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New Czech governing coalition wins confidence vote

Jan. 13, 2022 14:30 PM EST

The Czech Republic's new government won a mandatory confidence vote in the lower house of Parliament on Thursday with the coronavirus pandemic and soaring inflation presenting its immediate policy challenges. Lawmakers voted 106-87 in favor of the conservative-led government, in the...

Liberals in EU parliament seek inquiry into abuse of spyware

Jan. 12, 2022 14:07 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Parliament lawmakers called Wednesday for a committee to investigate rights abuses by European Union governments using powerful spyware produced by Israel's NSO Group. Meanwhile, the Polish Senate formally approved the formation of a committee to...

European Parliament President David Sassoli dies at age 65

Jan. 11, 2022 09:37 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — David Sassoli, an Italian journalist who worked his way up in politics while defending the downtrodden and oppressed to become president of the European Union’s parliament, died in an Italian hospital on Tuesday at 65. European Council President Charles Michel...

EU Parliament president Sassoli hospitalized in Italy

Jan. 10, 2022 09:59 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Parliament President David Sassoli has been hospitalized in Italy due to abnormal functioning of his immune system, his spokesman said Monday. Roberto Cuillo said in a statement that Sassoli has in the hospital since Dec. 26 and all his activities have been...

Iraq's new parliament holds 1st session marked by disarray

Jan. 09, 2022 12:27 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s new parliament reelected its speaker for a second term Sunday, the first step toward forming a new government after a general election whose results have been contested by powerful Iran-backed factions. In a reflection of tensions, the meeting was marked by...

Polish leader admits country bought powerful Israeli spyware

Jan. 07, 2022 11:08 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's most powerful politician has acknowledged that the country bought advanced spyware from the Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group, but denied that it was being used to target his political opponents. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of...

Rights group verifies Polish senator was hacked with spyware

Jan. 06, 2022 14:27 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Amnesty International said Thursday it has independently confirmed that powerful spyware from the Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group was used to hack a Polish senator multiple times in 2019 when he was running the opposition’s parliamentary election campaign. ...

Portugal ponders how to hold election amid omicron surge

Jan. 05, 2022 10:42 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Authorities in Portugal are wrestling with a conundrum: how to hold a general election scheduled for Jan. 30 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases that is confining hundreds of thousands of potential voters to their homes. Around 400,000 people are currently in...

Main German opposition party backs second term for president

Jan. 05, 2022 05:23 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest opposition party said Wednesday that it will support President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's reelection, giving the incumbent a clear run to a second term. A few figures in ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union had...

Germany's Steinmeier on course for 2nd term as president

Jan. 04, 2022 04:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's environmentalist Greens came out Tuesday in favor of a second term for President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, leaving the head of state well-placed to win another five years in office. The Greens were the last of the three parties in Chancellor Olaf Scholz's new...