Iraqi leaders vow to move ahead after dozens quit parliament

BAGHDAD — Iraqi leaders vowed Monday to move forward with efforts to form a government following the shocking resignation of 73 lawmakers from parliament during a prolonged political impasse. But the unprecedented mass withdrawal by members of powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc dramatically alters the political landscape, throwing government formation talks into further doubt. … Read more

Lawmakers from Iraq’s biggest bloc resign amid impasse

BAGHDAD — Dozens of lawmakers who make up the biggest bloc in Iraq’s parliament resigned on Sunday amid a prolonged political impasse, plunging the divided nation into political uncertainty. The 73 lawmakers from powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc submitted their resignation based on his request, to protest a persisting political deadlock eight months after … Read more

Singapore prime minister promotes likely successor to deputy

SINGAPORE — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has promoted his finance minister to his deputy as part of a succession plan, but the timing of the handover is unclear. His office said Tuesday that Lawrence Wong, 49, would become deputy prime minister on June 13 as part of a Cabinet reshuffle. Wong, who will … Read more

Cambodian ruling party scores big win in local elections

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Long-serving Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party easily topped the field as expected in local elections, an initial tabulation from the National Election Committee showed Monday. Official final returns from Sunday’s polls are due to be released on June 26. However, a statement released Monday by the committee said Hun … Read more

Ruling party seems set to win Cambodian local elections

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Early indications showed Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party headed for victory in local elections Sunday as people voted in large numbers for the first time since a 2018 general election that was widely criticized as unfair. Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party was virtually certain to capture the lion’s share … Read more

Cambodians vote in local elections amid intimidation, threats

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodians vote Sunday in local elections that are their first chance to go to the polls since the ruling party of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen swept a 2018 general election that was widely criticized as unfair. Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party is certain to sail to easy victory again following … Read more

Bangkok governor election a test of political winds

Residents of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, are voting Sunday to elect a new governor in a contest whose results will be seen as a barometer of the public mood ahead of an approaching general election By GRANT PECK Associated Press May 22, 2022, 2:44 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail … Read more

US lawmakers urge binding vote on Puerto Rico status

A group of mostly Democratic congress members is proposing a binding plebiscite to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a state or gain some sort of independence By DANICA COTO Associated Press May 20, 2022, 6:54 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A group … Read more

UK Conservatives lose London strongholds, in blow to Johnson

Britain’s governing Conservatives suffered losses in their few London strongholds in local elections By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press May 6, 2022, 8:05 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LONDON — Britain’s governing Conservatives suffered losses in their few London strongholds in local elections, according to results announced Friday that … Read more

Australia to spend more on defense, security in next budget

Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the government’s upcoming budget will increase spending on defense and national security while reducing household expenses By ROD McGIRK Associated Press March 29, 2022, 9:01 AM • 2min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s government will increase spending on defense and national security while … Read more