Britain, France sign deal to boost cooperation on illegal migration

       

A Border Force vessel assist a group of people thought to be migrants on board from their inflatable dinghy in the Channel, Aug 10, 2020. (GARETH FULLER / PA VIA AP) PARIS/LONDON – Britain and France on Monday signed an agreement worth 72.2 million euros ($74.5 million) over the coming year to ramp up efforts to stop illegal migrants from making perilous journeys across the …

UK PM ‘pleased’ with progress on Northern Ireland protocol talks

       

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak walks outside Number 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, Nov 9, 2022. (HENRY NICHOLLS / REUTERS) LONDON – British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Thursday he was pleased with the progress the government was making on resolving a long running post-Brexit trade row with the European Union over Northern Ireland. Technical talks recently resumed for the first time in seven months …

Finland, Sweden pledge to join NATO together

       

Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Oct 20, 2022. (GEERT VANDEN WIJNGAERT / AP) HELSINKI – Ways to further enhance cooperation between Finland and Sweden, especially on their path to membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), topped the agenda of talks here between the prime ministers of the two countries on Friday. Sweden's newly-elected Prime Minister Ulf …

New Serbian govt headed by PM Brnabic sworn in

       

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic poses for a photograph during an interview with Reuters in Belgrade, Serbia, Jan 11, 2022. (ZORANA JEVTIC / REUTERS) BELGRADE – The Serbian parliament elected the new government led by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic here on Wednesday. Brnabic vowed that Serbia will continue with its European integration process, while also requiring respect for its territorial integrity, and respect for international …

Minister: Ukraine needs 4b euros for winter season

       

Ukraine's Minister of Communities and Territories Development Oleksiy Chernyshov addresses a breakout session during the Ukraine Recovery Conference URC in Lugano on July 4, 2022. (ALESSANDRO DELLA VALLE / POOL / AFP) KIEV / MOSCOW – Ukraine needs 4 billion euros (about $3.97 billion) to go through the winter cold season, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported on Tuesday, citing Minister for the Development of Communities …

UK PM Sunak vows to ‘fix mistakes’, restore stability

       

Britain's newly appointed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak waves as he poses outside to door to 10 Downing Street in central London, on Oct 25, 2022, after delivering his first speech as prime minister. (DANIEL LEAL / AFP) LONDON – Britain's new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday pledged to "fix the mistakes" made by the Truss government and restore the country's economic stability, while warning there …

Sunak becomes British PM after meeting King Charles III

       

Britain's newly appointed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak waves as he poses outside to door to 10 Downing Street in central London, on Oct 25, 2022, after delivering his first speech as prime minister. (DANIEL LEAL / AFP) LONDON – Rishi Sunak became Britain's new prime minister on Tuesday after meeting King Charles III in Buckingham Palace, where the monarch asked him to form a government …

German Chancellor vows to help rebuild Ukraine

       

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (right) and Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal (back right) attend the German-Ukraine economic forum with the motto "Rebuild Ukraine" in Berlin on Oct 24, 2022 to discuss the post-conflict reconstruction of Ukraine. (MICHAEL KAPPELER / POOL / AFP) BERLIN / JERUSALEM / BUCHAREST – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday vowed to provide wide-ranging assistance in rebuilding Ukraine, including aid …

Defense chiefs hold talks on Ukraine

       

A Russian military convoy is seen on the road toward the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station, in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia region, southeastern Ukraine, on May 1, 2022. (PHOTO / AP) WASHINGTON/MOSCOW –  Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu spoke with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday for the second time in three days and held a flurry of calls with three other counterparts from NATO countries. Moscow …

New Italian PM Meloni calls for unity

       

Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Draghi (left) shakes hands with new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni during the handover ceremony at Chigi Palace Premier's office, in Rome on Oct 23, 2022.  (ANDREW MEDICHINI / AP) ROME – New Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on Sunday called for unity as she symbolically took power in a country that faced what she said were "multiple" challenges. Though Meloni was …

