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Zelensky Dismisses Putin Nuke Threats: 'Loves His Own Life'

Ukrainian president talks to 'NYT' on Russia, NATO support, and what he plans to do after the war

(Newser) - There's no sign that Russia's two-year-plus invasion into Ukraine will end anytime soon, partly because Ukraine is now in a "critical time," with "its army in retreat and a new package of American arms yet to arrive in sufficient quantities," reports the New York ...

No Evidence of Foul Play in Iran Helicopter Crash
Iran President Was on Track
to Be Supreme Leader
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Iran President Was on Track to Be Supreme Leader

Tehran cites 'technical failure' for chopper crash, as one former official blames US sanctions

(Newser) - So far, it doesn't appear that anything sinister is behind the helicopter crash that killed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and several other officials. On Monday, Iran blamed an unspecified "technical failure," reports the New York Times . "No foreign involvement at all," one senior White House...

France's Sarkozy Hears His Fate in Campaign Finance Trial
Court Cuts Sarkozy
Sentence to 6 Months
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Court Cuts Sarkozy Sentence to 6 Months

But it upholds former president's conviction for illegal campaign financing

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy didn't have a great Valentine's Day. An appeals court in Paris upheld the former president's 2021 conviction for illegal campaign financing, though it halved his sentence from one year to six months, with another six months suspended, the New York Times reports. If he does...

Swiss: Israeli President Hit With Criminal Complaints Post-Davos

It's not clear what the complaints against Isaac Herzog entail as war in Gaza continues

(Newser) - Friday is the final day of the World Economic Forum's annual get-together , but for one world leader, his visit to Davos has led to a criminal complaint, or complaints, against him. Reuters reports that Israeli President Isaac Herzog was in the Swiss city on Thursday, there to speak about...

China Won't Be Thrilled at Taiwan's New President

Lai Ching-te, member of pro-sovereignty Democratic Progressive Party, wins election

(Newser) - Ruling-party candidate Lai Ching-te emerged victorious in Taiwan's presidential election on Saturday and his opponents conceded, a result that will chart the trajectory of the self-ruled democracy's relations with China over the next four years. At stake is the peace and stability of the island, 100 miles off...

Egypt's El-Sisi Nabs 3rd Term in Overwhelming Numbers

Even though economy is collapsing, voters hope president can offer security in war-torn Middle East

(Newser) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi easily won a third term in office this month, winning about 90% of the vote, according to a Monday announcement from election officials. But the Washington Post notes that emerging victorious in the election was the "easy part" for the 69-year-old leader, who's...

Vladimir Putin Will Seek Another 6 Years in Power

It's widely expected the Russian president will win March 2024 election, with only token opposition

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin moved on Friday to prolong his repressive and unyielding grip on Russia for another six years, state media said, announcing his candidacy in the 2024 presidential election that he's all but certain to win, per the AP . Putin still commands wide support after nearly a quarter century...

After Tiananmen, This Chinese Leader Defied Predictions

Former President Jiang Zemin, who led his nation out of isolation, is dead at age 96

(Newser) - Former President Jiang Zemin, who led China out of isolation after the army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in 1989 and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth, died Wednesday. He was 96. Jiang died of leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai, where he...

Incoming S. Korean Leader Wants to Upend Tradition

Yoon Suk-yeol's plans to move presidential residence from Blue House faces resistance

(Newser) - South Korea's outgoing liberal government expressed its opposition Monday to a plan by its rival and conservative President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol to relocate the presidential office by his inauguration in May, a development that could put Yoon's ambitious project in doubt and trigger a domestic political firestorm. On Sunday,...

Leftist Millennial Wins Presidency in Chile

Gabriel Boric, 35, is nation's youngest modern president

(Newser) - Former leftist student leader Gabriel Boric will be under quick pressure from his youthful supporters to fulfill his promises to remake Chile after the millennial politician scored a historic victory in the country's presidential runoff election, per the AP . Boric spent months traversing Chile, vowing to bring a youth-led...

