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New government lineup close after hold-up


In an unexpected turn of events Wednesday, Prime Minister-designate Hassan Diab appeared close to finalizing a lineup for his government, political sources said. “There are still two or three names that need to be sorted and God willing the lineup will be finished,” a Baabda Palace source told The Daily ...

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Russian PM resigns in shock move as Putin announces dramatic constitutional shakeup


Russia’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev unexpectedly submitted both his and his government’s resignation on Wednesday, with reports suggesting disagreements with President Vladimir Putin precipitated the move. Mr Putin announced Mikhail Mishustin as his replacement a few hours later. An obscure technocrat, Mr Mishustin, 53, earned plaudits for his role revamping the country’s tax service, but is unlikely to be seen as a rival or ...

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