Italy president seen meeting party chiefs Wednesday on government crisis

Italian President Sergio Mattarella will probably begin formal consultations with party delegations on Wednesday to try to find a way out of the government crisis, an Italian official told Reuters. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said earlier that he would tender his resignation to Mattarella on Tuesday, at the end of an ongoing debate on the …

Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women: agency

Saudi Arabia has begun implementing previously announced changes that allow adult women to travel without permission and to exercise more control over family matters, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. “The passports and civil status departments and their branches in all regions of the kingdom have started to implement the amendments stipulated in the …

Zimbabwe opposition to review strategy in face of ‘political asphyxiation’

Zimbabwe police on Tuesday blocked a street protest for the third time in five days, as the main opposition party said hopes were vanishing that the government might become more tolerant of dissent than the one it replaced. A riot police officer patrols the streets in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo President Emmerson …

U.S. ‘deeply troubled’ by Sri Lanka army chief appointment: official

The United States is ‘deeply troubled’ by the naming of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as Sri Lanka’s new army chief, a U.S. official said on Tuesday and indicated it could affect military and investment ties. “It is a highly charged political environment in which some political factions feel there is …

Italian PM to resign, denounces Salvini for sinking government

Italy’s prime minister announced his resignation on Tuesday as he made a blistering attack on his own interior minister, Matteo Salvini, accusing him of sinking the ruling coalition and endangering the economy for personal and political gain. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, next to Italian Deputy PM Matteo Salvini, addresses the upper house of parliament …

Leaders dismiss Sara Netanyahu’s Ukrainian bread blunder

Israeli and Ukrainian leaders have come to the defense of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara after she appeared to toss away a piece of bread offered to her at an official Ukrainian welcoming ceremony. FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara wave as Netanyahu speaks following the announcement of exit …

North Macedonia’s prosecutor questioned over extortion scheme

North Macedonia’s special prosecutor in charge of investigating organized crime cases was questioned on Tuesday as part of an investigation into an extortion case. Katica Janeva offered her resignation last month after local papers reported her alleged involvement in a scheme to take money from a businessman charged by her office over corruption allegations. Until …

Italy’s Salvini says ready to pass budget before elections

Italy’s League leader Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday he was ready to keep the coalition government alive to approve a 2020 budget and vote in a reform of parliament before heading to early elections. Salvini, who serves as deputy prime minister, has presented a motion of no confidence in the government. However, he told parliament …