Swedish parliament rejects proposed government

More than two months after elections that left Sweden in political limbo, lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a proposed minority coalition led by the second-largest party, the first time in Swedish history that a proposal for a new prime minister has been defeated.

After cease-fire, Israel captures Gaza assailant on border

The Israeli military said it shot and captured a Palestinian who approached the Gaza perimeter fence and hurled grenades into Israel on Wednesday, in the first confrontation since Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza accepted an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire to end two days of intense fighting that had pushed the sides to the brink of another war.

Chaotic Sri Lankan Parliament rejects president’s chosen PM

Sri Lanka's Parliament passed a no-confidence vote against the government headed by the hastily sworn-in Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as lawmakers convened Wednesday for the first time since the president dismissed his Cabinet and suspended the legislature last month.

Japan’s Abe, Pence to visit Australia amid China concerns

Regional security and the strengthening of ties with Japan and the U.S. will be high on the agenda for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison when he meets leaders from both countries amid continuing concerns about the growing influence of China in the Asia-Pacific.

Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it.

UN envoy: New Iraq government plans to uproot IS extremists

Iraq's new government plans to intensify efforts to uproot cells of the Islamic State extremist group and introduce "robust measures" to achieve sustainable security throughout the country, the country's U.N. envoy said Tuesday.

Merkel calls for creation of ‘European army,’ backing Macron in spat with Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday backed French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in his call for a grand, European army -- a move that President Trump has called “insulting” as he urged the countries to fulfil their NATO commitments instead.

Macedonia to seek arrest in Hungary of former prime minister

Macedonia will seek the arrest with an international warrant of conservative former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski after confirming he fled to Hungary to avoid serving a two-year prison sentence for corruption, authorities said Tuesday.