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Third Turkey minister steps down, calls on PM to resign over graft probe

Turkey's environment minister stepped down on Wednesday, the third in the cabinet to resign over an anti-graft probe that has roiled the government, and called on the prime minister to follow suit. "I am stepping down as minister and lawmaker," Erdogan Bayraktar told the private NTV television. "I believe the prime minister should also resign." fo/yad

PM urges striking rail unionists to return to work

SEOUL, Dec. 24 (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Chung Hong-won appealed to striking rail workers Tuesday to immediately return to work, reiterating the government's promise not to privatize rail services. Thousands of unionized workers of the state-run Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL) walked off the job for more than two weeks in protest of the company's decision to set up a separate unit to operate a new KTX bullet train line. The union has called the move a prelude to privatizing the national services that would result in massive layoffs and fare hikes.

UK PM says Syria must 'answer for' doctor's death: govt source

British Prime Minister David Cameron has written to the family of a British doctor who died mysteriously in a Syrian jail, saying Damascus must "answer for" his "sickening" death, a government source said Sunday. The prime minister wrote to the family of Abbas Khan: "Abbas' death is a sickening and appalling tragedy and it is right that the Syrian regime should answer for it." kjl/gd

Suspects charged with alleged hacking of Singapore PM's Office website

Suspects charged with alleged hacking of Singapore PM's Office website SINGAPORE, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Two brothers were charged on Friday with the alleged hacking of website of Singapore prime minister's office. Mohammad Azhar Tahir, 27, and his brother Mohammad Asyiq Tahir, 21, were arrested in November. Mohammad Azhar faces 10 counts, including that of allegedly modifying contents of the sever of the prime minister's office website on Nov. 7. He is said to have impaired the server's search function and caused it to display an image of a mask and wordings.

Mauritius PM to boycott Sri Lanka Commonwealth meet

The prime minister of Mauritius announced Tuesday he will stay away from this week's Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka because of the host's poor human rights record. Mauritius joins India by refusing to send a premier to Sri Lanka, which is accused of widespread human rights abuses and the killing of tens of thousands of civilians during its 2009 defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels. Canada is totally boycotting the summit.

Tunisia parties set Monday deadline to name PM

Tunisia's Islamist rulers and opposition have until noon on Monday to agree on a new prime minister to steer the country out of a months-long political crisis, a mediator said. The Islamist party Ennahda and the opposition have failed in a week of negotiations to choose a new prime minister as part of a roadmap to overcome the crisis, the UGTT trade union said on Sunday. They originally had until Saturday to bridge their differences, but that deadline passed without an agreement being reached.

Slovenian PM threatens to quit after party leadership challenge

Slovenia's prime minister threatened Thursday to resign if she loses the leadership of her party later this month, a move that would likely plunge the eurozone country into fresh political turmoil. "If I do not get sufficient support to lead the party, then somebody else will have to try to form a (new) government. That is a fact," the centre-left Alenka Bratusek said in a statement.

Gov't not aware of any ghosts at PM's residence

The government said Friday it is "not aware" of any ghosts rumored to haunt the prime minister's official residence, in response to a written inquiry submitted by an opposition lawmaker. Given that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has yet to move into the official residence five months after assuming power in December, Ken Kagaya, an upper house member of the Democratic Party of Japan, asked the government if the rumors of ghosts were true.

Opposition politicians want new head of state to raise section 34 issue with PM

Opposition politicians Friday said they would ask newly elected President Anthony Carmona to request from Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar the reasons behind the early proclamation of the highly controversial section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act.The section has since been repealed but critics say it was aimed at freeing two financiers of the ruling United National Congress (UNC), the biggest partner in the four-member coalition People’s Partnership administration.Last weekend a High Court threw out a motion by businessmen Ish Galbarans

PM takes notice of CEC’s computer disappearance, seeks report

Prime Minister Justice retired Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Sunday took serious notice of the reports about disappearance of laptop computer from the office of the Chief Election Commissioner in Karachi.The Prime Minister also sought a report from the authorities concerned over the incident.
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