East Timor independence hero submits resignation as PM

Feb 6, 2015

East Timor independence hero submits resignation as PM

East Timor independence hero Xanana Gusmao resigned as prime minister Friday, stepping down ahead of an expected restructuring of the government next week. The former guerrilla leader spearheaded East Timor’s drive for independence when Indonesian rule ended in 2002. He was the new country’s ...

Australia's Abbott to fight party vote to oust him

Feb 6, 2015

Australia's Abbott to fight party vote to oust him

Party critics of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a dramatic bid Friday to unseat the unpopular conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on. The move comes after Abbott’s much-ridiculed decision to award Britain’s Prince Philip ...

Feb 3, 2015

Greek suicide rise blamed on austerity

Suicides in Greece surged by a third after the country implemented an austerity program in June 2011, health investigators said Monday. After the measures were passed, the number of suicides leapt by 35.7 percent compared to preceding months, they said. The increase was sustained ...

Feb 2, 2015

Omura re-elected governor of Aichi

Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura sailed to re-election Sunday, defeating his lone opponent by more than 1.2 million votes. Omura, 54, received 1,629,147 votes, against 391,308 for Tamiko Komatsu, 64. Voter turnout slumped to 34.93 percent from 52.52 percent for the previous election four years ...