Italy’s new PM, govt sworn in

       

Italian President Sergio Mattarella (second left) welcomes new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni (center) as she arrives for the swearing-in ceremony of the new Italian Government at the Quirinal Palace in Rome on Oct 22, 2022. (FABIO FRUSTACI / ANSA / AFP) ROME – The new Italian government formed by appointed Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni was officially sworn in at the presidential Palace on Saturday. Meloni …

Far-right leader Meloni becomes Italy’s first woman PM

       

This handout picture taken and released by Quirinale Press Office on Oct 21, 2022 shows President of the Italian party Fratelli d'Italia and Italian Prime Minister-designate Giorgia Meloni addressing the media after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. (FRANCESCO AMMENDOLA / QUIRINALE PRESS OFFICE / AFP) ROME – Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right populist Brothers of Italy …

UK PM Truss resigns, new leader expected next week

       

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss reacts as she delivers a speech outside of 10 Downing Street in central London on Oct 20, 2022 to announce her resignation. (DANIEL LEAL / AFP) LONDON – United Kingdom Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned on Thursday after just a little over six weeks in office and thus became the shortest-serving prime minister in the country's history. In a statement outside …

Truss resigns, becomes shortest-serving UK PM

       

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss reacts as she delivers a speech outside of 10 Downing Street in central London on Oct 20, 2022 to announce her resignation. (DANIEL LEAL / AFP) LONDON – United Kingdom Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned on Thursday after just a little over six weeks in office and thus became the shortest-serving prime minister in the country's history. In a statement outside …

UK PM vows to stay on despite mini-budget chaos

       

In this file photo dated Sept 23, 2022, British Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) and then-Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng visit Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, Kent, Britain. (DYLAN MARTINEZ / POOL PHOTO VIA AP) LONDON – Liz Truss, prime minister of the United Kingdom, on Wednesday defied calls to resign after almost all the measures in her government's economic blueprint had been scrapped following …

Swedish PM Kristersson announces new coalition government

       

Sweden's newly elected Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (center) walks next to ministers of the new government, after the change of government council at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, on Oct 18, 2022. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP) STOCKHOLM – The new government of Sweden was announced on Tuesday, composed of freshly-elected Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and 23 ministers from the Moderate Party, the Christian Democrats, and …

British PM’s tax cut plan was a ‘mistake’, says Biden

       

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss holds a press conference in the Downing Street Briefing Room in central London on Oct 14, 2022, following the sacking of the finance minister in response to a budget that sparked markets chaos. (DANIEL LEAL / POOL / AFP) PORTLAND, Oregon — US President Joe Biden on Saturday called embattled British Prime Minister Liz Truss' abandoned tax cut plan a …

UK foreign minister calls ousting PM Truss a ‘bad idea’

       

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss (center) speaking, flanked by, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng (left) and Britain's Foreign Secretary James Cleverly during her first weekly Prime Minister's Questions session at the House of Commons, in London, on Sept 7, 2022. (PRU / AFP) LONDON – Changing Britain's leader would …

Chad PM Padacke resigns to pave way for new government

       

Chad's Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacke arrives at the start of the Chad Peace Negotiations in Qatar's capital Doha, on March 13, 2022. (KARIM JAAFAR / AFP) N'DJAMENA – Chad's Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacke has resigned in order to pave the way for a new government after the Central African country decided to push back elections by two years, the president's office said on …

Greek, Egyptian foreign ministers meet over Türkiye-Libya gas deal

       

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (left) and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, hold a joint press conference, at the foreign ministry headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Oct 9, 2022. (NARIMAN EL-MOFTY / AP) CAIRO – Foreign ministers of Egypt and Greece held talks in Cairo on Sunday, following recent oil and gas exploration deals signed between Türkiye and the Libyan Government of National Unity. Greek Foreign …