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Netanyahu Might Be in Real Trouble

Indictments loom as a former confidant turns against him

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu has been Israel's prime minister since 2009, the longest run since that of Israel's founding father, David Ben-Gurion. That streak, however, might be in jeopardy thanks to a convoluted chain of events that involves two separate corruption investigations, a former confidant who has turned against him,... More »

Rick Perry Fell for Prank Call That Lasted 22 Minutes

Energy secretary discussed cyberattacks and pig manure with Russian pranksters

(Newser) - Bad news for Rick Perry: The promising new biofuel made from pig manure and homebrewed alcohol he wants to learn more about isn't real—and the person who told him about it wasn't Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. The energy secretary's 22-minute phone call July 19 with... More »

A First for Ireland: Gay Prime Minister

At age 38, Leo Varadkar will also be the country's youngest ever prime minister

(Newser) - He's the son of an Indian immigrant, he's gay, and he's about to become Ireland's next prime minister. Per the BBC and the Guardian , Leo Varadkar will become the nation's first gay taoiseach, or head of government, as well as the country's youngest ever... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Berlusconi Threatens to Run Again

Says it depends on opposition party's choice for leader

(Newser) - Italy's center-left Democratic Party is preparing to choose a new candidate for prime minister—and if it picks the wrong guy, Silvio Berlusconi thinks he might just have to step in. "I think that it's right for someone who had the honor of leading the Italian government... More »

Russia's Medvedev: Pussy Riot Should Go Free

Prime minister's stance may mean release is near

(Newser) - The members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who were thrown in prison could be freed soon after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called for their release today, reports AP . The three women were sentenced to two years in prison in August for entering Russia's main cathedral and... More »

Former Israeli PM Shamir Dead at 96

Prime minister expanded Israel with a muscular form of Zionism

(Newser) - Yitzhak Shamir, the former Israeli prime minister who expanded settlements and promoted a forceful brand of Zionism, died today at age 96. He reportedly suffered from Alzheimer's disease. The survivor of a Polish family killed in the Holocaust, Shamir made his mark in Israel's pre-state militia in the... More »

Pakistan Picks Another PM

But Raja Pervez Ashraf already accused of corruption

(Newser) - It's been a wild few days for Pakistan's leadership. First the country's high court gave Yousuf Raza Gilani the boot; then the ruling party's new nominee for prime minister was hit with an arrest warrant over alleged drug trafficking. Now, the party has nominated a new... More »

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