Experienced defense hand Nakatani joins Cabinet

National / Politics Dec 24, 2014

Experienced defense hand Nakatani joins Cabinet

Gen Nakatani, picked Wednesday as defense minister, is a former Self-Defense Forces officer well-versed in defense and security policy, and an advocate of expanding the range of roles Japan can play in security overseas. He was an instructor for an elite ranger unit before leaving ...

Abbott drops defense minister during Cabinet reshuffle

World / Politics Dec 21, 2014

Abbott drops defense minister during Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews will replace David Johnston as defense minister as he announced his first changes to the Cabinet. Josh Frydenberg becomes assistant treasurer, replacing Arthur Sinodinos, who stepped down last week. Health Minister Peter Dutton will take ...

World / Politics Dec 3, 2014

Israeli government crumbles; new election planned

Israel's divided government fell apart Tuesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two rebellious Cabinet ministers and called for a new election more than two years ahead of schedule. Netanyahu's announcement plunges the country into a bitter campaign that seemed unlikely just a few days ...