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Juncker chosen as new EU leader despite British wishes

Jun 28, 2014

Juncker chosen as new EU leader despite British wishes

European Union leaders on Friday picked former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the bloc’s new chief executive despite Britain’s outspoken opposition, further alienating the U.K. from its continental partners. With the move, the EU leaders broke a decades-old tradition of choosing the ...

U.S. Mideast envoy Indyk quits after peace deal bid

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. Mideast envoy Indyk quits after peace deal bid

U.S. special Mideast envoy Martin Indyk is resigning after nearly a year of unsuccessful efforts to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, Obama administration officials said Friday. The officials said Indyk’s departure, and his return to his previous job at The Brookings Institution think tank, ...

Jun 27, 2014

Turkish Kurd party picks candidate

The co-chairman of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party (HDP) will run in the country’s first direct presidential election in August, Turkish media said Thursday. The HDP’s Selahattin Demirtas announced his candidacy on Turkish news channel Haberturk TV before tweeting: “I would like to ...

Southerner named to House post

Jun 27, 2014

Southerner named to House post

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday rounded out their new leadership team with another Southern conservative named to a senior vote-counting post, moving aside an ally of House Speaker John Boehner. Rep. Steve Scalise, who last week was elected House Majority ...

U.S. high court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. high court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that President Barack Obama acted illegally when he made recess appointments to a key government agency, a decision that appears to block any president’s ability to get around political gridlock in Washington by making appointments without congressional ...

Iraqi Shiites pushing for al-Maliki's removal

Jun 27, 2014

Iraqi Shiites pushing for al-Maliki's removal

Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught. ...