Government transitions

Cuba's new president Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, and former president Raul Castro, raise their arms after Diaz-Canel was elected as the island nation's new president, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, April 19, 2018. Castro left the presidency after 12 years in office when the National Assembly approved Diaz-Canel's nomination as the candidate for the top government position. (Irene Perez/Cubadebate via AP)
April 19, 2018 - 5:55 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro handed over Cuba's presidency Thursday to a hand-picked 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for six decades in the hands of a Communist Party official who remains little known to...
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Cuba's President Raul Castro observes a monitor with he day's proceedings during the start of two-day session of the legislature, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Cuba's legislature opened the two-day session that is to elect a successor to President Castro. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
April 18, 2018 - 11:17 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed President Raul Castro in a transition aimed at ensuring that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created...
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April 13, 2018 - 7:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump resigned from the Republican National Committee on Friday after it was revealed that he paid $1.6 million to a Playboy Playmate with whom he had an extramarital affair. The Playmate became pregnant and elected to have an abortion...
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5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio meets journalists at the Quirinale presidential palace after talks with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in Rome, Thursday, April 5, 2018. Italian President Sergio Mattarella held today the second day of consultations aimed at identifying whether any party or coalition can muster support to form a government after the March 4 election produced no majority in parliament. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
April 05, 2018 - 1:27 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italy's president on Thursday set up a second round of talks to form a new government as the leaders of the two most successful parties in the last election vied to control the process despite lacking a parliamentary majority. Even as both 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio and right...
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April 04, 2018 - 2:52 am
ROME (AP) — Italian President Sergio Mattarella is opening formal consultations to see if any party or coalition can muster support to form a government after the country's inconclusive March 4 elections. Consultations open Wednesday with the parliament speakers followed by parties with the least...
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March 28, 2018 - 9:38 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia on Wednesday was poised to welcome a young, outspoken new prime minister as many in Africa's second most populous nation hoped for an end to the most severe anti-government protests in a quarter-century. The East African nation's ruling coalition late Tuesday...
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March 27, 2018 - 6:14 pm
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's ruling coalition late Tuesday named a chairman set to become the country's new prime minister amid the latest state of emergency in Africa's second most populous nation. The young, outspoken Abiy Ahmed is now poised to take power, as the ruling coalition and...
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Outgoing Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico, left, hands over his resignation to Slovakian President Andrej Kiska at the Presidential palace in Bratislava on Thursday March 15, 2018. Fico offered to resign on Wednesday to calm a political crisis after the murder of an investigative journalist and his fiancee. (Martin Baumann/TASR via AP)
March 15, 2018 - 2:38 pm
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and his government resigned Thursday as a way out of the political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee. President Andrej Kiska accepted the resignation and asked Peter Pellegrini, Fico's deputy...
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March 13, 2018 - 4:56 pm
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Election officials in Sierra Leone say balloting to choose the country's next president is heading to a second round in two weeks. Samura Kamara, outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma's pick as successor, will face off against Julius Maada Bio, who lost to Koroma in...
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Five-Star Movement's leader Luigi Di Maio smiles during a press conference at the foreign press association headquarters in Rome, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
March 13, 2018 - 3:01 pm
ROME (AP) — The leader of Italy's populist 5-Star Movement is sticking to his insistence on becoming the country's next premier, saying Tuesday that he "won't betray the popular will." But Luigi Di Maio offered no specific formula on how to end what could be a protracted political impasse. Di Maio'...
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