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South Sudan proclaims independence to tears of joy

South Sudan’s parliament speaker proclaimed the fledgling state’s independence on Saturday, marking its birth as the world’s newest nation and splitting Africa’s largest country in two. “We, the democratically elected representatives of the people, based on the will of the people of South Sudan, and as confirmed by the outcome…

D-Day for Greece as lawmakers vote on austerity

Greece faces a financial D-Day Wednesday as lawmakers vote on a tough austerity plan to secure new money from creditors to avoid sovereign default despite a last-ditch general strike by protestors. The parliament, where Prime Minister George Papandreou’s Socialists have a five-seat majority, will stage the first of two votes on a 28.4-billion-euro…

ECB’s Mersch says Greek default would bring “chaos”

BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) – European Central Bank Governing Council member Yves Mersch said on Saturday a Greek sovereign debt default would lead to chaos, adding it was up to the parliament to deliver on its austerity promises. Banks and policymakers moved closer to a deal on Friday to help Athens…

Greece ‘confident’ over austerity vote: spokesman

ATHENS (AFP) – The Greek government is confident parliament will pass an austerity plan next week needed to unlock crucial EU-IMF aid in order to avoid default, a government spokesman said on Saturday. “We are totally confident,” government spokesman Ilias Mosialos told AFP. Parliament is scheduled to vote on the…

Greek PM faces critical confidence vote

ATHENS (AFP) – Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou vowed there would be no backsliding on a 28 billion euro programme of cuts ahead of a confidence vote Tuesday seen as key to calming fears for the euro’s future. Lawmakers are expected to give their verdict on Papandreou’s new-look government at…

Greek lawmakers quit over austerity cuts

ATHENS (AFP) – Two Greek government lawmakers quit Thursday over their party’s unpopular austerity policies as Prime Minister George Papandreou was to name a new government to deal with the country’s debt crisis. George Floridis, a 55-year-old former deputy finance minister, announced his departure from the ruling party’s parliamentary group…

Greek anti-austerity protesters surround parliament

ATHENS (AFP) – Thousands of Greek protesters surrounded the parliament building in Athens on Wednesday as a general strike paralysed the country and the prime minister held emergency talks on a controversial reform package. Riot police and barricades blocked approaches to parliament as 20,000 people gathered in the capital, summoned…

Japan PM, facing no-confidence vote, says won’t quit

TOKYO (Reuters) – Unpopular Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Tuesday refused to step down in the face of a no-confidence motion in parliament this week, saying he wanted first to resolve the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years. Analysts say Kan would probably survive the vote, which could…

Switzerland: No more nuclear power plants

BERN (AFP) – The Swiss government on Wednesday recommended to parliament that the country’s five nuclear power plants should not be replaced as they age, leaving them to be phased out by 2034. The move, to be accompanied by a switch to more renewable energy, follows Switzerland’s decision to suspend…

Pakistan demands no repeat of bin Laden raid

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan’s parliament Saturday demanded an end to US drone strikes on its territory and called for an independent probe into the raid by US troops that killed Osama bin Laden to ensure there is no repeat. The strongly worded message came after a joint sitting of parliament…

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