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Mia Mottley becomes first female prime minister of Barbados

Mia Mottley becomes first female prime minister of Barbados

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May 25 (UPI) -- A day after her party won all seats up for grabs in Barbados' general election, Mia Amor Mottley was sworn in Friday as the country's first female prime minister. Outgoing Prime Minister Freundel Stuart conceded defeat in the election. Mottley, 52, leader of the Barbados Labour Party, is the country's eighth prime minister. She took the oath of office before Governor General Sandra Mason and was surrounded by family, friends and party supporters. The swearing-in came about eight hours after the BPL won all 30 parliamentary seats on the ballot Thursday. Following her party's victory, Mottley said she wanted to thank the voters for doing "what is best for Barbados." Mottley was also the first woman to be appointed the country's attorney general and minister of home affairs ...
Russia-Trump inquiry: Russian foreign minister dismisses FBI charges

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russian foreign minister dismisses FBI charges

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRussia's foreign minister has dismissed as "blather" the charges levelled by the FBI special counsel against 13 Russians for election meddling. Sergei Lavrov said at a major security conference in Germany he would not comment further until he saw "facts".The charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller are seen as a major development in his continuing probe into the US 2016 election.President Trump has said the indictment shows his campaign did "nothing wrong". The Russian foreign minister was being questioned by participants at the Munich Security Conference. Asked about the charges, he said that even Vice-President Mike Pence had called the investigation into question. "So until we see the facts, everything else is just blather." But Mr Tr...
Sam Gyimah is new science minister

Sam Gyimah is new science minister

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Sam Gyimah has been made Universities and Science Minister for England in Theresa May's government reshuffle.Mr Gyimah's role straddles the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.He replaces Jo Johnson, who has been made Transport Minister.Mr Gyimah, 41, will work alongside the newly appointed Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, who is replacing Justine Greening. What else do we know about him?born in Buckinghamshire but spent some of his childhood in his mother's native Ghanastudied philosophy, politics and economics at Somerville College, Oxfordworked for Goldman Sachs for five years before opting for a career in politicsbecame Conservative MP for East Surrey in 2010served as a government whip and was parliamentary private secretary to the...
U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

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SEOULl, South Korea, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The United Nations political chief met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk during a rare four-day trip to Pyongyang.U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in the North Korean capital Tuesday, a week after Pyongyang conducted its new intercontinental ballistic missile test.The North's Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday the two officials had "exchanged views on areas of common interest regarding U.N. agencies in cooperating with North Korea."Before the meeting took place, the North Korean official expressed his hope that the discussion would be "full of sincerity," Kyodo News reported.During his stay, Feltman is also expected to meet Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who extended the invitation to Pyo...
Iceland's new Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir takes office

Iceland's new Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir takes office

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Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Katrin Jakobsdottir, leader of Iceland's Left-Green movement, has taken the office of prime minister.On Wednesday, Jakobsdottir, 41, took office as the second woman to head Iceland's three-party coalition government consisting of the Left Green Movement, the Independence Party and the Progressive Party.She previously served as chairperson of the Left Green Movement in 2003 and simultaneously served as Iceland's minister of Education, Science and Culture and minister of Nordic Cooperation from 2009 to 2013.Jakobsdottir said her administration will focus on investing more in healthcare, education and transport infrastructure, continuing to help Iceland recover from the 2008 financial crash, and improving gender equality and LGBT rights.She has been voted Iceland's most trust...