vote throws Italy into political gridlock
Split vote throws Italy into political gridlock

Italy headed for gridlock and financial markets tumbled with a stalemate in parliament between right and left after critical elections in which the real winner might be a new protest party calling for a referendum on the euro.

Split vote throws Italy into political gridlock
Obama courts key Republicans on immigration reform
Obama courts key Republicans on immigration reform

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called key Senate Republicans, with whom he is at odds on other many top issues, to discuss the prospects for bipartisan immigration reform.

Obama courts key Republicans on immigration reform
Biden's home defense advice: buy a shotgun!
Biden's home defense advice: buy a shotgun!

Vice President Joe Biden told Americans Tuesday that a few blasts of a shotgun should be ample for self defense, as he pushed White House gun reform plans.

Biden's home defense advice: buy a shotgun!
Obama to harness immigration reform momentum
Obama to harness immigration reform momentum

President Barack Obama heads to Las Vegas Tuesday to begin to mobilize the US public behind a comprehensive immigration reform drive that could provide a glittering second-term legacy achievement.

Obama to harness immigration reform momentum
Child soldiers still recruited in Myanmar: group
Child soldiers still recruited in Myanmar: group

Child soldiers are still being recruited in Myanmar despite the nation's recent political reforms, an advocacy group said Wednesday, as it urged better monitoring of the powerful military.

Child soldiers still recruited in Myanmar: group
Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh. ©REUTERS
Gambians stage anti-EU demonstration

Thousands of Gambians Friday marched in the capital, Banjul to show solidarity with President Yahya Jammeh in his row with the European Union.

Gambians stage anti-EU demonstration
Greek parliament approves tax change under rescue terms
Greek parliament approves tax change under rescue terms

Greece's parliament early Saturday approved a new tax bill, part of the latest batch of fiscal reforms tied to the country's next slice of EU loans.

Greek parliament approves tax change under rescue terms
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Kazakhstan will reform its agrarian science

Chairman of KazAgroInnovation Sergey Mogilnyi told about a new program of reforming Kazakhstan agrarian science.

Kazakhstan will reform its agrarian science
Malawi's Banda assures IMF of economic reforms
Malawi's Banda assures IMF of economic reforms

Malawi's President Joyce Banda has assured visiting IMF managing director Christine Lagarde that the impoverished southern African country will not backtrack on reforms to help the economy recover.

Malawi's Banda assures IMF of economic reforms
EU leaders end year on high with Greece, bank deals
EU leaders end year on high with Greece, bank deals

EU leaders put a crisis-hit year behind them at the last summit of 2012 Friday, trumpeting hard-fought deals on Greece and banks but seemed to row back on reforms to fix the euro's shortcomings.

EU leaders end year on high with Greece, bank deals
Xi's Shenzhen visit a sign of reform: Chinese media
Xi's Shenzhen visit a sign of reform: Chinese media

China's new Communist Party chief Xi Jinping has signalled his commitment to push for economic reforms by visiting the city of Shenzhen, the historic hub of modernisation.

Xi's Shenzhen visit a sign of reform: Chinese media
Maria Miller. ©REUTERS
Minister for women says Church of England must reform

Britain's women and equalities minister Maria Miller said the Church of England needs to reform itself and act swiftly to introduce women bishops.

Minister for women says Church of England must reform
Indian govt and opposition face off as parliament opens
Indian govt and opposition face off as parliament opens

India's shaky government and the opposition locked horns on Thursday as parliament re-opened for a crucial session that will see a recent string of pro-market reforms being hotly contested.

Indian govt and opposition face off as parliament opens
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Australia approves plan to save vital river system

Australia approved an "historic" plan Thursday to save an ailing river system vital to the nation's food bowl by returning the equivalent of five Sydney Harbour's worth of water to the network each year.

Australia approves plan to save vital river system
Obama eyes deeper reform on historic Myanmar visit
Obama eyes deeper reform on historic Myanmar visit

US President Barack Obama will endow Myanmar's startling reform drive with his newly replenished political prestige Monday, as he makes history in a short, but hugely symbolic, visit to the country.

Obama eyes deeper reform on historic Myanmar visit
Reform hopes seen dashed at Sudan Islamist meet
Reform hopes seen dashed at Sudan Islamist meet

Calls for change by Arab Spring-inspired reformers in Sudan will likely be ignored when thousands of government-linked Islamists begin meeting on Thursday.

Reform hopes seen dashed at Sudan Islamist meet
Tens of thousands protest Argentine reforms
Tens of thousands protest Argentine reforms

Banging on pots, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Argentina late Thursday to protest a possible third term for President Cristina Kirchner.

Tens of thousands protest Argentine reforms
China leader warns of 'collapse' at start of congress
China leader warns of 'collapse' at start of congress

China's president Thursday warned the Communist Party faces "collapse" if it fails to clean up corruption and called for an economic revamp as he opened a congress to inaugurate a new slate of leaders.

China leader warns of 'collapse' at start of congress
Eight in 10 Chinese want political reform: survey
Eight in 10 Chinese want political reform: survey

Eight out of 10 people in China's major cities support political reform, according to a survey reported Wednesday, on the eve of a once-in-a-decade leadership transition.

Eight in 10 Chinese want political reform: survey