The spectacular appointment as environment minister of the telegenic Shinjiro Koizumi, the 38-year-old son of much-loved former PM Junichiro Koizumi, set tongues wagging in Tokyo political classes as the Abe era draws to a close.
The 328 to 301 vote, made possible by fellow Conservatives who turned their back on Johnson's pleas, cleared the way for Johnson's opponents to introduce a bill that seeks to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal October 31.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's governing Conservative Party lost a special election early on Friday, leaving it with a one-vote working majority in Parliament as Brexit looms.
Germany used to be the locomotive of Europe - but is now slowing economically. Many believe the Chancellor and her coalition are responsible for the downturn.
Opinion polls show that incumbent Greek PM Alexis Tsipras is behind the conservative New Democracy opposition party. He wars if his party loses, Greece will return to the "dark days" of austerity.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's trusted aide Amit Shah will take key home affairs ministry while former defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be finance minister.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa cut cabinet ministers from 36 to 28 to tackle "bloated" government and improve efficiency while appointing more women in cabinet to achieve gender diversity.
Islamabad has once again been forced to approach the lender but the loan is a stopgap measure and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government has to take difficult steps to resurrect the economy.
Speaking at a news conference with his Polish and Romanian counterparts, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey is taking the utmost care to ensure that the S-400 system is under full Turkish control.
The two NATO allies have differences over some geopolitical issues, but officials are hopeful that business and trade will help mend ties.
With 99 percent of the votes counted, the Social Democrats appeared to have won 40 seats, just edging out the populist eurosceptic Finns party, which got 39.
The idea of a second referendum would once again be put to parliament at some point, Finance Minister Phillip Hammond says despite the government's opposition to any new public vote.
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