Swedish right opposition inches ahead in election cliff-hanger

Early on Monday, figures showed the Moderates, Sweden Democrats, Christian Democrats and Liberals winning 176 seats in the 349-seat parliament against 173 for the centre-left. In further evidence of a shift to the right, the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats are set to overtake the Moderates as Sweden’s second biggest party and the biggest in the opposition … Read more

Albanese’s big call on Australia becoming a republic

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has ruled out holding a referendum on Australia becoming a republic during his first term. Queens Elizabeth’s death has reignited debate about whether Australia should move away from the monarchy. King Charles III was on Sunday proclaimed Australia’s head of state during a ceremony outside Parliament House in Canberra. Mr Albanese … Read more

Albania blames Iran for second cyberattack since July | CNN Politics

CNN  —  Albania blamed the Iranian government Saturday for a cyberattack against computer systems used by Albanian state police — just days after the White House condemned Tehran for a hack that disrupted Albanian government services in July. The latest hack forced Albanian officials to temporarily take offline its Total Information Management System (TIMS), a … Read more

Exporters run into rough weather as US, Europe demand dries up

India’s exports have taken a knock with demand crashing in several developed world economies as record-high inflation and its stiff monetary antidote dent consumer sentiment. Many exporters say their factories are running at 25-50% capacity or have reduced the number of shifts to one from three earlier due to muted demand from the US and … Read more

Zelensky claims significant gains in northeastern Ukraine as key city retaken

Rockets launched from the Belgorod region in Russia are seen at dawn in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on August 15. Valentyna Kondratieva, 75, left, is comforted by a neighbor as they stand outside her damaged home, in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on August 13, after a rocket attack. Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters attend to a fire at an … Read more

Queen honoured in Aussie TV tributes

Sunday from 7pm, Credlin airs from London followed at 8pm with a two-hour Paul Murray Live. Remembering Queen Elizabeth II hosted by Laura Jayes and Peter Stefanovic each morning from Monday, 5.30am to 11.00am AEST. Special editions of Credlin and Paul Murray live from London from Monday to Thursday. Foxtel/Binge A raft of Royal-related movies … Read more

Oslo Accords Fast Facts | CNN

CNN  —  Here’s a look at what you need to know about the Oslo Accords, a series of agreements between Israel and the Palestinians signed in the 1990s. Oslo I is formally known as the Declaration of Principles (DOP). The pact established a timetable for the Middle East peace process. It planned for an interim … Read more

Pope declares ‘zero tolerance’ for Catholic Church abuse, saying he takes personal responsibility for ending it

In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview in Rome last month, the Pontiff said the church had “zero tolerance” for abuse and said that “a priest cannot remain a priest if he is an abuser.” The church’s response to sex abuse scandals has become one of the defining themes of Francis’ time as Pope, and he told … Read more

Russians say farewell to the Soviet Union’s last leader Mikhail Gorbachev

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev poses for a portrait in 2009. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev Gorbachev had humble beginnings: He was born into a peasant family in Privolnoye on March 2, 1931. Here, he’s with his parents in Privolnoye. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev Gorbachev with his maternal grandparents, … Read more

Lukoil chairman dies after falling from a Moscow hospital window | CNN Business

Moscow/London CNN Business  —  The chairman of Russian oil and gas giant Lukoil has died after falling out of the window of a hospital in Moscow, according to Russian state media. “The man fell out of the sixth-floor window and died as a result of his injuries,” a source told TASS. Lukoil confirmed the death … Read more