He Became President, Then Was Betrayed by Ayatollah

Abolhassan Banisadr, first Iranian president after 1979 revolution, dies at 88

(Newser) - Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran's first president after the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution who fled Tehran after being impeached for challenging the growing power of clerics as the nation became a theocracy, died Saturday, reports the AP . He was 88. Banisadr's family said in a statement online Saturday that...

Ex-President of Bolivia Recovering After Apparent Suicide Attempt

Jeanine Anez, charged with 'genocide,' in stable condition after apparently cutting her arms

(Newser) - On Friday, Bolivian prosecutors charged Jeanine Anez—the former president of Bolivia, already in detention after being accused in March of leading a coup against another ex-Bolivian president, Evo Morales—with "genocide." Police are now saying the 54-year-old Anez tried to kill herself over the weekend in jail....

Things Get Worse for Poorest Nation in Western Hemisphere

Still no word on who might be behind assassination of Jovenel Moise

(Newser) - Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, per Reuters , and the situation there worsened drastically on Wednesday with the overnight assassination of President Jovenel Moise in his home. There are no updates yet on the suspected identity of the gunmen, some of whom were reportedly overheard speaking Spanish...

Nation's Ex-President Arrested: 'Political Persecution Has Begun'

Jeanine Anez denies she replaced Evo Morales in Bolivian 'coup,' calling it a 'constitutional succession'

(Newser) - Bolivian President Evo Morales served for nearly 14 years before he was forced to resign in 2019 amid allegations of electoral fraud after his reelection victory. Now, the lawmaker who took over for him has been arrested. Jeanine Anez, the country's former interim president, posted a link Friday on...

Peru Has Its 3rd President in a Week

Francisco Sagasti aims to restore trust in government after Martín Vizcarra's ouster

(Newser) - Peruvians watched in hope as the nation's third president in just over a week was sworn in to office Tuesday, promising to restore trust in government after the worst constitutional crisis in two decades. Francisco Sagasti donned the presidential sash and in his first words to the nation paid...

Another World Leader Comes Down With COVID

Poland President Andrzej Duda is latest to be stricken with disease in nation seeing a spike

(Newser) - Poland has entered the "red zone" for COVID-19, with a new nationwide lockdown due to a spike in cases, and infections are starting right at the top. The AP reports President Andrzej Duda tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, though the 48-year-old says he feels OK so far,...

Ronald Reagan Got It. Trump Still Doesn't
Ronald Reagan Got It.
Trump Still Doesn't
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Ronald Reagan Got It. Trump Still Doesn't

No. 40's daughter Patti Davis argues that Trump needs to tell the truth about his health

(Newser) - Ronald's Reagan's daughter is following the news from Walter Reed hospital, and she doesn't like what she sees. "When you're president, privacy is not an option—including, and maybe especially, privacy about your health," writes Patti Davis in the Washington Post . "Instead of...

In 'Scene From Baywatch,' Portugal President Makes a Big Save

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in Algarve region to boost tourism, helped rescue 2 kayakers

(Newser) - In normal nonpandemic years, guests flock to the Algarve in Portugal to holiday in the sun. One high-profile name's own recent trip there may have just given the region a little unexpected promotion. Local media reports that Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has been spending his vacation heading...

This News Could Finally Tip the Odds in Taliban Talks

Looks like President Ashraf Ghani has a 2nd term

(Newser) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appears to have narrowly won a second term, according to preliminary results from September's balloting that were announced Sunday, although his main challenger rejected the outcome as illegitimate, the AP reports. If the outcome stands despite the complaints of ballot fraud, it could give Ghani...

Ex-German President's Son Stabbed to Death During Speech

Richard von Weizsaecker's son Fritz, 59, was killed at hospital where he was a head physician

(Newser) - The son of former German president Richard von Weizsaecker, one of the country's most popular leaders, was stabbed to death while giving a lecture at a Berlin hospital where he worked as a head physician, police said Wednesday. A 57-year-old German man is in custody after he leaped from...

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