If Julia Gillard paved the way for future female leaders in Australia, there is no sign of that legacy in new Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Cabinet, which contains just one woman: Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister-elect.
At least four people have died and hundreds remain unaccounted for, with more rain forecast for the coming days
One senior Pdl senator, Renato Schifani, said that the tycoon’s opponents on a cross-party committee had 'prepared a gas chamber for him'
The Australian political party founded by Julian Assange is mired in controversy as the election nears
Republican Governor Rick Perry certain to sign, disregarding historic 11-hour speech by Senator Wendy Davis
On Monday Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he is retiring at the end of his term. Perry’s is most famous internationally for his hopeless run to be the Republican Presidential candidate in 2011-2012.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was allegedly paid from a slush fund operated by the governing People’s Party (PP) when he was a minister in the 1990s, according to documents published in the newspaper El Mundo. The accusations drew denials from the PP and calls for Mr Rajoy’s resignation, from opposition parties weary of austerity measures and an economy mired in recession.
The world we think we live in simply does not exist, and the media and politicians share the blame
The rules for speaking in the Texas Senate are strict, so Davis' speech blocking an anti-abortion bill is a historical achievement - even if she missed her self-imposed target
Let's hope the senator fights Texas' abortion bill a second time round
Thomas Penfield Jackson, who died of cancer on 16 June at the age of 76, was a federal judge in Washington who presided over a Microsoft antitrust case and ordered the software giant to be split up. He also presided over the the drug possession trial of the former Mayor of Washington, Marion Barry.
Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged message to Beijing — holding out hope for a slowly improving military relationship with the Asian giant while issuing a stern warning on cyber attacks coming from that country. But he was met with immediate scepticism from the Chinese delegation in the audience, who questioned America's role in the Pacific.
But PM said it was unlikely it would lead to British troops on the ground
If you’re an elected representative, you can expect to get a few letters and emails from constituents who sound unhinged, but constituents don’t expect the unhinged emails to come from the other direction. Brian Nieves, a state senator from Missouri, has hit the headlines in the US for just this reason – after his vicious and bonkers exchange with a constituent went viral.
The US Senate has voted against new legislation to expand background checks for gun purchasers, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's hopes of gun control reform after the school shootings at Sandy Hook in December.
Preliminary tests reveal presence of lethal toxin as FBI confirm new connection to letter sent to Republican senator