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Sevilla's Del Nido officially steps down as President after fraud sentence

Sevilla's Del Nido officially steps down as President after fraud sentence MADRID, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Sevilla President, Jose Maria del Nido this Monday confirmed he is stepping down after twelve and a half years at the helm of the Spanish BBVA Primera Liga club. Del Nido has been forced into his resignation after last week the Spanish Supreme Court ratified a sentence of seven years in prison for his part in the 'Caso Minutas' in which public money was systematically siphoned off from the local authority in Marbella in the south of Spain.

Roundup: Nepal's political parties, legal fraternity divided over president's term

Roundup: Nepal's political parties, legal fraternity divided over president's term KATHMANDU, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The term of the president and vice-president has emerged as one of the major dispute among political parties in Nepal after the Nov. 19 Constituent Assembly (CA) election.

Column: Obama's apology (of sorts) for his 'keep your plan' promise

By Reihan Salam This week, President Barack Obama offered an apology (of sorts) to Americans who believed him when he repeatedly assured the public that anyone who liked their current health insurance plan could keep it under the Affordable Care Act. In an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC News, the president said, "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me."

EXCLUSIVE: Guinea president dismisses vote rigging claims

Guinea's president dismissed accusations of electoral fraud lodged by the opposition in an exclusive interview with AFP on Tuesday. "I don't pay attention to all this," Alpha Conde said, responding to opposition allegations of "massive" fraud in polls held on September 28 amid calls for the vote to be scrapped. "Those who are thinking of destabilising Guinea are making a mistake. Guinea will never be destabilised," he said, responding to the threat of mass demonstrations by his opponents.

Kenya president says mall siege over, 67 dead

Kenya's president announced Tuesday that a siege of a Nairobi shopping mall was over, but said losses from the attack by Islamist gunmen were "immense" and at least 67 people had died. "We have ashamed and defeated our attackers, that part of our task is completed," President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation. "Our losses are immense," he said. "We have been badly hurt, but we have been brave, united and strong. Kenya has stared down evil and triumphed. We have defeated our enemies and showed the whole world what we can accomplish."

Kenya president says mall siege over, 'losses immense'

Kenya's president announced Monday that a siege of a Nairobi shopping mall was over, but said that losses from the attack by Islamist gunmen were "immense". "We have ashamed and defeated our attackers, that part of our task is completed," President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation. "Our losses are immense," he added. He said 61 civilians and six members of the security forces died in the siege. He said five attackers had been killed and that there were 11 suspects in custody. The president also called three days of national mourning.

Mamnoon Hussain elected Pakistani president: state TV

Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesdsay elected businessman Mamnoon Hussain the 12th president of Pakistan, state PTV reported. As the candidate of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N party his election was considered certain in the two-man race to replace the President Asif Ali Zardari, whose term expires in September. mmg-jm/lm

Portugal president throws politics into disarray

By Axel Bugge LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's president threw the bailed-out euro zone country into disarray on Thursday after rejecting a plan to heal a government rift, igniting what critics called a "time bomb" by calling for early elections next year. President Anibal Cavaco Silva proposed a cross-party agreement between the ruling coalition and opposition Socialists to guarantee wide support for austerity measures needed for Portugal to exit its bailout next year, followed by elections.

Portugal president approves reshuffled government

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva approved a reshuffled ruling coalition Wednesday, ending a 10-day crisis over hated austerity policies that nearly toppled the government. "The current government has all the authority to exercise its functions," the president said in a televised address to the nation, rejecting opposition calls for snap elections. lf-bir/djw/yad

Bulgaria president urges parties to heed protestors

Bulgaria's president urged political leaders on Thursday to heed the demands of thousands of protestors who have rallied for the past six days against the political establishment in the EU's poorest country. "I see a civil protest demanding something very basic -- justice and the rule of law. People want political representation... They must be heard," Rosen Plevneliev said after crisis talks with party leaders. "Nothing good awaits us if there is no real change in the politicians' actions," he added.
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