Ruling party

TOKYO | Japanese prince wants royals to fund Shinto rite, not public

TOKYO — Japan’s Prince Akishino says a highly religious ritual that is part of next year’s succession ceremonies should be covered privately by the imperial family, questioning the government’s decision to use public money. Emperor Akihito’s younger son spoke on the contentious issue in a news conference recorded for his 53rd birthday Friday. Akihito plans … Continue reading TOKYO | Japanese prince wants royals to fund Shinto rite, not public

WARSAW, Poland | Poland moves to reinstate retired judges to Supreme Court

WARSAW, Poland— Poland’s ruling party has submitted a draft law to parliament that would reinstate Supreme Court judges who were recently forced into early retirement. The development comes a month after the European Union’s top court ordered Poland to immediately stop applying a law that lowered the retirement age for Supreme Court judges, forcing about … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Poland moves to reinstate retired judges to Supreme Court

JOHANNESBURG | South Africa leaving ‘dark’ days of corruption, says leader

JOHANNESBURG — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his country has survived a “dark period” when corruption was rampant and is now focused on achieving economic growth and land reform to win popular support in general elections next year. Speaking to international journalists, Ramaphosa said that he and his ruling party, the African National Congress, … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South Africa leaving ‘dark’ days of corruption, says leader

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Erdogan calls for suspects to be tried in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey  — The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 1 p.m. Turkey’s president has urged Saudi Arabia to reveal who ordered the “savage murder” of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, and said the 18 Saudis suspected of carrying it out should be tried … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Erdogan calls for suspects to be tried in Turkey

JOHANNESBURG | Pik Botha, apartheid-era South African minister, dies at 86

JOHANNESBURG — Pik Botha, the last foreign minister of South Africa’s apartheid era and a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but eventually recognized that change was inevitable, died on Friday at age 86. Botha died in “the early hours of the morning” at his home after an illness, his son, Roelof, told … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Pik Botha, apartheid-era South African minister, dies at 86

STOCKHOLM | Swedish far-right party grows support, not by as much feared

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s ruling party was headed for its worst showing in decades as voters flocked Sunday to an anti-immigrant party with white supremacist roots that was poised to become the third-biggest force in parliament. With more than four-fifths of ballots counted, Sweden’s national election commission reported the governing Social Democrats had 28.1 percent of … Continue reading STOCKHOLM | Swedish far-right party grows support, not by as much feared

HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: Zimbabwe president’s inauguration set for Sunday

HARARE, Zimbabwe— The Latest on Zimbabwe’s disputed presidential election (all times local): 6 p.m. A spokesman for Zimbabwe’s ruling party says the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be on Sunday after the constitutional court upheld his election win. Paul Mangwana says the daylong event at the National Sports Stadium in the capital, Harare, will … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: Zimbabwe president’s inauguration set for Sunday

CANBERRA, Australia | Australian Parliament shut as pressure on Turnbull rises

CANBERRA, Australia  — The Australian Parliament was shut down Thursday as pressure mounts on the prime minister to allow his ruling party to elect a new leader and end a leadership crisis that’s the latest in more than a decade of political instability. Senior ministers Mathias Cormann, Michaelia Cash and Mitch Fifield had earlier told … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia | Australian Parliament shut as pressure on Turnbull rises