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Indian journalist to spend a year in jail for criticizing government

Indian journalist to spend a year in jail for criticizing government

An Indian journalist was sentenced to a year in jail under a stringent national security law after he criticized a top government politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), his lawyer said Wednesday.

Lebanon PM confident of new government by year end

Lebanon PM confident of new government by year end

Lebanon's prime minister-designate, Saad Hariri, said Thursday he is ‘pretty sure’ that a six-month-old deadlock on forming a government will be broken by the end of the year.

Iraq celebrates one year since 'victory' against IS

Iraq celebrates one year since 'victory' against IS

Iraq's premier Monday marked a year since his country announced victory against the Islamic State militants by pledging to root out corruption and ensure hundreds of thousands of displaced return home.

Philippine court rejects government petition to arrest Duterte critic

Philippine court rejects government petition to arrest Duterte critic

A Philippine court has rejected a government petition to order the arrest of an opposition senator and key critic of President Rodrigo Duterte for leading a failed mutiny in 2003 ...

Bangladesh government to discuss tough new media law with journalists

Bangladesh government to discuss tough new media law with journalists

Journalist groups in Bangladesh have cancelled planned protests against a new law they say cripples press freedom after the government offered talks instead.

Swedish parliament ousts PM in vote of no-confidence

Swedish parliament ousts PM in vote of no-confidence

Sweden's centre-right opposition and the far right ousted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a vote of no-confidence on Tuesday, as the left and right blocs wrangle over who can form a new government ...

Iraqi Shia paramilitary leader withdraws candidacy for PM

Iraqi Shia paramilitary leader withdraws candidacy for PM

Shia militia leader Hadi al-Amiri, one of the most powerful figures in Iraq, withdrew his candidacy for prime minister on Tuesday.

Yemen peace talks in balance as parties trade ultimatums

Yemen peace talks in balance as parties trade ultimatums

The rebel delegation, still in Sanaa, insisted the UN meets three demands before it travels to Switzerland.

Rivals jostle for power as Iraq parliament meets

Rivals jostle for power as Iraq parliament meets

Iraqi lawmakers convened on Monday with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and a populist cleric together seeking to form a government and sideline pro-Iran rivals.

Iraqi Supreme Court ratifies May election results

Iraqi Supreme Court ratifies May election results

Iraq's Supreme Court has ratified the results of the May 12 parliamentary election, setting in motion a 90-day constitutional deadline for the winning parties to form a government.

Jordan's King Abdullah swears in new cabinet

Jordan's King Abdullah swears in new cabinet

A government official said the new cabinet decided at a meeting after the swearing-in ceremony to withdraw a contentious personal and corporate tax bill.

Iraqi PM invites politicians to meet after Eid holiday

Iraqi PM invites politicians to meet after Eid holiday

May's parliamentary election was marred by low turnout and allegations of fraud.