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Norway: Sorry How We Treated WWII's 'German Girls'

Women who had children with German soldiers faced severe consequences

(Newser) - When Germany invaded Norway in 1940, Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler endorsed the concept of German soldiers hooking up with Norwegian women, as that would help bring the Nazis closer to the Aryan master race they wished for. Per the BBC , about 50,000 Norwegian women ended up in relationships with... More »

Australia Gets Its 5th Prime Minister in 5 Years

Scott Morrison wins after Liberal party rebellion

(Newser) - In the 35 years between 1975 and 2010, Australia had five prime ministers—the same number it has now had in the last 5 years. The latest to enter the revolving door is Scott Morrison, who emerged triumphant Friday after Malcolm Turnbull was forced out by his own party, the... More »

Aussie Leader to Rivals: Show Me 43 Names, and I'll Go

Malcolm Turnbull issues defiant challenge as he fights to keep his job during party revolt

(Newser) - Australia's government is in turmoil as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull fights for his political life because of a challenge from within his own ruling party. The battle has resulted in a tense showdown: Turnbull says he's willing to step down if the majority of Liberal Party lawmakers—the... More »

Ex-'Playboy' Just Elected Pakistan's New PM

Former cricket star Imran Khan, voted in Friday, has promised to stop corruption

(Newser) - Pakistani lawmakers on Friday elected former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan as the country's next prime minister, in a step toward the country's third civilian transfer of power. In the vote at the National Assembly, Khan secured 176 votes, defeating the opposition's candidate, Shahbaz Sharif... More »

New Mom Goes Back to Work ... Running the Country

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern heads back to the office after 6-week maternity leave

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern underwent a very public pregnancy and endured some cringeworthy questions before giving birth to daughter Neve in June and beginning a much-discussed maternity leave . Now, six weeks later, Ardern is heading back to work, reports the Guardian , which she says she's "ready... More »

Trudeau Forced to Address His Own Possible #MeToo Moment

Canadian prime minister says he doesn't remember 'groping' a female reporter 18 years ago

(Newser) - Early last month, a Canadian blogger posted an 18-year-old newspaper editorial on Twitter that made an eyebrow-raising accusation. That story is now getting pickup, and it involves Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and an incident that allegedly happened at a British Columbia music festival. The Guardian and CBC report that in... More »

New Zealand Welcomes High-Profile Citizen

PM Jacinda Ardern gives birth to baby girl in Auckland

(Newser) - It's a healthy baby girl for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, now only the second elected leader in history to give birth while in office . Admitted to an Auckland hospital early Thursday, four days after her due date, the 37-year-old gave birth to the child weighing 7 pounds,... More »

Was Notorious Assassin Hiding in Plain Sight?

Three decades after Sweden's PM was murdered, a new theory emerges

(Newser) - Has a notorious international murder mystery been solved? Maybe not, but there is a compelling new theory in the case of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, reports the New York Times . On Feb. 28, 1986, Palme went to a movie in Stockholm with his wife and was shot point-blank from... More »

Aussie First Lady Responds to Macron's 'Delicious' Remark

Lucy Turnbull, wife of PM Malcolm Turnbull, was 'flattered' by French leader's descriptor of her

(Newser) - Australia's prime minister said on Thursday his wife was "flattered and charmed" to be described by President Emmanuel Macron as "delicious," a compliment that has sparked lighthearted conjecture during the French leader's first official visit Down Under. Macron raised eyebrows Wednesday with his description of... More »

After His Power Grab Comes a Surprise Turn: 'I Was Wrong'

Armenia's leader, a Putin ally, abruptly resigns amid protests

(Newser) - A surprising turn of events this week has focused attention on the former Soviet state of Armenia: There, longtime leader Serzh Sargsyan abruptly resigned on Monday amid protests accusing him of a blatant power grab. "I was wrong," Sargsyan, an ally of Vladimir Putin, told the nation. As... More »

May Summons Cabinet to Debate Syria Strike

She says use of chemical weapons 'cannot go unchallenged'

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her Cabinet back from vacation Thursday to discuss military action against Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack. May has indicated she wants Britain to join in any US-led strikes in response to the attack in Douma. She has said "all the indications"... More »

Canada Tricked 6 Chiefs, Then Hanged Them. Now, an Apology

Justin Trudeau apologizes for Tsilhqot'in Nation deaths 150 years ago

(Newser) - More than 150 years ago, Canada invited chiefs from the indigenous Tsilhqot'in Nation to take part in peace talks. Instead, the five men were arrested upon arrival, tried hastily, and hanged. A sixth chief met the same fate the following year. On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally... More »

Trudeau: 'We Like to Say Peoplekind, Not Mankind'

PM mocked for remark at town hall event

(Newser) - Is Justin Trudeau trying to kill off "mankind"? The Canadian prime minister was mocked for being a politically correct "snowflake" after video emerged of him correcting a woman at a town hall event who said maternal love will "change the future of mankind," the BBC... More »

PM Has Fondled Ears, Flung Fruit. Now, His Latest Stunt

Prayuth Chan-ocha said, 'Ask this guy,' then left cardboard cutout of himself to face reporters

(Newser) - Thailand's prime minister evaded journalists' questions on Monday by bringing out a life-size cardboard cutout of himself and telling the reporters to quiz it instead of him. Prayuth Chan-ocha then turned on his heel and walked off, reports the AP , leaving the mock-up behind to bemused looks and awkward... More »

First There'd Be a Bomb. Next They'd Go After the PM

Theresa May assassination plot foiled in the UK

(Newser) - British authorities say they've foiled a plot to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May that would have started with a bomb at the gates to Downing Street, the New York Daily News reports. The two suspects would have attempted to kill May in the chaos surrounding the explosion at... More »

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 »

Australian PM Brushes Off Hubbub on Leaked Transcripts

Malcolm Turnbull says he and President Trump have 'warm' relationship

(Newser) - Australia's prime minister insisted on Friday that his relationship with President Trump is "warm," despite transcripts of a heated conversation in which the leaders sparred over a refugee deal, per the AP . The January phone call between Trump and Malcolm Turnbull was widely reported at the time,... 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 »

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 »

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