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World 05 Jun 2014 | 2:55 PM

South Korea poll offers fresh mandate for Park to speed reform

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye was handed a sharp rebuke at regional and mayoral polls for her government's handling of April's ferry disaster but an official said on Thursday her party can now work to rebuild trust in the grieving nation.

AseanPlus News 05 Jun 2014 | 8:56 AM

S. Korea ruling party avoids ferry backlash in local polls

SEOUL: South Korea's ruling party breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after a better-than-expected showing in local elections seen as a referendum on President Park Geun-Hye's handling of the April ferry disaster that killed about 300 people.

Behind The Headlines 20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 AM

Indonesian politics as spectator sport

From legislative elections to a looming presidential election, Indonesia’s lively political experience holds interesting lessons for the rest of the region.

Community 16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 AM

State Pakatan committee urged to give consent to local council elections

SELANGOR Local Council and Research Committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Kim has urged the state Pakatan committee to approve local council elections.

World 01 Apr 2014 | 11:41 AM

Italian PM Renzi - If Senate reform is blocked, I'll quit

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tied his political future on Monday to a reform package aimed at creating more stable government by stripping the upper house of parliament of key functions and concentrating power in the lower chamber.

World 27 Mar 2014 | 4:00 AM

Italy's Renzi wins confidence vote on cutting local government

ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a vote of confidence in the Senate on Wednesday on a proposal to reduce the powers of provincial governments as part of his pledge to cut the cost of Italy's political apparatus.

World 26 Mar 2014 | 11:55 PM

Germany tackles benefit abuse as migration soars from eastern EU

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany expects the number of Romanians and Bulgarians moving to the country to double this year, now that they are free to work anywhere in the European Union, and will defend its welfare system from potential abuse, the government said on Wednesday.

World 13 Mar 2014 | 4:50 AM

French government on defensive over Sarkozy phone-taps

PARIS (Reuters) - France's justice minister on Wednesday defied calls for her to quit after it emerged that she knew former President Nicolas Sarkozy's phone was being tapped, apparently contradicting an earlier statement from her.

World 12 Mar 2014 | 9:40 PM

French government on defensive over Sarkozy phone-taps

PARIS (Reuters) - France's justice minister on Wednesday defied calls for her to quit after it emerged that she knew former President Nicolas Sarkozy's phone was being tapped, apparently contradicting an earlier statement from her.

World 12 Mar 2014 | 4:57 PM

Hollande government says knew of Sarkozy phone-tapping

PARIS (Reuters) - A political row over revelations that French investigators had tapped the phone of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy took a new turn on Wednesday after Francois Hollande's government acknowledged it knew of the surveillance.