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July 11, 2016 6:58 AM Japan's Pacifist Constitution Up for Debate After Abe Coalition's Landslide Win

Some fear talk of revising the post-war constitution will divert attention from economic woes. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition won a landslide victory on Sunday in an election for parliament's upper house, despite concerns about his economic policies and plans to revise the nation’s post-war pacifist constitution for the first time. Media 23

July 10, 2016 7:00 PM ‘Just lay off the mud-slinging’ Iain Duncan Smith blasts smears on PM hopeful Leadsom

TOP Tory Iain Duncan Smith has blasted the “black-ops” style smear campaign against leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom. Supporters of rival Theresa May have rounded on Ms Leadsom in a string of attacks over her “inexperience” for the top job. Employment Minister Priti Patel said the Energy Minister had “narrow” public appeal. The Conservatives would bomb in the next General 15

July 10, 2016 11:10 AM Leader of UK opposition party urges challenger to 'think'

LONDON (AP) — The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party leader has urged a lawmaker challenging him for the job to "think for a moment" about her decision. Angela Eagle, the party's spokeswoman on business issues, will launch her challenge to Jeremy Corbyn on Monday amid party turmoil following voters' decision to leave the European Union 18

July 10, 2016 4:14 AM Australia ruling conservatives win tight election

Australia's ruling conservatives have been confirmed winners in last week's general election, after opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten conceded. Mr Shorten said it was clear PM Malcolm Turnbull's coalition had won, adding that he had already congratulated him. Votes are still being counted, but the government is expected to win just enough seats for a majority 21

July 9, 2016 7:38 AM Leadsom underfire over Theresa May children comments

A major row erupted over a report that suggested Tory leadership contender Andrea Leadsom was using her status as a mother to give her an advantage over Theresa May. The Times has published an extract from its interview with Andrea Leadsom that sparked a major row over how her comments on motherhood and her rival Theresa May were reported 24 2

July 9, 2016 1:19 AM Andrea Leadsom denies using status as a mother in race to be PM

A major row erupted over a report that suggested Tory leadership contender Andrea Leadsom was using her status as a mother to give her an advantage over Theresa May. The energy minister said she wanted a retraction from The Times, while the newspaper published a transcript of parts of its interview with her. Mrs May does not have children, and Mrs Leadsom's 18

July 8, 2016 1:44 PM Are women taking over British politics?

With Britain set to get its second woman prime minister, has the boys' club that has dominated British politics for centuries finally had its day? Remember that group hug? When SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett got together at the end of one of the general election 22

July 8, 2016 5:59 AM Tory leadership: Ruth Davidson backs Theresa May

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives has said she will be backing Theresa May as the next Tory leader and UK prime minister. Ruth Davidson said Mrs May had the skills required to "unite both the country and the party". Mrs May will face Andrea Leadsom in a head-to-head ballot of about 150,000 Conservative members, with the result due on 9 September 17

July 8, 2016 12:57 AM Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom begin to woo Tory members in race to be PM

Around 150,000 Conservative members will decide the identity of the party's new leader - who will also take the keys to Number 10 - with the result to be announced on September 9. Mrs May claimed a decisive win in the ballot of Conservative MPs which saw Michael Gove eliminated from the contest after finishing in third place. The Home Secretary received 23

July 7, 2016 5:56 PM Newspaper headlines: Press anticipate female prime minister

The papers are as one in heralding a female prime minister, as the Conservative leadership race comes down to the final two. The party's 150,00 members will decide between Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom after Michael Gove was knocked out in a vote among Tory MPs. The Times reports: "Mrs Leadsom, who has been an MP for six years and began the contest 22