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Tunisian PM urges return of parties who quit reform panel

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi on Wednesday urged parties which pulled out of a reform panel to return and work together in the national interest. “The national interest requires that all parties work together. One should not quit politics even if there is disagreement,” he said at the headquarters…

UK Prime Minister’s former aide arrested over phone hacking

British police on Friday arrested Andy Coulson, the prime minister’s former communications chief and ex-editor of the News of the World tabloid, over the phone hacking scandal, Scotland Yard said. London’s Metropolitan Police said a 43-year-old man was in custody at a South London police station “in connection with allegations…

Pakistan on bin Laden: ‘Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd’

(Reuters) – Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday rejected allegations that the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. troops in the country showed Pakistani incompetence or complicity in hiding the al Qaeda leader. “Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd,” Gilani told parliament, adding that it was disingenuous…

‘Yes we Kan’ T-shirts a boost for Japan’s new PM

TOKYO — As Japan’s new Prime Minister Naoto Kan took power Tuesday, he received an unexpected boost from online sales of T-shirts bearing his picture and the message “Yes we Kan”. While Kan was being sworn in by Japan’s Emperor Akihito, Japanese retailer ClubT said it had sold more than…

Dutch PM slams ‘disgraceful’ Srebrenica gay comments

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende on Friday dismissed an ex-US general’s “disgraceful” claim that Dutch soldiers failed to prevent the 1995 Srebrenica massacre as their ranks included openly gay troops. “A disgraceful statement,” Balkenende told a weekly press conference in The Hague of the comments by John Sheehan, a retired…

Haiti PM says more than 200,000 dead

HAITIAN Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive says “more than 200,000″ people died in the catastrophic January 12 earthquake that devastated his nation. “There are more than 200,000 people who have been clearly identified as people who are dead,” the prime minister said today. He said another 300,000 injured were being seen…

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