Simon Harris Set to Be Youngest Ever Leader of Ireland

Simon Harris was confirmed as the new leader of Ireland’s Fine Gael political party on Sunday and is now poised to become the country’s next Taoiseach (Prime Minister). Fine Gael party confirmed Harris’ leadership following the resignation of party leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Wednesday. Harris was the only candidate to put his name … Read more

MS-13 leader, one of FBI’s most wanted fugitives, arrested at California-Mexico border

A senior leader of the MS-13 street gang who was one of the FBI’s most wanted gang fugitives was quietly arrested earlier this month at the California-Mexico border on narco-terrorism charges, authorities said. Freddy Ivan Jandres-Parada, 48, also known as Lucky De Park View, was taken into custody on March 7 by federal authorities at … Read more

Schumer says Netanyahu ‘lost his way.’ Would a new leader change course on Gaza?

JERUSALEM — In the United States, even Israel’s closest friends have begun to say out loud that Benjamin Netanyahu stands as an obstacle to peace. The Israeli prime minister has pushed back on pressure from the White House and congressional Democrats, insisting that his government’s prosecution of the war in Gaza has mainstream backing in … Read more

The U.K. has its first Black government leader as Vaughan Gething is elected first minister of Wales

LONDON — LONDON (AP) — Vaughan Gething was elected first minister of Wales on Wednesday, becoming the first Black leader of a government in the U.K. Gething was elected government leader by members of the Welsh parliament in Cardiff, four days after winning the contest to be leader of Wales’ governing Labour Party. He secured … Read more

Singapore Opposition Leader Criminally Charged Over Lying Scandal

Singapore opposition leader Pritam Singh was charged with two counts under the Parliament Act in connection with a lying scandal involving a former lawmaker. Singh was charged Tuesday in a Singapore court for “willfully making false answers to material questions” during an examination by the Committee of Privileges, according to a statement from the police and Attorney-General’s … Read more

Putin cultivates leader for life image in landslide win without competition

When Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared for a late-night news conference to claim a fifth term, he looked visibly elated, as if manipulating another election to remain indefinitely in power with 87.28 percent of the vote were a triumphal victory in a real competition. The tally, virtually unimaginable in any democratic nation, suggests that the … Read more

Wales’ first Black leader is a testament to Britain’s political diversity, but racism persists

LONDON — LONDON (AP) — Vaughan Gething’s election as the next leader of Wales marks a milestone: For the first time, none of the U.K.’s four main governments is led by a white man. It’s a striking moment in a country still grappling with racism and the legacy of empire. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has … Read more

Philippe de Gaulle, naval commander and son of French leader, dies at 102

Philippe de Gaulle, a longtime French naval commander who carried a family legacy as the eldest child of wartime hero and president Charles de Gaulle, but who described his famous lineage as both an honor and burden, died March 13 in Paris. He was 102. The death, at a veterans’ hospital, was announced by the … Read more

Wales will get its first Black leader after Vaughan Gething wins a Welsh Labour Party contest

LONDON — Vaughan Gething won the Welsh Labour Party leadership contest on Saturday, and is set to become the first Black leader of Wales’ semi-autonomous government. Gething, who is currently Welsh economy minister, narrowly beat Education Minister Jeremy Miles in a race to replace First Minister Mark Drakeford. Drakeford announced late last year he would … Read more

Greek opposition leader briefly sets aside politics for light version of mandatory military service

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s left-wing opposition leader briefly stepped away from politics Friday for a mandatory stint in the military. Stefanos Kasselakis, 35, appeared at an artillery training camp in central Greece to start his brief service in the country’s conscription-based armed forces. A U.S.-based businessman until his unexpected election to the Syriza party’s leadership … Read more