Harper vows support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity as Baird visits Kiev – The Globe and Mail

Harper vows support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity as Baird visits KievThe Globe and MailPrime Minister Stephen Harper pledged Canada’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity in the face of “worrying”…

Why Turks are tiring of Erdogan’s antics – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and MailTurkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has always been a troublemaker. Indeed, he seems to enjoy being viewed that way. But this time, Mr. Erdogan may be…

Thai minister rejects televised talks proposal – gulfnews.com

gulfnews.comBangkok: A senior Thai minister rejected a proposal for talks from the leader of an anti-government protest movement on Friday as demonstrators rallied at ministries to put pressure on Prime…

Shinawatra to miss anti-graft hearing – The News International

The News InternationalPrime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is fighting for her political survival as pressure mounts on several fronts — in the streets, the courts and from the National Anti-Corruption Commission.…

Thai Prime Minister’s Supporters Plan Volunteer Militias — Update – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalIt has been more than a week since Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was last seen in Thailand’s capital, and now war drums are sounding in the north of…

Rival groups protest in divided Crimea – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Rival groups protest in divided CrimeaHonolulu Star-AdvertiserPro-Russian protesters gathered in front of city hall in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol in the Crimea, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Russian…

Turkish PM investigated for corruption – Times of India

Times of IndiaANKARA: A chief prosecutor’s office on Tuesday initiated an investigation into audio recordings purportedly of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordering his son to dispose of vast…

Italy’s economy: The mountain Matteo Renzi must climb – BBC News

BBC NewsFor the new Italian government, led by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the big task will be to breathe new life into the Italian patient. It is the third largest…

Kid gloves seen softening Israeli crackdown on pro-settler vandals – Reuters UK

Reuters UKMISHOR ADUMIM, West Bank (Reuters) – Last March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a crackdown on crimes that elsewhere might be shrugged off as ugly but sufferable mischief…

Tymoshenko Gets Cool Reception From Kiev Protesters – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalFormer Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko addresses the crowd in Kiev’s Independence Square after being freed from prison on Saturday. Getty Images. KIEV, Ukraine—Yulia Tymoshenko was Ukraine’s most…

Thai government supporters vow to ‘deal with’ Bangkok protesters – Reuters

ReutersBANGKOK (Reuters) – Supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra promised on Sunday to get tough with anti-government protesters paralyzing parts of Bangkok, raising tension in a protracted crisis hours…

Matteo Renzi sworn in as new Italy PM – BBC News

BBC NewsOn Friday he formally accepted the mandate to lead a new government and named his cabinet. He ousted Prime Minister and party colleague Enrico Letta in a vote earlier…

Thai anti-government protesters gather outside defense compound – CNN

CNNBangkok, Thailand (CNN) — Thai anti-government demonstrators massed Wednesday outside the Prime Minister’s makeshift office, a day after clashes with police in the streets of Bangkok killed five people. The…

Clashes between riot police, Thai protesters turn deadly – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBANGKOK (AP) — Hundreds of riot police attempted to clear out anti-government protest sites around Thailand’s capital on Tuesday, triggering clashes that left four people dead and 64 others…

Thai Police Clashes With Protesters in Bangkok Leave Three Dead – Bloomberg

BloombergThailand’s opposition edged a step forward in legal efforts to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as clashes between anti-government protesters and police in Bangkok killed three people and wounded at…

Thai riot police, protesters, face each other at government headquarters – The Star Online

The Star OnlineSoldiers stands guard at the temporary office of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a protest in Bangkok February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom. BANGKOK (Reuters) – Lines of…

Thai PM under siege, lengthy protests take toll on economy – Reuters

ReutersBANGKOK (Reuters) – Protesters seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra surrounded Thai government headquarters on Monday in response to police efforts to clear them from the streets, as farmers…

Lebanon gets new government after 10-month deadlock – Bangkok Post

Bangkok PostLebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Saturday unveiled a compromise government, capping 10 months of political wrangling during which the war in neighbouring Syria exacerbated sectarian tensions. Lebanese President…

