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January 3, 2018 6:17 AM Minnesota's Smith to join Senate after Franken's resignation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Al Franken's replacement in the U.S. Senate is ready to take office. Tina Smith is set to be sworn in during a Wednesday morning ceremony at the Capitol. Smith was Minnesota's lieutenant governor and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's choice to take Franken's seat. Franken announced his plan to resign last month after a swirl of sexual 22

December 18, 2017 12:50 PM Afghan president forces out powerful 'King of the North'

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani Monday announced the resignation of a powerful politican nicknamed "King of the North", sidelining a rival but angering the politician's party who said he had been sacked. Atta Mohammad Noor, 54, had been governor of Balkh province since 2004 but had recently been critical of the National Unity Government led by Ghani 21

December 13, 2017 11:26 PM The results of Exeter's St Leonard's and Newtown by-election are in

The election followed the sudden resignation of Roger Spackman, who faces an allegation of downloading child porn. Polls closed at 10pm on Wednesday with the turnout at 27%, compared to last year's 44% for the full Council elections. Retaining the seat for Labour is Matthew Vizard, husband to Natalie Vizard, who won her seat in the ward comfortably last year. An Arsenal 25

December 8, 2017 1:09 PM Leave Lebanon alone, world powers tell Saudi, Iran

French President Emmanuel Macron led calls Friday for countries to stop meddling in Lebanon at an international meeting aimed at preventing the fragile nation becoming a pawn in the power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended the eight-nation talks in Paris with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, whose 39

December 1, 2017 11:56 PM Montana company sues over payments for Puerto Rico grid work

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid has sued a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in payments. Whitefish Energy Holdings claims the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority withheld the money at the request 35

November 28, 2017 11:50 PM Mexico taps new central bank governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's president has named Alejandro Diaz de Leon as the new governor of the country's central bank. Diaz de Leon is currently deputy governor of the Bank of Mexico and has held a variety of jobs in finance, government and academia. He holds a degree in economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico and a master's 17

November 24, 2017 8:56 AM Irish foreign minister says opposition vote would bring down government

DUBLIN, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Ireland's government will collapse if the opposition Fianna Fail party proceeds with its plan to vote for the resignation of the Deputy Prime Minister Frances Fitzgerald on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said. "If they move ahead with the motion of no confidence, then the confidence and supply (agreement) is over," Coveney 14

November 22, 2017 8:29 AM Saad Hariri attends Independence Day celebrations on return to Lebanon

Lebanon’s prime minister Saad Hariri has joined Independence Day celebrations in his first official appearance after returning to the country following a near three-week absence. His appearance came hours after his return, following his sudden resignation statement issued from Saudi Arabia, which stunned Lebanon. Mr Hariri’s resignation on November 23

November 21, 2017 1:40 PM Lebanon army chief warns of Israel threat amid political crisis

BEIRUT, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Lebanon's army chief told his soldiers on Tuesday to be extra vigilant to prevent unrest during political turmoil after the prime minister quit, and accused Israel of "aggressive" intentions at the southern frontier. Troops should be ready to "thwart any attempt to exploit the current circumstances for stirring strife," the army's 34

November 19, 2017 2:30 PM Zimbabwe's political drama: What just happened? A timeline

Nov. 6: After a campaign of public insults against Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe fires his longtime deputy, later accusing him of plotting to take power via witchcraft. Mnangagwa flees the country. Protesters demanding President Robert Mugabe stands down march towards State House in Harare, Zimbabwe Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. In a euphoric 24