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Morocco King Makes Unusual Move to Break Impasse

He just ousted the prime minister

(Newser) - In a highly unusual move, Morocco's king has ousted the designated prime minister in an effort to settle a five-month deadlock over forming a new government. A surprise palace statement late Wednesday announced that King Mohammed VI had removed Abdelilah Benkirane, the head of the Islamist party that won... More »

Trump Had Furious Talk With Aussie Leader

He slams 'dumb deal' on refugees

(Newser) - Disputes with Iran and Mexico in the early days of the Trump administration may have been predictable—but not many people predicted a clash with Australia. The disagreement became public Wednesday when the Washington Post reported that President Trump's phone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday... More »

1.3M Argue Trump's Visit to UK Will Embarrass the Queen

President's travel ban has sparked outrage in Britain

(Newser) - A state visit to Britain by President Trump later this year will go ahead, the prime minister's office said Monday, despite increasing calls for it to be canceled over his temporary ban on residents of seven majority-Muslim countries from traveling to the US, the AP reports. Furor over the... More »

France's PM Steps Down to Run for President

Manuel Valls makes presidential run, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve steps in as new PM

(Newser) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stepped down Tuesday to focus on running for president in next year's election and was replaced by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, a man who embodies the fight against Islamic extremism, the AP reports. Valls resigned a day after announcing his candidacy in the wake... More »

New Zealand PM Shocks Nation With Sudden Resignation

John Key says his wife has had too many lonely nights

(Newser) - New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has suddenly called it quits after eight years in the job. He announced the shock decision at a Monday press conference, saying it was for family reasons, the New Zealand Herald reports. "This is the hardest decision I've ever made and... More »

Meet Britain's New Prime Minister

David Cameron is out, Theresa May is in

(Newser) - It's official: Theresa May is Britain's new prime minister, CNN reports. After David Cameron officially tendered his resignation Wednesday, May bowed down before Queen Elizabeth II and accepted the monarch's invite to form a new government, becoming the only woman other than Margaret Thatcher to hold the... More »

Rival's Interview Helps Settle Britain's Election

Theresa May will become prime minister this week

(Newser) - Last week, we learned that Britain's next prime minister would be a woman , and on Monday we learned which woman that will be: Theresa May. The nation's home secretary secured the position when her only opponent, Andrea Leadsom, pulled out of the race to lead the ruling Conservative... More »

The UK Will Have Its First Female PM Since Thatcher

Last male candidate voted out of the running

(Newser) - Margaret Thatcher was the first, but she'll no longer be the only female prime minister the UK has ever had. Michael Gove has been eliminated from the ballot to become the next Conservative Party leader, leaving Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom as the final two candidates. The winner will... More »

After Brexit Vote, UK PM Announces Resignation

Trump says vote to leave EU is 'a great thing'

(Newser) - Britain is leaving the European Union, and David Cameron is leaving 10 Downing Street. The prime minister told reporters Friday morning that after the Leave victory in the Brexit vote, he is not the "captain" to steer the country through exit negotiations with the EU, the AP reports. Cameron—... More »

Snowden to Britain: Make David Cameron Step Down

Snowden, 'House of Cards' Twitter account both on PM's case after Panama Papers

(Newser) - "Now I work for the public" is part of Edward Snowden's Twitter bio , and he's trying to make good on that vow by motivating the good citizens of Britain to get British Prime Minister David Cameron to resign, the Independent reports. The NSA whistleblower's initiative comes... More »

Study Suggests Romney Will Outlive Obama

Researchers studied 279 elected presidents and prime ministers

(Newser) - Leading a country doesn't just bring a few unwanted gray hairs . The stressful gig also takes years off a person's life, according to a new study in the journal BMJ . Research in this area has been conflicting: A previous study found no adverse effects on life expectancy, another... More »

Former Israel PM Olmert Convicted of Corruption

Could face 5 years in prison after court finds he unlawfully accepted cash

(Newser) - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted today of unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians. The... More »

Ukraine Opposition Leader Can Be PM: President

Move puts former foreign minister in tight spot

(Newser) - Ukraine's embattled president today offered to make a top opposition leader the prime minister, but it was unclear if the overture would mollify the radical faction of protesters who have clashed with police for much of the last week. The offer by President Viktor Yanukovych to make Arseniy Yatsenyuk,... More »

As Sharon Lies in State, Israel Bids a Tricky Farewell

Public, political rivals pay respects ahead of funeral tomorrow

(Newser) - Israelis are filing through the Knesset Plaza today to pay their respects to Ariel Sharon, who died yesterday after being in a coma since 2005, as the former prime minister's coffin lies in state today ahead of a military funeral tomorrow. "My heart is broken. Israel lost the... More »

Ariel Sharon Suffers Renal Failure, Is Near Death

Former Israeli PM has been in a coma since 2006

(Newser) - After spending the last eight years in a vegetative state, Ariel Sharon's condition has taken a drastic turn for the worse, says a spokesman for the Tel Aviv hospital caring for him. The former Israeli PM has suffered renal failure, reports the BBC , and sources tell Haaretz that if... More »

Libya PM Kidnapped, Freed Hours Later

Apparently over government's reported approval of US raid

(Newser) - Libyan PM Ali Zeidan was reportedly kidnapped from the five-star hotel where he lives this morning—and released within hours. The militia that abducted Zeidan says it was simply detaining him over alleged corruption; the justice department and Zeidan's spokesman, however, call it a kidnapping, CNN reports. The New ... More »

Opposition Leader ElBaradei Named Prime Minister in Egypt

Former head of UN nuclear watchdog agency will fill interim post

(Newser) - Mohamed ElBaradei —a name familiar to reformers—has been picked to be Egypt's interim prime minister. ElBaradei, a Nobel peace Laureate and a former director of the UN nuclear watchdog agency, will serve under interim President Adli Mansour until new elections take place. He formerly led the... More »

2 Cops Hurt in Shooting as Italy Gets New PM

Enrico Letta heads coalition government

(Newser) - As Italy's new government was taking the reins in Rome, two police officers were wounded in a shooting near the prime minister's office. One of the officers, who was shot in the neck, is in a serious condition, but it's not life-threatening, Reuters reports. A forty-something man... More »

Aussie PM Survives Party Revolt

Plus: She apologizes for decades of forced adoptions

(Newser) - Australian PM Julia Gillard dodged a bullet today, avoiding an ouster when potential challenger and predecessor Kevin Rudd opted not to run against her. A Labor minister called for a leadership ballot for the struggling party ahead of elections in September. Viral rants aside , Gillard has faced popularity issues since... More »

Thatcher Recovering After Bladder Surgery

She is said to be 'absolutely fine' in hospital

(Newser) - Margaret Thatcher is in the hospital after surgery to remove a growth from her bladder, but a spokesperson says the 87-year-old is "absolutely fine," reports the Guardian . Still, the former British prime minister might have to spend Christmas there instead of at home. Thatcher's health has been... More »

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