Florence mayor Matteo Renzi tipped to be Italy’s youngest PM – BBC News

BBC NewsFlorence mayor Matteo Renzi is expected to be offered the chance to become Italian prime minister, as talks begin on forming a new government. President Georgio Napolitano is starting…

Italy’s premier resigns after sacking by own party – Fox News

Fox NewsROME – Italy’s president has accepted the resignation of Premier Enrico Letta after he was sacked by his own party in a back-room mutiny. President Giorgio Napolitano said he…

Italian PM Enrico Letta to tender resignation – BBC News

BBC NewsItalian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has said he will resign on Friday after his Democratic Party backed a call for a new administration. Party leader Matteo Renzi had earlier…

Italy – Factors to watch on February 14 – Reuters

ReutersThe following factors could affect Italian markets on Friday. Reuters has not verified the newspaper reports, and cannot vouch for their accuracy. New items are marked with (*). POLITICS. Prime…

Florence Mayor Renzi set to be Italy’s next leader – USA TODAY

USA TODAYROME — Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi is expected to take over as the head of Italy’s third government in ten months. The world will be watching to see how…

Italian Prime Minister to Resign, Clearing Path for Renzi – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalItalian Prime Minister Enrico Letta during a news conference at Palazzo Cighi on Feb. 12. ANSA/Zuma Press. ROME—Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced plans to resign, clearing the…

Letta Government Is Only Latest to Exit Italy’s Revolving Door – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalIf Matteo Renzi becomes Italy’s new prime minister, he will lead the country’s 62nd government since World War II and the fourth in little more than two years.…

Britain’s Immigration Minister Resigns Over Hiring of Cleaner – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalLONDON—Britain’s immigration minister has resigned over his employment of a foreign cleaner, an embarrassing gaffe for a U.K. government that has undertaken a muscular clampdown on immigration. Prime…

Israel ex-PM recounts 2008 talks with Palestinians – Washington Post

Washington PostJERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Friday that if talks he held with Palestinians in 2008 had produced a peace deal, it would have forced tens…

Pakistan Talks With Taliban Team Delayed – ABC News

ABC NewsPeace talks between Pakistani officials and a three-member team representing the Taliban have apparently been delayed after government negotiators failed to show up for the first round. Pakistani Prime…

Thai Elections Fail to Resolve Political Stalemate – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalThai Prime Minister and Pheu Thai Party leader Yingluck Shinawatra poses before casting her ballot in the general election at a polling station in Bangkok on Sunday. Associated…

Elections Expose an Increasingly Bitter Divide in Thailand – TIME

TIMEThai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra holds her ballot before casting it at a polling station in Bangkok Feb. 2, 2014. Email

Thailand election: Country goes to polls – BBC News

BBC NewsMillions of Thais are voting in a general election boycotted by the opposition and blighted by protests. Anti-government protesters say they will disrupt voting across Thailand and continue their…

Thai poll: Several wounded in Bangkok pre-election shooting – BBC News

BBC NewsAt least six people have reportedly suffered gunshot wounds in the Thai capital, Bangkok, amid anti-government clashes ahead of Sunday’s election. The violence erupted during a stand-off between supporters…

Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif seeks Taliban talks despite attacks – BBC News

BBC NewsPakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said he still wants to hold peace talks with the Taliban, despite a wave of deadly attacks in recent months. Mr Sharif named…

Turkish central bank will not hold “additional monetary tightening days” anymore – Economic Times

Economic TimesThe bank raised all of its key interest rates in dramatic fashion at an emergency midnight policy meeting, ignoring opposition from Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as it battles to…

Ukraine to debate amnesty for protesters – BBC News

BBC NewsUkraine’s parliament is due to debate a possible amnesty for scores of protesters arrested in anti-government demonstrations. President Viktor Yanukovych has said he wants to make the amnesty conditional…