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German coalition rebels to hold euro fund vote

Rebels from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners, the Free Democrats, have collected enough signatures to force a party vote on the EU’s permanent bailout fund, they announced Tuesday. FDP member Frank Schaeffler, one of the most prominent rebels, said on his website that 3,650 signatures had been gathered, or…

Arizona governor orders recall vote for immigration law author

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday ordered a special election for November 8 to decide the fate of a high-profile state lawmaker behind Arizona’s controversial immigration crackdown. Brewer ordered the vote to recall Republican Russell Pearce, the state senate’s president and chief architect of Senate Bill 1070,…

U.S. lawmakers vote to kill Hubble successor

WASHINGTON — In a fresh blow to NASA’s post-shuttle aspirations, key US lawmakers voted Thursday to kill off funding for the successor to the vastly successful space-gazing Hubble telescope. The US House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science approved by voice vote a yearly spending bill that…

Greece builds on vote victory in race to cut and privatize

ATHENS (AFP) – Greek ministers raced on Wednesday to meet a two-week deadline for budget cuts in return for EU-IMF cash to pay current bills and contain the eurozone crisis, hours after winning a confidence vote. While the government managed to prevent any defections as it won the confidence motion…

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…

Italians vote on plan to restart nuclear power program

ROME — Italians began voting on Sunday in referendums on plans to return to nuclear power and on a law granting Silvio Berlusconi immunity in what is seen as a vital test for the embattled premier. The nuclear vote will be an important marker of popular opinion on atomic energy…

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…

Pelosi to Boehner: Let’s vote on cutting oil subsidies!

WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pressed Speaker John Boehner to call for a vote on stripping tax breaks for oil companies, after the Ohio Republican signaled openness to the idea. “House Democrats have long advocated eliminating outdated and costly taxpayer subsidies that provide billions of dollars to…

Wisconsin incumbent judge Prosser clings to lead in vote

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – A routine election for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat that became a referendum on the state’s new curbs on unionized public employees appeared too close to call early on Wednesday with the incumbent clinging to a narrow lead. With 98 percent of the state’s precincts reporting…

Carnival singer Michel Martelly to become Haiti’s first post-quake president

by Clarens Renois PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Michel Martelly, a carnival singer with a colorful past who seized the mantle of change, is Haiti’s new president after storming to a landslide victory, preliminary results showed. The 50-year-old faces the huge challenge of rebuilding the Caribbean nation, which was the poorest country…

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