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Japan PM purges Cabinet after support falls over church ties

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday in an apparent bid to distance his administration from the conservative Unification Church over its ties to...

Japan PM names new Cabinet, shifting some over church ties

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday in an apparent bid to distance his administration from the conservative Unification Church, whose ties to the ass...

Iraqi cleric calls for dissolution of parliament, early vote

BAGHDAD (AP) — Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told followers Wednesday to continue their sit-in inside Iraq’s government zone, and called for the dissolution of parliament and early electio...

'Teflon' Mark Rutte is longest-serving Dutch prime minister

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Mark Rutte became the longest-serving Dutch prime minister Tuesday, and the leader known by some as “Teflon Mark” because scandals don't stick to him is showing no sign o...

Threat of protests, violent escalation stirs fears in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands gathered in Baghdad on Monday for a counter-rally called by Iran-backed groups against their rival, an influential cleric whose followers are staging a sit-in inside the Iraqi...

Iraq cleric's followers camped out in parliament for 2nd day

BAGHDAD (AP) — With mattresses strewn about, food trucked in and protesters playacting as lawmakers, hundreds of followers of an influential Shiite cleric were camped out Sunday inside the Iraqi parli...

Libya official: Renewed militia clashes in Tripoli kill 13

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Clashes between competing militias in Libya's capital on Friday killed at least 13 people, despite calls for calm after violence first broke out the previous night, a spokesman ...

Where is Italy's populist Five Star Movement headed?

The background to the latest government crisis in Italy is a power struggle within the Five Star Movement (M5S), led by former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. The movement boycotted a parliamentary vot...

Shinzo Abe: The legacy of Japan's former prime minister

Former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe, who was the longest-serving prime minister in Japan's history, died on Friday after being shot while delivering a speech at a campaign event in western Japan. He...

Iraq parliament swears in new members after walkout of 73

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Parliament swore in new lawmakers on Thursday, replacing 73 legislators who resigned collectively earlier this month amid a prolonged political impasse over the formation of the ...

Festival founded by Dua Lipa's father decamps from Kosovo

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An international music festival founded by the father of singer-songwriter Dua Lipa to promote his native Kosovo has led to recriminations for the small European country after i...

Today in History: June 8, Lincoln is renominated

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 8, the 159th day of 2022. There are 206 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June ...

Divided again, Libya slides back toward violence, chaos

CAIRO (AP) — For many Libyans, clashes that erupted in the capital of Tripoli last month were all too familiar — a deja vu of street fighting, reverberating gunfire and people cowering inside their ho...

Somalia set to elect new president amid growing insecurity

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia is set to hold its long-delayed presidential vote on Sunday, ending the convoluted electoral process that raised tensions in the country when the president's term exp...

How the Taliban are 'eliminating women' in Afghanistan

If there was any hope that the Taliban would pay heed to repeated calls from Afghanistan's civil society and the international community to uphold women's rights, the Islamic fundamentalist gr...