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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 »

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 »

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