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News report: Australian leader's WeChat account taken over

Jan. 23, 2022 18:44 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s account on Chinese-owned social media platform WeChat was taken over and renamed, a newspaper reported on Monday. Morrison’s 76,000 WeChat followers were notified his page had been renamed “Australian...

UK's Johnson defies calls to quit as ouster bid gathers pace

Jan. 19, 2022 12:40 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defied calls to resign in a feisty performance Wednesday in Parliament — but it may be too little to prevent a push by his Conservative Party's lawmakers to oust him over a series of lockdown-flouting government parties. Pressure...

Hungary opposition leader tests positive for COVID-19

Jan. 19, 2022 06:43 AM EST

BUDPAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The leader of Hungary's political opposition said Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 amid a surge in cases fueled by the highly transmissible omicron variant. Peter Marki-Zay, an independent conservative who will represent a six-party...

Bulgarian president takes oath of office for second term

Jan. 19, 2022 06:31 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev took the oath of office Wednesday for his second term. Radev, who is the country’s fifth democratically elected president, was sworn in at a ceremony in parliament together with Vice President Iliana Yotova. ...

Polish senators question cyber experts in hacking inquiry

Jan. 17, 2022 12:59 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish Senate commission opened an investigation into the use of powerful spyware against government critics by hearing testimony Monday from cybersecurity experts, who compared targeting of opposition figures under the right-wing government to methods used by the Kremlin...

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...