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Guyana declares U.K. envoy 'pariah' over parliament shutdown comments

GEORGETOWN (Reuters) - Guyana on Thursday declared Britain's envoy a "pariah" after he suggested London could withdraw development aid over President Donald Ramotar's suspension of parliament last year.

World

Japan opposition Democrats turn to familiar face to try to fix flagging fortunes

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's opposition Democratic Party elected former foreign minister Katsuya Okada as its leader on Sunday, turning to a familiar face to try to persuade voters it can again become a viable alternative to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party.

World

Catalonia takes election gamble to keep independence drive alive

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonian leaders are hoping that a regional election in September will keep alive a fading independence drive and force the hand of Spain's central government - but the move could also backfire.

World

Ceasefire agreed in Yemeni capital - Houthis, state TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - A ceasefire has been agreed after a morning of artillery and gunbattles between army troops and Houthi fighters in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, an official of the Shi'ite Muslim movement said. State television also reported a ceasefire.

World

Erdogan chairs Turkish cabinet meeting, pushing presidential powers

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan became the first Turkish president to chair a cabinet meeting in more than a decade on Monday, furthering his drive for a stronger presidency and fuelling concern among critics that he is accumulating too much power.

World

Gunfire, tear gas in protests against possible Congo election delay

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Security forces fired live rounds and tear gas in clashes with rock-throwing protesters in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital on Monday as opposition parties tried to block a change in the law that may delay elections due in 2016.

Nation

Appeals Court upholds illegal detention ruling of five lawyers

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal upheld a RM375,000 award to five lawyers who were wrongfully arrested when they tried to provide legal aid to detained participants of a candlelight vigil.

Nation

High Court decision in wrongful arrest of lawyers upheld

PUTRAJAYA: There is no reason for the Court of Appeal to interfere with the High Court’s decision in the wrongful arrest of five lawyers at the Brickfields police station in 2009 as they tried to provide legal aid to their clients.

World

Guyana's president calls national election for May 11

GEORGETOWN (Reuters) - Guyana's president on Tuesday called a national parliamentary election for May 11 after his suspension of the legislature last year outraged opposition parties in the former British colony.

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Italian Senate vote gives boost to Renzi electoral law deal

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Senate approved an amendment to a new electoral law on Wednesday, paving the way to passage of a cornerstone of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's reform programme in the upper house next week.