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New French PM Valls vows to cut labour costs, taxes

France's new prime minister on Tuesday vowed to slash labour costs by 30 billion euros ($41 billion) and ease taxes for the worst-off in a bid to turn around the country's struggling economy. Delivering his first policy speech to parliament since he took over as prime minister last week, Manuel Valls said the measures were aimed at boosting competitiveness and boosting the spending power of consumers. mbx/mm/rl

Australia PM sees "increasing hope" of finding out MH370 fate

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott voiced increasing hope Sunday of finding out what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and the 239 people on board after unidentified debris was sighted in the search zone. "It's still too early to be definite, but obviously we have now had a number of very credible leads and there is increasing hope, no more than hope, no more than hope, that we might be on the road to discovering what did happen to this ill-fated aircraft," Abbott said.

Two women detained over obscene hand gesture to Turkey PM

Turkish police detained two women believed to have flashed an obscene hand gesture at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an anti-government protest, local media reported on Sunday. The detention came after Erdogan lashed out at an unidentified woman for making an "ugly" hand gesture as he was on his way to an election rally in the western city of Izmir. "You did this when the prime minister of this country was passing by. I would understand if it was a man, but I do not understand how a woman could do it," he told the huge crowd of supporters.

Malaysian PM to hold press conference on missing plane

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was to address a press conference Saturday on the fate of a missing Malaysian airliner, his office said Saturday. Najib will make an announcement at approximately 1:30pm (0530) GMT, the prime minister's office said on its official Twitter account. jz-gh/jw

Canada PM open to softening pot laws: attorney general

Canada's prime minister, who once decried what he called a Beatles-era drug culture, is open to softening laws against recreational marijuana use, the attorney general said Wednesday. But the ruling Conservative caucus appears split on the issue, with some government ministers appearing to back an existing pot prohibition. "The prime minister has signaled an openness to this (softening)," Attorney General Peter MacKay said.

Turkish PM's office says leaked recordings are fake

Leaked recordings of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his son allegedly discussing how to hide large sums of money are fake, the premier's office said, as the government grappled with a growing phonetapping scandal. "The recordings... are the product of an immoral montage and completely untrue," Erdogan's office said in a statement late on Monday. The phone conversations, posted on YouTube, allegedly reveal Erdogan asking his son to get rid of millions of euros (dollars) in cash from the son's house.

Italy's Matteo Renzi arrives at presidency to accept PM job

Italy's Matteo Renzi arrived Friday at the presidential palace in Rome, where he is expected to formally accept the role of prime minister and unveil his new cabinet. The 39-year-old is set to became Italy's youngest-ever PM at the helm of a coalition government after helping to engineer the downfall of his predecessor Enrico Letta, who was blamed for failing to carry out promised reforms in the recession-hit country. fka/ide/cc

Ukraine agreement still very far off: Polish PM

Talks led by three EU ministers on the future of Ukraine have stopped the bloodshed, but an agreement remains far off, Poland's prime minister said Friday. "For now, this objective (to end bloodshed) has been achieved, but the road to an agreement is still very far off," Prime Minister Donald Tusk told reporters in Warsaw. mas/cc

Indian PM says opposes release of Rajiv Gandhi killers

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh denounced plans on Thursday to release former premier Rajiv Gandhi's killers as contravening the principles of justice. "The release of the killers of a former prime minister of India and our great leader, as well as several other innocent Indians, would be contrary to all principles of justice," he said as his government began a legal challenge to the planned release of seven convicted killers. tha/co/ac

Indian PM says opposes release of Rajiv Gandhi killers

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh denounced plans on Thursday to release former premier Rajiv Gandhi's killers as contravening the principles of justice. "The release of the killers of a former prime minister of India and our great leader, as well as several other innocent Indians, would be contrary to all principles of justice," he said as his government began a legal challenge to the planned release of seven convicted killers. tha/co/ac
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